We saw and heard Laurie Berkner with special Guest Susie Lampert at the Arvada Center, as part of the summer stage concert series on July 11. How awesome! We had a blast and our reserved seats were covered and very close. Honestly, before this concert, I had seen videos and heard her name but didn’t really know how popular she was. Most parents knew every word by heart and kids were yelling out song requests. I have to say, we have been living under a rock! We even ran into several families we knew! Her music may be geared towards children and safe for all audiences, but the humor was not lost on us adults. She gets children and their attention span and beach balls were tossed around at one point during the concert- it was so much fun for kids and the the adult-kids too! What fun music! We had a good time and also loved the venue.
The Arvada Center is so close to our home, and a perfect, cozy venue for all! Kid-approved and parent loved, you simply must get to know the music and tunes of Laurie Berkner if you have young children. If you want to check out more events at the Arvada Center, see this link, and check out all their great summer concerts. The box office is at 720-898-7200, or you can purchase online at : summeratthecenter.org
Disclaimer: I was provided with four free reserved seats at the arvada center in exchange for posting requirements before and after the show. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Wow… “hearing [really] is believing!” We had the opportunity* to see Denver Brass perform yesterday, and it was fabulous! This particular show was very unique in that it was not just The Denver Brass, but performances from various others to make up the Ancient Threads… simply put, it was fabulous!
Artists and performances included Celtic Colorado Pipes & Drums, Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers, Wick School of Irish Dance, Todd Teske – Tenor, and Iain Hyde & Joanna Hyde – Fiddles. What a treat just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! The music, the dancing, the bagpipes, and all the costumes reminded me of my time in Ireland and Scotland.
All in all, what a great show, and performance. Amazing talent right here in our own backyard. The venue wasn’t too shabby either. The Newman Center for Performing Arts on DU’s campus is a perfect venue. You can check out all their other presentations and shows too! This particular show for The Denver Brass, along with all their other shows are very kid-friendly, and definitely are for all ages. I even saw a toddler who was mesmerized, and held very still during the whole show! I high recommend checking out The Denver Brass and their entire schedule, and venues.
*Disclaimer:I was compensated with free tickets to see and hear The Denver Brass at the Newman Center for Performing Arts (Denver University). My opinions and views expressed here are my own.
Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream came to Denver for the first time and it is playing through this weekend. If you have a little prince or princess in your midst, now is the time to get your tickets and don’t miss this spectacular event. Check out this original post for all the details and a discount code.
The Show:We went last night and a few things about the show: It is exactly 2 hours long from start to finish with a 20-minute intermission (which I felt was too long). The show is divided into three segments with each one being introduced by our Disney friends: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald. The show starts with Tiana and the Princess and the Frog story, and then leads into the classic tale of Cinderella which is cut abruptly by intermission and then picked up after intermission. After that, the story we have all waited for takes the stage and it is phenomenally done in my opinion: Rapunzel and the Tangled story with Flynn Rider, Rapunzel, Mother Gothel and the whole gang. There are some pictures here from the 8th row in Section 104 so you can determine seating. I loved the acrobatics in Tangled and the skaters were equally animated and lively. They flew threw the air!
The stories are all altered for brevity and the winner of my giveaway gave me some feedback. He wished they had done more with her hair. That story was not built up much. He is right. Also, Pascal, the chameleon was not really part of the show which is sad because he is a supporting actor in the movie. But my giveaway winner loved the horse, Maximus, and what they did with him on ice. At times, you honestly felt like Maximus was a real horse! I have to agree with him on that point. The one suggestion I have for FELD is that the show be 90 minutes without an intermission and only does Princess and the Frog and the Tangled stories with more depth put in them. The Disney characters can still introduce the story and conclude it with all the princesses but doing Cinderella again seemed to drag the show on longer than it needed to be. But I have to say, the carriage was beautifully done and the dance number with the prince and Cinderella was great.
This show seemed more geared towards younger girls than boys in my opinion despite the Flynn Rider acrobatics. And for me, two hours is a bit long for the target audience for this show. The show ended with all the princesses and a song with everyone. It was beautiful and well done as Disney always manages to do and their attention to the stage and set detail is just amazing!
