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Rock, reggae, a little country; summer concerts kick off in June

Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities and the Broomfield Library are teaming up for pre-show festivities featuring interactive fun for children.
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Eclectic music and varied culinary options are on tap during Creative Broomfield’s Free Summer Concert Series with seven shows scheduled from late June through July.

Rock, bluegrass, reggae, world music, New Orleans funk, outlaw country and a theatre truck will headline the slate of events between June 22 and July 27. 

The traditional show location, in the field west of the Broomfield Library, will be expanded upon with a pair of new venues for the final two concerts, including North Midway Park and Redpoint Ridge Park in Arista. 

"The Summer Concert Series has always been a fun, family-friendly and free event in the summertime. For this summer, it is extra exciting to offer a new experience through partnerships with the community and the Children's Division of the Broomfield Library. By combining forces and offering different types of events, there' something for everyone to enjoy this summer - from a youth hip hop writing workshop to theater, New Orleans jazz to award-winning bluegrass," said Megan Gilby, Arts and History manager, "It's going to be a great summer!"

Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities and the Broomfield Library are teaming up for pre-show festivities featuring interactive fun for children. Also, a variety of local food trucks will be on site during the summer series. Organizers advise attendees to bring along chairs and umbrellas in case of inclement weather.

The series opens with roots reggae artist Selasee and the Fafa Family on Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. in the library field.

Reggae singer-songwriter Selasee Atiase, who hails from Ghana, has opened for legendary artists, such as Steel Pulse, Barrington Levy, the Mighty Diamonds, Third World, Don Carlos, King Yellowman and the Wailers. 

The series takes a new turn on Monday, June 27 at 10 a.m. with a family-focused performance by L.A. based chanteuse, songwriter and accordionist Jessica Fichot at the Broomfield Auditorium.

Fichot folds multi-ethnic influences from her French, Chinese & American backgrounds into a blend of world rhythms and multilingual lyrics.

Fichot draws inspiration from international folk, 1940s Chinese swing and gypsy jazz. 

Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders roll in on Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. in the library field.

Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders blend Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard-style outlaw country with southern funk and rock. Their live performances include a mix of original compositions and longtime favorites.

Fans of stage musicals are in for a treat when the Butterfly Effect Theatre Company presents "Amelia's Big Idea" on Thursday, July 7 at 4 p.m. in Community Park.

Butterfly Effect will bring their theatre truck for the world-premier presentation of its musical detailing young Amelia Smart’s campaign to construct a dog park in Townville.

The ten-year old animal advocate teams with a host of adults to secure a safe space for her pet Gadget. Intended for ages 4-12, the program highlights the importance of teamwork and civic accomplishments.

Erie-based rockers the Custom Shop perform on Wednesday, July 13 at 7 p.m. in the library field.

Custom Shop features lead vocalist Michele Steele, who has rocked the Front Range for the last two decades, and band founder, guitarist and vocalist, Murat Iyigun. The lineup also features seasoned musician Tone Show and drummer David Brenowitz.  

Cajun-flavored tunes are on tap when the New Orleans Suspects perform on Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. in North Midway Park.

The touring powerhouse is comprised of high-octane New Orleans musicians, including Grammy award winning guitarist Jake Eckert, lead vocalist Eric Vogul, drummer Eddie Christmas and pianist CR Gruver. 

Rounding out the funk outfit is saxophonist Jeff Watkins, a longtime veteran of the James Brown Band.

AJ Lee and Blue Summit close out the series on Wednesday, July 27 at 7 p.m. in RedPoint Ridge Park in Arista.

The award-winning bluegrass act features a single-female vocalist award and the IBMA Momentum Vocalist of the year award in 2019. 

The act's acoustic roots cater to their broad fanbase and combines classic bluegrass with acoustic Americana.