Category Archives: Concerts

2015 Season Concert Schedule Gets Started

We’ve caught up on back posts, and are ready to roll for this season. New restrictions are in effect, but early indications are not encouraging. We’re keeping open minds and hoping for the best.

We know you’re inspired to play along as we track concerts this year. Make it easy—download the 2015 schedule pdf here.

The new restrictions that went into effect in January include the following provisions:

  • Noise restrictions have only been lowered by 2 dB (from 125 to 123 dB), but now apply throughout the concert. (In 2014 noise restrictions only applied to the last 30 mins of the concert.)
  • Ending times have been significantly improved, weekdays ending at 11:45 and weekends ending at 12:30. (2014 weekdays ending at 12:30 and weekends ending at 1:30 AM)
  • There will be a hotline for residents to report noise issues as they happen. No need to call 911 or anybody else. [Hope to hear about this soon.]
  • Violations can result in performers exclusion from Red Rocks.
  • More detail studies to fine tune the noise restrictions for 2016.
  • Weather station to be added to the study.

Morrison’s noise consultant reviewed Denver’s data and reported that if the 2015 restrictions had applied in 2014:

There would have been a total of 368 noise level violations, and 23 ending time violations, resulting in a total of $3,910,000 in fines.

This is a clue that tells us how bad the noise was last year, but not why. Now we know that the actual data show performers were regularly hitting Low Frequency (dB1) levels greater than 130 BEFORE the restrictions went into effect (only during the last half hour). Many concerts reached peak and ended before they were even covered by the 2014 restrictions. For example the data show Bassnectar peaked at 138 dB1 before ending at 11:45 on a weekend.

Added later: Here’s Westword’s summary of the new regulations.

High Times Cannabis Cup, April 18

If you’d like to rate this concert, here’s the scale we used last year: we are not posting the formal polls this year. Please add further comments below if you wish.

  1. barely noticeable, not disturbing
  2. moderately noisy, somewhat disturbing
  3. noisy, annoying, couldn’t be outside
  4. kept awake or woke from a sound sleep, significantly disturbing
  5. walls and windows rattling, extremely disturbing, even indoors

Thanks!

Bisco Inferno, with Disco Biscuits, April 17

If you’d like to rate this concert, here’s the scale we used last year: we are not posting the formal polls this year. Please add further comments below if you wish.

  1. barely noticeable, not disturbing
  2. moderately noisy, somewhat disturbing
  3. noisy, annoying, couldn’t be outside
  4. kept awake or woke from a sound sleep, significantly disturbing
  5. walls and windows rattling, extremely disturbing, even indoors

Thanks!

Icelantic: Winter on the Rocks, January 30

Some of us were out of town and missed this first concert of the “season.” But we sure heard about it next morning, via emails and phone messages.

  • Here we go again: lots of noise and vibration. Do you know the number we are supposed to call? If this is a sign of things to come, I am not optimistic about the “changes”.
  • I just can’t believe the noise banging around my house right now in the middle of this cold, beautiful clear quiet winter night. Are they crazy or what? What a nightmare. I am getting sick hearing this…
  • Enjoying the start of 2015 concert season????? So glad Denver has “heard” us and has improved the sound levels.

Yes, we were promised a call line. We’ll get back to you on that one.


We’re back-dating this post. If you’d still like to rate this concert, here’s the scale we used last year: we are not posting the formal polls this year. Please add further comments below if you wish.

  1. barely noticeable, not disturbing
  2. moderately noisy, somewhat disturbing
  3. noisy, annoying, couldn’t be outside
  4. kept awake or woke from a sound sleep, significantly disturbing
  5. walls and windows rattling, extremely disturbing, even indoors

Skrillex Tonight!

Update: Skrillex concert reported to go as scheduled despite last night’s shooting, reports Chris Jose via Twitter.

A little more press on Red Rocks noise concerns hit the streets this week, as Skrillex hits the Rocks tonight.

First up was the Denver Post report by Josie Klemaier on Morrison’s plans to monitor EDM concerts.

Reverb featured an interview with Skrillex today, and asked him about the noise restrictions at Red Rocks.

Do regulations like these impact how you build your shows?

Not really… I think **kids are having fun regardless, and I think a lot of the times sound is pushed harder than it needs to be**. I bring out my own sound system and my own sound techs. **We work hard to make sure the sound is at a comfortable level and not so loud** to the point where you’re like “[expl-deleted] this hurts”.

