Denver’s music scene rivals such cities as Los Angeles and New York, in terms of opportunities to catch live music. Coming from out of town, the sheer number of concerts is undoubtedly overwhelming, so to simplify things, Denver music experts at 303 Magazine have compiled a list of the must-see Denver shows. Many of these are exclusive to the region.
Dec. 19, 2021 — Milky Chance @ Mission Ballroom
The duo behind the massive hit “Stolen Dance,” German rock band Milky Chance is returning to The Mile High City in December. Add on the fact that the group just released a new song entitled “Colorado” and it’s all but guaranteed that you won’t be able to stand still for this one.
Dec. 29 - 31, 2021 — My Morning Jacket @ Mission Ballroom
One of rock music’s most beloved bands will be ringing in the New Year in Denver. My Morning Jacket has orchestrated a New Year’s residency at Mission Ballroom where they will fill the room with their soulful psychedelia and emotionally evocative rock stylings. The cult fandom will make for a truly unforgettable night in one of Denver’s most unforgettable venues.
Jan. 28, 2022 — Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks @ Red Rocks
There's nothing like seeing a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and it's even more special to see one in wintertime. Get ready for some high-energy performances that will get you on your feet and dancing away the night as Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks returns with Diplo teaming up with Sofi Tukker, plus Talib Kweli, DJ Matt Cassidy and Jacoby.
Feb. 9, 2022 — Bad Bunny @ Ball Arena
Reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny is on a winning streak. In 2020, he was the top streamed artist on Spotify, and the first non-English artist to do so. His last album, "El Último Tour Del Mundo" also became the first all-Spanish album to top the Billboard 200. Coming through Ball Arena with his WWE-themed tour, Bad Bunny is going to put a smackdown on Denver with his hard-hitting joints that have already won over the world.
Feb. 16, 2022 — Kacey Musgraves @ Ball Arena
Kacey Musgraves is at the "heartbreak" stage of her career. The country crossover artist has dipped even farther into pop with the release of her new album, star-crossed, inspired by her high-profile divorce. Her first arena tour in support of the project is shaping up to be a chilled-out affair sure to catch attendees in their feelings. But fret not, as a phoenix rises from the ashes, so does Musgraves. The takeaway from the heartbreak is that you can build yourself back up from the bottom. Her show at Ball Arena will serve as a reminder.
Feb. 21, 2022 — Monsta X @ Ball Arena
For fans of K-Pop, Monsta X is poised to be the next big obsession. The group will headline Ball Arena on the heels of their first English album, "All About Luv." Expect a spectacle of the highest production value and no shortage of fanfare, because when it comes to K-Pop, artists in the genre are not ones to ever tone it down and neither are their fans.
March 15, 2022 - Dua Lipa & Megan Thee Stallion @ Ball Arena
Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion have been busy these past couple of years, building up their discographies and bursting into the mainstream in a major way. Dua Lipa released "Future Nostalgia," complete with the chart-toppers “Levitating” and “Don’t Start Now” and a whole slew of major performances ascending her straight to an exclusive tier of artists who can headline arenas. Megan Thee Stallion, the reigning queen of “hot girl summer” for her part, released her debut album, "Good News," and became a household name in the process. The combined star power of the show makes it one of the most anticipated of 2022 — catching two powerful women at their peak coming together for a blowout of a show.
March 20, 2022 — Clairo @ The Fillmore
Indie pop sensation Clairo will make her way through the Fillmore, with her entrancing Gen Z attuned songs. One of the biggest emerging names within her respective genre, Clairo’s performance will undoubtedly be a sing-along of which the sheer relatability will be a much-needed catharsis.
March 29, 2022 — Tyler, the Creator @ Ball Arena
Coming in hot off a slew of imaginative performances behind his bona fide mixtape of an album, "CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST," hip-hop’s Dr. Suess is slated to hit Ball Arena. Playing some of the largest shows of his career thus far, Tyler, the Creator is guaranteed to bring a full production to the Ball Arena stage. Look no further than his recent Lollapalooza performance to know what the emcee is capable of — it'll blow your mind.
