After finally getting to see Red Rocks for the first time with the four-night Phish run, I’m instantly drawn to the Monolith Festival given the location and the lineup this year. There’s some really solid stuff on the bill, but there’s enough overlap in the coming months that I think I’ll get to see most of these artists in another setting, albeit nothing like the iconic Red Rocks Ampitheatre. I had an incredible time at the venue itself, so throw in some of the best indie bands of the moment and you’ve got yourself a solid two-day festival.

MONOLITH FESTIVAL presented by Esurance returns to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 12th and 13th with the headlining Saturday night, and topping the bill on Sunday. The festival debuted in 2007 as the first multi-day, multi-stage festival ever held at Red Rocks – Colorado’s beloved outdoor venue. was instantly adopted as an indie fan favorite and a staple of the summer festival season.

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2009 Festival Lineup

Saturday, September 12

The Walkmen

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Frightened Rabbit
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down

The Love Language

These United States
Cymbals Eat Guitars
The Antlers
Cotton Jones
Speakeasy Tiger
Gregory Alan Isakov
The Answering Machine
Roadside Graves
Caitlin Rose
Avi Buffalo
The Depreciation Guild
Boulder Acoustic Society

Sunday, September 13

The Thermals
We Were Promised Jetpacks

The Grates

The Twilight Sad
The Features
Bad Veins
Stars of Track and Field
Beats Antique
French Horn Rebellion
Royal Bangs
The Pirate Signal

Anni Rossi
The Knew
A Shoreline Dream

Red Wire Black Wire