Twila Castillo said she attended her first Sounds of Summer concert June 13, returned June 20 and plans to be at each of Englewood’s free Thursday events this year.
“I read about the concerts in the paper and I decided I’d come see what it is like,” the Littleton resident said as she settled down for the second concert of the season. “I brought my two girls last week and they had a great time running and playing and I enjoyed the music. They wanted to come again this week so we packed a picnic and here we are. It is a great outing for us because I can relax and let the girls run around while I talk to all the friendly people around me. We plan to come to all the concerts just to enjoy ourselves.”
Castillo was among about 500 people who attended the June 20 concert to listen to old and new country songs performed by Tumbling Dice. The grassy area in front of the stage was a favorite seating area, while many who brought folding chairs lined both sides of the walkways on each side of the grassy area. Quite a few people opted to move a little farther from the stage, setting up their chairs in shady areas.
Volunteers from City Center Community staffed the table, handing out free popcorn and water. They thanked those who opted to drop money into the donation box. The volunteers also got children and even a few adults involved with attempting to keep the hula hoops circling their hips instead of hitting the ground.
The free Sounds of Summer concerts are held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings from June 13 to Aug. 8, but no concert will be held July 4. The bands perform on the stage of the amphitheater at the base of the bridge leading to the Englewood Light Rail Station.
There is no charge for admission and, while chairs are set up on the grassy area in front of the stage, concert-goers are invited to bring their own chairs. In case of threatening weather, call 303-762-2598 for information on whether or not the concert will go on as planned.
Englewood has held free summer concerts since receiving grant funds for the program in 1994. The grants from Arapahoe County ended after the 1999 season. But, because of the popularity of the free concerts, the Englewood City Council approved funding to continue the program.
Originally, the concerts were held at the Plaza at Little Dry Creek. With the construction of the amphitheater as part of the CityCenter Englewood development, the decision was made in 2003 to move the concert series to the new venue.