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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. These are exclusive to the region. 

JULY

July 16, 17, 18, 2021 — The String Cheese Incident @ Red Rocks
The String Cheese Incident is an institution at Red Rocks. People flock from all corners of the country to experience their mid-summer run at the iconic venue. After a year of no get-togethers and no live music, The String Cheese Incident’s upcoming Red Rocks performances will be more akin to a family reunion. If you’ve been on the fence before, this is the year to jump off and head in, because all signs point to this run hitting a little differently.

July 22, 2021 — Rodeo at Red Rocks feat. Orville Peck, Yola, Charley Crockett and John Waters @ Red Rocks
Country music concerts at Red Rocks are rather few and far between. However, Rodeo at Red Rocks is here to save the day. Anchored by burgeoning masked outlaw country upstart, Orville Peck, Rodeo at Red Rocks is hosting some of country music’s brightest new stars. Powerhouse vocalist Yola, along with the soulful Charley Crockett will join Peck, and filmmaker/actor John Waters will host the shindig. If that doesn't sound like a ruckus in the making, we truly don’t know what would.

July 23 - 24, 2021 — Global Dance Festival @ Empower Field at Mile High
EDM fans rejoice! One of Colorado’s biggest electronic dance music festivals is returning to form. Taking over Empower Field at Mile High, Global Dance Festival will once again bring a caravan of some of the biggest names within the genre to their clamoring fans. Following a year of little live music and dancing, you may just owe it to yourself to make your way down and dancing it out.

July 25, 2021 — STS9 (Day Out of Time) @ Levitt Pavilion
As mentioned prior, STS9 is an institution in Colorado. The group typically allocates their time at Red Rocks, but, this year, they are switching things up. While they are still playing two shows at the iconic venue two days prior, instead of a third night, the instrumental electronic rock band is bringing things closer to the city. They will be performing two back-to-back sets at Levitt Pavilion, wherein each set corresponds to a different theme for a day party that stretches into the night. 

July 25, 2021 — Guster w/ The Colorado Symphony @ Red Rocks
Guster is one of those groups you would have thought would have headlined Red Rocks already, but oddly enough, that has never happened until now. Having opened four separate times at the venue over the years, Guster is finally hosting their debut headline performance and they are pulling out all the stops. Partnering with the Colorado Symphony, the band that brought you “Satellite” is shooting for the stars with a night you won’t soon forget. 

 

AUGUST

Aug. 6, 2021 — Alan Jackson @ Ball Arena
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and an inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson is one of music's all-time greats. His long line of career-defining accolades includes three CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artist.

Aug. 6, 2021 — Amy Grant @ Paramount Theatre
See "The Queen of Christian Pop," American singer, songwriter, musician and author Amy Grant as she graces the stage at the Paramount Theatre. The six-time Grammy winner underwent open-heart surgery in 2020, and now she's back and stronger than ever. 

Aug. 11, 2021 — Punk in Drublic @ Sculpture Park
If there was a vote on the rowdiest concert to hit Denver this summer, Punk in Drublic would be at the top of the list. With the likes of NOFX, Less than Jake, Sick of It All and more taking over Sculpture Park at Denver's Performing Arts Complex, all the local punks will literally have their day in the sun. Get ready to open that first post-pandemic mosh pit. 

Aug. 11 & 12, 2021 — RÜFÜS DU SOL @ Red Rocks
In only a few short years RÜFÜS DU SOL went from emerging Australian exports to one of the world’s biggest electronic bands. Their evocative style has become a fixture at festivals, and they’ve created a cult fandom that has sold out venues the world over. While they are no strangers to Red Rocks, when they come through it’s always a genuinely electric occasion and one that has become a destination for fans of all flavors. 

Aug. 13 & 14, 2021 — Wu-Tang Clan w/ the Colorado Symphony @ Red Rocks and Mission Ballroom
It’s not every day that you get to see the legendary Wu-Tang Clan in action — and at Red Rocks no less. Even more spectacular is the fact the iconic hip-hop group will be joined by none other than the Colorado Symphony to reimagine some of their most essential tracks like “C.R.E.A.M” and “Protect Ya Neck.” The night only gets better with the inclusion of Outkast’s Big Boi as the opener. Fans have only two chances to see this incredible collaboration, with a night at Red Rocks and the following night at the premier Mission Ballroom. 

Aug. 15, 2021 — All Day I Dream @ Levitt Pavilion
All Day I Dream is a concept concert that began on a rooftop in Brooklyn in 2011. Since then, the emotional shades of house and techno have become an international sensation. From Chicago to Ibiza and back, All Day I Dream, and its roster of artists have made a name for themselves creating a vibe all their own and sharing it with the world. 

Aug. 16, 2021 — Guns N’ Roses @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
The nearly immaculate 2021 lineup of Guns N’ Roses will be firing on all cylinders when they hit Dick’s Sporting Goods Field for a mid-summer blowout. Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, and Dizzy Reed being the principal players, Guns N’ Roses still have it and then some. Few bands have remained as culturally relevant as Guns N’ Roses after all their years as a unit, but when they step on stage and their mind-blowing number of classics spill out, you’ll understand why. 

Aug. 20, 2021 — Blake Shelton @ Ball Arena
Country sensation and more recently known as a prominent judge on The Voice, Blake Shelton will be stopping through Denver in support of his newest record, "Body Language." Despite being a fixture on cable television, Shelton is still by and large one of the biggest names in country music. His sure-to-be-packed Ball Arena show will serve as a reminder. 

