Your Guide to Music in the Gunnison Valley

Summertime in the Gunnison Valley doesn’t mean just amazing outdoor adventures, it is also a time ripe with musical offerings. From talented local bands to GRAMMY award winning singers and songwriters, this valley doesn’t skimp on musical entertainment. Below are some of the highlights for musical venues and offerings. This is not however an exhaustive list so check in on our Events page to see a full list of shows, performances and educational musical opportunities.

Live Music in Gunnison

The I Bar Ranch is the place to be for weekly concerts. The Castle Creek Guitars Summer Concert Series features Burgers N Brews on Tuesday nights with concerts happening weekly for just $8 per person. Their “Classic Colorado” series welcomes headliners with some well known names such as The Wailers, Michael Martin Murphy, The Motet, The Bellamy Brothers and many more. The I Bar Ranch offers a unique setting for entertainment with a large open aired venue located next to the Tomichi Creek in a large open hay field. Visit their website for a full list of shows and events, and to purchase tickets.

Local restaurants and pubs like High Alpine Brewing Company and Wapiti Ridge Saloon offer up weekly bands and open mic nights. Check out their pages to see what their current shows are.

Live Music in Crested Butte

The Crested Butte Center for the Arts presents Alpenglow, a free outdoor concert series happening on Monday evenings throughout the summer. With Crested Butte Mountain and Paradise Divide as the backdrop, enjoy the sounds of a variety of music while in the company of friends and family. Bring along your chairs, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, kick back and take it all that summer has to offer. See their full lineup of music.

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The Crested Butte Center for the Arts also hosts some of music’s top acts in their expansive indoor auditorium. The Center for the Arts has been committed to providing arts and cultural experiences that inspire and entertain all audiences for over 30 years, whether they call Crested Butte home everyday or are just visiting for the weekend. See their full schedule and reserve your seat.

The Crested Butte Music Festival brings to Crested Butte a multitude of events with over 100 world-class, award-winning artists. The Festival included symphony, chamber, family music, opera and gypsy jazz. In addition, educational programs in every genre will be offered. Their mission is “to present an annual festival of diverse music, opera and dance performed by outstanding artists, to inspire a greater appreciation of these art forms, and to help develop the performers of tomorrow.” Performances and clinics happen in various locations throughout the valley. Visit their website to see a full list of performances and opportunities.

In town we have several opportunities for intimate musical performances such as the Crested Butte Public House, The Princess Wine Bar and the Eldo Brewing & Tap Room. Check out their websites to find out what great musical performances are happening there during your visit to Crested Butte!

Aside from the venues listed here, both the Gunnison Farmer’s Market and the Crested Butte Farmer’s Market feature music weekly and almost every event in the valley has great music to accompany the fun as well!

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