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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. 

RYAN ADAMS

WHEN: June 20, 2017
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Ryan Adams returns to Red Rocks with The Infamous Stringdusters and special guest Nicki Bluhm. 

UMPHREY'S MCGEE

WHEN: June 30–July 2, 2017
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Fans who follow Umphrey's McGee know that there are only two guarantees: you never know what you're going to get, and Umphrey's always delivers! This Independence Day weekend they'll be joined by Stick Figure, Snarky Puppy and Bokanté and Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers.

THE AVETT BROTHERS

WHEN: July 7–9, 2017
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
The Avett Brothers take on Red Rocks with their unique blend of traditional folk, bluegrass and rock and roll. Each show of the three-night series will include a different opening act: Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, Chatham County Line and Shovels & Rope. 

WEEN

WHEN: July 12, 2017
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
You can't fully appreciate Ween until you've seen them perform live, and this year locals and visitors have the first chance to see them perform live at Red Rocks since 2009.

JACK JOHNSON

WHEN: July 13–14, 2017
WHERE: Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
You'll feel transported to the beach by former professional surfer Jack Johnson's laid-back soft rock and reggae tunes.  

RAILROAD EARTH & LEFTOVER SALMON

WHEN: July 14, 2017
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 Boulder's homegrown jam band, Leftover Salmon, and Keller and the Keels. 

MOE. / TWIDDLE

WHEN: Aug. 13, 2017
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
In what's sure to be one of the most anticipated concerts of the summer, beloved jam bands moe. and Twiddle share the stage at Red Rocks, joined by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. 

GOV’T MULE & YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND

WHEN: Aug. 19, 2017
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Two beloved jam bands — Gov't Mule and Yonder Mountain String Band — at Red Rocks for the price of one? Don't mind if we do! They'll also be joined by the Marcus King Band.

PHISH

WHEN: September 1–3, 2017
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. 

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS

WHEN: Sept. 23, 2017
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 is joined at Red Rocks by Portland, Ore., quintet Fruition.  

SHAKEDOWN STREET

WHEN: All summer long
WHERE: Various locations
Not as good as the real thing — but close! Shakedown Street is one of the world's best 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.