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Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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    October 29, 2014

    How Halloween Cover Shows Helped the Motet Become One of Colorado's Hottest Bands

    The Motet, a funk/jam outfit founded more than fifteen years ago in Boulder as the Dave Watts Motet, is well known around the country for its celebrated Halloween shows, when the band puts on a "musical costume" and plays songs from a classic artist, ranging from Prince to Michael Jackson. This year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts of the Summer

    Red Rocks hosted the last concerts of its regular concert series a little over a week ago, signaling the official end of the summer concert season in Colorado. This week on the Backbeat blog, we're looking back at some of our favorite shows of 2014's warmest months. Note that we didn't include any f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    How Big Gigantic Is Testing the Limits of EDM, With Help From Funk Band the Motet

    Boulder-based Big Gigantic -- the instrumental livetronica, hip-hop, jazz and electronic duo -- took the Red Rocks stage this weekend for its third annual "Rowdy Town" show. The group collaborated with Denver-based funk band the Motet to do a full band set each night. Dominic Lalli, saxophonist of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Take Car2Go to Red Rocks, But Not The Way I Did

    Driving to Red Rocks is a little ridiculous. It's a huge, unspoken part of the experience that goes directly against why the amphitheater is so great in the first place: It's a natural venue in a picturesque part of the state, a space where you can see an amazing show while admiring how fucking awes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    The Eight Best Shows This Weekend in Denver

    There are some punk rock bands playing next to the football stadium this weekend. Perhaps you've heard. There are plenty of options for those not headed to Riot Fest, including the inaugural Cloak & Dagger fest, with an impeccable lineup full of some of dance music's most interesting up-and-coming a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Ten Things to Do in Colorado Before Summer Is Officially Over

    Last week's 24-hour cold snap was an instant reminder that fall is on its way. But as with any typical season change in Colorado, that just means we have a little more time left before summer is officially over. In honor of these last few weeks (or days, depending on what Mother Nature decides), we' ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014
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    August 15, 2014

    Red Rocks Rockfall Case Moves Through Appeals Court; Read Both Sides' Arguments

    Did the city of Denver's "failure to reasonably maintain" Red Rocks amphitheater cause rocks to fall on concertgoers in 2011? That's the question at the heart of an ongoing lawsuit between the city and four people who were injured in the rockfall. The case is currently moving through the Colorado Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Lotus Will Perform a Talking Heads Tribute Set at Red Rocks

    Genre-defying five-piece dance and jam band Lotus will be playing its annual Red Rocks show on September 19. The set was originally targeted to support of the band's most recent album Gilded Age, but after the group debuted a successful new Talking Heads tribute set, featuring Gabriel Otto of Denver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Everything You Need to Know About Red Rocks

    Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world flock to Red Rocks every summer for music, movies and awe-inducing geology. In spite of the facility's fame, confusion remains common about its operation. Here are the most important things to know about Colorado's marquee venue. See also: 50 Ph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Awards for Chromeo and Cut Copy at Red Rocks: One of the Year's Best Shows

    Chromeo and Cut Copy headlined Red Rocks last night in what was among the best shows of the Red Rock's season. So many aspects of it are worth praise that instead of boring you with a think piece about Dave-1's tight tight pants or Flume's entrancing visuals, we decided to present the inaugural Chro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    The Fourteen Best Concerts in Denver This Week

    Red Rocks plays the classics this week, with performances by Chicago (with REO Speedwagon) and Boston. It'll also host a damn good time of a double-bill in Chromeo and Cut Copy. The rest of our picks follow. See also: Cut Copy on Interactive Billboards, Unusual Guitars and the Summer of Love

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    The ten best comedy events in Denver this August

    By the time August rolls around, summer seems to have lost some of its summery luster. After sweltering in the muggy heat and unexpected downpours for two months, August Schools re-open, attractions close, and Hollywood has already burned through its popcorniest blockbusters. It falls to comedy then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Watch John Hickenlooper play banjo with Old Crow Medicine Show at Red Rocks

    Word is getting around now about Governor John Hickenlooper's surprise guest appearance last night during Old Crow Medicine's show at Red Rocks. He played banjo, sang some harmonies and even took the lead for a brief verse on an old blues classic, "CC Rider." The Governor posted a message on Twitte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    The biggest weekend of Lily Fangz's promising young career

    Lily Fangz bounces on the balls of her feet, looking out on the crowd from the stage at Red Rocks. Her long hair flows past her shoulders. She raises the mic. It's time to go. Fangz, aka Lileana Krenza, is a rapper and hip-hop artist, and she's diving into reggae work. Her "merch" is made up of draw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    The eight best shows in Denver this week

    It's a particularly good week at Red Rocks, with something like half of our recommended shows taking place at the World's Sexiest Natural Ampitheatre. There is a particularly appealing collection of Colorado talent taking that stage on Thursday, when DeVotchKa joins the symphony orchestra for what i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Peter Sagal talks about fleeting radio fame, Elvis Costello and John Tesh

