Summer of Music Kicks Off June 19th

There are tons of great opportunities to catch free, outdoor music this summer!

The 4th Annual summer music series presented by the Go To Guide and Salida Recreation will kick off on Thursday, June 19th. This series of 7 concerts will happen every Thursday evening in Riverside Park from 6 – 8 pm. The final concert will be held on July 31, unless the event of a rain delay sets the schedule back.

The concerts are free, but donations are collected each week to benefit the Salida Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund. The Youth Scholarship Fund began awarding financial aid this spring. The fund is available for any qualifying family to use towards any Salida Recreation sponsored program or swim pass. For more information about scholarships, please call (719) 539-5703 or visit

This year’s line-up will include returning favorites Doctor Robert, the Alan & Martin Band, and Old Mose. Doctor Robert, hailing from Crested Butte, rocks the music of the Beatles. Alan and Martin features local musicians Alan Pursell and Martin Epp, who will keep you dancing to country music. Old Mose is another local Salida band that plays an eclectic variety of bluegrass jams.

Joining the band list this year will be Hayes, Epp and Bones (HEB), The Riff, Wonderlic, and Full Moon Float. HEB and The Riff are both local rock trios sure to entertain and delight! Wonderlic hails from Denver and will be playing some funky grooves for you. Full Moon Float will be coming down from Buena Vista, playing original mountain tunes.

This “Thursdays at Six” concert series is co-hosted by Salida Recreation and the Go To Guide Telephone Directory, with community support from Su Casa, The Victoria Tavern, Kathleen Nelson (Keller Williams Real Estate), Pinon Vacation Rentals, Colorado Central Magazine, Dragonfly Gifts, Arlie Dale’s Jug Liquors, Salida Mountain Sports, The Book Haven, Crest Counselling, Liz Petersen (State Farm Insurance) and Bank of the West.

Please join us for these family friendly evenings! Pack a picnic and bring the whole gang—we’ll see you there!

The annual Fourth of July celebration is another chance to enjoy free music in Riverside Park. On the 4th, the local Salida Brass Band will play on the Bandshell stage at 1:00 pm. You’ll also get a second chance to catch Hayes, Epp and Bones from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, then Moses Jones will be back again to blow your socks off!

Moses Jones is an 11-piece, hard-hitting, high-energy band from Denver. They will perform from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Don’t miss them!

Music on the Fourth of July is sponsored by the Salida Business Alliance. To learn more about the SBA, please visit

There will be a full day of activities also occurring on the Fourth of July in Riverside Park. The Salida Circus will perform at noon, Salida Recreation will be hosting family games and face-painting from 12:30 – 2:00 pm , and the Hometown Parade will depart at 4:00 pm. For parade information, please call Dan at (719) 539- 7837.

The SteamPlant Plaza will also be a venue for free summer music. The popular “Jazz on the Plaza” series will return on Sundays in August. Local and regional musicians will treat your ears from 5:00 – 7:00 pm every Sunday August 3 – 31. More information can be found by calling the SteamPlant at (719) 530-0933 or by visiting

What a summer! Rock and Roll, Bluegrass, Country, Funk, Brass, Folk, and Jazz! All for free in the blissful beauty of the outdoors.