LMB CO: Red Rocks Summer 2012 Preview

Living in Colorado is great. You have access to world class skiing and snowboarding, 300 days of sunshine per year, and some of the best micro-brewed beer in the country, however you can’t really say you’ve experienced the best of the Centennial state without a trip to Red Rocks Amphitheater. Red Rocks is the crown jewel of the Colorado music scene and is the highlight of the summer for concert-goers of all varieties. Being one of the most well known venues in the world, Red Rocks has hosted acts of all kinds, from The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix to The White Stripes, and this season’s lineup is just as incredible as it has always been. Top shelf acts like The Beach Boys, Florence and the Machine, Neil Young, and Pretty Lights will be rocking every weekend, all summer long, and we at LMB will be doing our best to bring you awesome coverage from as many shows as we can.
Here’s the music schedule so far (with links) and even more shows will likely be announced soon…

5/28 LMFAO
5/29 The Shins w/ The Head and the Heart, Blind Pilot
5/31 Bon Iver w/ Feist
6/1 Bassnectar w/ Diplo
6/2 Bassnectar w/ Flying Lotus (SOLD OUT)
6/8 Michael Franti & Spearhead
6/9 Big Head Todd and the Monsters w/ Barenaked Ladies (SOLD OUT)
6/12 Scorpions
6/15 Ghostland Observatory w/ MiMOSA, Lunice, Zion I
6/16 STS9
6/22 Wilco w/ Punch Brothers
6/23 Wilco w/ Dr. Dog
6/26 Avicii
6/28 Alan Jackson
6/29 Avett Bros w/ City and Colour
6/30 Avett Bros w/ Devotchka
7/3 Foster the People w/ Mayer Hawthorne and the County, Kimbra (SOLD OUT)
7/4 Blues Traveler w/ Fitz & the Tantrums
7/5 String Cheese Incident
7/6 String Cheese Incident
7/7 String Cheese Incident (SOLD OUT)
7/9 The Beach Boys
7/15 O.A.R. w/ Rebelution
7/17 Chicago/The Doobie Brothers
7/18 Emmylou Harris & Her Red Dirt Boys/Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers/Arlo Gunthrie
7/20 Global Dance Festival (Steve Angello, Knife Party, Hardwell, Felix Cartal, Krewella)
7/21 Global Dance Festival (Above & Beyond, Wolfgang Gartner, Morgan Page, Mord Fustang)
7/22 Global Dance Festival (Excision, Zeds Dead, Dillon Francis, Adventure Club, Kill The Noise)

7/23 James Taylor
7/24 James Taylor
7/25 Florence and the Machine (SOLD OUT)
7/26 Tenacious D w/ The Sights
7/28 CAKE w/ The Lumineers
8/1 Kaskade
8/2 Counting Crows
8/3 My Morning Jacket w/ Band of Horses, Trombone Shorty
8/4 My Morning Jacket w/ Band of Horses, Trombone Shorty
8/5 Neil Young and Crazy Horse w/ Alabama Shakes
8/6 Neil Young and Crazy Horse w/ Alabama Shakes
8/7 Passion Pit and Justice
8/8 Jack White (SOLD OUT)
8/9 Skrillex w/ Zedd
8/10 Thievery Corporation w/ Beats Antique
8/12 Sublime with Rome w/ Pepper, and The Expendables
8/17 Pretty Lights
8/18 Pretty Lights

8/19 311 and Slightly Stoopid w/ SOJA
8/21 Crosby, Stills, & Nash
8/23 Norah Jones
8/26 Bonnie Raitt w/ Mavis Staples
8/30 B.B. King & Tedeschi Trucks Band
9/7 Savoy w/ Modestep, SOFI, Robotic Pirate Monkey
9/8 Lotus w/ EOTO and Emancipator
9/14 Umphrey’s McGee and Railroad Earth
9/19 Train w/ Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer
9/21 Furthur
9/22 Furthur
9/23 Furthur
9/24 Jason Mraz w/ Christina Perri
9/25 Jason Mraz w/ Christina Perri
9/29 Big Gigantic

Looking at this list is making me drool. It’s basically like the most kick ass festival line-up of all time except it lasts all summer long and each artist gets to play a full set. Check out these highlights from 2011.