Music around Denver you won’t want to miss this summer

Faculty music industry expert gives his picks for the summer season

May 11, 2016
Storm Gloor
A fan of alternative music, this summer Gloor is looking forward to performances by Joe Walsh, The Flaming Lips, Weird Al, and the Barenaked Ladies. He is also heading to Lollapalooza to see Radiohead and a slew of new artists.

Attending a university in the heart of Denver comes with some major advantages.

  • Cutting-edge internships? Check.
  • Noteworthy civic engagement projects? Check.
  • Chances to get hands-on with research? Check.
  • A vibrant and thriving music scene to enjoy during downtime? Check and double check!

Denver has seen a lot of growth over the past decade, and no one knows this better than Storm Gloor, associate professor of Music and Entertainment Studies in the College of Arts & Media. Gloor brings a unique perspective on the music scene around Denver, having spent several years in the distribution and retail marketing side of the music industry. While working in the industry, Gloor was called on to speak about the music business to students attending a university outside of Nashville, Tenn. That experience inspired him to help students get into the music business and succeed in it. Since then he has found a home at CU Denver.

“When I first moved to Denver in 2006, I realized the music scene has a lot of opportunity to grow,” said Gloor, who teaches a course his students refer to as “music cities.” “Especially at that time we had breakthroughs into the national scene like The Fray. With the continued population growth, there are even more opportunities in Denver for bands to reach new fans.”

Gloor gave his suggestions on what artists, shows and acts students won’t want to miss this summer.

Film on the Rocks


Film on the Rocks combines great music with great films. Hosted at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, each film is preceded by a live band and local comedian. Gloor is particularly excited for “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” which will be opened by a concert by Strawberry Runners. Other upcoming films and bands include “Deadpool” with The Blue Rider and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opened by Rose Quartz.

DeVotchKa with the Colorado Symphony

June 16

Hearing any band collaborate with the Colorado Symphony’s 80 professional musicians is always a great experience. This summer DeVotchKa will be returning to team with the symphony for the fifth time and is “always a great one,” according to Gloor. In addition, a personal favorite of Gloor’s, The Flaming Lips, will perform this symphony later in the season.

The Hudson Gardens Summer Concert Series


Gloor gives The Hudson Gardens Summer Concert Series a nod for its “beautiful outdoor venue where you can take the family” while still enjoying some great music. This summer’s series brings a range of performers, including The B-52s, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Kenny Loggins.

Westword Music Showcase

June 25

This one-day event brings more than 100 local and national artists to more than 12 venues throughout the Golden Triangle. Performers such as Health, Black Pistol Fire, New Politics and 888 can be seen on two main stages.

The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase

July 28-31

Described as the largest indie music festival in the Rocky Mountain Region, the Underground Music Showcase features more than 400 performances from groups such as Dirty Few, Poliça and Wiredogs.  “It’s a great way to hear a lot of local music for not a lot of money, relatively speaking,” Gloor said. “It’s an affordable way to see a lot of music.”