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Railroad Earth, Billy & the Kids and Snarky Puppy- Red Rocks, Morrison, CO- 9/18

One of the more epic shows of the summer took place at scenic Red Rocks Amphitheatre with a lineup that included, Snarky Puppy, Billy & the Kids, and Railroad Earth.

The trifecta evening kicked off, with the Grammy Award winning Snarky Puppy. The Brooklyn based band began the night, with their unique style of instrumental horn laced fusion. Their animated set paved the way and set the tone, for this incredible evening.

Bill Kreutzman’s newest collaboration, Billy & the Kids (featuring Reed Mathis, Aron Magner, and Tom Hamilton) took us on trip down memory lane. The Kids created an eclectic mix of both Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band tunes that started off with a powerhouse rendition, of “Harder They Come” followed by “Me & My Uncle,” featuring Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone on fiddle. The special guests continued later in the set, with the Snarky Puppy horns coming out for an electrified funky version of “Loose Lucy.” The Kids closed their rollicking set with a smoking “Casey Jones” setting us up for the grand finale.

After great anticipation, Railroad Earth proceeded to take the stage. The six piece ensemble, took us on a bluegrass pilgrimage, with such highlights as “I am a Mess,” and the ever so appropriate “Colorado.” The band showcased their foot stomping style on “Cold Water”, and the unique story telling, of Todd Schaeffer, in “The Hunting Song>Grandfather Mountain.” Second set brought us such magical moments as “Like a Buddha,” and a final reprise sit in, of the Snarky puppy horns, on “Hard Livin” into “Take a Bow.” The encore brought the show full circle, with the rare cover, of the Dead’s “Terrapin Station”, closing out the night with “Long Way to Go.” We were, indeed, treated to a most memorable evening of music, by some of the finest musicians touring today, at the most beautiful venue on earth.

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