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Summer Festivals Mini-Sampler

Neko Case at Henry Fonda Theater, 2007
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Neko Case at Henry Fonda Theater, 2007

With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, summer will be here before you know it. Get out your calendar and let's tour through three very worthy, and rather different, summer festivals!

Enjoy Neko Case, Iron & Wine, Girlyman, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, Holly Near, Elephant Revival, and Kathleen Edwards, among other musical luminaries at The Rocky Mountain Folks Festivalin Lyons (August 17-19). This festival is in remarkable proximity to colorful Boulder and majestic Rocky Mountain National Park. Make it a twofer or threefer, in days or sites.

Get ready to stomp your feet:

“Dost thou think because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?” Shakespeare fans will recognize that cheery line from the comedic Twelfth Night, part of the The Colorado Shakespeare Festivalthis summer (June 8 - August 17). Also on the billing: Shakespeare's Richard III, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, Michael Frayn's knee-slapping Noises Off, and Tina Packer's Women of Will -- a rich tour through some of the strong female characters of Shakespeare. Did you know that more than just humans audition for Shakespeare?

There is more than just the Xtreme Bulls, Monster Trucks, and Muttin' Bustin' in the 2012 Greeley Stampede(June 22 - July 4). In addition to the snorting and revving, other aural treasures await you. But not for a pirate's ransom. In fact, fifty bucks admits you to five outstanding concerts: Justin Moore with James Wesley, Luke Bryant with The McClymonts, Creedence Clearwater Revisited with Great White, Skillet with We As Human, and Montgomery Gentry with Glen Templeton.

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