Ultimate survival guide to Furthur at Red Rocks
Eric Gruneisen Bob Weir of Furthur, seen here during the band's Red Rocks run last September.
Tonight at Red Rocks, Furthur kicks off its highly anticipated four-night run. The band just announced a touring hiatus after its Mexico run in January, so you definitely won't want to miss these shows. Like the Dead, Furthur attracts followers that are unfailingly devout, all of whom you can meet and greet on Shakedown Street. If you fall into that category, no primer is needed, obviously. If not, here's everything you need to know to make the most of your experience.
Parking, Shakedown Street and transportation:
Parking is free at Red Rocks, and people usually begin congregating in the lots around 3 p.m. If you're looking for tickets, the earlier the better. We've always had more success just walking around the lot with a finger in the air than standing at the bottom of the main stairs like many do.
South lot is where you'll find Shakedown, the wild hippie bazaar of food, glass, clothing and you name it. Since this is Colorado, there will be people walking around with buds in their palm for sale, as well as lots of handmade jewelry, felafel and tiny hats. Parking is best in the upper North Lot. You can get down to south lot pretty easily, and while it's a steep downhill walk, it's far less congested to get out after the show.
The best way to travel is a party bus or limo, and there are a ton of them in business now. Uber app is also a great option -- although they could use some more drivers here in comparison to how they are in other cities. If you drive and find yourself not a sober as you expected after the show, there's also a line of taxi cabs waiting by the Trading Post, but you better jet out of there the second encore is over.
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