As summer has come to a close and school finally begins to set in, it can be hard to find those last few summer events that give you freedom of spirit and soul. However, Reggae on the Rocks always provides Colorado with a kick ass close to summer and the concert this year proved to be no different.
Within the Red Rocks atmosphere, there was nothing but good vibes within the crowd amidst a constant cloud of smoke, as we all know that for many, reggae and weed go hand in hand. The sun was beating down on the fans in low 90’s, but that didn’t keep the show from going on or the dancing to stop!
Both openers, Inner Circle and Judge Roughneck, set the stage for a great night. Each group seemed to build off the previous, moving through slower sultry pieces, to some with deep funk and then all the way up to the big band numbers with blaring brass noise.
Fishbone prepared a fantastic set. They acknowledge the lull in the crowd after a couple hours of smoking in the hot sun, but that in no way hindered their energy or their music. Fishbone has been known to put on a good show, and this time, they did not disappoint. Saxophonist and vocalist Angelo Moors was the first of many to acknowledge the bad blood in politics these days, forcing people to lose hope in the world.
Similarly, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones seemed to be outraged that a song they wrote 20 years ago about racism is still relevant today. As his rant raged on, he soon turned the stage into an outlet for that anger as friends and foe alike put aside their differences and danced in one pure night of united love.
Sublime with Rome however really brought together the night. Their performances are always pretty bad-ass, but is seemed that on this specific night, they were playing for more of a purpose, being that music can unite people in a better way than most aspects of this world. From the first chords they played, to the last chiming note of encore “Santeria,” the crowd moved together as one: one with the weed, one with the music, one with each other. Reggae on the Rocks once again provided a show that still believes in a summer of love.