PHOTOS: City Park Jazz 2021 kicks off with The Burroughs — The Know

And just like that, Denver suddenly felt a lot more like Denver.

On Sunday afternoon, City Park jazz returned to the pavilion at Denver’s City Park, bringing thousands of music fans outside for live entertainment from local bands. The free annual summer concert series was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but the event is back just as coronavirus-related restrictions and capacity limits have largely ended in the city of Denver. Up to 13,000 people attended these weekly shows before the pandemic.

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The Burroughs played Sunday afternoon, kicking off a series of nine concerts that will feature everything from New Orleans-style brass bands to big bands and the blues. You don’t need tickets to attend this one — just pack a picnic and find a spot in the grass. Organizers warn that construction in the area will make traffic and parking a headache, but the event has a bicycle parking area that will be manned by employees during the show.

Find more details on the concert series at

City Park Jazz 2021 schedule

June 20 — Brass Band Extravaganza with Otone, Tivoli Club Brass Band, Guerilla Fanfare
June 27 — Annie Booth Big Band
July 4 — Purnell Steen and the Five Points Ambassadors
July 11 — Such
July 18 — Chris Daniels and the Kings with Freddi Gowdy
July 25 — Special event: Celebrating Denver Jazz Heritage with the El Chapultepec All Stars, featuring Tony Black
Aug. 1 — Nelson Rangell
Aug. 8 — Cast Iron Queens

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