Aug. 21 & 22, 2021 — Reggae on the Rocks @ Red Rocks
Reggae on the Rocks is Denver’s pinnacle event for the genre. Since 1988, fans of reggae and island music have converged upon the iconic venue to experience an A-list lineup of some of the genre’s best and brightest. This year is no different, with Rebelution heading the bill joined by Steel Pulse, Inner Circle, Kabaka Pyramid and many more. 

Aug. 25, 2021 — Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Perhaps the biggest rock concert to hit Denver this year comes by way of nostalgia, and a heaping spoonful at that. Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer and openers the Interrupters will bring the "Hella Mega Tour" to Dick's Sporting Goods Park for a concert unlike any other. With each band reigning supreme in their respective eras and genres, with no shortage of songs people will be yelling at the top of their lungs, the "Hella Mega Tour" may be too much to handle, but we welcome the challenge. 

Aug. 27 – 29, 2021 — The Underground Music Showcase @ South Broadway
Denver’s largest music festival is also one that is a homecoming for the local music community. There’s truly no weekend as reckless and as welcoming as the Underground Music Showcase (UMS), and the best part of it all is experiencing Colorado music on a pedestal. Taking over South Broadway, The Underground Music Showcase also provides the opportunity to experience music in a ton of unique locations that you normally wouldn’t. If there was ever a return to form for the local music community post-COVID it’s UMS, and we for one cannot wait. 

Aug. 29 & 30, 2021 — The Black Crowes @ Red Rocks
The 30th Anniversary tour behind the Black Crowes’ seminal debut album, "Shake Your Money Maker" is finally set to hit the stage. Originally slated for 2020 but disrupted by the pandemic, the newly reunited band will perform the quadruple-platinum record in its entirety as well as other hits throughout their discography. A testament to their artistry, the two dates stopping through Red Rocks is a must-see experience for all Black Crowes fans, and their kids, because you never know, with this being their third reunion, there just might not be a next time. 

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 2 & 3, 2021 – REZZ @ Red Rocks
The hypnotic and demented bass stylings of REZZ touch down at Red Rocks once again this September. For those who like their electronic music with a little bit of grit and something to bang their head to, REZZ is their savior. Among the electronic dance music (EDM) community, REZZ has picked up the torch from the likes of Deadmau5 and has earned herself no shortage of accolades for her challenging and intense music. 

Sept. 3 - 5, 2021 — Phish @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
There are few better places to be a Phish fan than Colorado. The prolific jam band has hosted their “Phish Dick’s” weekend over Labor Day for the past couple of years and the three-day-long extravaganza never ceases to bring out lifelong fans to ring in the festivities. Taking a break last year due to the pandemic, the first in a long time, Phish too will be making up for lost time — good thing jam bands aren’t known to keep it brief. 

Sept. 6, 2021 – GRiZ @ Red Rocks
It wasn’t long ago that EDM producer, DJ, and Colorado resident GRiZ swore off Red Rocks shows in exchange for higher production multi-night runs at the 1STBank Center. He has seemingly had a change of heart, however brief, as he has announced a single night return to Red Rocks over Labor Day wherein, he is promising three unique sets. The sets will include a laid-back style, a set reminiscent of his ‘10-’17 material, and a "full flex" bangers-only performance where GRiZ will go full throttle — as if you needed another excuse to go. 

Sept. 7 & 9, 2021 — Jimmy Buffett @ Red Rocks
Mr. Margaritaville himself will grace Red Rocks over two nights in September. No one is better equipped to tackle the dog days of summer than Jimmy Buffet, and at Red Rocks no less. Something tells us that this will be a laid-back affair of the most mellow degree. 

Sept. 7, 2021 — Harry Styles @ Ball Arena
The “Watermelon Sugar” singer and former One Direction bandmate intends to bring his breakout sophomore record, 2019’s "Fine Line to life." With summer winding down, Harry Styles will come through Ball Arena like a burst of sunlight, emerging to serenade his many fans with the album’s golden hour vibe just in the nick of time. If there are few things left on the summer docket by this point, you owe it to yourself to let this be on the agenda. 

Sept. 10, 2021 — John Michael Montgomery @ Grizzly Rose
"Life's a Dance" when country music artist and Kentucky native John Michael Montgomery hits the stage at the Grizzly Rose! 

Sept. 11 & 12, 2021 — Brandi Carlile w/ Colorado Symphony @ Red Rocks
Americana royalty will join forces with the Colorado Symphony to provide a generation-spanning collection of songs. Between Brandi Carlile and the legendary Tanya Tucker who will open the show, this performance will pull on your heartstrings with an entire string section. 

Sept. 26, 2021 — Ana Gabriel @ Bellco Theater 
​Hailing from Sinaloa, Mexico, Ana Gabriel has been churning out chart-topping hits in the Latino-pop scene for more than three decades. Gabriel has won several awards throughout her career, including "Best Pop Female Artist" at the Lo Nuestro Awards two years running in 1991 and 1992, as well as an "Excellence Award" in 2006, commemorating her long career and her many successes as an artist. She also won the Billboard Latin Music Estrella Award in 2002. 

OCTOBER

Oct. 1, 2021 — Tanya Tucker @ The Bluebird Theater
At the age of 13, country music legend Tanya Tucker was the youngest woman to grace the cover of Rolling Stone. She's racked up 15 No. 1 hits and has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards. Catch her at The Bluebird Theater this fall with Hailey Whitters.

Oct. 4, 2021 — Snow Patrol @ Paramount Theatre
Northern Irish-Scottish rock band Snow Patrol has been rocking for more than 25 years. Now, they're bringing an all-acoustic set to Denver's Paramount Theatre. 

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