Beyond internal gravity
Editor’s Note: Have you seen a great concert lately? We want to hear about it. Front Row Seat is a column dedicated to sharing live music and its scene with our readers. To submit a column, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgBy David Dean
Special to the DailyMORRISON – This past weekend Red Rocks hosted the Big Summer Classic, one of the most anticipated concerts of the season. With two sold out shows on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, it was clear from the moment you started to see the huge red rocks, lines of cars and tailgaters, and huge crowds of people with music in the distance that this was going to be something special. Keller Williams, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yonder Mountain String Band and Umphreys Mcgee kept everyone on their feet until String Cheese Incident capped off the show both nights. The weather both days was amazing, and Red Rocks provided the perfect setting for the shows. Surrounded by families with young ones, groups of 20-somethings and a variety of different people and ages, it was apparent that which ever flavor of music you like to taste the most, this event would satisfy your appetite. All of these jam bands have such a different variety of music from blue grass to funk to soul to rock. Throughout both days there was a vibe in the air, a harmonious, care-free vibe, that came from the result of amazing music, amazing views and amazing people everywhere.
“It was a congregation of new-aged hippies at the church of Red Rocks, it was beautiful,” Eagle-Vail local Darren Jack said. The concert also brought out a lot of political awareness. Reverb had an eco-village set up to educate on many different ecological issues, as well as Conscious Alliance, a nonprofit organization that helps feed the homeless. With sumo wrestling, plenty of beer and mix drinks stands, and the different awareness friendly tents, there was plenty to do if you had to take a break from dancing to long or screaming to loud. The information center at the top of Red Rocks is often an overlooked plus and one of the great things about the Red Rocks venue. They always have an audio center where you can play music, info about all the bands, upcoming concert information and a wide variety about all the other stuff you could want to know about Red Rocks and the Big Classic bands. “It’s such a good venue to see shows, and there is such a variety of music and things to do that it constantly demands your interest,” Vail local Jon Heintz said.
Sunday had an added bonus because almost all day and night you could see the fireworks lighting up the sky from Denver, which just added to the beauty of the moment. There were no worries from anyone, care-free people dancing the whole time and some of the best bands around to jam out to. If you missed this Big Summer Classic, I would definitely say it’s worth the trip to make it to the next one.For more information on concert dates and bands, visit http://www.bigsummerclassic.com.Vail, Colorado