Of course, I can't say that I was entirely encouraged by what showed up in my inbox yesterday — The Steve Miller Band! Styx and Yes co-headlining! — but hey, I could always blog it, right?
Happily, the new schedule, while entirely schizophrenic, includes some nice surprises, from Peter Gabriel to Big Boi, Flaming Lips to the Avett Brothers, Willie Nelson to the Glitch Mob.
So yeah, there's the somewhat dodgy prospects of Jethro Tull with special guest Kansas; Yes fronted by the singer of a Yes tribute band; and enough watered-down jam bands to lull the already sleepy town of Morrison into a full-on coma.
Still, there's always the something-for-everyone-and-everything-for-someone argument. And even Steve Miller is bringing along Buddy Guy — who, after all, played on Muddy Waters' Folksinger, which is only the greatest blues album of all time.
Go to the Red Rocks website to view the unabridged lineup as it stands now, or scroll down for a selection of the good, the bad and the ugly. And yes, it's your call as to which is which....
Saturday, May 28
Bisco Inferno: The Disco Biscuits, Rusko, Big Boi
Tuesday, June 07
Earth, Wind & Fire
Wednesday, June 08
Jethro Tull with Special Guest Kansas
Friday, June 10
Ultimate Thriller - Michael Jackson Tribute Concert
Saturday, June 11
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Monday, June 13
Friday, June 17
Saturday, June 18
Tuesday, June 21
Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour 2011
Saturday, July 02
The Glitch Mob
Sunday, July 03
Umphrey's McGee - Red Rocks and Blue
Monday, July 04, 2011
Blues Traveler / Matisyahu / Toad & the Wet Sprocket
Saturday, July 09, 2011
The Avett Brothers with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Steve Miller Band / Buddy Guy
Tuesday, July 26
STYX / Yes
Tuesday, August 02
A Perfect Circle
Wednesday, August 03
The Flaming Lips / Primus
Thursday, August 04
My Morning Jacket / Amos Lee
Friday, August 12
The John Butler Trio
Saturday, August 20
Yonder Mountain String Band
And since you've stuck with us this far down, here are a couple clips from the Midnight Special, a ’70s TV series on which a "Joker"-era Steve Miller introduced a Peter Gabriel-fronted Genesis as "something they call theater-rock."
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