Given the number of performances and concerts going on right in Loveland these days, it’s perhaps no surprise that many residents tend to overlook the entertainment options available in nearby Greeley.
But with the Union Colony Civic Center turning 30 in September and a visit by TV dog behaviorist Cesar Milan kicking off the celebratory anniversary season, the time may be right for Lovelanders to check out the expansive offerings of the venue located about 30 minutes to their east in downtown Greeley.
The full schedule for the fall portion of the center’s upcoming season was announced last week. Milan will kick things off on Sept. 8 by bringing his training dog show to Northern Colorado for the first time. During the show, he he will demonstrate his unique techniques on dogs from Greeley shelters.
The following week will see a visit from NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabar, who will give a talk about “Finding Your Inner All Star” during which he will recount his own evolution from a young athlete to an NBA champion, author, producer and community activist on Sept. 15.
Miss the 1970s? Roger Waters and David Gilmour may not be on the lineup but the Sept. 21 Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, which promises a high-power laser and video projection show set to the soundtrack of one of the greatest psychedelic rock bands ever, could be the next best thing.
But that’s just the beginning of a fall lineup that will feature performances for varied musical tastes, including the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Oct. 20 and acclaimed a capella group Straight No Chaser on Nov. 4. Other musical highlights include jazz and pop singer Mandy Harvey, who earned fourth place on America’s Got Talent in 2016 and Cheyenne country singer Sean Curtis and the Divide.
Those who prefer patriotic may instead enjoy the performance by the 19-member Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band on Oct. 21 or the Air Force Academy Band’s holiday concert on Dec. 10.
Northern Colorado residents will also have a chance to get a taste of Broadway on Dec. 14 when Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderalla” plays the center’s stage.
Jazz pianist David Benoit and vocalist Sara Gazarek will also perform a unique tribute to Charlie Brown and the Peanuts on Dec. 20.
Information about all 19 of the Union Colony Civic Center’s fall events can be found at ucstars.com. Tickets for all of those shows will go on sale at noon on July 31. Three different packages of discounted show tickets will also be available for sale. The lineup for the spring portion of the UCCC’s 30th season will be announced later this year, according to the UCCC website.
Paul Albani-Burgio: 970-699-5407, firstname.lastname@example.org