April 3, 2022 — The Script @ Mission Ballroom
The Script is one of those bands that has bigger hits than they let on to. Put the pop-rock band on shuffle, and you'll surprise yourself with how nonstop the recognizable tunes are. The same can be said for their upcoming “Greatest Hits Tour” which will be marching head-on into Mission Ballroom, and bringing a jukebox setlist of only the best of the best. So, if you’ve ever listened to alternative radio, this show is a no-brainer.
April 11, 2022 — Journey w/ Billy Idol and Toto @ Ball Arena
One needs little more than a couple of piano chords and a cacophonous, “just a small-town girl…,” before they know exactly what time it is. What follows in rapturous accord is the anthem of all anthems, “Don’t Stop Believin’” and a flash grenade of nostalgia for all the many times you and everyone in proximity screamed the song at the top of their lungs. Now, imagine all of that playing out with 20,000 other fans at Journey’s upcoming concert at Ball Arena. Tack on Billy Idol and Toto and you have the jukebox of all jukebox experiences playing out in real life.
April 14, 2022 — Gorgon City @ Red Rocks
Electronic duo Gorgon City crushed Mission Ballroom when they were in town in October of this year. Returning for more dancefloor delirium this spring, but this time at Red Rocks, Gorgon City will turn the iconic venue into a nightclub of euphoric proportions.
April 16, 2022 — Kevin Gates and Gucci Mane @ Red Rocks
Two of southern hip-hop’s biggest stars, Kevin Gates, and the legend himself, Gucci Mane, are joining forces for a rambunctious start to Red Rocks season. These two rappers know how to get down and dirty and have a good time as they do it. So, keep their names in your mouth and get a taste of the dirty south in the Mile High City this coming spring.
April 22, 2022 — Galantis and 3LAU @ Red Rocks
Though it has been postponed twice now as a result of the pandemic, Galantis and 3LAU are finally poised to take on Red Rocks with their throat-belting choruses and euphoric drops. The technicolor daydream awaiting Red Rocks will be a party starter and considering they don’t currently have any other dates in 2022, it will no doubt inspire all sorts of FOMO from those who can’t make their way out.
April 25, 2022 — Deftones @ Ball Arena
Things will be getting heavy next Spring when Deftones make their way to Ball Arena. The alt-metal band will celebrate the critical acclaim of their latest album, "Ohms." By the time they make it out to Denver, fans will know the project inside and out, so when the time comes everyone can just let it rip and rock out.
April 25, 2022 — The Flaming Lips @ Mission Ballroom
Psych-rock oddballs The Flaming Lips will hit Mission Ballroom in truly colorful accord. Between the second-hand euphoric high of their performances, to the inflatable balls, Wayne Coyne and the gang utilize to interact within the audience, The Flaming Lips have a reputation for a live show that is second to none. Wild, weird and with a good helping of randomness, when the Flaming Lips are in town, you never know what you’re going to get, but you can guarantee it’ll be a good time.
April 27, 2022 — Lorde @ Mission Ballroom
Lorde said, “let there be light!” Everyone’s favorite New Zealand pop star, Lorde is riding high on a sunny vibe these days. With her forthcoming album, "Solar Power," due to drop soon, the “Royals” singer has traded her broody aesthetic for something more jovial and carefree. While it’ll certainly be a switch up, a little sunshine may just be what the doctor ordered after the dark times the world has encountered with the pandemic.
May 12, 2022 — Morgan Wallen @ Ball Arena
Dominating and controversial country music star Morgan Wallen is slated to go on a massive tour in 2022 — his first since getting into hot water over uttering a racial slur and a couple of other notorious incidents threatened to permanently derail his career. This tour in support of the mega-popular album, Dangerous: The Double Album will surely be polarizing, but if Wallen has made amends and is truly ready for a comeback, his fans will undoubtedly support him through it.
May 21, 2022 — Luke Combs @ Empower Field at Mile High
Country fans are in for a treat from one of the genre’s biggest acts out right now. Coming off a win at the Nashville Songwriter Awards, Luke Combs is readying to take on his biggest Denver show yet — a stadium show at Empower Field at Mile High.
Jun. 1 & 2, 2022 – Lord Huron @ Red Rocks
Lord Huron’s music was made to be enjoyed under the stars and out in the elements. The band’s provocative folk stylings will be right at home at Red Rocks. In fact, there may not be a more perfect place to hear them.
