Concert Reviews

Bon Iver at Red Rocks, 5/31/12


BON IVER @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 5.31.12

Flanked by talented multi-instrumentalists and standing in front of two drummers, both of whom played kits so sprawling they resembled Neil Peart's smaller setups in the '70s, Bon Iver compelled the packed Red Rocks crowd with songs from across its powerful catalog. Bon Iver and Feist are both touring with eight-piece bands, sharing a few horn players, but Justin Vernon's compositions are even more drastically transformed in concert; far from the spare, layered, vocal-driven basement ballads of his recordings, they were suddenly huge swaths of arena-rock dynamics.