Want to see a live concert at the Red Rocks before it closes at the end of the month? You can!

Nathaniel Rateliff is bringing live music back to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre later this month.

Rateliff just announced the socially distant concert series at the famed venue. This will be the first live performance in front of an audience that the Denver-based musician has played in months. He will play with a 10-piece band and Kevin Morby will open for the show.

Rateliff will play five shows live in person on September 15, 16, 18, 19, and 21, and will play to a limited crowd each night. Only 175 people will be allowed in and tickets will be sold through an online lottery system. Tickets went on sale September 9 at 10 a.m. through AXS and will cost $75 plus fees. There will be a very limited number of non-lottery premium tickets available. Proceeds from tickets will benefit The Marigold Project, the Colorado-based nonprofit that Rateliff has started to benefit economic, social, and racial justice. 

Rateliff will put on a full show despite the smaller audience and will use his full light show and projections and a full production team. 

“We want to get out there and play,” says Rateliff in a statement. “We feel so fortunate that Red Rocks is our hometown venue and look forward to having people at normal capacities in the future. But until that time, it will feel great to make the best of the current situation; we want to get back to that live energy,” Rateliff said in a statement. 

Rateliff has played in several free virtual and online concerts to benefit local musicians over the last few months. Most recently he performed with Megan Thee Stallion, Sam Hunt, Phoebe Bridgers, and several other artists at the Red Rocks for a three-day virtual music festival. These five live concerts will be the first traditional shows that the Red Rocks has hosted since January 2020. 

Rateliff had to cancel a long list of concerts and solo performances when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, this show will feature music from his new album “And It’s Still Alright.” The title track from the album is dedicated to Richard Swift, a close friend who was particularly important to Rateliff and his music, and who sadly died in 2018. 

With all the chaos and uncertainly of this summer a live concert at the Red Rocks is a little piece of normal that will likely inspire and light up the spirit of those who get their hands on one of the limited tickets. Red Rocks is set to close for the remainder of the year at the end of September.

How excited are you to hear that live music will be heard wafting from the Red Rocks next week? Sound off in the comments.