Thursday, April 7, 2011

Red Rocks summer lineup: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Peter Gabriel in his, um, salad days.
  • Peter Gabriel in his, um, salad days.
Twice yesterday I got notifications of new bookings at Red Rocks, which reminded me it was time to check out its full schedule to see if I'd be spending much time this summer at America's most awesome concert venue.

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
Peter Gabriel

Friday, June 17
Ray LaMontagne

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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