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 that you cannot miss. These concerts are also exclusive to the region.
Oct. 6 - Mac DeMarco @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Many people have dubbed indie zeitgeist Mac DeMarco as a present-day Jimmy Buffett, and it's honestly not a stretch. The eternally chill rocker will return to Red Rocks, bringing along his new album, "Here Comes the Cowboy." Expect severe quirkiness, shotgunned beers, as well as, DeMarco’s telltale charisma in spades. DeMarco will make Red Rocks the place to be as the final threads of warm weather unwind.
Oct. 9 - The Raconteurs @ Mission Ballroom
It’s been a whopping eight years since The Raconteurs performed together live, that is until they announced they were getting back together again, with new music in tow. The Jack White led alt-rock band, known for songs like “Steady, As She Goes” and “Salute Your Solution” will charge through the brand new Mission Ballroom on October 9. Considering the near-decade it took to get the band running full steam again, who knows when you’ll get another chance like this.
Oct. 9 - Maná @ Pepsi Center
Iconic Latin rock superstars, Maná will dive into their best-selling and acclaimed discography for a rather rare visit to Denver. Witnessing the band’s prowess isn’t so much about nostalgia as it is reveling in groups historic rise in the Latin music sphere. The “Labios Compartidos” performers are sure to be a huge hit, seeing as they haven’t visited Denver since 2012 during their “Drama Y Luz World Tour.”
Oct. 13 - Phil Collins @ Pepsi Center
As the title of the tour states — Phil Collins is “Not Dead Yet.” And while that was never a question in our minds, Collins is out to prove he’s still got it with a 15-date US jaunt, which includes a stop at the Pepsi Center. So put aside your air guitar moves and start practicing your imaginary drums because god knows you’ll want to hit every beat when “In the Air Tonight” drops.
Oct. 27 – Twenty One Pilots @ Pepsi Center
Twenty One Pilots are a force to be reckoned with. The alt-rock heroes known for massive singles like “Stressed Out” and “Heathens,” are heading out on a victory lap of their wildly successful Bandito Tour. Hitting Denver again in October, the duo, known for their dynamic performances are sure to light a fire in the belly of the Pepsi Center yet again. Be sure to snatch up those tickets quickly, the last time Twenty One Pilots came to the arena, it sold out so fast it made fans do a double-take.
Nov. 25 - Cher and Nile Rodgers & CHIC @ Pepsi Center
Fresh off her appearance in "Mamma Mia" and her wildly successful ABBA cover album, Dancing Queen, the inimitable Cher will head to the Pepsi Center in continuation of her “Here We Go Again Tour.” Coming along for the ride, Nile Rodgers & CHIC will join in on the festivities making for one hell of a funky affair. So, if you've ever caught yourself belting “Believe” in your spare time, it’s your chance to catch the real deal — we believe in you.
Dec. 1 – The 1975 @ 1stBank Center
If you hadn’t already heard, English pop-rock band, The 1975 will have another album coming in 2020, and they’ve already begun to push out the new material. One of the first chances to hear some of the new tunes will come when the band drops in on none other than the 1stBank Center, following a cancellation earlier this year when the band got caught in a blizzard on their way to Red Rocks. With only a handful of dates coming at the tail end of 2019, there’s never been a better time for a do-over.