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Music Fests, Immersive Theater, And Pinball Showdowns: These Are Your Best Weekend Picks

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Charlie Musselwhite will headline the Greeley Blues Jam.

Music festival season is officially here and there is no end to the options - whether you like blues, bluegrass or a bite to eat with your bands.

Just beware flying loaves of bread…

The Greeley Blues Jam will feature music by North Mississippi Allstars and Charlie Musselwhite, as well as local acts Chris Daniels and the Kings, Hazel Miller and 15-year-old guitar phenom Jaden Carlson.

There’s also the Taste of Fort Collins, which switched up its usual lineup of nostalgia acts for something a little more modern: The Wombats, Trombone Shorty and Allen Stone. Let’s just hope no one is handing out free loaves of bread this year.

While festival passes sold out months ago, there are still one-day passes for the Telluride Bluegrass Fest available, specifically for days featuring performances by Chris Thile, John Prine, Houndmouth, Pokey Lafarge, and Emmylou Harris.

Greeley Blues Jam, 3 p.m. to midnight June 10, 2016 (FREE) Downtown Greeley; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 11, 2016, Island Grove Arena, Greeley. $30-$55 (VIP seating).

Taste of Fort Collins, 5 to 9 p.m. June 10, 2016, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 11, 2016, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 12, 2016, Civic Center Park, Fort Collins. $5 (before 3 p.m.); $10 (after 3 p.m.).

Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 16-19, 2016, Telluride Town Park. $80 (one-day passes).


For those who’ve always wanted a better seat at the theater, Sweet & Lucky may be right up your alley. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company is trying out more immersive theater with this production. Audience members get to follow the performers from room to room through a variety of scenes in this play that takes place in a mysterious antique shop.

Sweet & Lucky, run extended through Aug. 7, 2016, 4120 Brighton Blvd., Denver. $45-$85 (includes samples of craft cocktails).


The Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown is your chance to try out almost 200 pinball and video games. If you think you’re pretty good, you can compete in one of the tournaments - available for both novices and pinball wizards. You can also learn tricks of the game from pinball pro Ryan Wanger and meet arcade legend Billy Mitchell, who was featured in the documentary The King of Kong.

Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo, June 10-12, 2016, Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows. $30 (daily)/$75 (three-day pass) for adults; $15/$35 for children ages 7 to 12; free for children ages 6 and younger.


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