Denver Live on the Rocks
The Denver Live on the Rocks Stage at Taste of Randolph celebrates the 75th anniversary of the amazing Red Rocks Amphitheatre concert venue, consistently named as one of the top music venues in the world. The stage will be framed by replicas of the two iconic monoliths of Red Rocks Amphitheatre, each scale model standing at 70 feet long and up to 30 feet tall, hand carved and painted to resemble Red Rocks red sandstone striations. Dance to some of Denver’s favorite bands, and experience what it feels like to be in the world’s best outdoor amphitheater before coming to Denver and experiencing it yourself.
Red Rocks: A Brief History
How does a geologic feature 300 million years old get to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2016? The world’s only acoustically perfect, naturally occurring amphitheater is part of a local geologic feature that pushed itself up some 300 million years ago. The site’s signature features are the Ship Rock and Creation Rock monoliths. Behind the stage area is another formation that bounces sound back up into the seating area, creating Red Rocks’ famed sound.
More recently, Red Rocks has been hosting music events since the early 1900s, including opera and classical performances, until the Civilian Conservation Corps installed the first permanent seating in 1941, 75 years ago.
Over those 75 years, the 9,450-seat venue has hosted everyone from the Beatles to the Grateful Dead and has seen iconic concerts like U2’s “Under a Blood Red Sky” video and, more recently, Mumford & Sons’ “Road to Red Rocks”. The venue now hosts more than 130 shows per year along with movies, fitness classes and a famed Easter sunrise service.
If you are coming to see a show, be sure to learn more about what’s going on in Denver on the city’s official tourism website.
DeVotchKa is an indie rock band based in Denver. The band is known for scoring the film “Little Miss Sunshine”, getting a start performing for burlesque shows with Dita Von Teese, and for a 2012 Red Rocks performance with the Colorado Symphony (to be repeated this year on June 16).
The Motet is a Denver-based band that believes in the powers of funky dance music. The 7-piece band has played festivals from Wakarusa to Summer Camp, and last year they co-headlined Red Rocks with fellow funk band, Lettuce. They will bring the funk to Taste of Randolph and to Red Rocks again this year on July 22.
Michal Menert is an electronic music artist based in Denver. After being signed to the Pretty Lights Music in 2010, Menert solidified his mark in the electronic dance music scene by creating the Michal Menert’s Big Band, an 18-piece band that recreated the sounds of electronic music at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Michal Menert will hit the Denver Live on the Rocks stage with the Pretty Fantastics, his live indie-soul project featuring a 7-piece band.
Road to Red Rocks: A showcase of local bands curated by WXRT
On Sunday, June 19, 2016, from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, four local Chicago bands will play the Denver Live on the Rocks stage. Festival attendees can then vote for their favorite bands, and each person who votes is entered to win a trip to Denver (including round trip airfare, hotel stay and tickets to a Red Rocks show and more). The band who secures the most votes will win the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play on the real Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre stage.
Why is Denver coming to Chicago?
Chicago and Denver share a lot of similarities, and many people travel between the two cities. So VISIT DENVER will bring The Mile High City’s tunes, urban adventure and outdoor spirit to Taste of Randolph with Denver Live on the Rocks.
Denver, recently named the #1 place to live by US News & World Report, has quickly become a top vacation destination in its own right with chef-driven dining and a thriving cultural scene that includes major museums and charming neighborhood art districts. Denver also ranks as the best beer city in the country, as named recently by CNN.com, with more than 50 craft breweries in the city and more than 100 in the metro area.