Hold on to your seats, Denver. Red Rocks in July offers a slew of thrilling shows for fans of many tastes.
Americana, rock, soul, country and R&B fans will have a lot to enjoy. Even a cappella lovers will have a night of their own. Let's just hope that it's warmer and drier than June proved to be.
Here are ten of the best Red Rocks concerts in July. If these don't suit your fancy, be sure to check out the Red Rocks calendar for the rest of the month's concerts, many of which are also top-notch.
The Avett Brothers
July 5 to 7
Americana and indie-rock crooners the Avett Brothers are a perennial favorite at Red Rocks, and they're sure to draw a crowd during their three-night stand. Expect something special.
Face Vocal Band
Is a cappella your thing? If so, don't miss the instrument-free singers in Face Vocal Band, who will bring extraordinary singing and hit songs to the stage. Joined by Love Stallion, Float Like a Buffalo and the Long Run, this will be a night of Denver-based talent to remember.
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If EDM-infused country has you yawning, you'd do well to check out this show by Cody Jinks —one of the most popular hard-edged country singers. Joined by throwback star Mark Chesnutt and up-and-coming outlaw singer Paul Cauthen, Jinks will bring the country back to country.
Norah Jones, with Mavis Staples
While the jazzy singer-songwriter Norah Jones will be a treat to see live, we're most excited about the opening act, Mavis Staples, the legendary Chicago-based gospel singer. She's one of a few living legends performing at the venue this month, and if you don't believe in God before you go, beware: Even the atheists among us have felt the stirring of the Holy Spirit in her presence.
The Head and the Heart
July 17 to 18
The indie-rockers in the Head and the Heart may be some of the younger artists to play Red Rocks this month (and they're not all that young). But they still know how to stir an audience with gut-wrenching harmonies and nostalgic lyrics. Expect lots of foot-stomping fun as they soften up your soul.
The String Cheese Incident
July 19 to 21
The String Cheese Incident has been pushing the boundaries of bluegrass since 1993, and this year, the band is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a three-night return to Red Rocks. The members will play some traditional bluegrass, of course, but spice it up with a mix of jazz, Cajun, electronic and reggae. Yes, String Cheese will jam out, and perhaps offer a psychedelic experience for those willing to let loose.
Fifty years have passed since Diana Ross has played Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The R&B diva has blessed the world with her long career and iconic songs — first with the Supremes and later solo. Colorado's lucky to have her back under the stars at 75 years young. Expect transcendence.
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Tenacious D and the Colorado Symphony
It would be enough if Tenacious D — the musical duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass — played Red Rocks, bringing comedy to the all-too-self-important sounds of rock. But on this trip to Denver, the band will join forces with our own Colorado Symphony for a night of laughs, searing guitar solos and classical strings, to boot.
John Prine With the Colorado Symphony
The Colorado Symphony will also join up with legendary folksinger-songwriter John Prine, whose lyrical prowess far exceeds Bob Dylan's. While Prine has not enjoyed the same level of recognition for his down-home poetics — perhaps because they're less opaque than Dylan's — he has maintained a higher caliber of songwriting throughout his long career. Hearing him perform live is pure joy.
Peter Frampton Farewell Tour
British rock star Peter Frampton is bidding adieu to his fans on his current tour, which includes one last trip to the Rocks. Come pay homage to one of classic rock's greats before he cashes it in and retires in glory.
Update July 4, 2019: An earlier version of this story overstated the Avett Brothers track record for missing shows. We have edited the story accordingly and regret the error.