Littleton’s Hudson Gardens Releases Summer Concert Calendar

Ambrosia – Sunday, June 5

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The founding members of Ambrosia decided on the moniker to represent a vision of their music: all shades, textures, colors and styles.Ambrosia was best known for their soulful soft-rock radio hits spanning the late ’70s and early ’80s, including You’re the Only Woman and How Much I Feel. One of the biggest honors bestowed upon the band was Quincy Jones’ declaration that their hit Biggest Part of Me was one of his all-time favorite songs.
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 6:30 PM.
Adult $15. Member $12.50. Child (3-12) $10.

Firefall – Sunday, June 12

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A Hudson Gardens’ favorite, this Colorado-based band placed many Top-40 chart hits, including You Are The Woman, Just Remember I Love You, Strange Way, and Cinderella. A pioneer of country/rock music characterized by mellow, easy sounds coupled with pop melodies and lush harmonies, Firefall endures because of the strength and integrity of their songs.
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 6:30 PM.
Adult $15. Member $12.50. Child (3-12) $10.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Sunday, June 19

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With a career that spans five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has gone from a hippie jug-band to pioneers of country rock, setting influences that are recognized yet today. From their 35 albums came 22 country hits, three pop hits, as well as Grammy and CMA awards. The group was also honored in 2006, when their landmark album, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, was included in the National Recording Registry as one of 50 recordings to be honored and preserved by the Library of Congress.
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 6:30 PM.
Adult $27. Member $24. Child (3-12) $10.

Under a Blood Red Sky: U2 tribute – Sunday, June 26

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Feel the power of one of the greatest bands of our time! Their passion and love of U2 music has brought Under a Blood Red Sky together to truly capture U2’s sound live on stage. With great attention to detail, they perform all eras of U2’s career, including I Will Follow, Gloria, New Year’s Day, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Pride (in the name of love), Bad, Where the Streets Have No Name, With or Without You, Vertigo, The Fly, andMysterious Ways… just to name a few.
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 6:30 PM.
Adult $15. Member $12.50. Child (3-12) $10.

The Guess Who – Sunday, July 3

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Very few rock music acts achieving “Superstar” status in the ‘60s and ‘70s continue to tour as successfully today as The Guess Who. Their biggest hit, American Woman, reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1970, and is widely recognized as one of the most applauded classic rock cuts of all time. Although they paved the way for the hard rock acts of the ‘70s with this mega-hit and No TimeThe Guess Who is also noted for elegant pop-soul ballads like These Eyes, Laughing andUndun.
Fireworks display immediately following the concert.
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 7 PM.
Adult $26. Member $23. Child (3-12) $10.

Poco – Monday, July 4

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One of the first and longest-lasting groups of the country-rock genre,Poco was born from the remaining elements of Buffalo Springfield, when co-founders Neil Young and Stephen Stills left the group in the spring of 1968. The band’s original name stems from a comic strip by Walt Kelly. Their hits include Good Feeling to Know, Crazy Love, Heart of the Night and Call It Love.
Fireworks display immediately following the concert.
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 7 PM.
Adult $21. Member $18. Child (3-12) $10.

Super Diamond: Neil Diamond tribute – Sunday, July 10

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Diamond is forever! Capturing the essence of Mr. Jonathan Livingston Seagull himself, Super Diamond replicates everything from the blinding sequin shirts of ’70s era right down to the most detailed nuances of classic songs such as Cherry, Cherry. Surreal Neil is not a Neil Diamond impersonator. And Super Diamond is not a cover band. Super Diamond is six guys in sequins providing what they like to call “The Alternative Neil Diamond Experience.” Whatever you do, don’t let anyone tell you Neil Diamond doesn’t rock!
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 6:30 PM.
Adult $18. Member $15.50. Child (3-12) $10.

Loverboy – Sunday, July 17

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In the 1980s, Loverboy’s red leather pants, bandanas, and big rock sound defined the band’s trademark image and high-energy live show. They quickly became one of America’s and MTV’s most popular rock bands, with chart-toppers coming one after another. Their hits includeHot Girls In Love, Queen Of The Broken Hearts, Working For The Weekend, When It’s Over, Take Me To The Top, Only The Lucky Ones, Jump, andHeaven In Your Eyes.
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 6:30 PM.
Adult $25. Member $22. Child (3-12) $10.

