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Live review: Zac Brown Band @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Day 2

If you are a Colorado-based Zac Brown Band fan and were headed to their show at Red Rocks last night expecting to have to wait until the encore to hear “Colder Weather,” you were pleasantly surprised. Or sorrily disappointed. Hopefully you made it on time because the country pop super group opened their two hour hodgepodge of a set Tuesday night at Red Rock Amphitheatre with that song — a song that tenderly mentions our great state throughout its entirety.

From that starting point there was nohwere to go but up. Or was there?

The band put on a great show. A show fit to be captured on film. In actuality it was being recorded and will be made into music videos and most likely a DVD release of their two night stint at Red Rocks.

This element of the show seemed to cheapen the delivery of the music. The night was interspersed with great performances of the group’s original music and also with what seemed to be forced covers of songs that ranged from Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” to a 25 minute mash-up of Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely?” and John Mayer’s “Neon” off Mr. Raspy’s first studio album “Room for Squares.”

Zac Brown Band makes great original country music that resonates with young and old alike. Fans clamored to hear songs like “Chicken Fried,” “Knee Deep” and “Toes.” The same fans patiently bobbed their heads and waded through covers of “Jolene” by Dolly Parton, “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrision and “”The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band.

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Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.

John Leyba is a Denver Post photojournalist and regular contributor to Reverb.

  • kendall

    Great shots, John!

  • Tom

    Thanks for finally putting up some pictures that show Red Rocks. All summer it’s been driving me crazy that Reverb is posting Red Rocks pix that are 99% of the time close-ups of performers, and nothing showing the beauty of the venue and the artist in that amazing setting. Now if you’d only start captioning the pictures, so we know who we are looking at. (Band members names… Opening acts…)

  • Cleveen

    This is the only concert I have ever left early, and I was far from the only one, although there were some great performances of the group’s original music, there was way to much jam (screeching guitars, bongo solo…. that seemed to go on forever) After the Allman Brothers song , lead to yet just another jam session I had had enough,  I came to hear the Zac Brown songs that I love and heard very little of that more jams and cover songs , I also heard that at the end of the concert they brought out a rapper , really a rapper at a Zac Brown concert!!!  I was very disappointed and probably will not be attending another Zac Brown concert any time soon.

    • Cmxr617

      The jamming and solos are what made the concert!  If you don’t go to another concert, good, it will free up a ticket for those who enjoy good music and musicians.  I thought the concert was excellent!

    • dk

      Couldn’t agree more.  I’m thankful we left early!

    • egg

      I’m sorry, but if you left that show early you’re completely nuts.  Number one you know nothing about ZBB and what they do in a show if you were surprised. Also, you must not understand the art of musical performance.  Who would go to any show and expect to listen to a band play the tracks right from the CD?  Did you want to be able to skip the songs that aren’t your favorites while you were at it?

  • Sjohn

    Zac Brown was by far the worst concert I have ever been to.  After the 6th cover and endless banjo/drum/guitar solos that seemed to do nothing more than kill time to fill 2 hours I had to leave.  I was a big ZB fan but they have a long way to go to be the headline band of a summer tour.

  • Melissa

    Zac Brown was the best concert I have ever been to! What a great experience, rain and all! Can’t wait for them to come back! 

  • Jmhaehnlein

    Through the bitter rain and all this was the best concert I have seen in a long time! The mix of genres is one of the reasons it was so amazing! loved the pink Floyd cover, great rendition of a classic! I’m glad to have not missed a minute! Love you zb

  • Jmhaehnlein

    This author has is so wrong!! The show was incredible!