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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 with Marc Rebillet, Breakbot, Eminence Ensemble

WHEN: April 25, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Leah Senior

WHEN: May 5–6, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

The Motet with TBD special guests and Turkuaz with Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew

WHEN: May 22, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Joe Russo's Almost Dead

WHEN: June 5, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Michael Franti & Spearhead with Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph

WHEN: June 6, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Brit Floyd

WHEN: June 11, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Big Head Todd & The Monsters with Violent Femmes

WHEN: June 13, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Umphrey's McGee

WHEN: June 19–21, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

The Avett Brothers

WHEN: July 10–12, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

The String Cheese Incident

WHEN: July 17–19, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

STS9

WHEN: July 24–25, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Dispatch with The Colorado Symphony with Ripe, Emelise

WHEN: July 30, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Tedeschi Trucks Band with St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Gabe Dixon

WHEN: July 31–Aug. 1, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

The Black Crowes Present: Shake Your Money Maker

WHEN: Aug. 30–31, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Phish

WHEN: Sept. 4–6, 2020
WHEREDick's Sporting Goods Park

Greensky Bluegrass

WHEN: Sept. 18–20, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

ROWDYTOWN IX: GIGANTIC NGHTMRE with GoldFish, Covex

WHEN: Sept. 25, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

ROWDYTOWN IX: Big Gigantic with Peekaboo, slenderbodies, Dreamers Delight

WHEN: Sept. 26, 2020
WHERERed Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

The Australian Pink Floyd Show - All That You Feel World Tour 2020

WHEN: Aug. 11, 2020
WHERE Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

 

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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