    When National Public Radio's weekly news quiz, "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!," began, way back in 1998, host Peter Sagal and his sidekick, radio veteran Carl Kassell, weren't even in the same room, let alone in front of a studio audience. The call-in show was recorded remotely from different studios. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Five must-see Colorado outdoor venues to check out this summer

    It's summer in Colorado which means it's time to enjoy the outdoors before winter arrives again and the beautiful green fades to a snowy white. Summer also means the Denver-area concert calendar is packed, and thankfully, you can enjoy both mother nature and music in the same place this summer. From ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    The five best shows in Denver this week

    There are some excellent shows in town this week as we lead up to Fourth of July weekend, including Fitz & the Tantrums two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre, Sarah McLachlan at Red Rocks, as well as Zeds Dead and Dada Life co-headlining at Red Rocks.

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Red Rocks shooting: Attorney David Lane on whether police response may have broken laws

    As part of our coverage of last week's shooting at Red Rocks during the Nas-Flying Lotus-Schoolboy Q concert, we've shared a detailed description of the law enforcement response from Jeffco sheriff's office rep Jacki Kelley as well as accounts from Bree Davies and Mary Willson, two Backbeat contrib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Red Rocks shooting: Jeffco sheriff's office on illegal search claims, hunt for gunman

    We've been reporting about a triple shooting at Red Rocks last week in which hip-hop artist Schoolboy Q was the likely target. Two Westword writers were caught in the delays that followed the incident, including our Bree Davies, who says she didn't get out of the area until 2:30 a.m. and was only al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Nas and Flying Lotus put on the quintessential Red Rocks show, with help from Schoolboy Q

    Editor's note: There was a shooting after last night's concert at Red Rocks. Early reports suggest Schoolboy Q was targeted on his way out of the venue. Three people were injured, none seriously. There was also a concert, though, and by all accounts it was a good one. We'll have some more reports on ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 5, 2014
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    May 12, 2014

    Red Rocks revenue doubles in five years and here's why

    Revenue from Red Rocks Amphitheatre has been steadily increasing, according to numbers provided by the city of Denver, which owns Red Rocks. In 2006, for example, the iconic venue pulled in $5.7 million in revenue, and the total five years ago was just over $7 million. By 2013, the projected revenue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Video, Recordings and more: Relive the night falling rocks injured seven at Red Rocks

    This week's cover story, "Rocks and Roll," is about four concertgoers who were injured by falling rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September 2011. They're now suing the city of Denver, which owns Red Rocks. They allege that the city was lax in its efforts to prevent such an incident and that even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Four people injured by falling rock at a 2011 STS9 Red Rocks concert are suing Denver

    Four people who were injured by falling rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September 2011 are suing the city of Denver, which owns Red Rocks. In all, seven people were hit by rocks during the encore of a Sound Tribe Sector 9 show, but only four have filed lawsuits. They claim that the city was lax i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Red Rocks: Could loud EDM music cause rocks to fall?

    This week's feature, "Rocks and Roll," tells the story of four concertgoers who were injured by falling rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September 2011. They're now suing the City of Denver, which owns Red Rocks. They allege that the city was lax in its efforts to prevent such an incident and that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Colorado Symphony Orchestra: Don't bring pot to our Red Rocks pot show

    While the State of Colorado and the City of Denver are still refusing to use marijuana legalization for promotional purposes, lotsa operations with no direct ties to the pot industry have been much more receptive to the idea -- including Hotels.com, which touted increased Denver searches prior to 4/ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Pretty Lights with the Symphony, Kings of Leon and more on sale this weekend

    Pretty Lights returns to Red Rocks for a two-night stand on Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9 but the this time around local producer Derek Vincent Smith will have a full band on board as well as thirteen members of the Colorado Symphony. Tickets ($44.50 advance, $50 day of show) go on sale on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Nine Inch Nails, KISS, Def Leppard and more have all announced Denver shows

    Trent Reznor and pals will play betwixt the monoliths in Morrison in July with grunge hero Soundgarden. Red Rocks's summer calendar continues to fill out -- Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls and Blues Traveler also announced shows there this week. The rest of the concert calendar updates follow.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    A guide to Phish's onstage hand signals, from Drunken Bar Swing to Pork Tornado

    When a band doesn't rely on a set list, musicians often find other ways to communicate on stage during the music. Phish, a band utterly reliant on improvisation, has gotten particularly good at this. In fact, the band has created a whole non-verbal language to let its members know what song to go in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    New Denver shows: James Taylor, Rodrigo y Gabriela, the Head and the Heart, tix on sale

    Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee James Taylor returns to Red Rocks on Tuesday, June 17. Tickets range from $49.50 and $89.50 and go on sale this Monday, February 10, at 10 a.m. Rodrigo y Gabriela stops at Red Rocks on Sunday, August 17, with local opener Nathaniel Rateliff. Ticket ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Bassnectar returns for two nights at Red Rocks in May, tickets on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m.