Sister Hazel – Sunday, July 24

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Their name comes from Sister Hazel Williams, a local nun who ran who ran Sister Hazel’s Rescue Mission in Gainesville, Florida during the 1970s and early ‘80s. The facility gave those who were down on their luck a safe place to stay warm, eat and regroup, regardless of age, race or beliefs; it is in this spirit of unconditional concern for all beings that the band chose to use her name. With six Top-30 hits to their credit, including Your Winter, Change Your Mind and All for YouSister Hazel’s Southern-style rock sound is characterized by highly melodic tunes and optimistic lyrics with a decidedly fresh, invigorating style.
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 6:30 PM.
Adult $20. Member $17.50. Child (3-12) $10.

The Stylistics – Saturday, July 30

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What started as the innocent union of two ex-high school bands has developed into one of the longest-standing, most accomplished soul bands to ever grace the R&B scene. The Stylistics, with their characteristic charisma, style and harmony, recorded a remarkable ten straight Top-10 hits in the early ‘70s, including You Make Me Feel Brand New, You Are Everything, Stone In Love With You, Betcha By Golly Wowand Break Up to Make Up.
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 6:30 PM.
Adult $20. Member $17.50. Child (3-12) $10.

Little River Band – Sunday, July 31

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Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1975, Little River Band was the first Australian rock group to enjoy sustained commercial success in the United States. During their career, the band has sold more than 25 million records and scored 13 American Top-40 hits, including Happy Anniversary, Reminiscing, Lady, Cool Change, Man On Your Mind andLonesome Loser. Glenn Frey of The Eagles has publicly acclaimed Little River Band as “the best harmony band in the world”.
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 6:30 PM.
Adult $26. Member $23. Child (3-12) $10.

38 Special – Sunday, August 7

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A legendary powerhouse, 38 Special continues to amaze fans with their signature blast of southern rock. Their brand of “muscle and melody” comes to life with timeless songs such as Hold On Loosely, Caught Up In You and Rockin’ Into the Night – hits that are recognizable from the first opening chord.
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 6:30 PM.
Adult $27. Member $24. Child (3-12) $10.

Richard Marx – Sunday, August 14

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Writer of thirteen #1 songs, Richard Marx has consistently and powerfully made his mark on the music industry. From 1987 to 1990, he became the first male solo artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top-5 on Billboard’s singles chart, including the number one hits Hold On to the Night, Satisfied and the worldwide classic, Right Here Waiting. To this day, his feat remains unchallenged.
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 6:30 PM.
Adult $25. Member $22. Child (3-12) $10.

Frampton Comes Alive 35th Anniversary Tour – Sunday, August 21

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One of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history, Peter Frampton embarks on a world tour in 2011, celebrating the 35th anniversary of his multi-platinum-selling live album, Frampton Comes Alive! The legendary album will be performed in its entirety on The Hudson Gardens’ stage, featuring iconic classics such as Do You Feel Like We Do?, Baby, I Love Your Way and Show Me the Way.
Note: This concert is three hours in length.

Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 7 PM.
Adult $46. Member $43. Child (3-12) $10.

Vertical Horizon – Sunday, August 28

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Their first major album release, Everything You Want, sold 2 million copies with the title song hitting #1 on Billboard’s Hot-100 and Adult Top-40 charts. The song was the most played single in the year 2000. In addition to the success with Everything You WantVertical Horizongarnered continued recognition on the radio waves with You’re a God(#4 on Billboard’s Adult Chart) and Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning), which also became a Top-20 country hit for Gary Allan in 2005.
Gates open at 5 PM. Concert begins at 6:30 PM.
Adult $20. Member $17.50. Child (3-12) $10.

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Who Is Timothy Dwenger

Music has always been a part of my life. It probably all started listening to old Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Simon & Garfunkel records that my parents had, but it wasn't long before they were taking me to concerts like Starship, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Huey Lewis & The News. I got the bug to write about music after reviewing an Eric Clapton concert for a creative writing project in high school but didn't really take it up seriously until 2002. Since then I have published countless articles in The Marquee Magazine and done some work for Jambase.com, SPIN Magazine, and various other outlets. I started Listen Up Denver! as a way to share the music information that is constantly spilling out of my head with people who care. Please enjoy!