Last year’s live music comeback was successful in large part because it started outdoors.
As COVID infection rates dropped in late spring and early summer, Morrison’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre led the way with some of the world’s first large-scale concerts and multi-day festivals. Last month it was named 2021’s most attended concert venue by Billboard.
The globe-spanning distinction arrived at the end of the venue’s 80th anniversary, which broke its own seasonal record for hosted programming, Billboard reported. The 233 ticketed, paid events included 177 concerts, 36 movies in Denver Film’s Film on the Rocks series, and 20 yoga and fitness programs.
That’s an exponential jump over 2020’s smattering of 175-person, socially distanced experiments, and an encouraging sign for this concert season — even if the late-summer and fall calendar still looks a bit empty.
Here’s our running list of confirmed shows at the 9,500-capacity venue for this year, which will be updated online weekly. Visit redrocksonline.com for more ticketing information, directions and parking details.
Note: Some touring dates include multi-night runs; nights with different opening artists received their own listing. Tickets for most shows are available at axs.com. All events are subject to last-minute postponement or cancellation.
Jan. 28 — Winter on the Rocks with Diplo, Sofi Tukker, Talib Kweli, DJ Matt Cassidy and Jacoby
April 14 — Gorgon City
April 15 — Nghtmr: Into the Drmvrs
April 17 — John Mulaney (two shows)
April 16 — Kevin Gates, Gucci Mane, with Young Nudy, Jackboy
April 20 — Pepper, Method Man & Redman, with Prof, Collie Buddz, DENM, The Underachievers, Keznamdi
April 22 — Galantis, 3LAU
April 23 — Lotus, Cut Copy, STRFKR (DJ set)
April 24 — Dom Dolla
April 28-29 — Trevor Hall, Citizen Cope, with Rising Appalachia
April 30 — Sublime with Rome
May 3-4 — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Waxahatchee
May 5 — Hippie Sabotage
May 6-7 — Brantley Gilbert
May 9 — Russ
May 14-15 — Turnpike Troubadors, with Shovels & Rope, Reckless Kelly
May 16 — Kaleo
May 21 — Global Dub Festival with Peekaboo, Dirty Monkey, ATliens, Buku B2B Esseks, Space Wizard and Zia
May 26 — The Infamous Stringdusters, California Honeydrops
May 28 — Chromeo, with Purple Disco Machine, Blue DeTiger, Jim-E Stack
May 29 — Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals
June 1-2 — Lord Huron
June 3 — Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
June 4 — Michael Franti & Spearhead
June 9 — Brit Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute)
June 10 — The Revivalists
June 11 — Big Head Todd and the Monsters
June 12 — Tash Sultana
June 14-15 — Glass Animals
June 16 — Chicago, Brian Wilson
June 20 — Bleachers, with Wolf Alice
June 21 — Barenaked Ladies, Gin Blossoms, Toad the Wet Sprocket
June 22 — Iron & Wine and Andrew Bird, with Neko Case
June 28 — Trombone Shorty, with Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr. and Dumstaphunk and the Soul Rebels
June 30 — Kraftwerk 3-D
July 11-12 — Rainbow Kitten Surprise, with Briston Maroney
July 14 — Trampled by Turtles, with Ruston Kelly
July 19 — Killer Queen (Queen tribute)
July 21 — David Gray
July 22-23 — STS9
July 27 — Goo Goo Dolls, Blue October
July 29-30 — Tedeschi Trucks Band, with Los Lobos, Gabe Dixon
Aug. 17 — Mt. Joy
Aug. 25 — 1964: The Tribute (Beatles tribute)
Sept. 9-10 — Brandi Carlile, with Lucius (Sept. 9), The Indigo Girls (Sept. 10) and Allison Russell (both nights)
Sept. 15 — The Head and the Heart
Sept. 22 — Get the Led Out (Led Zeppelin tribute)
Oct. 10-11 — King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (marathon sets)
Oct. 22 — Midland
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