One of the most star laden Pop bills on tour this summer descended on Red Rocks in Morrison, CO on Thursday July 28, 2011. Gavin DeGraw, Maroon 5 and Train packed in a sold out crowd for a hit intensive evening of music.
Gavin opened the evening playing a 60 minute set that included all of his chart topping singles such as “Follow Through”, “Chariot” and “I Don’t Want To Be” as well as new music from his forthcoming album Sweeter. His natural charm was at ease on the stage and enchanted the crowds streaming into the amphitheater. His raw musicianship and vocal ability played beautifully off of the surrounding red rocks and natural acoustics and was perhaps Gavin DeGraw at his finest.
Adam Levine and Maroon 5 hit the stage next for what proved to be a non-stop energetic and passionate performance. The band wasted no time opening the set with the familiar and fresh melodies of “Moves like Jagger” which was inspired by Adam’s recent stint on TV series The Voice. And the hits kept coming as the band played crowd favorites like “Harder to Breathe”, “Sunday Morning”, “She Will Be Loved”, “Misery” and finally “This Love”. Adam controlled the crowd like a conductor on the height of his emotion and performance. At one point during the song “She Will Be Loved” he paused and divided the crowd into two sections as he directed them to sing the chorus in a round with the band. The set was one of the most memorable I have seen this season at Red Rocks and was punctuated by a two song encore performance.
At just before 10:00 p.m. co-headliners Train stole the spotlight and the evening, taking it to a climatic crescendo. Pat Monahan and company skillfully entertained the capacity crowd with a 90 minute set that covered the best of Train. In classic fashion Pat danced relentlessly the entire length of the stage and came out into the crowd during the performance. The volume of the crowd’s voices singing in time almost matched that of the bands as they played “Meet Virginia” and “Hey Soul Sister”. Saving the best for last they left the acoustics of Red Rocks resounding with smash hit “Drops of Jupiter”. And after an evening of music from some of the finest artists in the industry today, the audience left feeling like they had been bathed in those other worldly drops of Jupiter.