Ten best concerts of the summer
Eric Gruneisen The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks this past June.
7. The Avett Brothers at 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."
Eric Gruneisen Mumford & Sons on the first night of their two night run at Red Rocks in August.
6. Mumford & Sons at Red Rocks, 8/28/12
"Perhaps more impressive than the group's harmonies was the intimacy the group created in such a massive space. Fans standing what seemed a couple miles away in the top rows were just as much a part of this as those in the VIP section. Anyone who's spent time in a ratty college apartment knows the best way to create a vibe like this is with Christmas lights. Mumford & Sons had those, too."
Britt Chester Skrillex got Red Rocks all fired up in August.
5. Skrillex at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 8/9/12
"The request from Skrillex for everyone to pull out lighters, cell phones, glow sticks or whatever they had capable of illuminating was met with feverish enthusiasm. Once the entire place was singing along with Gary Go's lyrics, the waves of energy began to rise from the bottom to the top. What else could trump lasers, fire blasts, fireworks and confetti streamers? A full wall of fucking fireworks blasting from the top of the stage, that's what."