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.