Last year’s live music comeback was a success largely because it started outdoors.
As COVID infection rates plummeted in late spring and early summer, Morrison’s Red Rocks Amphitheater led the way with some of the world’s first large-scale concerts and multi-day festivals . Last month it was named the busiest concert venue of 2021 by Billboard.
The global accolade came at the end of the venue’s 80th anniversary, which broke its own seasonal record for hosted programming, Billboard reported. The 233 paid-for-ticket events included 177 concerts, 36 films from Denver Film’s Film on the Rocks series, and 20 yoga and fitness programs.
It’s an exponential jump from 2020’s handful of 175 people socially distanced experiences, and an encouraging sign for this concert season – even if the late summer and fall schedule seems still a bit empty.
Here’s our running list of confirmed shows at the 9,500-seat venue for this year, which will be updated online weekly. Visit redrocksonline.com for ticketing information, directions and parking details.
Note: Some tour dates include multi-night runs; parties with different opening artists were given their own list. Tickets for most shows are available at axs.com. All events are subject to last minute postponement or cancellation.
January 28 – Winter on the Rocks with Diplo, Sofi Tukker, Talib Kweli, DJ Matt Cassidy and Jacoby April 14 – Gorgon CityApril 15 – Nghtmr: Into the DrmvrsApril 17 – John Mulaney (two shows)April 16 – Kevin Gates, Gucci Mane, with Young Nudy, JackboyApril 20 — Pepper, Method Man & Redman, with Prof, Collie Buddz, DENM, The Underachievers, KeznamdiApril 22 — Galantis, 3LAUAApril 23 — Lotus, Cut Copy, STRFKR (DJ set)April 24 — Dom DollaApril 28- 29 – Trevor Hall, Citizen Cope, with Rising AppalachiaApril 30 – Sublime with RomeMay 3-4 – Jason Isbell and Unit 400, WaxahatcheeMay 5 – Hippy SabotageMay 6-7 – Brantley GilbertMay 9 – RussMay 14-15 – Turnpike Troubadors, with shovels & Rope, Reckless KellyMay 16 — KaleoMay 21 — Global Dub Festival with Peekaboo, Dirty Monkey, ATliens, Buku B2B Esseks, Space Wizard and ZiaMay 26 — The Infamous Stringdusters, California HoneydropsMay 28 — Chromeo, with Purple Disco Machine, Blue DeTiger, Jim -E StackMay 29 — Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley, Ben Harper and the Innocent CriminalsJune 1-2 — Lord HuronJune 3 — Almost Dead by Joe RussoJune 4 — Michael Franti & SpearheadJune 9 — Brit Floyd (Tribute to Pink Floyd)June 10 — The RevivalistsJune 11 — Big Head Todd and the MonstersJune 12 — Tash SultanaJune 14 – 15 – Glass AnimalsJune 16 – Chicago, Brian WilsonJune 20 – Bleachers, with Wolf AliceJune 21 – Barenaked Ladies, Gin Blossoms, Toad the Wet SprocketJune 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 RebelsJune 30 — Kraftwerk 3-DJuly 11-12 — Rainbow Kitten Surprise, with Briston MaroneyJuly 14 — Trampled by Turtles , with Ruston KellyJuly 19 — Killer Queen (Tribute to the Queen)July 21 — David GrayJuly 22-23 — STS9July 27 — Goo Goo Dolls, Blue OctoberJuly 29-30 — Tedeschi Trucks Band, with Los Lobos, Gabe DixonAug. 17 — Mt. JoyAugust. 25 — 1964: The Tribute (Beatles tribute) Sept. 9-10 – Brandi Carlile, with Lucius (September 9), The Indigo Girls (September 10) and Allison Russell (both nights)Sept. 15 — The head and the heart Sept. 22 — Get the Led Out (tribute to Led Zeppelin)Oct. 10-11 – King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (marathon sets)Oct. 22 —Midland
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