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.
June 19 - Jennifer Lopez @ Pepsi Center
This performance from Jennifer Lopez is going to be special — and not just because the triple-threat is always incredible. Rather, it’ll be Lopez’s 50th birthday. Appropriately titled “It’s My Party,” we know her stop in Denver will truly live up to her tour name.
June 24 - Stevie Wonder @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
For the first time ever, the iconic Stevie Wonder is coming to Red Rocks. The timeless singer will come as a part of SeriesFest’s Season 5 Benefit: A Celebration of TV & Music. So if you’re a TV snob or just love the “Superstitious” singer, snag a ticket for what will surely be a magical night.
July 3 - Santana with the Doobie Brothers @ Pepsi Center
Most people — no matter how young or old — have probably air guitared to Santana’s iconic opening riff for “Smooth.” Announced with just enough time to sharpen up those air guitar skills, the venerable Santana will hit the Pepsi Center in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of his magnum opus "Supernatural." Fans who won’t be able to regroup in New York for the forthcoming Woodstock 50 — the official celebration of the original Woodstock performance where Santana is expected to perform — can make their way down to the Pepsi Center and get in on a little bit of the action.
July 4 - Blues Traveler (Annual 4th of July show) @ Red Rocks
Blues Traveler’s annual 4th of July performances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre are a Colorado institution at this point. Year after year, scores of fans and non-fans alike flock to Red Rocks for the show, partly for the great music and partly for the picturesque views of Downtown Denver and the firework shows sporadically going off in the distance. It’s peak summer fun, that many Denverites know, cannot be beaten.
July 11 - Hootie and the Blowfish @ Fiddler’s Green
Is been nearly 10 years since Hootie and the Blowfish jammed as a unit, but this year they’re coming back together for a string of shows, including the forthcoming one at Fiddler’s Green. Bringing along none other than Barenaked Ladies, this concert is for the nostalgia lovers. I mean, how can you not listen to “Only Wanna Be With You” and not find yourself transported back to your high school or college years? It's time to bring out the whole family, and show the kids how mom and dad used to get down.
July 12 - Khalid @ Pepsi Center
Twenty-one-year-old pop/r&b phenom Khalid’s status has been growing at an exponential rate since the world got their first taste of the singer with 2016’s smash hit “ Location.” Heading on a massive arena tour this year, fans can catch the singer in one of his biggest shows to date at the Pepsi Center on July 12 in the promotion of the soon to be released Free Spirit. Considering the wildfire appreciation of his songs, Khalid’s Pepsi Center show will surely be a sing-along from start to finish.
July 13 - Michael Bublé @ Pepsi Center
Contrary to rumors late last year, Michael Bublé and his uber-smooth voice will not hang up the towel anytime soon, and his forthcoming Pepsi Center performance is proof of that. The forthcoming tour, behind last year’s love, shows all the signs of the crooner hitting the gas rather than slowing down. If your trip into Denver is calling for a dose of romance, let Bublé be the catalyst to sparking something special.
July 22 - Diana Ross @ Red Rocks
Every once and awhile, Red Rocks nabs a legend for a night at the famed venue — this year, it's Diana Ross. She is not only taking herself out of Vegas but making her Red Rocks debut in the process. The 75-year-old former Supremes singer and successful solo artist/multi-generational legacy will bring her greatest hits collection to her many fans, young and old. If you’ve ever wondered whether a Soul Train line can happen at Red Rocks, this is the night to test the theory.
July 25 - Tenacious D w/ The Colorado Symphony @ Red Rocks
Bet you didn’t see this one coming. Jack Black and Kyle Gass’ progressive metal project Tenacious D will head to Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony for one night only. How will it pan out? Well, that’s for time to tell. But one thing’s for sure, it could lead to the “best song in the world,” and rest assured, it certainly won’t be a tribute.
August 8 - Billy Joel @ Coors Field
Concerts at Coors Field are few and far between, but when they come around, boy, are they special. The legendary Billy Joel, who has a penchant for performing in some of the greatest baseball arenas across America, from Yankee Stadium to Wrigley Field, will make his Coors Field debut this August. Couple that with the “The Piano Man's” increasingly sparing touring schedule, and you have a once-in-a-lifetime concert.
August 9 - Zac Brown Band @ Coors Field
As mentioned with Billy Joel’s upcoming concert at Coors Field, concerts at the baseball venue are extremely rare, but following Joel’s performance the night before, Zac Brown Band will take over the stadium for a night of their own. This year will mark the second year that Zac Brown Band have headlined Coors Field after their performance in 2017. The band — bringing along the incomparable Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real as support — will serve their “Chicken Fried” southern rock with an extra heap of summer bliss to the grandstand.
