Class of 2015: The Performers

2015-Performers2015 was another great year for live music in Colorado (and elsewhere). I still have one more show (Patti Smith at the Fillmore in San Francisco), but I wanted to get this out there. My final count came to 181 performances across 76 shows and a 3-day festival. 30 of those shows were in Morrison, making 2015 my busiest Red Rocks season to date. Most of the performances I witnessed are worthy of mention, but I decided to keep this shortlist to an uneven 15. Here are my most memorable live music experiences of the past 12 months…

Kinney

Sleater-Kinney
02.12.15
Ogden Theater, Denver, CO
they are still one of the best rock bands in America.

Garth

Garth Brooks
03.19.15 – 03.21.15
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
melodies to memories, and those memories took us back to a time and place where things were good.

Nikki

Nikki Lane / John Moreland / Daniel Romano / Lindi Ortega
04.26.15
The Roxy, Hollywood, CA
borrowing the art that came before them, building on it, and giving it back.

D'angelo

D’Angelo and The Vanguard
06.10.15
Ogden Theater, Denver, CO
always remember it as one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

Death

Death Grips
06.24.15
Ogden Theater, Denver, CO
dishing out enough pain and humiliation to make any masochist happy.

Stones

The Rolling Stones
06.27.15
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas, MO
they are timeless in every sense of the word.

Morrissey

Morrissey / Future Islands
07.16.15
Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
 these miserable people allowed him to create such magnificently miserable music. 

Riot

Riot Fest 2015
08.28.15 – 08.30.15
National Western Complex, Denver, CO
 enough good bands to make up for the shitty location.

FNM

Faith No More / Gogol Bordello
09.08.15
Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
bathe things in a low red or blue for a minute before blasting back out in full, living color.

Duran Duran

Duran Duran / CHIC
09.20.15
Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
just a synth pop band…just a timeless, ageless, incredible synth pop band.

Kamasi

Kamasi Washington
09.24.15
Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO
one of those things my future grandchildren will be jealous of.

ANV

Autre Ne Veut
10.16.15
Lost Lake Lounge, Denver, CO
slouched down in a puddle of his own emotions while singing into his arm.

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Jason Isbell
10.23.15 – 10.25.14 / 12.10.15
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN / Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
a Nashville musician at the top of his game performing at one of the most iconic places in music history. and then again back home.

Stapleton

Chris Stapleton
11.13.15
El Rey Theatre, Chico, CA
a grizzly mane and a weathered cowboy hat, the newly-crowned savior of country music.

Dead

Dead & Company
11.25.15
1stBank Center, Broomfield, CO
absolutely immersed in the sounds I felt I was hearing for the very first time.

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