Denver’s 2020 Red Rocks lineup is shaping up, with plenty of old-timer bands returning for annual stands (yes, Avett Brothers, we see you’re back again) and a few new artists playing the amphitheater, too. So far, there's hip-hop (though not much), metal, plenty of folk, jam and bluegrass, less EDM than in recent years, and some
Here’s every band announced, with more dropping each week:
Icelantic Winter on the Rocks with ZHU
Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks historically opens Red Rocks season. Some years it’s snowy and cold; other years it’s unseasonably warm. But even if the weather is frigid, the party is sure to be hot. This year’s edition will be headlined by electronic act ZHU. They., SNBRN, Channel Tres and JD Cassidy will open.
Ice Cube, Method Man & Redman and Action Bronson
No doubt, 4/20 is the prime pot-and-music lover’s holiday statewide, but few events are as smokin’ as 420 on the Rocks. This year’s hip-hop-heavy lineup includes the legendary Ice Cube, Wu-Tang Clan heroes Method Man & Redman, and Action Bronson. This will be, er, dope.
Galantis and 3LAU
The cat-loving EDM producers in Galantis, who played the Westword Music Showcase in 2018, will mesmerize the crowd with high-energy dance music. Galantis will be joined by fellow dance-music DJ Justin David Blau, who performs as 3LAU.
Lotus loves Colorado, and Colorado loves Lotus. The electronic jam band — which has members living in Denver — will be joined by Marc Rebillet, Breakbot and Eminence Ensemble. Even if you’re not a fan of jam bands, you might be surprised by Lotus’s funky, electronic improvisation — at least, if you like music that’s mellow.
Five Finger Death Punch
Rage on the rocks when the metal band Five Finger Death Punch brings the rare heavy night to the amphitheater, along with openers Papa Roach, I Prevail and Ice Nine Kills. The headliner will be celebrating its new album, F8, which drops on February 28.
Trevor Hall, Citizen Cope and Rising Appalachia
Speaking of mellow...singer-songwriter and pretty boy Trevor Hall brings songs inspired by folk, reggae and indie rock to Denver. He’ll be joined by fellow singer-songwriter Clarence Greenwood, who performs under the name Citizen Cope, along with neo-bluegrass opener Rising Appalachia.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
May 5 and 6
For decades, rock has suffered in the hands of the derivative and the nostalgic. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard is something entirely different. While this band nods to psych rock, thrash, jazz and even hardcore, it manages to use its understanding of those genres to create something entirely its own.
Born in Sacramento and based in Los Angeles, Kevin and Jeff Saurer, the duo behind Hippie Sabotage, will bring a psychedelic, chill electronic set to town. Known for remixes of songs by Tove Lo, Billie Eilish and more, the band brings out the stoner set. So light up and enjoy. Two Feet and Sebastian Paul will open.
May 8 and 9
Country star Brantley Gilbert boasts a husky voice and autobiographical songs about cars, breakups and small towns. He's having a big year with his new record, Fire and Brimstone, reaching number one on Billboard's top country albums chart (his third consecutive album to do so). Get ready to "Fire't Up," country-radio style, two nights in a row.
The South African hip-hop crew Die Antwoord postponed its 2019 Red Rocks stop in the midst of controversy over an eleven-minute video showing members yelling "Faggot!" as they attacked gay musician Andy Butler back in 2012. The bandmates tried to explain the incident in a follow-up 2019 video, in which they accused Butler of stalking them. Shortly afterward, the collective canceled a string of U.S. shows and festival appearances. Apparently, time heals all. In May, they'll be back with EDM-infused hip-hop sure to bring the forgiving and forgetful to their feet.
Expect a night of slurred singing, pop hip-hop and R&B when Russ takes the stage at Red Rocks. Like many rappers who built their fan bases on SoundCloud, he’s soaring high. But unlike many, he’s a one-man band, handling production, writing and performing himself.
Global Dub Festival
Global Dub Festival is one of the biggest parties of the year. The 2020 edition will include headliners Liquid Strangers and Subtronics, along with special guest Herobust. Dance on, Denver.
In This Moment and Black Veil Brides
You may need a neck brace after In This Moment co-headlines with Black Veil Brides, bringing heavy goth sensibilities to the venue. Hollywood Undead, Bad Wolves and Ded will open. It’s sure to be creepy and a little campy. Just don’t forget your earplugs.
