Scheduled time is 12:45am
Box office will be open 2:30pm
Small point and shoot cameras are allowed. Audio recording is allowed but no video recording.
AEG Live is excited to announce RAILROAD EARTH with special guest GALACTIC live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Friday, July 12, 2013. Railroad Earth has also announced a special show at the Boulder Theater on July 13. Tickets for this show are only available as a two day package with the Red Rocks show. Galactic is performing an intimate show at the Fox Theatre on July 11th. Tickets for this show are only available as a two day package with the Red Rocks show.
TWO DAY PASSES for Railroad Earth at Red Rocks & Boulder Theater shows are available HERE.
TWO DAY PASSES for Galactic at Red Rocks & Fox Theatre shows are available HERE.
The members of RAILROAD EARTH aren’t losing any sleep about what “kind” of music they play – they just play it. When they started out in 2001, they were a bunch of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. As Railroad Earth violin/vocalist Tim Carbone recalls, “All of us had been playing in various projects for years, and many of us had played together in different projects. But this time, we found ourselves all available at the same time.”
Songwriter/lead vocalist Todd Sheaffer continues, “When we started, we only loosely had the idea of getting together and playing some music. It started that informally; just getting together and doing some picking and playing. Over a couple of month period, we started working on some original songs, as well as playing some covers that we thought would be fun to play.” Shortly thereafter, they took five songs from their budding repertoire into a studio and knocked out a demo in just two days. Their soon-to-be manager sent that demo to a few festivals, and – to the band’s surprise – they were booked at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival before they’d even played their first gig. This prompted them to quickly go in and record five more songs; the ten combined tracks of which made up their debut album, “The Black Bear Sessions.”
That was the beginning of Railroad Earth’s journey: since those early days, they’ve gone on to release five more critically acclaimed studio albums and one hugely popular live one called, “Elko.” They’ve also amassed a huge and loyal fanbase who turn up to support them in every corner of the country, and often take advantage of the band’s liberal taping and photo policy. But Railroad Earth bristle at the notion of being lumped into any one “scene.” Not out of animosity for any other artists: it’s just that they don’t find the labels very useful. As Carbone points out, “We use unique acoustic instrumentation, but we’re definitely not a bluegrass or country band, which sometimes leaves music writers confused as to how to categorize us. We’re essentially playing rock on acoustic instruments.”
Ultimately, Railroad Earth’s music is driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and is delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members. As mandolin/bouzouki player John Skehan points out, “Our M.O. has always been that we can improvise all day long, but we only do it in service to the song. There are a lot of songs that, when we play them live, we adhere to the arrangement from the record. And other songs, in the nature and the spirit of the song, everyone knows we can kind of take flight on them.” Sheaffer continues: “The songs are our focus, our focal point; it all starts right there. Anything else just comments on the songs and gives them color. Some songs are more open than others. They ‘want’ to be approached that way - where we can explore and trade musical ideas and open them up to different territories. But sometimes it is what the song is about.”
GALACTIC was formed eighteen years ago in New Orleans, and they cut their teeth playing the biggest party in America: Mardi Gras, when the town shuts down entirely to celebrate. CARNIVALE ELECTRICOS is beyond a party record. It’s a carnival record that evokes the electric atmosphere of a whole city – make that, whole cities –vibrating together all on the same day, from New Orleans all down the hemisphere to the mighty megacarnivals of Brazil. Armed with a slew of carnival-ready guests— including Cyril and Ivan Neville, Mystikal, Mannie Fresh, Moyseis Marques, Casa Samba, the KIPP Renaissance High School Marching Band, and Al "Carnival Time" Johnson (who remakes his all-time hit)—GALACTIC whisks the listener around the neighborhoods to feel the Mardi Gras moment in all its variety of flavors.
If you're familiar with bluegrass music, then you're tuned in to some of what GREENSKY BLUEGRASS does. They're also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey soaked card game? Indeed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
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General Admission and Reserved tickets are $37.50 - $42.50 plus applicable service charges. All ages are welcome.
Genereal Admission Seating Rows 2-24 &61-69 Reserved Seating Rows 25-60
Railroad Earth has also announced a special show at the Boulder Theater on July 13. Tickets for this show are only available as a two day package with the Red Rocks show. Two day packages will be available through Railroad Earth fan club ticketing starting Thursday, February 21. The remaining two-day packages will be available through Ticketmaster on February 23.
Galactic is performing an intimate show at the Fox Theatre on July 11th. Tickets for this show are only available as a two day package with the Red Rocks show, and are only available through Galactic fan club ticketing starting Thursday, February 21.