    As the upcoming concert season at Red Rocks continues to take shape, we just received word that Bassnectar is making his way back to Red Rocks for a two-night run on Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 30. Sub Focus and Kill Paris are set to share the bill on night one, and Crookers and Break Science ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014
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    November 8, 2013

    The Colorado Music Hall of Fame slated to move into the Red Rocks Trading Post next summer

    Next summer, The Colorado Music Hall of Fame is moving to Red Rocks. All of the exhibits from the inductees, which have been on display at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield since the hall's inception in April 2011, will be moved into a new home at the Trading Post in time for next year's summer conce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    The ten greatest jam-band meccas

    For many jam band fans, traveling and seeing concerts goes hand in hand. Often when a favorite band announces its tour, folks will scan the tour dates and choose which dates to go to depending on which venue they are booked at. From giant outdoor summer sheds to intimate houses, here are the ten gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Lotus at Red Rocks, 10/4/13

    LOTUS @ RED ROCKS | 10/4/13 Despite predictions of snow all week, the weather stayed calm but frigid at Red Rocks as Lotus performed its show, which had been rescheduled due to the flooding a couple weeks ago. Even though it was cold, all quickly warmed up dancing to the high energy genre-bending mu ... More >>

  • Music

    October 3, 2013
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    September 25, 2013

    Big Gigantic on its return to Rowdytown

    When Big Gigantic played Red Rocks last year, the feeling of hometown pride was unmistakable. As the act went into "Colorado Mountain High," a giant projection of the state flag draped the rocks, and the crowd went absolutely bananas. The duo ended up delivering its best set ever. That said, this ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    FRI & SAT | BIG GIGANTIC at FILLMORE, RED ROCKS | 9/27-9/28 Last year's Big Gigantic date at Red Rocks was the best EDM shows of the year in this state, and that speaks volumes, given how many stellar acts there were to choose from. The feeling of hometown pride, in both the band and the crowd, was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Ultimate survival guide to Furthur at Red Rocks

    Tonight at Red Rocks, Furthur kicks off its highly anticipated four-night run. The band just announced a touring hiatus after its Mexico run in January, so you definitely won't want to miss these shows. Like the Dead, Furthur attracts followers are unfailingly devout, all of whom you can meet and gr ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    OneRepublic / Sara Bareilles at Red Rocks, with Serena Ryder, 8/29/13

    ONEREPUBLIC / SARA BAREILLES @ RED ROCKS | 8/29/13 "Fuckin' Coloradans really love their music," marveled OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder last night at Red Rocks, summing up a windswept evening of music from his band and co-headliner Sara Bareilles. Though Tedder's outfit was last to take the stage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this week

    PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/30/13-9/1/13 Phish is playing at Dick's this weekend. You know what that means, right? Yep --the end of summer. Bye-bye, barbecues and basking in the sun. Besides signifying the conclusion of the iconic Vermont band's summer tour, the now-annual three-day extra ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

    DAVE MATTHEWS BAND @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS | 8/23-8/24 Twenty years ago, the Dave Matthews Band played Red Rocks for the first time, opening for the Tragically Hip and the Samples, and went on to build a loyal following with early shows at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. In the two decades since, the gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this week

    MY BLOODY VALENTINE @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 8/19/13 Few bands of the past two decades have had as profound an influence on as wide a spectrum of artists as My Bloody Valentine. Not only did the landmark 1991 album Loveless have a massive impact on the group's peers at the time, but it has since influ ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Pretty Lights at Red Rocks, 8/16/13

    PRETTY LIGHTS @ RED ROCKS | 8/16/13 Spirits were high as Pretty Lights took the stage on Friday night, the first night of the act's annual two-night run at Red Rocks, both of which this year would feature a live band, something that Smith had hinted at in our interview with him just prior to the rel ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Queens of the Stone Age, 8/15/13

    QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE @ RED ROCKS | 8/15/13 Drawing liberally from a broad range of its catalog, Queens of the Stone Age planned its Red Rocks set out especially well last night. Everything rolled forward with ample momentum, but the band and the crowd both had plenty time to breathe. The song cho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE @ RED ROCKS | THURS, 8/15/13 A six-year hiatus hasn't made Queens of the Stone Age forget its roots. The earnest full-length album ...Like Clockwork, released earlier this year, is a long-awaited return to the spotlight, and it proves that the band hasn't lost its flair for ' ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    The ten best EDM shows in Denver in August

    HARD RED ROCKS @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 8/1 In its first year at Red Rocks, HARD Fest brings a boombastic explosion of the biggest names in bass and trap music. Festival founder and curator, Gary Richards, performing under his veteran moniker Destructo, kicks off a stellar bill that includes the s ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Yoga on the Rocks hits Red Rocks this Saturday

    Careful -- fall out of your headstand too quickly, and you're liable to tumble down a few hundred steps. This Saturday, August 3, Denver Arts & Venues and long-time partner CorePower Yoga will offer Yoga on the Rocks, a supplement to the popular HealthONE Red Rocks Fitness Challenge, a city-sponsore ... More >>

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