Red Rocks announced it’s first show of the 2019 season sometime back in late 2018 and since then, the hits have been a-coming. Let’s take a look at what the heck is actually about to happen in Morrison, Colorado this summer:
May 9 – Vulfpeck, Khruangbin
With support from Cory Henry (who I don’t know, yet but I assume rocks) these two are setting up for the show of the summer. And technically summer will not have even started yet. Vulfpeck released it’s now annual full length album ‘Hill Climber’ back in November and it’s another hit. Khruangbin, who I’m a bit surprised isn’t headlining a Red Rocks show this year, has blown up over the past few years to full blown indie superstar level. Both of these bands got their first Red Rocks experiences out of the way last year, which to me means they’re gonna be ready to rock shit this year.
May 31 – Funk On The Rocks with Chromeo and Thievery Corporation
We’re still in May! Chromeo has been doing a show every summer for 5 years running now and after what I witnessed last year with my own two eyeballs, I won’t miss another Funk on the Rocks. Thievery Corporation, I have been told in good faith, is a good to great musical outfit worth getting into, and I very much am looking forward to that. The lineup also features Big Freedia, Adeline, and Peanut Butter Wolf. Of those three, I can only vouch for Peanut Butter Wolf as being completely rad. So, suffice to say, I’m getting there early. Two thumbs up!
June 25 – Death Cab For Cutie
Weird venue for them sort of, but what the hell, Death Cab is an all time great band if you were born somewhere between 1989 and 1998 and were a little bit sad, maybe, during your formative years (and who among us wasn’t!). I’m looking forward to a redemption show after the Title and Registration fiasco at Velorama 2017. Long live Ben Gibbard. Support for this show is provided by Mitski, who does this song.
July 17-18 – The Head and The Heart
They get two nights! Two! Who would’ve thought. They’ll be accompanied by the ever popular Hippo Campus (how fun is that name???) for both nights. I, for one, am proud to see a band like The Head and The Heart catch on with the Red Rocks crowd, but honestly two nights? I guess that’s just how it goes.
August 15 – Shakey Graves and Dr. Dog
It’s unclear here who’s headlining and who’s opening, but either way I’m here for it. Mr. Graves seems to frequent Colorado quite often and rocked a show at this same venue last summer. Meanwhile, this will be the first Red Rocks show for our beloved Dr. Dog since 2013 when they opened for Umphrey’s McGee (see below).
October 8 – Vampire Weekend
Tickets are on sale Friday. Go crazy.
So those are the Big Hitters, but let’s just run a quick list of some other highlights :
May 14 – The Music of ABBA
May 20 – Florence + The Machine
June 19 – Rainbow Kitten Surprise
June 26 – Kacey Musgraves
July 16 – Norah Jones
Aug 1 – “Weird Al” Yankovic with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Aug 2-3 – My Morning Jacket
Aug 4 – Gregory Alan Isakov
Sept 1 – KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR 2019
Sept 10 – Mac Demarco w/ Noname, The Free Nationals
And don’t worry, there’s still your regular residencies featuring Greensky Blueegrass (three nights), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (two nights), The Avett Brothers (three nights), Zed’s Dead (two nights), Umphrey’s McGee (three nights). Jam bands, bluegrass and modern country are always well represented at Red Rocks, but this year there’s a bit more to chew on, and I can’t wait. Also, it’s only February. There’s still two or three months worth of scheduling and show announcements to go. It could still get better!
But wait, I can’t talk about Red Rocks 2019 without mentioning the 4/20’s Eve performance from non other than the legends 311, Method Man, and Redman. Certainly, a can’t miss show.
So get your beer koozies ready, your camping chairs out, your tabs of acid at a convenient location, because summer is just right around the corner, and that means it’s time for getting weird at the greatest music venue on earth.
Tickets at www.redrocksonline.com