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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. 

 

JULY

THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT

WHEN: July 20–22, 2018
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
The String Cheese Incident will take the stage at Red Rocks for three nights this July. Each show of the series will include a different opening act: JJ Grey & Mofro on the first night, The Main Squeeze on the second and Rising Appalachia to finish things off on night three. 

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND

WHEN: July 28–29, 2018
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Don't miss Tedeschi Trucks Band as they cruise through Colorado on their Wheels of Soul tour for two nights at Red Rocks with The Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band. 

GUSTER

WHEN: July 29, 2018
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
Grab a picnic basket and some lawn chairs and jam out to Guster at Denver Botanic Gardens summer concert series. 

 

AUGUST

BEN HARPER AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE

WHEN: Aug. 3, 2018
WHERE: The Gothic Theatre
Ben Harper teams up with harmonica player and consummate Chicago bluesman Charlie Musselwhite for a can't-miss show at The Gothic Theatre in Englewood, Colo. 

YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND & THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS

WHEN: Aug. 4, 2018
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Two jammin' string bands — Yonder Mountain String Band and The Infamous Stringdusters — at Red Rocks for the price of one? Don't mind if we do! They'll also be joined by The Earls of Leicester and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.

RAILROAD EARTH

WHEN: Aug. 18, 2018
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
The members of Railroad Earth aren't losing any sleep about what "kind" of music they play — they just play it. And they play it amazingly well, bringing a bluegrass feel to the jam-band style. Don't miss 'em at Red Rocks with Fruition. 

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND

WHEN: Aug. 24–25, 2018
WHERE: Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
DMB rocks Fiddler's Green for a two-night outdoor concert series this August. 

PHISH

WHEN: Aug. 31–Sept. 2, 2018
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
This Labor Day weekend concert series has been an annual tradition since 2011. Join Phish and fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for three nights of outdoor jams, dancing and an end-of-summer celebration. 

 

SEPTEMBER

O.A.R.

WHEN: Sept. 9, 2018
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater
O.A.R. stops at Red Rocks on their Just Like Paradise Tour, along with special guest Matt Nathanson. 

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS

WHEN: Sept. 22–23, 2018
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Described by one reviewer as "the love child of a rootsy bluegrass quintet and a funky jam band," this group's unique "jamgrass" sound is one you won't want to miss. This year Greensky Bluegrass will play Red Rocks two nights in a row, joined by The California Honeydrops on night one and Turkuaz on night two.  

 

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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