The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 6/29/12 (photos) - Reverb

The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 6/29/12 (photos and review)

The Avett Brothers kicked off their two-night stand at Red Rocks on Friday night with a dramatic, dynamic show set against a cool Colorado night in the foothills.

The set was frontloaded with some emotional heavyweights early in the evening – starting off with “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise” eventually leading into “Murder in the City” and “Paranoia in B flat Major.” The band’s new single, the Seth Avett-fronted “Live and Die,” found an audience with its simple melody, but older fans latched onto “At the Beach.”

The setlist had a few forgettable inclusions. “Gimme a Kiss” is a silly endeavor, a simple song the North Carolina band moved beyond long ago. And while I’m thankful “Kick Drum Heart” brought the band a larger (and deserved) audience, the pop song – with its infectious bounce – never appealed to me.

That said, it was still a lovely show, with a stunning “Salina,” a moving “10,000 Words,” an impeccable “November Blue” and a truly beautiful “January Wedding,” which was, next to “I and Love and You,” the biggest singalong of the night.

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post.

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  • Jesse Russell

    Great show!

  • D3andp

    Who writes this stuff.  Kick Drum Heart is a rousing, fun song especially in a live setting.  Where’s the mention of the 20,000 dollars raised in a fireman;s boot by the band and the generous crowd.  My God, Seth’s moving solo of “The Ballad of Love and Hate” left the audience rapt.  There has not been a better show this year at Red Rocks.  The Avett Bros are truly a concert band.

    • Ricardo Baca

      As I said, “Kick Drum Heart” is beloved by many, and I’m psyched the song brought them a larger audience. (I’m a fan of the band and have seen them 20-30 times: But it’s just not for me. That said, they’re still one of the best live bands in the game, I agree. Last night was a blast, and I’m excited for more tonight!

  • Bondseye

    You call this a review?  It’s nothing more than a quick rehash, with a personal opinion thrown in. The pictures are nice, but this hardly qualifies as a review.

    • Ricardo Baca

      A rehash of a concert with personal opinion thrown in … isn’t that a review? It’s not in-depth, nah, but it also doesn’t give the band a pass, either. Here’s the good. Here’s the bad. O, look pretty pictures … 

      • Bondseye

        The pictures are the only reason to spend time on this post. Indeed, a review should include both the good with the bad. A review should also contain developed criticisms. “Didn’t appeal to me” is far from well developed. “A silly endeavor, a simple song the North Carolina band moved beyond long ago.” How could you possibly know what the band has moved beyond? Did you conduct an interview? This “article” is nothing more than an uninteresting blog, it doesn’t deserve to be considered a review. 

        • Ricardo Baca

          It’s not a traditional review, no. It’s super-casual, and I’m fine with that. (Sorry you’re not, ha.) I’ve interviewed the band multiple times. I’ve met them a couple times. I’ve seen them 20-30 times. I’ve reviewed them 10-15 times. After all that, I’m fine posting a quick and easy four-graph review for a so-so show. My review of the band’s second Red Rocks show was more developed because it was a more stimulating show. 

          • Bondseye

            Again, a review includes critique beyond simple statements of personal preference. I’m not saying you have to write a review, in fact I’d prefer you didn’t, either way it’s misleading to title something a review when it’s clearly just as you said “super casual.”

            I’m glad you’ve seen the band 30 times, and impressed you’ve interviewed them multiple times. I still fail to see how you can speak with authority on what the band has, “moved beyond.” Unless you’ve joined the band, or can provide a quote from Seth, or Scott stating they’ve moved beyond “Give Me A Kiss.” This is your opinion stated as fact and doesn’t belong in a review, or any work of journalism. Stick to the facts or call it something else.

          • Ricardo Baca

            We’ll disagree. And that’s fine by me. 
            A super-casual review is still a review. And if you know their catalog and how much it’s grown and evolved since “Kiss” was recorded, then you (or me or anybody else) can absolutely, authoritatively say they’ve moved beyond the song because they have moved beyond it musically. (It’s a simple and straightforward song, and even their more contemporary simple and straightforward material – “Tin Man” or “Die Die Die” – is more musically complex and fascinating than “Kiss.”)