4th of July at Red Rocks with Blues Traveler

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Aug 23, 2010

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Sunday, July 4, 2010



The annual Blues Traveler concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater is another one of those things Jim has been talking about for the last two years.  We almost went a few years back but decided to stay in Mammoth after I found out that my high school friends Emily and Dan and their families would both be in town the same weekend.  And to make up for it, I promised Jim that one year soon we would go!  This turned out to be the year.

The Good News:

-- Blues Traveler is still really fun to see in concert.
(John Popper sure can play a mean harmonica!)
-- You are so high above the city, you can watch fireworks displays from all the suburbs for almost the entire duration of the concert.  Literally, we must have seen 40 or 50 different shows!
The Bad News:
-- It POURED rain on us the entire time.
-- And, much to our dismay, Red Rocks itself did not host its own fireworks spectacular!

Soon after we figured that last part out we left the concert early because we were wet and freezing, but it should be said that Blues Traveler has to be one of the hardest-working bands I've ever seen live.  This was the 20th anniversary of their first album so they performed new stuff as well as the entire first album (as far as we could tell).  They played for at least two hours and told the fans that they would keep going as long as there were tough people still sticking it out to listen to them!  (I can't help comparing that attitude to Sugarland, who I saw a few months ago with my sister and who barely eeked out 45 minutes onstage!)  :P

The other highlight of my night were all those firework shows all over the surrounding cities below.  Of course you can't see them in close detail like you could if you were sitting right next to the cannons, but I really suspect that this is what it must have looked like to sit above a battlefield during the Revolutionary War as the Star Spangled Banner was being written!  It was that moving and I highly suggest that everyone make it to this event at least once in their lives.  (And be sure to sit in the nosebleed section for optimum viewing!)  :)
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