Jun. 4, 2022 – Michael Franti & Spearhead @ Red Rocks
There’s something incredibly uplifting about a Michael Franti & Spearhead concert. From the music being played on stage to the atmosphere of the crowd, there’s a palpable sense that everyone is all aboard a train of good vibes and euphoric energy. If there’s anything people need after these tough times, it is a night full of unadulterated happiness.
Jun. 22, 2022 — Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine and Neko Case @ Red Rocks
Reading like a who's who of Americana and folk music, the Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine and Neko Case bill at Red Rocks is a star-studded night of some of the genre’s most beloved acts. Not only that, but the three artists present perfectly complement each other and the energy each other brings to the table. In our eyes, this show is a no-filler affair.
June 12, 2022 — Tash Sultana @ Red Rocks
Jam-focused looping sensation, Tash Sultana will be painting a sonic wonderland as she takes to her sold-out Red Rocks show in June. The demand for the burgeoning singer/songwriter’s impending Red Rocks show was so extreme it sold out within minutes. While tickets may be hard to come by, if you are one of the lucky ones to snatch one up, you can guarantee that the show will be an unforgettable experience.
Jun. 30, 2022 — Kraftwerk in 3-D @ Red Rocks
It's more than music, it's a total work of art. Coming off their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Kraftwerk is bringing their mix of eclectic music, 3-D visuals and performance art to the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. What could be more mind-blowing than that?
July 2, 2022 — Wallows @ Mission Ballroom
Indie-rock upstarts Wallows have taken off on their Gen-Z appeal within the genre. Painfully relatable and very much coming of age, Wallows are the soundtrack to figuring it out as you go along, and it shows with their dedicated fanbase constantly raising them to new heights. Don’t be surprised if you see these guys playing Ball Arena the next time they come around, so get what may be the last time they play a mid-size venue at Mission Ballroom.
July 21, 2022 – Motley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison @ Coors Field
Despite signing contracts proclaiming the end of their touring days, Motley Crüe is in fact, back in the saddle, and they are ready to hit the road. Joined by Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett, the raucous affair is preceded by the band blowing up said contracts and reuniting in full. America’s most “notorious rock band” is sure to stir up some trouble, and this date at Coors Field is an open invitation to join in on the fun.
July 23, 2022 — Red Hot Chili Peppers, HAIM and Thundercat @ Empower Field
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are back and better than ever. Announcing a major tour and reuniting with guitarist John Frusciante for the first time in 15 years, the boys are pulling out all the stops for this outing. Not only that, but they are bringing world-class acts, HAIM and Thundercat along for the ride. Talk about summer’s hottest show — no pun intended.
July 30, 2022 — Kenny Chesney @ Empower Field
When it comes to a lack of shoes, it’s no problem for laid-back country sensation Kenny Chesney — in fact, he prefers it that way. The “American Kids” singer will be playing for a packed house when he takes to Empower Field for a larger-than-life concert. So, take your shoes off, kick back and take in the dog days of summer with one of country music’s hottest stars.
Sept. 30, 2022 — My Chemical Romance @ Ball Arena
Emo isn’t dead, just ask My Chemical Romance. The seminal rock band has reunited, and while the pandemic interrupted their original plans for a comeback tour shortly after their first show together in years, the group is planning to resume the black parade in 2022. An entire generation of kids, now adults grew up on My Chemical Romance, so to see them back in action means the world. We’ll carry on indeed.
Oct. 10 & 11, 2022 — King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard @ Red Rocks
Few artists are as wildly prolific as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Name aside, King Gizzard means business — the psych-rock band delivered five albums in 2017 alone, and this year they’ve already released two. For these Red Rocks performances, the group is promising a three-hour set spanning all 15 albums each night, and with all that arsenal they've built up, you can guarantee there won’t be any repeats across the back-to-back performances.
Oct. 25, 2022 — Alicia Keys @ Bellco Theatre
If you think of great modern pianists, Alicia Keys would surely pop into your head. The pop/R&B singer-songwriter will make a long-awaited appearance in the Mile High City at the tail end of 2022, bringing a massively popular discography and no shortage of instrumental virtuoso to the Bellco Theatre stage. Not only will she be celebrating the release of her latest album, ALICIA, but she too will be ringing in the 20th Anniversary of her smash debut album, Songs In A Minor. A retrospective of a concert from one of the most renowned artists of the past two decades? Sign us up.