Commentary

Readers: Denver Jam-Band Concerts Are Violent

Garth Jacob was assaulted at a Joe Russo's Almost Dead concert at Red Rocks.
Garth Jacob was assaulted at a Joe Russo's Almost Dead concert at Red Rocks. Garth Jacob
Earlier this week, Westword reported that jam-band fan Garth Jacob was sucker-punched in the face at a Joe Russo's Almost Dead concert at Red Rocks. The jam-band fan, who has no plans to stop going to concerts anytime soon, was flummoxed by the attack: He had never seen nor met the perpetrator before. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating the incident.

In response to our story, readers weigh in about violence at concerts and within the jam-band scene.

Erik writes:
About 4 or 5 years ago, at Umphreys at Red Rocks, some random dude attempted to start a fight with me, while crossing the row looking for my friends. I've been to a couple other jamband shows here, and have seen such hostility multiple times. It might be just the Denver scene itself.

Andrew adds:
This happens at jam band/hippy shows in Denver. I’ve never had problems at hip-hop or EDM shows. Just saying.

Jay Polo notes:
Damn, the jam band crowd is usually pretty passive.

Jessica opines:
Why I don’t like crowded events. You never know when there’s some crazy POS there.
Of course, violence is not isolated to the jam-band scene. Here is some of our reporting on assaults at concerts.
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