Anythink announces 2023 Backyard Concert Series featuring local performers

The 2023 Backyard Concert Series logo with performer names and dates.

Presented by Amazon, money raised goes to performing arts at Anythink

The annual Anythink Backyard Concert Series, presented by Amazon, returns for its 11th season in 2023. Hosted on the second Friday of June, July and August at the one-acre park adjacent to Anythink Wright Farms in Thornton, Colo., the Backyard Concert Series is a chance for families and friends to gather for local music, food and drinks in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.

In addition to free Friday night entertainment, these events also serve as a fundraiser for the Anythink Foundation. All proceeds from this year’s Backyard Concert Series will go toward making the performing arts more accessible to our community in 2024. Supporters can donate in-person or online.

“For over a decade now, community members have gathered on the back lawn at Anythink Wright Farms with friends and neighbors to celebrate summer,” says Anythink Director of Strategic Partnerships Stacie Ledden. “It feels fitting that this year, money raised at the Backyard Concert Series will go to providing access to the performing arts for residents of all ages and backgrounds in 2024. Through opportunities like free passes and local performances, these funds will allow us to extend the spirit of the concert series all year long.”

Doors open with food and drink available for purchase at 5:30 pm; bands perform from 6:30-8:30 pm. This year’s lineup includes:

The Reminders – Friday, June 9
The Mañanas – Friday, July 14
King Cardinal – Friday, Aug. 11

Concertgoers will have the option to purchase food and drinks onsite, including sandwiches from Nosh Catering, frozen treats from Em’s Ice Cream, wine from The Infinite Monkey Theorem and beer from Great Divide. Proceeds from food and drink sales will benefit the Anythink Foundation.

The Backyard Concert Series is presented by Amazon and made possible by the generous support from community sponsors Butler Snow, PFM Asset ManagementRBC Capital Markets and United Power.

Parking is limited, and attendees are encouraged to carpool or use alternative methods of transportation like public transit, bicycles, or ridesharing apps like Lyft and Uber.

About the bands

The Reminders: A rare and remarkable musical duo with undeniable magical chemistry, The Reminders transcend the bounds of expectation to uplift and entertain. They seamlessly blend razor-sharp rhythms and raw, soulful vocals with reggae-tinged hip-hop beats to highlight their relevant and inspiring messages. The couple shares a partnership in both music and life as Samir and Aja have been married for over a decade. The Reminders performed at the 2021 Backyard Concert Series, and this will be their second time making music in the Anythink Wright Farms backyard. 

The Mañanas: Denver-based power pop/garage rock sensation, The Mañanas, are playing the Backyard Concert Series for the first time this summer. The Mañanas' sound has been compared to a mix of the Strokes, Weezer, and Arctic Monkeys. Packed with fun choruses, jangly guitars and low-yet-also-hi-fi production, their music is sure to captivate anyone who loves an upbeat, carefree sound. 

King Cardinal: Hailed by Marquee Magazine for their “excellently crafted Americana” and Westword for their “raw, gut-wrenching emotion,” Denver's King Cardinal push raw roots rock into lush, sonically daring territory with hints of cosmic country and delicate folk. Jonah Wisneski, one of the band's guitar players, has performed solo at Anythink's Sparkopolis and Illuminate the Night events, and this is King Cardinal's first performance at the Backyard Concert Series.

Event Details
Anythink Backyard Concert Series
Benefitting the Anythink Foundation

Second Friday of the month
Doors open with food and drink available at 5:30 pm
Music from 6:30-8:30 pm

June 9 – The Reminders
July 14 – The Mañanas
Aug. 11 – King Cardinal

Anythink Wright Farms
5877 E. 120th Ave.
Thornton, CO 80602