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Red Rocks Summer Concerts

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One of the greatest things about living in Colorado is our access to the outdoors, but more importantly, it’s our access to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. Red Rocks has been voted over and over again as one of the best outdoor concert venues in the world.

The park is free to visit during the day and closes down before concerts in the evening. So you can spend your day hiking through the scenic foothills outside of Denver before heading in for an amazing concert experience in the evening.

Who is playing Red Rocks this year? Let’s look at some of the biggest names coming to serenade us.

The 1975:

This British rock band from Manchester has been hitting the road since 2012 when they released their first EP, “Facedown.” The 1975 describes their music as, “…unashamedly glamorous … the lyrics heart-on-sleeve, spill-your-guts confessional, their music brazenly diverse.”

The Thievery Corporation:

Get your 90’s love on with The Thievery Corporation. The duo from D.C. describe their music as, “…creating boundary-warping, complexly crafted electronic music partly inspired by bossa nova’s intricate rhythms and lush textures.” Their latest album, “Saudade” draws inspiration from the Brazilian-born genre.

Global Dub Festival/Datsik:

This electronic festival is heading into its fifth year at Red Rocks. In the past this event has featured artists such as Sub.mission, Dodger, Coult – 45, and Thorazine.

Elephant Revival:

Their concert will be just after their latest album release, “Petals.” This band features guitars, fiddle, washboards, stomp box, banjo, horns, cello, double base, mandolin, and more. Elephant Revival’s mixture of folk and indie are great way to bring in a mellow spring evening in May.

Lamb of God:

This mental band has been making waves in the music world since the early 2000’s. The band’s latest album, “VII: Strum Und Drang” was influenced by vocalist Randy Blythe’s time in the Czech Republic where he had been accused of causing intentional bodily harm to a fan during a show in 2010. Though they are sure to play old fan favorites expect the latest album to have an influence on the show.

The Lumineers:

June brings with it two concerts with the local Denver band, The Lumineers. Their music can be described as a mix between indie folk, pop, and acoustic rock. The concert will coincide with the band’s world tour and release of their new album “Cleopatra.”

Brand New and Modest Mouse:

Brand New and Modest Mouse team up to close out June. These two bands have been rocking it for decades and will be rocking Red Rocks in 2016. These two alternative rock bands are sure to get the crowd going.

Twenty One Pilots:


After your 4th of July fun you and head over to Red Rocks to watch Twenty One Pilots. Their music is described by All Music as “rap-infused high-tech pop,” which perfectly represents their sound. This band has been through a lot since its founding in 2009, with only one original member left and an ever evolving sound their concert is sure to strike a chord with the audience.

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats:

Ring out the last day of summer before classes with Nathanial Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Rateliff started his music career right here in Denver and formed Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats in 2015. Their Song S.O.B. was an instant hit.


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