EDM, Country, Jam: Every Red Rocks Concert in May

Enjoy your May on the Rocks.
Enjoy your May on the Rocks. Brandon Marshall
Red Rocks season is in full swing, and acts spanning genres from metal and jam to Celtic, reggae, country and EDM will grace the venue this month. Film on the Rocks begins, comedy arrives, and when there's not entertainment, Red Rocks will host graduations galore.

Without further ado, here's every concert or special event happening at Red Rocks in May.

May 1

May opens with a night of indie rock headlined by Interpol, with support from Sunflower Beam, which performed at last year’s Westword Music Showcase, and Car Seat Headrest. Interpol, which contributed to the rock resurgence at the beginning of the 21st century, released Marauder in August.

Twiddle and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
May 2

Twiddle takes inspiration from indie rock, folk, reggae and bluegrass, but when playing live, the bandmembers prove to be deft improvisers. They'll be joined by their fellow rockers in Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Kitchen Dwellers, providing the perfect opportunity for jam-band fans to light up, lay back, or dance to the twists and turns of the music.

May 3 to 4

The eccentric jam band Shpongle is calling it quits, and the act will play its final two concerts at Red Rocks — a venue it first played five years ago to critical acclaim. This will be the perfect place for the British jammers, who specialize in improvisation and electronic sounds, to bid adieu to the world.

Nghtmre and Slander
May 5

Nghtmre's moniker is misleading. The party-friendly electronic music producer and DJ mixes and mashes popular songs with whizzes and whirls sure to keep a crowd headbanging late into the night. He promises a dazzling show, as he twists knobs and dances like a frat boy in front of a mob of frothing admirers who can't get enough of his take on other people's music and beats. Coheadliner Slander has a similarly menacing name and a very crowd-friendly EDM sound that duo describes as "heaven trap."

4U: The Music of Prince with the Colorado Symphony
May 7

From "Purple Rain" to "I Wanna Be Your Lover," Prince blessed the world with his singular voice, guitar playing and songs. Many try to pay tribute to the late legend, but few have the permission of his estate to properly pay tribute to the late crooner like 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince, which will join the Colorado Symphony for a night sure to make you feel like it's 1999.

The Music of Abba
May 8

Oh, Abba. There are few bands that have had the longevity and impact of the Swedish pop band that brought songs like "Mamma Mia," "Take a Chance on Me" and "Dancing Queen" to fans around the world. Many of Abba's original musicians will bring the band's songs to life when The Music of Abba — which bills itself as the world's greatest Abba tribute band — takes to the Rocks. Mama Mia, indeed.
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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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