Greeley’s cultural hotspot.
For a long time, Greeley’s live music scene was one of the best-kept secrets around. While people in the know were certainly aware of the University of Northern Colorado’s nationally renowned music program, the annual Jazz Festival, Blues Jam, and the Greeley Philharmonic, it wasn’t until four years ago, when the Moxi Theater opened downtown, that seemingly everyone began to understand what locals have known for years: music happens here.
“I think it’s essential to have music as a part of Greeley’s reputation,” says Moxi owner Ely Corliss. “We should have a thriving music scene.”
And we do – not only with regional and national acts, but also with local bands offering a “you heard it here first” experience: incredibly talented musicians at the beginning of their careers.
That’s in part because of UNC’s program, which draws students from around the country. It ensures that whatever’s happening in the contemporary music scene is happening in Greeley. And venues like the Moxi offer a springboard – a space for musicians to explore and hone their skills.
The Burroughs, a Greeley-based band that plays crowd-friendly soul music in Colorado and beyond. A band whose credits include headlining historic Front Range venues and opening for the likes of the Steve Miller Band and others, this nine-member group has a sound that gets crowds moving. “We decided to record our first full length album Sweaty Greeley Soul live at the Moxi Theater,” says band co-manager and saxophonist Briana Harris. “There is such a sense of pride for local music in Greeley, and we really wanted to celebrate this community on that project.”
“Greeley’s on the map not just as a place for great music,” says Pam Bricker, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, “but also as a place where you can get some really special, intimate musical experiences.”
When the Hilton Doubletree at Lincoln Park opens September 1, 2017, says Bricker, it’s going to have a dramatic impact on Greeley. “We’re expecting a real surge in activity,” she says. “We’re getting ready for more visitors and more tourism. It’s a game-changer for everyone downtown.”
The fact that retailers, artists, chefs, and musicians – all of whom have made downtown Greeley a cultural hotspot – will see a benefit is only part of the story.
“It’s not just the concert or the gallery opening or the meal,” says Bricker, “it’s the experience. It’s all the pieces that come together to make your downtown visit memorable. And this is going to make it possible for a lot more people to experience Greeley in ways they never could before.”
“Go Cup” Friday Fest Concerts
Enjoy free live music every Friday night on Greeley’s 9th Street plaza June through October where you can take your adult beverage on the plaza and from one venue to another.
Greeley’s Go Cup events were the first and are the best in Colorado! All ages welcome.
- June 2 – RETRO – Greeley Unexpected Launch Party
- June 9 – Josh Hoyer – Blues Jam kickoff (16 different venues)
- June 16 – Southern Fryed – Greeley Stampede kickoff
- June 23 – Milliken Underground
- June 30 – The Drunken Hearts
- July 7 – Brian Hornbuckle
- July 14 – The Elders
- July 21 – Hazel Miller
- July 28 – Funkiphino – Arts Picnic kickoff
- August 4 – Blues DoGS
- August 11 – Archie Funker
- August 18 – My Blue Sky
- August 25 – TBA
- September 1 – Ben Pu and Crew
- September 8 – Kizumba
- September 15 – My Favorite Bands
- September 22 – Block Party
- September 29 & 30 – OktoBREWfest