After partying it up at the Dead & Company concert in Boulder on Friday, we slept in on Saturday, eventually dragging our butts out of bed to walk the 16th Street Mall in Denver and enjoy an early lunch at Henry’s Tavern. We had the BEST fresh salmon tacos and waffle fries! Yum!
Once we were absolutely stuffed, we drove out to Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison Colorado to check out the dinosaur bones and fossils. We visited both Visitor Centers and walked the mile road between the two, and it was HOT! Next, we drove over to Red Rocks Amphitheater to see the world famous rock formations, the concert venue, and the museum. There was a concert that night, so we were lucky to arrive with just enough time to see everything we wanted to see before being ushered out. Now that we have visited the venue for fun, I REALLY want to go to a concert there… It’s gorgeous!
On the way over to Folsom Field, we pounded waters to try to stay hydrated and then went back to Shakedown Street to meet up with some friends. We arrived about an hour later than the day before and it was wall to wall people. Everywhere you looked, from the sidewalks and parking lots to the grass and planter benches, deadheads were hanging out and having a great time.
We also ran into some of our seat mates from the night before and had fun chatting about what songs might be played later that night.
Our seats for this concert weren’t as good as our seats from the night before, so we wandered over to the opposite side of the stadium — the shady side — found a spot along the rail near the stage, and stayed there the entire night. Our view was fantastic and we were just high enough over the pit/floor that no one obstructed my view. While my feet were tired by the end of the night, a breeze was blowing, those around us were friendly, and the music was incredible.
This Dead & Company concert had a spectacular set list… one you normally dream of but don’t get to hear. Usually you’re lucky if a handful of these songs make it into one set list!
Tonight Dead & Company took to the stage and were on fire from the start of the very first song. The first set opened with an almost non-stop energy that began with a jubilant Truckin’ that had the crowd cheering, which fed into the pairing of blues songs Smokestack Lighting and Spoonful, which transitioned into Bertha, one of Brian’s all time favorite songs!
Ramble On Rose changed up the pace a bit and was followed by an acoustic Friend of the Devil. The set wrapped with a run of Loser, Brown Eyed Women, and a fantastic version of Turn On Your Lovelight.
The first set was absolutely fantastic and it set the tone for the night. Everywhere you turned during the set break, fans were talking about what the second set may bring and were wondering how much better could it get. There was a buzz of excitement in their air and already fans were claiming this to be one of the best shows of the 2017 summer tour so far.
When the band took the stage for the second set and dove right into the popular Help on the Way, Slipknot!, Franklin’s Tower trifecta, the entire stadium erupted in shouts and everyone was singing along. Next we were again treated to Oteil Burbridge taking the lead for China Doll, followed by very long Dark Star. One of my favorite ballads, Stella Blue took us out of Drums & Space, and the set closed with the combination of China Cat Sunflower and I Know You Rider.
The encore, perfect for a Saturday concert, was one of my favorites, One More Saturday Night, and it had the crowd on its feet singing, cheering, and dancing.
Dead & Company killed it. You could just tell they found a groove, felt good, and were having a lot of fun. We were having a lot of fun watching them jam. All around, it was a night to remember, and right up there with the 2016 Gorge Amphitheater concert as my two favorite Dead & Company shows to date. I can’t wait to go to Colorado with the kids for the final two Dead & Company concerts of their 2017 summer tour at Wrigley Field!
Dead & Company Folsom Field, Boulder 6/10/2017 Set List:
- Smokestack Lightning
- Smokestack Lightning
- Ramble On Rose
- Friend of the Devil (acoustic)
- Brown Eyed Women
- Turn on Your Lovelight
- Help on the Way
- Franklin’s Tower
- China Doll
- Dark Star
- Drums / Space
- Stella Blue
- China Cat Sunflower
- I Know You Rider
- One More Saturday Night