Review: The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks, 6/30/12

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Eric Gruneisen
The Avett Brothers last night at Red Rocks. Slide show: The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks.


THE AVETT BROTHERS @ RED ROCKS | 6/30/12

Last night was the perfect date concert at Red Rocks. The heat forced people to drink copious amounts and wear very little. The natural romance of the setting was out in force, with the lights against the rock reaching up to an almost-full moon. And then there was the music. And it was a night for the instruments. Sure, there were the requisite guitars, keyboards, drums, bass...but there were also banjos, cellos and violins, all being utilized to the fullest by musicians who don't just know their tools well, but seemed to honestly love to bring out the full sound of each -- and to sometimes pound the crap out of them like they were Colfax hookers. The Avett Brother's cello bow bore little resemblance to the refined bows from Devotchka -- it was more like Sunday morning walk-of-shame hair.

See Also:
- Slide show: The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks, 6/30/12
- Review: The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks, 7/9/11
- Slide show: The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks, 7/9/11

The Avett Brothers opened with "Talk on Indolence," which brought the crowd to its feet right away. You could feel the energy in the place change instantly -- from the slow draw of DeVotchKa, which everyone appreciated in that swaying-slowly sort of way, to the rowdy electricity of the Avetts.

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Eric Gruneisen
The Avett Brothers last night at Red Rocks. Slide show: The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks.

The band kept the energy up for most of the early show, rocking out in such a country-style that people were literally do-si-do-ing in the crowded aisles. But it wasn't all countrified; the Avetts jumped up and down at the mike like the Bay City Rollers (that's right -- the Bay City Rollers), and Scott Avett was, at one point, on his knees playing the banjo, which is just wicked cool.

It was during "Kick Drum Heart" that the crowd seemed to explode into a big massive pile of love, from the hugs one of the brothers came down to give to everyone in the front rows, to the folks walking the aisles with boots, collecting donations for those affected by the Colorado wildfires (they raised more than $20,000 on Friday night, and encouraged Saturday night's crowd to surpass that).


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Red Rocks Amphitheatre

18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO

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