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Best of 2011: The year’s best concerts

All week long we’re looking back at the year in music. Here’s a list of some of the year’s best concerts — from the people who reviewed and photographed them up close.

John Hendrickson, Reverb managing editor

10. Abigail Washburn @ Telluride Town Park, 06/18/11
9. Le Butcherettes @ Flamingo Cantina (SXSW), 03/17/11
8. Jeff Tweedy @ the Boulder Theater, 01/08/11
7. Adele @ the Ogden Theatre, 05/28/11
6. John Prine @ the Paramount Theatre, 03/26/09
5. The Flaming Lips @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 08/03/11
4. Justin Townes Earle @ the Bluebird Theater, 02/16/11
3. Arcade Fire @ Coachella (Indio), 04/16/11
2. My Morning Jacket @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 08/04/11
1. Thee Oh Sees @ the Larimer Lounge, 02/17/11

Colin St. John, Reverb columnist

10. Das Racist @ the Larimer Lounge, 02/09/11
9. Phish @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 09/03/11
8. The Flaming Lips @ Snow Ball, 03/06/11
7. Bill Callahan @ the Hi-Dive, 06/27/11
6. Okkervil River, Titus Andronicus, Julianna Barwick @ the Bluebird Theater, 06/15/11
5. TV on the Radio @ the Ogden Theatre, 09/21/11
4. Future Islands @ the Larimer Lounge, 11/10/11
3. Battles @ the Bluebird Theater, 07/19/11
2. Tune-Yards, Buke and Gass @ the Hi-Dive, 05/04/11
1. Phish @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 09/02/11

Lisa Higginbotham, Reverb photographer

10. Jane’s Addiction @ the Belly Up 12/31/10
9. Cold War Kids @ the Odgen Theatre 03/08/11
8. Guttermouth @ the Marquis Theater 02/22/11
7. Yonder Mountain String Band @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 08/20/11
6. Dispatch @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 06/04/11
5. Widespread Panic @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 06/26/11
4. Trevor Hall @ Boulder Theater 12/08/11
3. Incubus @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 08/17/11
2. Ben Harper @ the Ogden Theatre 06/07/11
1. John Butler Trio @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 08/12/11

Michael Beherenhausen, Reverb writer

10. Deerhoof @ the Marquis Theater, 02/21/11
9. Trentemoeller @ the Ogden Theatre, 10/21/11
8. Mike Watt and the Missingmen @ Ottobar (Baltimore), 04/01/11
7. Junip @ the Larimer Lounge, 04/28/11
6. Thee Oh Sees @ the Larimer Lounge, 02/17/11
5. The Damned @ Fun Fun Fun Festival (Austin), 11/05/11
4 Andre Williams @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (Austin), 11/04/11
3. Wire @ the Black Cat (Washington, D.C.), 04/07/11
2. Sade @ the Pepsi Center, 08/11/11
1. Portishead @ 1stBank Center, 10/27/11

Sam DeLeo, Reverb writer

10. Andre Williams @ Beauty Bar (Austin), 11/04/11
9. Le Butcherettes @ Fun Fun Fun Festival (Austin), 11/06/11

8. Tune-Yards @ Fun Fun Fun Festival (Austin), 11/06/11

7. Slayer @ Fun Fun Fun Festival (Austin), 11/06/11
6. Marc Ribot Trio @ the Oriental Theater, 05/19/11
5. Ratatat @ the Ogden Theatre, 06/05/11
4. Matthew Shipp Trio @ Dazzle, 07/15/11
3. Odd Future @ the Ogden Theatre, 10/09/11
2. Amon Tobin @ the Ogden Theatre, 10/19/11
1. The Damned @ Fun Fun Fun Festival (Austin), 11/05/11

Mike Long, Reverb writer

10. Other Lives (opening set for the Rosebuds) @ the Hi-Dive, 07/16/11
9. Rick Kulwicki Benefit (Overcasters, Buckingham Squares, Purple
Fluid, Omens, Geniuses, Git Some) @ the Bluebird Theater, 03/26/11
8. Doug Stanhope @ the Oriental Theatre, 11/04/11
7. Lindsey Buckingham @ the Newman Center, 09/14/11
6. Adele @ the Ogden Theatre, 05/28/11
5. Arctic Monkeys @ the Ogden Theatre, 05/30/11
4. Thee Oh Sees @ Moe’s Original BBQ, 11/26/11
3. My Morning Jacket @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 08/04/11
2. Moon Duo @ the Hi-Dive, 04/16/11
1. Lykke Li @ the Ogden Theatre 11/11/11

Paige Montgomery, Reverb writer

10. Hollywood Undead @ the Fillmore Auditorium, 11/07/11
9. Papa Roach @ Summit Music Hall, 05/11/11
8. Red @ the Black Sheep, 07/27/11
7. Corey Taylor @ the Gothic Theatre, 11/21/11
6. Godsmack @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 07/18/11
5. 10 Years @ Summit Music Hall, 09/26/11
4. A Day to Remember @ the Fillmore Auditorium, 03/18/11
3. Rise Against @ the Fillmore Auditorium, 04/18/11
2. Five Finger Death Punch @ 1stBank Center, 10/24/11
1. Avenged Sevenfold @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 10/06/11

Joshua Elioseff, Reverb photographer

10. Randy Newman @ the Boulder Theater, 03/09/11
9. Warren Haynes Band @ the Ogden Theatre, 10/31/11
8. India.Arie @ Denver Botanic Gardens, 07/21/11
7. Furthur @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 10/02/11
6. Avett Brothers @ the Boulder Theater, 07/08/11
5. Voices of the Wetlands @ the Boulder Theater, 02/03/11
4. Reverend Peyton @ the Bluebird Theater, 09/14/11
3. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue @ the Fox Theatre, 02/16/11
2. The Head and the Heart @ the Gothic Theatre, 10/10/11
1. The Gourds @ the Fox Theatre, 11/12/11

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  • Tjhurls

    You can definitely tell each writer’s taste with their picks :-)  I would add some others like Umphreys McGee at the Fillmore, Morcheeba at the Ogden, Phish at Dicks Park for sure, String Cheese Incident “Winter Carnival” at the 1st Bank Center, Kyle Hollingsworth Band w/Michael Kang at Cervantes, U2 at Mile High, Greensky Bluegrass at the Bluebird (Halloween), and Cornmeal at Cervantes.  ALL quality shows!

  • Ian O

    None of you saw any of Paper Bird’s sold-out ballet collaboration shows for ‘Carry On’?
    – or Nathaniel Rateliff’s sold-out Gothic show, or Snake Rattle’s sold-out Bluebird release show, or Ian Cooke’s sold-out release show, or Git Some kill it on the Converge show, or Speedwolf’s CD release, or il Cattivo’s CD release….

    Where are the local shows on this list? One out of 80?

    • John Hendrickson

      Hey Ian. If you read the site regularly you’ll know that we covered all of those artists in some capacity over the past year. Feel free to use the search bar to find their names.

    • Mike L

      My list had a show featuring all local acts.  Paper Bird’s popularity eludes me. Worried I’ll get insulin shock.  Although, compared to Laura Goldhamer, they’re Rammstein.  Different strokes.