Ten Best Red Rocks Concerts in August

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats return to Red Rocks in August.
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats return to Red Rocks in August. Miles Chrisinger
August is already under way. With so much attention on the Mission Ballroom's opening on August 7, it's easy to forget how much is going on at Red Rocks, which would be a mistake. Here are some of our favorites:

My Morning Jacket
August 2 and 3

The indie rockers in My Morning Jacket have been playing music since 1998, clearing the folk-rock path for the likes of the Head and the Heart, the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons. While My Morning Jacket wasn't the first to create that sound, the group helped keep it alive.

Gregory Alan Isakov
August 4

The quiet, lyrical songs of Colorado's own Gregory Alan Isakov are as sublime as Red Rocks itself. Go on a journey with him, and expect him to bring out your gentle side. During these rough days, we could use it.

Flume With JPEGMAFIA, Slowthai, Collin McKenna

August 6 to 7

Not feeling gentle? Electronic producer Flume will bring two nights of his music to Red Rocks. He's joined by two of the most innovative and salty rappers of this moment: JPEGMAFIA, who hates Morrissey, and Slowthai, who says there's nothing great about Britain. Both artists are using hip-hop to trash people in power and challenge the mores of dominant society, and their collaboration with electronic wizard Flume is welcome.

Dave Chappelle & Jon Stewart
August 9

Expect to laugh. Hard.

Lionel Richie
August 14

Lionel Richie's been melting hearts since 1968. Let him melt yours. All night long.

Shakey Graves
August 15

Stomp-inducing Austin Americana artist Shakey Graves — who headlined the Westword Music Showcase in 2017 — knows how to rile a crowd as a one-man band. He turned an old suitcase into a kick drum, a signature move that is no less impressive now that he plays alongside other musicians.
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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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