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If you’re a jam band fanatic, Denver is the place to be this summer with must-see concerts from the Avett Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, Phish and many more. 

Of course, the scene is nothing new here. Ever since The Grateful Dead (the original jam band) started playing the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the late 1970s, the Denver area has been a hotspot for great music and great times. This summer in The Mile High City is shaping up to be one long, strange — and fun — trip. 

LOTUS

WHEN: Apr. 27, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

TWIDDLE / PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG

WHEN: May 2, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

SHPONGLE

WHEN: May 3–4, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

PAPADOSIO & THE POLISH AMBASSADOR

WHEN: May 11, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

THE DISCO BISCUITS

WHEN: May 25, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

PHIL LESH & THE TERRAPIN FAMILY BAND

WHEN: May 29, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

BELA FLECK: FRIENDS & FAMILY

WHEN: May 30, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

THE SAMPLES WITH SPECIAL GUEST VERTICAL HORIZON

WHEN: May 31, 2019
WHERELevitt Pavilion

MOE.

WHEN: June 1, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD

WHEN: June 7, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS

WHEN: June 8, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

DISPATCH

WHEN: June 9, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

LETTUCE

WHEN: June 15, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

UMPHREY'S MCGEE

WHEN: June 21–23, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

WIDESPREAD PANIC

WHEN: June 28–30, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

BLUES TRAVELER

WHEN: July 4, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH

WHEN: July 11, 2019
WHEREFiddler's Green Amphitheatre

THE MOTET & GALACTIC

WHEN: July 12, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT

WHEN: July 19–21, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND

WHEN: July 26–27, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

MY MORNING JACKET

WHEN: Aug. 2–3, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

JJ GREY & MOFRO AND JOHNNY LANG

WHEN: Aug. 6, 2019
WHEREDenver Botanic Gardens

O.A.R.

WHEN: Aug. 8, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

JOHN BUTLER TRIO + YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND

WHEN: Aug. 16, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

SLIGHTLY STOOPID

WHEN: Aug. 17, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND

WHEN: Aug. 23–24, 2019
WHEREFiddler's Green Amphitheatre

JOE RUSSO'S ALMOST DEAD

WHEN: Aug. 29, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

PHISH

WHEN: Aug. 30–Sept.1, 2019
WHEREDick's Sporting Goods Park

DARK STAR ORCHESTRA

WHEN: Sept. 8, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS

WHEN: Sept. 13–15, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

BIG GIGANTIC

WHEN: Sept. 27–28, 2019
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

ALL SUMMER LONG

SHAKEDOWN STREET

WHERE: Various locations
Not the real thing — but close! Shakedown Street is one of the world's best and longest-running Grateful Dead tribute bands and they call the Rocky Mountain Front Range home. You can find them jamming the night away at various venues throughout the area all summer long.

 

JAM BAND HOT SPOTS TO VISIT WHILE YOU'RE IN TOWN

If you're visiting Denver for shows this summer, don't miss out on these places to eat, drink and jam out.

QUIXOTE'S TRUE BLUE & SANCHO'S BROKEN ARROW

Quixote's True Blue and Sancho's Broken Arrow, two sister clubs, are ground zero for the city's jam band scene — warm, friendly spots that feature great live music virtually every night of the week. Check their respective calendars for more info. 

VINE STREET PUB & BREWERY

Vine Street Pub & Brewery, one of the grooviest additions to Denver's microbrewery scene, is all about the Grateful Dead on the sound system, juicy burgers (or veggie burgers) and a dedication to lovingly crafted beer.

MY BROTHER'S BAR

The forefathers of the jam band movement were the Beat Generation, and My Brother's Bar is a Mile High City institution known for its Beat Generation clientele. This watering hole was the bar of choice for renowned Beats like Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady in the 1950s. Today, not much has changed at My Brother's — you can still get a pint and a burger for under $10 and enjoy one of the city's coolest spots. 

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