Do you feel the need to rock out to some great live music? You're in luck, there are lots of acts playing all around our area this first weekend of August.

The Don Ray Band plays a free show at The Drunken Skunk, 1617 Capitol Avenue, starting at 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 1. I had a chance to interview Don Ray earlier this week on his tour bus headed to Cheyenne, give it a listen here.

Rush, the Canadian trio just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, will be at the Pepsi Center in Denver August 2.

Also on Friday, August 2, Another Perfect Circus takes the stage at the American Legion Post 6, 2001 East Lincolnway, from 7 to 10 p.m. There's no cover charge and dinner is served between 5:30 and 7 p.m.

At the Steamboat Steak and Smoke House, 1947 Dell Range Boulevard, on Friday, August 2, John Paul Hodge will be entertaining beginning at 7 p.m.

In downtown Cheyenne, catch Howard Skaggs at Sanford's Pub and Grub, 115 East 17th Street, performing a free show on August 2 starting at 7 p.m.

Around the corner at the Paramount Cafe, 1607 Capitol Avenue, on Friday, August 2, be part of their free Open Mic Night getting underway at 6 p.m.

Fridays on the Plaza presents Lug Nut and the Spare Tires from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on August 2 at the Depot Plaza, beer, food and drink is available for purchase during their free performance.

The Cult plays the Ogden Theatre in Denver on Friday, August 2, with opening act White Hills beginning at 9 p.m.

And a great triple bill hits Fiddlers Green in Englewood, Colorado on Saturday, August 3, featuring ZZ Top, Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker.

Don't let summer slip away before you see some of these acts touring through the area.