Legendary folk rockers cap off a weekend on the rocks with incredible musicianship
Folk rockers Dispatch enjoyed Denver's balmy weather this weekend with a three-night extravaganza at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. And to fill the shoes of those before them that have put on legendary performances at a legendary venue, the band played a set showcasing their musicianship and extreme versatility as a band.
On Sunday night, it local charttoppers The Flobots had the honor of opening for the band. The revolution rock and hip-hop fusion did well to pump some energy into the crowd, who responded well to tracks such as "Rise" and "Handlebars." A Native American group filled some space in between bands with a traditional song-and-dance piece, which was an interesting and refreshing break in the set.
Finally Dispatch took the stage, much to the pleasure of the crowd. The band jokingly left the stage, then re-entered two or three times to make light of some sound difficulties the venue was having, but then dove right into playing their montage of past album favorites. The band's versatile musical talents was apparent as members would change instruments from song to song. Drummer Brad Corrigan started on a djembe and then would transition to harmonica, and then play drums while singing. The crowd was completely engaged, making it a more than perfect night on the rocks! — Josh Barrett, special to Metromix