August 9 - Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
If you’re a fan of comedy in the slightest, this Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart announcement probably made you snatch up your wallet and check your credit card limit in sheer panic. By now, you’ve already realized this show may be the event of the summer. Couple that with the fact that it’ll be at Red Rocks, your panic to get tickets is most definitely warranted.
August 10 - The Rolling Stones @ Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Nowadays, catching a band as singular and iconic as The Rolling Stones is a feat in and of itself. So, when they come through town, it may feel like a musical emergency. Previously postponed due to health concerns for Mick Jagger — the legendary frontman is back on his feet and ready to rock Broncos Stadium. Concerts at the Broncos’ home field feel like a Super Bowl Halftime show — entrenched in the thousands of fans, singed by the pyrotechnics, all while knowing you’re in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime moment. There’s nothing quite like it. So, if you’re looking for a particularly memorable night in Denver, you won’t want to miss this one.
August 24 - Reggae on the Rocks @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
With a bill featuring some of the genre’s finest — Rebelution, Proteje and Collie Buddz amongst others, it's one of the few nights solely dedicated to Rastafari.
August 26–27 - OneRepublic with the Colorado Symphony @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
OneRepublic is one of those staple Denver bands that made it big and still give their hometown the love it deserves. After their release of debut album Dreaming Out Loud featuring hit song “Apologize,” the band’s trajectory skyrocketed them to fame. Since then, OneRepublic has become an iconic pop band, breaking the mainstream with the band’s unique integration of string instruments amongst pop-heavy, catchy choruses. This combination of sounds is the perfect sonic cocktail for this year's concert, with the Colorado Symphony backing the band at the famed Red Rocks Ampitheatre. The Colorado Symphony has often worked with modern bands to create something incredibly special, including the likes of The Flaming Lips and Belle & Sebastian. This collaboration takes from all prior experience and brings the show to the next level, with OneRepublic coming home to Denver’s wide open arms.
August 30–September 1 - Phish @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Phish returns to Denver once again for their annual Labor Day run of shows. If you haven’t been able to catch Trey Anastasio and the gang at one of their most beloved performances — you’re missing out. The weekend plays out like a festival for the most dedicated of fans and an annual retreat for others. Whatever way you swing on the Phish scale, one thing's for sure — it’ll be a trip.
September 3 - Bon Iver @ Red Rocks
Justin Vernon’s mystique driven indie-folk band, Bon Iver will embark on a very brief run of US fall shows, one of which will head to none other than Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Bon Iver has not played the venue since 2012, so for the band — whose music lives and breathes the wilderness — the forthcoming show will be a warm welcome. Just imagine sitting in the amphitheater soaking in the moment as Vernon strums out “Skinny Love” or “Re: Stacks” — words alone cannot describe how amazing such an experience is bound to feel. Are you crying, because I’m certainly not crying.
September 7 - The Original Misfits @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Denver’s in for a special one here. The Original Misfits (the surviving ones at least), Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only surprisingly came back together for the first time in 33 years in 2016, and have been a rare act to catch on the road since. That all changes for Denver, however, when the band comes through with one of three planned outings this year. The punk pioneers will perform at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on September 7. The Original Misfits will be joined by The Distillers, The Damned and Cro-Mags, creating a night for punk fans new and old to come together for one sole purpose. Considering the tumultuous history and the age of the musicians, if you’re a fan of the Misfits in any capacity, you will not want to miss this.
September 23 - The Black Keys @ Pepsi Center
With their tour dubbed “The Let’s Rock Tour,” you can probably imagine how ready the Black Keys are to get on their first tour in nearly five years. The band, with their newly released single “Lo/hi” are setting the stage for a comeback of epic proportions, and their performance at the Pepsi Center, the first arena date of the tour, should be no exception. Hitting the venue with Modest Mouse, the show will certainly shake you up, put you down and ruffle your feathers. Leather jacket and American Spirits not included.
September 23–24 - Greta Van Fleet @ Red Rocks
If you or a loved one ever felt infatuated with Led Zeppelin, Greta Van Fleet is here to bring the memories flooding back. The Michigan-based band has ascended rapidly thanks to streaming service algorithms and a paint-by-numbers approach of replicating the ’70s rock band’s sound with shocking precision. Though they sound so eerily similar, Greta Van Fleet is one of the best bands on the road to send you hurtling down memory lane, even if they’re playing songs you may have never heard of. If you can’t get the originals, these guys are the next best thing.
September 29 - The Who @ Pepsi Center
The who? The Who! The ‘60s rock band is still going strong on “The Moving On Tour,” set to come to Denver in late September. The iconic group is hitting the road in celebration of their first album in 13 years. Who knows how long the group will continue to tour, so if nostalgia of this magnitude calls, you better pick up the phone
October 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.
October 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.
October 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.”
October 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.
November 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.