Ten Colorado Bands Playing Red Rocks — 2016 Season

Red Rocks doubles both as an iconic symbol of Denver's local music culture and as a go-to spot on the international music circuit. This summer, a several bands who got their start in Colorado are gracing the Red Rocks stage, blurring the local and international music scenes. Be sure to catch your Cowtown guys and gals long since made good! See the complete (so far) Red Rocks calendar here.

1. Elephant Revival

May 22

Lead singer Bonnie Paine's washboard percussion piece, which she clasps to her front while she leads the gospel-tinged folk tunes her band is known for, symbolizes many aspects of this groups sound: old-timey, percussive, often sparse. Add to that the groups melodic, evocative songwriting, and you can see why this Colorado band, formed in Nederland in 2006, is so popular.

2. The Lumineers

June 7 and 8

After their near mythical rise through the Denver music scene, particularly through the Meadowlark open mic, the Lumineers broke through to a national audience in 2012 with their hit "Ho Hey." Now, after seemingly long silence, they've returned with a new single reached one of the most renowned stages in the Denver area and beyond.

3. The String Cheese Incident
July 15-17

Formed in 1993 Crested Butte and Telluride, the String Cheese Incident combines funk, rock, world music, Calypso and electronica, among other genres. In other words, they've made a name for themselves as a staple in the jam-band community, having played at Red Rocks numerous times in the past twenty years.

4. Big Head Todd and the Monsters with special guest Dwight Yoakam
June 11th

Three of the original members of Big Head Todd and the Monsters first met at Columbine High School, sticking together through college and beyond for breaking out of the local rock circuit in the late 80s. 

5. DeVotchKa with the Colorado Symphony

June 16

DeVotchKa's expansive, cinematic sounds makes them a perfect match for Colorado Symphony Orchestra (another "local band" one could say).

Check out five more Colorado bands playing the grandest stage in town in 2016.
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