"The definition of making it, to us, was that we're gonna play Red Rocks."
That's the opening line of a trailer for the documentary Red. Rocks. Repeat., which is about the jam-band, prog-rock impresarios Umphrey's McGee's two-night stint at Red Rocks this summer.
The musical heirs of the Grateful Dead and Phish will be back, this time for three nights, in 2017: June 30 through July 2. General ticket sales open up Saturday at 10 a.m., including a limited number of three-day passes.
Westword compiled four videos of the band bringing their winding solos, rambling melodies and extraordinarily long songs to Colorado.
1. Umphrey's McGee: Red. Rocks. Repeat.
Here's the trailer forRed. Rocks. Repeat
. It features interviews with the bands, rehearsal footage, backstage scenes, and stunning cinematography of swaying hippie bros.
2. "The Triple Wide"
Umphrey's McGee plays "The Triple Wide" for a glorious — or grueling, depending on your perspective — eighteen minutes at theFillmore Auditorium
in December 2013.
3. "Shine on You Crazy Diamond"
Back in July of 2015, theUmphrey's McGee
belted out this rendition of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" beneath a menagerie of stars and sparkling lights that looked like, well, stars.
4. "Wappy Sprayberry"
The best thing about this video of Umphrey's McGee playing at Red Rocks in 2014 is the stunning shot above the rock formations, high above the band, the crowd and the trippy lights. That, and if you like it, the music.