It seems rare that ‘big’ shows actually live up to the hype. A few weeks ago we played our first show at Red Rocks Amphitheater, in Morrison, CO. This was one of those rare shows, in a venue with such rare beauty that you need to see it to believe it. I had never been. I’d seen pictures, I’d heard a few bootlegs, and I knew of the long list of famous performances and recordings, but I had no idea what I was really getting into.
We were there hours early, loading in and getting settled before our show. Doors opened and we watched from the wings as the people streamed in, 10,000 strong. The usual anticipation lingered, but as we took the stage you could feel the automatic connection between the audience and the band right away, the kind of connection that gives you liftoff right from the first note. The crowd was amazing, towering in front of us to create this stadium-style wall of energy that never let up. Great fans make great gigs easy to come by–it is such a beautiful thing to be a part of. Thank yous are in order. Our fans are our family.
We rode that feeling late into the night, as Yonder and Railroad continued to stoke the fire. It was amazing to see. I walked to the top of the theater around 11:30, looking down on 10,000 people completely engrossed in the action. And at the bottom of this giant energy mass was a 4 piece bluegrass band and nothing more. So unreal.
Thanks to PJ O’Malley for the pics: