May 16--- Cher, with Cyndi Lauper, 7:30 p.m.May 28, Pepsi Center, Denver, altitudetickets.com: The indefatigable Cher and Lauper alight for a showstopper performance. With its 18,000 capacity in downtown Denver, Pepsi Center will play host to dozens of big-name performers.
- Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker, 6 p.m.July 4, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, axs.com: It's a Red Rocks tradition with headlining act Blues Traveler. If you're lucky, you'll spot fireworks as John Popper's harmonica plays on amid the red sandstone monoliths.
Alison Krauss and Union Station, with Jerry Douglas, 7:30 p.m.July 27, Pikes Peak Center, ticketswest.com, 576-2626: You don't have to travel far to hear some big names play. Krauss, a bluegrass country singer-songwriter, and her band have been delighting audiences for years.
- Vans Warped Tour, with Air Dubai, For Today, Mixtapes, Teenage Bottlerocket, Attila and others, 11 a.m.Aug. 3, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, ticketmaster.com: Multiple stages offer music from big-name bands and up-and-coming ones.
- Lady Gaga's artRave: The Art Pop Ball, 7:30 p.m.Aug. 6, Pepsi Center, Denver, altitudetickets.com: The last time that the pop songstress performed in Denver was 2010. The Colorado event is her last North American tour stop before she heads out of the country.
Jennifer Mulson, The Gazette
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