Live Music

The Gunnison Arts Center provides a slew of musical venues while bringing different styles of music to the forefront. Whether your in the setting of the intimate Black Box Theatre, enjoying the outdoor courtyard stage under trees and lights, listening to music and dancing on warm Sunday evenings in Legion Park, or rocking out on the first block of South Main street during festivals; you’re sure to find that musical groove!
Booking local and traveling artists.

Sundays @ 6 Free Concert Series


First Fridays on the Courtyard
Marimba Mu Gomo
Friday, June 1. 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
Marimba Mu Gomo (Marimba in the Mountains) is an eight member troupe comprised of Gunnison and Crested Butte locals, playing traditional and original Zimbabwean music on wooden African Marimbas.

Local Vocals
Friday, June 15. Doors 7:00, Concert 7:30 pm.

Experience a unique concert as local singer-songwriters take the stage to combine their stories, inspiration, music and talent. Sit back in the Arts Center’s intimate Black Box Theatre and enjoy an exciting evening of diverse musical artistry. Hosted by Singer-Songwriter Chris Coady and featured performers TBA. Concert held in the GAC’s Black Box Theatre.
Tickets: $15/adults, $12/kids(12-), snrs(60+), members.

Get tickets HERE.

Wednesday, June 20. Doors 7:30, Concert 8:00 pm.

Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert, and Jordan Tice brought on mandolinist Dominick Leslie to form Hawktail. Music fans will recognize them from their various other outfits (Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, Crooked Still, A Prairie Home Companion) and enjoy this unique instrumental offering, perfect in the setting of the GAC Black Box Theatre.
Tickets: $15/adults, $13/members.
Get tickets HERE.

River Fest Block Party FT. Policulture
Saturday, June 23. 5:30-10:00 pm.

Join us after the Gunnison River Festival on South Main Street for an exciting community tradition featuring River Fest events, food vendors, Upslope Brewery beer garden and live free music. Policulture is the Original Mountain Reggae band from Boulder, CO. Policulture emanates heavy drum and bass with a roots rhythm, melodic horn section, and conscious lyrics. Forming in 2010 the band developed a contemporary reggae sound that is shaped by their upbringing and surrounding environment. With an understanding that music undoubtedly has the power to change the world, Policulture advocates a perspective of positivity and achievability in their music. Inspired by the tradition of roots reggae music, along with the current movement of modern roots reggae, the band is honored to have shared the stage with international touring acts including; The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, SOJA, Rebelution, John Brown’s Body and many more.


First Fridays on the Courtyard
Jenny Hill & Sam Pankratz
Friday, July 6. 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Sam and Jenny play winding melodies of guitar, fiddle and banjo, singing stories of the land and the people that cross their paths. For both, music is powerful and keeps life lighthearted. Their north-meets-south styling results in a blend of upbeat, down-to-earth Americana.


First Fridays on the Courtyard
Bill Dowell
Friday, August 3. 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Bill Dowell’s musical influences range from the Beatles and Stones to Jackson Brown. He and his friends cover a variety of classic rock and country rock to original music inspired by a life in the mountains. Expect an evening of tight vocals and quality instrumentation.

Moonlight Music Concert Series
The Gunnison Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre sets an intimate vibe for our live music series this fall. See these talented artists on stage, up close and personal. Doors Open at 7:30 pm. and shows start at 8:00 pm.

Moonlight Music Concert Series
Whitewater Ramble
Saturday, August 25. Doors 7:30, concert 8:00 pm.

Described as “High-Octane Rocky Mountain Dance Grass”, Whitewater Ramble uses a simple recipe to craft its sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana. The Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres and to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations. Whitewater Ramble delivers a powerful and memorable live performance.
Tickets: TBA


ArtWalk Festival
Friday, September 7. 7:30 – 10:00 pm.
Hailing from Telluride, Colorado, Niceness is rooted in the traditional sounds of island reggae; seamlessly integrating elements of soul, funk, Latin and hip-hop while staying true to their authentic reggae vibes. Their lyrics embody a conscious message rarely found in this day and age, centrally focused on love, personal responsibility, interdependence, and sustainability. Concert will be held on the first block of South Main Street, complete with food vendors and a High Alpine beer garden.
Entry FREE.