Coors Field Is Considering a Concert Series for Next Season

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The Baseball Project plays at Coors Field last month.
If there is a strange request that a concert promoter can make of a musician, it's a safe bet that Scott McCaughey has heard it. He co-founded the Young Fresh Fellows in 1983 and played with R.E.M. for close to twenty years. Lately, he's been on tour with the Baseball Project, an '80s-college-rock supergroup that also features Peter Buck and Mike Mills of R.E.M., Steve Wynn of the Dream Syndicate, and Linda Pitmon. So McCaughey has played thousands of shows, but when he was asked to swap out his hat before the Baseball Project played at Coors Field last month, that was a first.

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McCaughey was wearing one with a San Francisco Giants logo -- he's a lifelong fan -- and when Rockies staff members saw it, they immediately went to find him some more appropriate apparel. It was only partly a joke. The staffers were stretched thin because of a broken water main, however, and in the scramble, the best they could come up with was a plain black hat marked "MLB," a giveaway from a game earlier in the season.

The Baseball Project is not idly named: The band's three albums contain nothing but songs about the sport. Some tell the stories of obscure players, some refer to historic games. The leadoff track on the most recent album, 3rd, is nothing more than a list of numbers that correspond to well-known MLB statistics and records.

So the group is an appropriate choice for a concert at a ballpark. It had played a regular show at the Oriental Theater the night before the game and mentioned the one-off set at Coors Field from the stage. A couple dozen fans followed them to the ballpark, and for close to an hour before the scheduled first pitch, the Baseball Project played in a cabana while the crowd filtered in. When it got to "The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads," a song about a game in 1974 when pitcher Dock Ellis intentionally hit the first three Cincinnati Reds batters he faced and tried to hit two more, the Rockies put Scott McCaughey with his bandmates and replacement hat up on the Jumbotron. They were playing the Reds that day -- or at least were supposed to: The water main couldn't be fixed in time, and the game was ultimately postponed.

But the Baseball Project got its full set, and while this was a one-off concert orchestrated by a friend of both the band and the team, live music may soon be a regular fixture at Coors Field.

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pcj99
pcj99

This is great, that new party deck is a blast, don't even notice the game.  Coors Field would be a great place to see a band, lots of seating, great new party deck, green grass and the pretty trees in center field make for gorgeous scenery.  Mountain views too, dammit, mountain views, sorry.  I say make the rocks & shrubbery in center field available for exploration, but that's just me...Monfort has a plan and it is pure evil, numb those poor Rockies fans with suck ass baseball and multiple diversions for long enough and they will forget about baseball all together and demand Beach Boys and REO Speewagon...wake up people, it's coming.

Katie Clapham-Drew
Katie Clapham-Drew

No! But that's because Dick Montfort said not to come if I didn't like the product on the field. So I just won't be going at all.

David Thead
David Thead

Been a thing in Atlanta for years and does quite well!

Buzz Cranfill
Buzz Cranfill

I will not support the Monfort ownership in any way. Unless Metallica plays there.

Aaron Rutan
Aaron Rutan

Fuck that! Stop bringing money in for events! Give us a better team!

Slackjaw Nichols
Slackjaw Nichols

They should use it for something scents they don't play baseball there anymore. LOL!

Joe Blainey
Joe Blainey

No. The parking lot for Snowball was bad enough. Terrible venue space.

Kyle Shackelford
Kyle Shackelford

The rays do it back in st Pete. Usually the only games they sell out.

Jordan Otte
Jordan Otte

Only if they book Creed and Nickleback to continue the tradition of their annual summer sh*t show.

Arman Guerrero
Arman Guerrero

We need to sell the Rockies and make it a concert venue

Mark Prager
Mark Prager

As long as the ticket prices are reasonable..

Brandon Daviet
Brandon Daviet

Yeah if it sounds good, The Stones played at the B-park in Frisco the Ambiance was cool.

Lawrence Sena
Lawrence Sena

They would be stupid not to. God knows the Rockies aren't pulling in a whole lot of money these days.

Lance King
Lance King

Better than going there for baseball!

Nick Huntley
Nick Huntley

How about the Rockies and Coors field worry about making the team better trying to win a world series and not a damn concert series

Alex Kilzer
Alex Kilzer

Heck yes... but only if I'm allowed GA on the field

Nhoj Yawle
Nhoj Yawle

Hey a chance for some hits! Tap, tap.. Is this thing on?

Jana Goff Tweedy
Jana Goff Tweedy

Well they better do something since we don't have a baseball team.

Gary Carter
Gary Carter

Great ideal since there sure ain't no baseball there...

Kyron Rough
Kyron Rough

Great now even if the acts good the shit beer will ruin any act ....stick with idk driving or sthin ok Pete?

Stephanie Ann Hast-Clow
Stephanie Ann Hast-Clow

Seriously. ...the Rockies suck, and they'll do anything to draw people to the park. Don't fall for it until the owner is willing to make them better.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Nah. Let's keep Phish at DSGP every Labor Day weekend. People can camp, there's more on-site parking, it's a burgeoning tradition :).

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

Looks like an advertisement for a band I never heard of singing about a sport I'm indifferent to

Tedd Langowski
Tedd Langowski

If a new owner moves the team to another state, at least the ballpark will have a use other than neglect.

Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson

They should. Rockies are not paying the bills...

Paddy McGee
Paddy McGee

My head just exploded. #FIREDANODOWD

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

They should try joining the baseball business.

Cole Whitaker
Cole Whitaker

Other stadiums have been doing this for years, should work well for them.

Robert Goose Guzmán
Robert Goose Guzmán

I'm sure it will be the same bands you see at Elways, Coohills, Denver Day of Rock and Film on the Rocks. It'd be nice if they mixed it up for a change. Cheers

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Monfort only owns it, the taxpayers paid for Corporate Welfare Ballpark.

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