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Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre

It was a half-cloudy night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, with boulders looming and distant lightning in the eastern sky. Singer Colin Meloy was on stage with the Decemberists, chatting up the audience.

“There are very few places to play in the world that still make me nervous, and this is one of them,” said Meloy, who has been touring for almost 20 years. “It feels like we should be giving a talk on grizzly bear management.”

Red Rocks, 16 miles southwest of downtown Denver, is an American outdoor music venue like no other.

The stage and audience areas are...

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