Zac Brown Band at Red Rocks Amphitheatre day three (photos, review)By Colleen Smith | May 13th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
As the show started, an enormous silky white curtain draped across the stage, billowing and building suspense for the coming music. Meanwhile, band took the stage and performed a medley as back lights castÂ silhouettesÂ of the musicians and instruments.
The drape dropped, and the band opened in earnest with â€śJump Right In.â€ť Lyrics urged â€ślet the music pull you in,” and thatâ€™s precisely what fans did as Brown and his talented band strutted their virtuosity and versatility. Their set corralled their Grammy-winning classic country sound, as well as reggae, percussive Latin and rock that smacked more of acid than sweet tea.
The show included plenty of favorites such as â€śGood-bye In Her Eyes,â€ť â€śColder Weather,â€ť â€śToesâ€ť and â€śAs Sheâ€™s Walking Away.â€ť ZBB also bowed to musical influences, weaving portions of other artistsâ€™ songs into their eclectic set. Most notably, â€śFreeâ€ť morphed into Van Morrisonâ€™s â€śInto the Mystic.â€ť The band did their version of the Charlie Daniels Bandâ€™s â€śDevil Went Down to Georgiaâ€ť at auctioneer tempo, plus Pink Floydâ€™s â€śComfortably Numb,â€ť Metalicaâ€™s â€śNever Never Landâ€ť and Bob Marleyâ€™s â€śOne Love.â€ť
For an upcoming compilation memorializing longtime Colorado resident Dan Fogelberg, the band recorded a live version of â€śLeader of the Band.â€ť
â€śThis is one of my favorite songs of all times,â€ť Brown said. His band added gooseflesh-inducing harmonies to the sentimental tune.
This was followed by a 4-song encore dressed in glow-in-the-dark skeleton suits and masks.
Brownâ€™s trademark stocking cap was functional on a cold Colorado spring night on the rocks. But ZBB generated enough heat that many concertgoers left feeling chicken-fried and â€śfree as weâ€™ll ever be.â€ť
Jason BullingerÂ is a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer and a new contributor with Reverb.
Colleen Smith, a longtime contributor to The Denver Post, is the author of â€śGlass Haloâ€ťâ€”a novel set in Denverâ€“and â€śLaid-Back Skier,â€ť both by Friday Jones Publishing.