Top 5 Red Rocks Shows To Catch In May

Living in Colorado, we are blessed to have amazing shows come through our state every month! May is just around the corner, and these are the top 5 shows you need to make sure you attend!

5.)   Primus and the Chocolate Factory with Fungi Ensemble w/ special guest Beats Antique

Red Rocks Amphitheater - May 7, 2015

      It seemed equal parts genius and obvious when Primus decided to throw a Willy Wonka-themed show on New Year’s Eve last year. During the second set, Primus performed the soundtrack in its entirety. There were no words to describe the perfect combination of elements at that show,  “It felt good.  It felt like we needed to be doing this”, Claypool recalls seven months later during an interview. I guess it felt so good, that he decided to take Primus into the studio to prepare the soundtrack for an album release. Claypool has become Willy Wonka in order to get the full depth that he envisioned for the music, and is about to bring it all to Morrison, Colorado. He has added two celebrated players from his multi-band roster -- Mike Dillon and Sam Bass with the help from these two artists the show now incorporates the marimba, vibraphone, tabla and various strings, to bring some depth to the sonic landscape and really shift the mood around during his performance. The new sound gets dark and creepy yet maintains the groovy danceable music they are known for. This reinforced version of Primus featuring the Fungi Ensemble after Les’s last solo bandOur project is a remembrance of Gene Wilder and David L. Wolper’s, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This show will be an experience you will not want to miss, being able to see Claypool in a purple, velvet waistcoat and brown top hat is a must-see.    

Get Tickets:


4.)   Global Dub Festival 2015 w/ Excision and Zomboy

Red Rocks Amphitheater– May 15, 2015

        For the fourth year in a row, Global Dub is returning to Colorado at Red Rocks. Veterans of the festival, undead bass peddler Zomboy and Excision are the first to be revealed for this sub-shattering and ear-splitting adventure. Equipped with 150,000 watts of earth shattering bass, courtesy of PK sound, Excision is coming to Red Rocks ready to go past the sound requirements and blow everyone away. Zomboy will be taking on the heavy influence of  “trap” but also incorporate some of the dirtiest dubstep beats that his fans will be mindblown to hear by his first drop.

Get Tickets:


3.)   Tipper joined with the mystic visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey and the spellbinding performance with Android Jones

Red Rocks Amphitheater – May 16th, 2015


Expected to be one of the most out-of-this-world performances of the entire year, Tipper includes artists that offer a variety of psychedelic visuals unlike any that have ever been seen at Red Rocks before. Add these visuals to the sound of the Funktion One sound system – a legendary sound system never used at Red Rocks before, and you can guarantee a wild ride. While Tipper’s unique mix of glitch-hop, glitch-step and downtempo psychedelic music plays the live paintings of Alex & Allyson Grey will tie this entire experience together. With one of the most unique, jaw dropping light shows the world has ever seen, the show does not stop there, with the “Electro-Mineralist Art” of Android Jones, this beyond the traditional art work will leave the fans speechless.

View some art:

Get Tickets:


2.)   Gramatik w/ Cherub and Opiuo and the jazzy multi- instrumentalist, Russ Liquid  

Red Rocks Amphitheater - May 9th, 2015

       The Slovenian producer is fresh off one of his most successful years as a musician, marking himself as the third most downloaded artist on BitTorrent in 2014. Previously nominated for “Best chill out artist” and “Best Chill out track” at the 2013-2014 Beatport Music Awards, with his song “Sumthin”, Gramatik is sure to sell out Red Rocks like he has many times before. With the help from the electro-pop duo that is the dance love-child of 80’s funk, and pop-music from the future, the collab that is about to go down with Cherub and Gramatik is going to be better than ever. With the help from Russ Liquid who has recently played along with gramatik, the performance will be nothing short of groovy, incorporating his take on disco synths and finger popping bass the two of them will be unstoppable. Be the first to witness Cherub and Opiuo take on Red Rocks for the first time ever, you will not be disappointed with this show.

Check out their music:

Get tickets:


1.)   Bassnectar w/ special guests, Joker, G Jones & Late Night Radio, ESKMO & Lindsay Lowend 

Red Rocks Amphitheater - May 29th-31st

“Basses” are loaded with this three night show Bassnectar is about to throw down in Morrison, Colorado with on deck musical guests that include: Joker, Benga, Nightmares On Wax, G Jones, Son Of Kick, Eskmo, Lindsay Lowend, Late Night Radio and jackLNDN. While Bassnectar has played two nights at the venue before, this is the first year that he’ll be hosting a three night takeover. And seriously, this one of the best collections of talent in one place we’ve seen in awhile; night one features the sounds of Late Night Radio,G Jones and Joker while night two showcases another blend of bass music from jackLNDN, Son of Kick, and the recently returned Benga, I Will Never Change, have been overwhelming. Despite being only a teaser of what’s to come from Benga, this wobble some slice of meaty bass. Last, but most certainly not least, night three’s lineup consists of Eskmo, and the revered Nightmares on Wax and Lindsay Lowend, with his own unique soundscape of bright synthesizers, chords, and melodies overtop very rhythmic and often times unpredictable beats.This three day venture will leave the “bassheads” begging for more.

Get Tickets: Tickets have long sold out for this epic run, keep an eye out for tickets, but be sure you don't support scalpers!