Since opening in 1941, Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., has become one of the most iconic destination concert venues in the country. The 2014 Red Rocks concert season is packed with a variety of performers to fit every taste, and no matter which event you choose, this unique natural amphitheater provides an unbeatable live event experience with breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery.
Early in the summer, Widespread Panic will spend three nights headlining at Red Rocks (June 27-29), and less than a month later, there will be another multi-night stint from the double bill of Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden (July 21-22). The Mechanical Bull Tour from Kings of Leon also will make its way to Morrison on Sept. 24 with opening acts Young the Giant and Kongos. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will appear near the end of the 2014 season for two nights (Sept. 30 and Oct. 1), backing its first album in over four years, Hypnotic Eye, which is due out July 29. A number of acts also will be supporting their recent albums at Red Rocks this year, including Umphrey’s McGee (July 5), Foster the People (Aug. 6), and Arctic Monkeys (Sept. 4). Among the several co-headlining tours stopping in Morrison this summer include Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry (July 15), Chicago and REO Speedwagon (Aug. 4), and Fall Out Boy and Paramore (Aug. 12).
Folk and Country Concerts
The Avett Brothers will return to Red Rocks for three consecutive nights in 2014 (July 11-13), and later that week, Old Crow Medicine Show will perform on July 16, just two weeks after its newest album, titled Remedy, is scheduled for release. Songwriting icon James Taylor will spend two nights on stage at Red Rocks this year, with concerts scheduled on June 17 and 18. On Aug. 7, Ray LaMontagne will bring his Supernova Summer Tour to Morrison, while acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela will support its first album of new music in five years with a concert on Aug. 17. Hall of Fame trio Crosby, Stills, and Nash will bring their iconic harmonies to the venue on Sept. 23, in addition to several other major country acts, including Dierks Bentley (July 23), Lyle Lovett (July 28), Alabama (Sept. 14), and Jason Aldean (Sept. 17-18), who will be taking the stage at Red Rocks throughout the summer.
Fort Collins native Pretty Lights will return to this amphitheater for another one of his famed two-night runs from Aug. 8-9. The Pretty Lights Red Rocks shows will not only feature a set from the innovative producer, but also several members of the Colorado Symphony. Many other big EDM acts, including Skrillex (June 20-21), STS9 (Sept. 5-6), and Big Gigantic (Sept. 26-27), also will perform two-night sets at the outdoor venue. Over the course of the season, fans will be able to catch single-night shows from Zeds Dead (July 3), Chromeo and Cut Copy (Aug 5), Flux Pavilion (Sept. 12), and Lotus (Sept. 19), as well.
Red Rocks Festivals to Highlight Electronic, Reggae Artists
Throughout 2014, a handful of music festivals will set up shop at the amphitheater. The first is the three-day Global Dance Festival, which will run from July 18-20 with sets from Zedd, Destroid, Adventure Club, Infected Mushroom, Waka Flocka Flame, and more. Later that month, HARD Red Rocks will take over the venue for just one day on July 31 with a lineup including Nero, Dillon Francis, and Rudimental. On Aug. 23, Reggae on the Rocks will bring the sounds of Jamaica back to the amphitheater for its 26th year. Headliners will include Rebelution, Iration, and The Green, among others.
Red Rocks Special Events
Through September, several films will be screened at Red Rocks, including the Christopher Guest rock band mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap (June 24), the rom-com Pitch Perfect (July 29), and the Coen brothers comedy The Big Lebowski (Sept. 2), among others. On July 10, the venue also will be hosting a live taping of NPR’s popular quiz program “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.”