In 1989, an innovative jam band ripped open a new brand of grass in Boulder County. Slamgrass, they called it.
Polyethnic Cajun slamgrass, to be precise.
Nearly 30 years later, Leftover Salmon is still headlining Red Rocks and selling out shows and festivals across the nation.
Join the band as they slam and jam at a co-headlining gig at Red Rocks Amphitheater at 6 p.m. Friday, July 14, alongside New Jersey newgrass jammers, Railroad Earth. Keller Williams will also perform with his bluegrass group Keller and the Keels (featuring husband-wife duo Larry and Jenny Keel).
Scramble Campbell is best known for his colorful portrayals of musicians and bands. He has created over 400 original works of art, live, at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Scramble’s vast portfolio includes more than 2,600 pieces from nearly 1,000 musical events across the country over 25 years.
When the music ends and the band exits the stage, what’s left on his easel is a unique visual record of the show, stunningly captured through brushes and paint. His bold use of color, powerful compositions and highly energetic technique adds to the concert experience as he creates a unique work during every show.
Take a little trip with Scramble Campbell.
The Art Experience Tour is in 3D! You can actually see the musicians jump off the canvas and feel the energy of the music from the colors blending and bending before your eyes. Meet the artist in person daily. Scramble will be available for 3D tours & discussions. Be sure to catch Scramble Campbell in action, painting LIVE at Red Rocks during the concerts throughout his exhibit June 22nd – July 11th. All ages are welcome and admission is FREE!
Doors are open 10am- 2pm, then reopening during concerts till the end of shows.
You must have concert ticket during concert hours.
What: 13th Annual Scramble Campbell Red Rocks Art Experience
When: June 22nd – July 11th
Where: Located in The Red Rocks Amphitheatre Visitors Center (at the top of the amphitheatre)
Check out this short video of artists Michael Everett and Scramble Campbell collaborating on a Steal Your Face performance painting at Red Rocks Sept, 23, 2012 during Furthur’s Sunday show where the first letter of the set list spell out STEAL YOUR FACE.
Over the course of his acclaimed career, Ritter has released seven full-length albums, including his most recent, 2013’s The Beast In Its Tracks, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The record also received widespread critical praise—NPR Music called it, “…gorgeous and glorious,” while Pitchfork asserted, “Beast is contemplative and forgiving, a means of burying one relationship to commit to another, and Ritter nicely evokes the excitement and resignation of such a transition.” Additionally, in 2011, Ritter made is debut as a published author with his New York Times best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist.”
From a recent press release: “RELEASED TO WIDESPREAD CRITICAL PRAISE, SERMON ON THE ROCKS WAS RECENTLY NAMED ONE OF POPMATTERS’ “80 BEST ALBUMS OF 2015” WITH NPR MUSIC INCLUDING HIS SONG ‘GETTING READY TO GET DOWN’ IN THEIR ‘FAVORITE SONGS OF 2015’ LIST” Read More…
By C. Alan Crandall/ Previously published at SecondStoryGarage.com
This Sunday, Elephant Revival will return to Red Rocks Amphitheater for an early show. Arguably one of the most famous bands out of Nederland, Colorado, Elephant Revival’s style of acoustic progressive, indie, Americana music delights audiences from coast to coast. In its tenth 10th and fresh off of their sixth album release, named “Petals,” the band has found success in the festival circuit that they have embraced since their inception.
The quintet is formed by members Bonnie Paine, Bridget Law, Charlie Rose, Dango Rose and Daniel Rodriguez and say their mission is “to close the gap of separation between us through the eternal revelry of song and dance.”
From the band’s website: “Elephant Revival has toured extensively since their inception, garnering a large and loyal fanbase. The band headlines major venues and has performed at over 30 festivals each year, including Newport Folk Fest, Bumbershoot, Telluride Bluegrass, High Sierra, All Good and many more. On May 22, Elephant Revival will headline the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, in their home state of Colorado, for the first time.”
