Red Rocks 'n' Roll

July 2007

With apologies to Nashville, Music City USA is right here on the Front Range. Since legendary Scottish soprano Mary Garden first took the makeshift stage at Red Rocks in 1911, Denver has hosted musical acts from all genres and established itself as a hype-free zone for musicians weary of the coastal publicity machines. These artists have always relished the chance to escape to Colorado and ply their craft for throngs of adoring fans, true music lovers who crave substance over style. This month, we take an in-depth look at Red Rocks, the crown jewel of natural amphitheaters; we delve deep into the life of one of the men who helped make Red Rocks what it is today; and we profile a local musician who's still waiting for that big break. Rock on.