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.
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
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.