Rising Appalachia, also with six albums to their credit, is formed by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith from Atlanta, Georgia, and joined by their band, including members Biko Casini and David Brown. Rising Appalachia “is a melting pot of folk music simplicity, textured songwriting, and those bloodline harmonies that only siblings can pull off,” says their website. After spending time in the Appalachia mountains and then moving to New Orleans, the sisters honed their harmonies and musical stylings into an entertaining, captivating performance.
Originating out of Moscow, Idaho, Josh Ritter will be joined by Zack Hickman, Sam Kassirer, Josh Kaufman and Liam Hurley, performing their strong flavor of indie folk-rock.
Kicking off the show on Sunday, and performing between sets, are the unique offerings of The Human Experience with David Block. This musical experience encourages participants to “sing, dance, play, don’t take life too seriously and to create, collaborate, share and learn,” says the band’s Facebook page.
Sunday is an early show. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and everything will be rapped up by 10 p.m., according to the Facebook event page. Billed as a family-friendly event, with many opportunities to enjoy the surroundings that is the Red Rocks Amphitheater, this is an event not to miss.
If you Go:
Ages: All Ages Doors Open: 4:30 p.m. Price: $40-$45 Door Price: $45-$50 Music starts at 5 p.m. and will be done by 10 p.m.
They were all there. All of the things that make a show great. Not just the music but the people, the atmosphere, the place, the time. It’s a unique time to be taking part in Musical history. Electronic music rules the club, the theater, t.v and everywhere in between. The era of the D.J. I’ve heard it called. However there is another group of people. Not rebelling against culture, not fighting the times, simply being different for difference sake. This comes to mind with groups like TAUK, Papadosio and Umphrey’s McGee. No angst, no agenda except fun and meaningful music. We all came to Red Rocks to start the Fourth of July weekend off right, Friday, July 3rd.
TAUK started things off, immediately setting the pace for the rest of the night. Blending a deep groove, with spacey melodies the first tune “Friction” hits that place in between heavy and jazzy that you can’t help but bob your head to. TAUK continued to push that high level of energy throughout their set. Concluding with a jammy, Dream Theater-Esque “Collateral” TAUK promised to return to Colorado in the fall.
The amphitheater filled in quickly for Papadosio. Changing vibes to a more relaxed feel “Direction Song” was filled with light and airy lyrics, vocals and improvs. It became clear that emotionality would be a theme and each member showed a clear commitment to the performance. “Snorkel” quickly elevated the music into the ethereal and entheogenic realm. With the bellies full of beer and minds full of music the sun set and the anticipation set in.
There’s a lot that can be said about Umphrey’s McGee and a lot that can’t. Self-described as “Improg” or progressive improvisational music Umphrey’s bends the musical envelope. You can find elements of every kind of music in a single set. Rock, jazz, latin, metal, progressive, jam, are the usual suspects in an Umphrey’s set. These descriptors do not do justice. It’s like describing paintings to a blind person. Just as they must touch a painting, one must listen an Umphrey’s show to understand.
Setting an immediate tone of foreshadowing “In The Hall of The Mountain King” set the stage for an epic evening of face shredding rock. Launching into “Puppet String” was an instant crowd pleaser. Mysterious and filled with life observations that we all ponder. “It’s not like there’s a book for this” wails Bayliss. The first set was filled with lot’s of intense moments that can only be categorized by the “Improg” label. Umphreys jams can get insanely technical and we all love it.
Second set started on more of a soulful note with “Ringo>Cut The Cable>Shine On You Crazy Dimond>Ringo” with “Shine On You Crazy Dimond” being a true highlight as both band and crowd sung at the tops of our lungs.
One must also take note of the lighting production that goes into an Umphrey’s show. Both form and texture of the music is infinitely enhanced with lighting that reflects it. Kudos to legendary lighting designer Jefferson Waful. We all envy his work.
What makes a good show? All of the above. When good people get together with good music something magical happens. We transcend the pettiness of daily life. We become whole people again and with luck we take that bit of grace and carry it with us wherever we go. For more information visit, CRK Media.