If you spent May 17 hailing Satan, you can come back the next night for some Jesus music. The megachurch Hillsong will be bringing a night of charismatic worship to Red Rocks. Get ready for a serious injection of Christianity that the church itself describes as “almost uncomfortable in its uniqueness.” Squirming yet?
June 3 and 4
The Los Angeles-based indie-folk band makes earnest music sure to appeal to fans of the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons. The funk duo Black Pumas will open.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Jam-band fans will congregate at Red Rocks when Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger and Joe Russo return to the amphitheater for a night of winding jams nodding back to the music of the Grateful Dead.
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Socially conscious singer-songwriter Michael Franti is a Red Rocks regular. No surprise: He and Spearhead are bringing their message of peace and love back to Colorado again. Galactic, with Anjelika Jelly Joseph, will open.
Expect a smokey night when the reggae/dub act Stick Figure comes back to the venue. The band will be celebrating its 2019 album World of Fire.
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Todd Park Mohr and the laid-back rockers in Big Head Todd and the Monsters got their start in Colorado back in 1984. They will be joined by the Violent Femmes — the folk-punkers behind “Blister in the Sun,” whose frontman, Gordon Gano, has also made a home in Denver.
Chicago with Rick Springfield
Classic-rock fans will be thrilled to see the jazz-infused soft-rockers in Chicago sharing a bill with Rick Springfield, the Australian artist behind the wildly popular “Jessie’s Girl” and other ’80s hits.
The Avett Brothers
North Carolina-based Americana darlings the Avett Brothers have been playing three-night stands at Red Rocks for the past few years. In 2020, they'll bring along openers G. Love & Special Sauce on July 10 and Mark Lanegan on July 12. The Brothers’ July 11 supporting band has yet to be announced.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
July 13 and 14
The North Carolina-born, Nashville-based indie rockers behind songs like “Cocaine Jesus” and “Devil Like Me” sold out their first Red Rocks show in just seven minutes. So they’ve added a second concert. The band will donate a dollar from every ticket sold to Equality North Carolina, which fights for equal rights for the LGBTQ community in that state. Mt. Joy opens both nights.
Trampled by Turtles and CAAMP
Roots-music fans have a lot to look forward to when Trampled by Turtles brings its frenetic bluegrass and CAAMP offers up banjo-infused, crackly-voiced folk to Denver. Moving singer-songwriter Erin Rae opens.
David Gray will mark the 25th anniversary of his album White Ladder with a summer stand at Red Rocks. Back in 2000, that album — his most enduring project to date — brought the British folktronic singer-songwriter plenty of fans, with a slew of popular ballads that helped launch stars like Ed Sheeran.
Colorado Symphony and Chorus Perform Beethoven’s 9th
Beethoven would be 250 years old this year. That’s old, and a reason to celebrate one of the composer’s grandest works, his Symphony No. 9. The Colorado Symphony and its all-volunteer chorus is giving you a reason to scream along during “Ode to Joy.”
Tedeschi Trucks Band
July 31 to August 1
In less than a decade, husband-wife duo Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks’s blues-rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band has become a Red Rocks fixture. They'll be back with the high-energy soul act St. Paul and the Broken Bones and piano-playing singer-songwriter Gabe Dixon.
Reggae on the Rocks with Rebelution
August 22 to 23
Reggae on the Rocks, which first launched in 1988, has built a reputation as one of the world's most popular reggae festivals. The two-night party returns this summer for its 32nd anniversary. Rebelution, which started as a cover band in 2004 and now tours with world playing original songs, will headline both nights. On Saturday, Steel Pulse, Inner Circle, the Green, Israel Vibration, Keznamdi, DJ Mackle and Judge Roughneck will open. Steel Pulse, Third World, the Green, Michael Rose, Keznamdi, DJ Mackle and Judge Roughneck will open on Sunday.
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A Special Evening of Music With Nathaniel Rateliff
Hometown hero Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats will return to Red Rocks this year in support of his upcoming album. Joining him will be oddball soulful indie rocker Kevin Morby.
The Black Crowes
August 30 to 31
Some concerts are so good they’re hard to handle, and that’s the case with the Black Crowes, which has reunited for a 2020 tour, celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of Shake Your Money Maker. So what are you waiting for? Shake it!
The iconic Riot Grrrl band Bikini Kill is back on the road, bringing ’90s feminist rage to an amphitheater near you. Expect to scream along and sweat — no matter what the fall weather brings.
For tickets and more information about these concerts, head to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre website.