Are these noise restrictions something you commonly have to deal with? Do you agree with it?

I don’t look at anything as restrictions. Just challenges to be spontaneous. I think **as a concert goer you don’t notice these subtle differences**. If the vibe and energy of the crowd is on point and if you have a good lineup and a good venue people usually don’t complain about the stuff.

(Emphasis added.)

We’ll roll out the noise surveys tonight as usual. Watch for it.

Post Global Dub: The New Normal?

The first EDM concert of the season brought a lot of attention to focus on the issue of concert noise concerns. Here’s a quick reference page to recent press coverage, during and after the tour by Morrison, Jeffco, and Denver officials during Global Dub Friday night, May 16. Most of these have videos associated with them.

CBS4’s Kelly Werthman’s report on the tour by officials, Dance Music Noise Level Measured During Red Rocks Concert, featured interviews with local residents,
but the Global Dub Festival maintained respectably low sound levels most of the evening.


Josie Klemaier also came out Friday night and filed this story for The Denver Post: EDM fans, Red Rocks neighbors monitor noise

“It really wasn’t very loud,” said Jefferson County Commissioner Casey Tighe, who accompanied Morrison Mayor Sean Forey, Denver Arts and Venues’ Dan Rowland and others on a late-night tour of the neighborhoods. “We went to various houses, and the neighbors remarked it was much more tolerable.”

For those who haven’t attended, the Denver Post provided videos that capture some of the concert experience.

The Daily Camera in Boulder picked up the Denver Post story: EDM fans, Red Rocks neighbors monitor noise.


At KDVR Fox 31, Red Rocks neighbors happy with new noise restrictions suggested “problem solved.”

The Mayor of Morrison, along with Jefferson County commissioner Casey Tighe, went door-to-door during the concert, listening to the faint EDM sounds reverberating from Red Rocks.

“Tonight was a positive night; very encouraging,” Tighe said. “The sound wasn’t too loud in the neighborhood. When we went to the venue, it seemed like people were having a good time. It seems like we found a good mix of sound in the venue and sound in the neighborhoods.”

We wouldn’t say “happy,” KDVR, we’d say “cautiously optimistic.” Trust and verify.

We remain hopeful that Denver intends to regain “good neighbor” status; we will continue to monitor what happens with the remaining concert season.

When we thanked Casey Tighe, he replied “Everyone has been very reasonable and respectful throughout the whole process. I think that approach has helped with the success we achieved. …as long as we keep positive lines of communication open I think this will work out.”

With Bassnectar coming in just 10 days, we certainly hope so.

Brantley Gilbert on May 18

It’s country night, with Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett, both from Georgia, as well as Eric Paslay. Country rocker Gilbert sounds good in samples on his website, which reports: his acoustic shows — however intimate — didn’t satisfy his audience’s thirst for his rock-infused country music. "We went from these acoustic shows to a bona fide Country-Rock-Soul show that is wide open"

Let us know what you thought:

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We appreciate your help!

Thank you, Denver!

For the first time in four years, most Morrison area residents enjoyed a relatively peaceful evening in their homes during an EDM concert (last night). Morrison board members, Jeffco commissioner Casey Tighe, and Denver officials toured the neighborhoods. They liked what they heard— minimal disturbance from the Red Rocks direction. Denver believes the sound monitoring they are now doing is more accurate and should reduce the sound impact on our neighborhoods. If this accomplishment can be repeated at the next Bassnectar concerts (May 30-31) and Global Dance Festival (July 17-19) we may have something to celebrate!

Good job, Denver. Keep up the good work. We’re listening, and so far we’re encouraged by what we don’t hear.

p.s. MorrisonNeighbors: Please answer the Global Dub rating poll anyway! We need a good record!

2014 Concert Schedule

This season’s concert schedule for Red Rocks, as currently posted online (updated 4/25/14), is available as a spreadsheet at the link below. Please download the file and use it to keep track of any concerts that affect you or your area. There’s a column for comments, and we’ve highlighted a few concerts that are expected to be “EDM,” or Electronic Dance Music, which is apparently the most troublesome of the events at Red Rocks.

Newest: RR2014schedule: As of 4/25/14, includes 85 events (Prefer a PDF? Click here.)
RR2014schedule: As of 3/29/14, included 57 events

We’ll update this file as concerts are added, but you should also check the official schedule at Red Rocks Online, the official Amphitheatre website.