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Sounds Exciting Summer Concert Series

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July 18 | July 25 | August 1 | August 8

Tickets on sale now!


Advance Adult $6 • Day of Adult $8 (subject to availability) • Child (3-12 yrs) $5


Season package holders get six concerts for the price of five and expedited access into the concert through our NEW Fast Pass Lane located at the main gate.


Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Amphitheater at Lakewood Heritage Center
Gates open at 6 p.m., Opener 6:15 p.m., Headliner 7:15 p.m.


Tickets may be purchased online below or in person at the following locations:



Lakewood Heritage Center 
(Amphitheater Box Office)

Lakewood Cultural Center 
(Theater Box Office)
801 South Yarrow Street
Lakewood, CO 80226
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Civic Center North Building 
470 S. Allison Pkwy
Lakewood, CO 80226
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 




July 18 | DENNIS JOHNSON & THE MISSISSIPPI RAMBLERS Dennis Johnson - Sounds Exciting
Roots, Slide Guitar (listen)

San Francisco native Dennis Johnson is one of the elite slide guitar players performing today with a deep passion for preserving and innovating roots music. Don’t miss this engaging performance featuring who Guitar World Magazine regards as a “Slide Guitar Master”. 


Dennis and his band, The Mississippi Ramblers, deliver standout live performances of stellar roots and Americana music, rockin' blues, and New Orleans grooves. 

Opener: Dustin Devine & The Real Deal (Traditional Country)

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July 25 | PAA KOW Paa Kow - Sounds Exciting
Afro Fusion / World (listen)

Paa Kow is an internationally renowned artist, drum set player and composer from Ghana, West Africa.


Paa Kow’s deep groove and prodigious talent reveal a unique ability to speak to listeners with his drums inspiring a deeply spiritual conversation. His songs are captivating and danceable, incorporating lyrics in his native language, Fante, as well as English. Paa Kow’s vision is to spread the music and culture of his homeland by touring the world with his Afro-Fusion orchestra.

Opener: ATOMGA (Afrobeat, Afrofunk)

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August 1 | OAKHURST Oakhurst - Sounds Exciting
Bluegrass (listen)

This quintet brings their stories to the stage in the form of pure energy and passion for acoustic music. With gifted percussion and a driving low end, the banjo, guitar, fiddle and vocals have all the space they need to tell you a story. Love, life, loss, and whiskey are likely to be the topic of the day—come on, jump in, and get down for a spell… The band strikes traditional bluegrass with rock & roll and a kamikaze rhythmic sensibility. 


Oakhurst has performed at legendary venues like the Fillmore and Red Rocks, and captured the “Best Bluegrass Band” honor in 2007 by Westword and continues to be recognized as one of the best Bluegrass bands in Colorado.


Opener: Steepland String Band (Bluegrass)

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August 8 | ROB DRABKIN Rob Drabkin - Sounds Exciting
Rock (listen)

The music of Rob Drabkin is spirited in nature, light from the heart, and rocking on the six-string acoustic. His 70’s fro is as recognizable as his ubiquitous grin, but it’s his music that has landed Rob national tours and sets at some of music’s most iconic venues. 


From the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in his hometown of Denver, to tours in Doha, Qatar in the Middle East, to opening for acts like Dispatch, John Butler Trio, Trevor Hall, and The Wood Brothers, Rob’s musicality has taken him and his guitar across the world. 

Opener: Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs (Folk-Country)

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Friendly Concert Reminders

Food & Drink

  • Affordable food options and soft drinks, will be available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own picnic.
  • Bring an empty water bottle and refill it at the Water Bottle Refill Station.
  • Local beer, wine, and cider will be available for purchase from the Lakewood Beer Garden presented by Foothills Credit Union. The Lakewood Beer Garden will be open at every concert with alternating beer selections.
  • No outside alcohol will be permitted in the gated area.
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presented by Foothills Credit Union


The Concert

  • Concerts are held rain or shine.
  • Gates open at 6 p.m.
  • Season package holders can head straight to the “Fast Pass Line” for an expedited entry.
  • Opening act starts at 6:15 p.m and the headliner starts at 7:15 p.m.
  • Parking is free.
  • There is no structured seating available, feel free to bring your own chair or blanket.
  • To facilitate viewing by all patrons, a limited seating area will be available for chairs with the top of the back of the chair measuring more than 32” from the ground or chairs with legs measuring over 5”.
  • No pets, glass containers, skateboards or bicycles allowed in the gated area.
  • Smoking and vaping, which is the use of e-cigarettes and similar vapor-producing devices, are prohibited.
  • Programs subject to change. 


  • Season discounts apply to adult tickets only. Adult tickets include adults, seniors and students 13 and older.
  • All phone, mail and online orders are subject to $1 per ticket service charge.
  • All Season Package orders are subject to a $2.50 service charge.
  • No refunds or exchanges.


The 2018 Sounds Exciting! Summer Concert series is brought to you by...

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The Village at Belmar

Gravinas of Littleton

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Want to get involved? Email Karla at for volunteer opportunities.


For more information on event sponsorship, please contact Emily Andrews at or 303.987.7871.


If you have accessibility needs, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance so that we can do our best to make the proper accommodations.

Contact Information:

Community Events Coordinator
Direct: 303-987-7859 | Email:

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