Venue: As you can tell from previous posts, the Pepsi Center is not my favorite venue. My favorite venue is the Denver Coliseum. But, on a positive note, last night went well – we got there early and made it into the Tundra lot, off of Speer. If you use the regular entrance, you want to be in the back lots which you enter off of Auraria Pkwy or off of Speer and then go all the way around the building to the back. It was easy to get in and out this time without much walking but as always, there is no traffic control after the show like there is before, so be mindful of the parking lots being a bit tough to get out of. Park accordingly and be safe! The parking was $10 at the Pepsi Center. The seats are not as spacious as they are at the Coliseum, and it is tough to navigate around people if you are crammed in the middle and with winter coats, gloves, hats, snacks, and all that jazz, there is really no place for your feet. Be mindful of this when you select seats as well.
All in all, it is among the top Disney on ice shows but I really thought for my kiddos, the Princesses on Ice fared better from last year at the Denver Coliseum. The venue is better, and the stories did not seem to drag on. But I would recommend this in the top 5 shows for princesses and Disney and you get it all. If you can, pick a time this weekend when your kids are not tired and head out and catch this 120-minute show. It is wonderful for the little princesses and princes in your life.
Get tangled up in Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream! Experience Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled as Rapunzel, her unlikely companion, Flynn, and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss. And fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime! Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream comes to Denver!
Here is the performance schedule and ticket pricing information and stay tuned for a special post on November 12 for a Giveaway at this website– you can win a family pack to attend DISNEY ON ICE, Dare to Dream on opening night, Thursday December 6, 7pm.
Schedule & Pricing: Thursday, Dec. 6 – 7PM – *Opening Night Tickets are just $15! ($15 in 200/300 levels, $20 in 100 level seats. Front Row and
VIP are not discounted. Additional fees apply)
Friday, Dec. 7 – 11AM & 7PM
Saturday, Dec. 8 – 11AM, 3PM & 7PM
Sunday, Dec. 9 – 11AM, 3PM & (7PM SPANISH LANGUAGE PERFORMANCE)
$75 (Front Row)
*Service charges and handling fees may apply
Tickets are on sale through TicketHorse at www.TicketHorse.com/Disney, by calling 1.866.461.6556 and at the
Pepsi Center Box Office.
Please use www.TicketHorse.com/Disney for all online ticket links.
Discount Codes: Save $4 per ticket with code: 4MOM at the tickethorse website.
And …. stay tuned. Get Clued In will host a giveaway later this month for free tickets on opening night. Remember that parking at the Pepsi Center is a pain and is upwards of $10 and is not included in the free ticket giveaway. Try to take public transport or park off-site if you can. If you know from my previous experiences, the Pepsi Center is a pain to get in and out of so plan accordingly.
Disclaimer: Get Clued In’s general disclaimer applies to all promotions. Get Clued In is part of the Feld Family Activators and is offered free admission for her family to promote the show, and for a post-review. Please note that all opinions are mine and not influenced by the offer.
As I posted previously, Labor Day weekend is traditionally also the Taste of Colorado and this year was no exception. The food booths, the crafts, the free samples from some, the rides, the games, and the heat- my god, the heat! But it’s all fun and it’s HUGE!
Downtown Denver held another successful Taste of Colorado this year, and it was yummy fun and if you didn’t find the shaded grassy areas, you missed out! The bands were amazing too! We got to sit in the grass, eat our treats, and listen to some amazing music. From Country, Classic Rock, to Rocking Pop, there was music all over the festival, free samples, and tasty eats you could purchase and thanks to Colorado Kids, my family had $50 worth of free tickets too and not one ticket was left over. Foods stalls ranged from everything to anything you could imagine even fondue!
The traditional fare was there- sno-cones, funnel cakes, popcorn, and sweet corn – yum! But then cuisine you could only imagine- there was Greek food, Indian food, Vietnamese food truck, Chinese, Mexican, and man, the food options just went on and on. You could do a “taste” for 3 tix at most booths or go for bigger dishes for 8, all the way up to 11 and 12. Or, a giant turkey leg for 15- woh! There were perfect portions or larger portions to share with couples and between families. All in all, a great time was had by all and the weather was hot but hey, it’s Labor Day and all down hill from here so… enjoy the sun, right?
If you haven’t checked it out yet, you have Labor Day left – Monday, September 3. Check it out and enjoy! Parking is tough so for Labor Day, you can park at the USPS building at 14th and Bannock area.