Late summer isÂ a great time of year for Colorado Willie Nelson fans, ’cause that’s usually when Willie plays Red Rocks.Â I’m already excitedÂ and the show’s months away.
Seating is good at Red Rocks becauseÂ they have reserved seats for folks who just want to drive up into the mountains after work and see Willie, and beÂ assuredÂ of a seat.Â Â And the diehards like me (andÂ you if you are reading this blog), willÂ line up in the mountains in theÂ dark, wait for the sun to come up and the gates to open so you can sit up front and close.
But you have to planÂ for Red Rocks.Â I tell out of towners they need to start training now, because the food and the restrooms and gift shopÂ are at the top of some very steep stairs.Â There is oneÂ kind of hidden bathroom down below, but I can never find it.Â And Red Rocks is in the mountains, and like all adventuresÂ over 6,000 feet, you haveÂ beÂ prepared.Â Â There’s not much oxygen up there, either.Â (Drink water, rest, drink coffee, take an aspirin.Â Don’t let the alitude get you down.)
Camp Willie, 2005
We’ve gotÂ the runners andÂ the carriers.Â TheÂ young are the runners and we send them in firstÂ to just run, do not stopÂ at security, do not grab a beer on your way down, do notÂ pass go, just go grab thoseÂ front row seats. Â Then the rest of usÂ spend ten minutesÂ while security searchesÂ tarps, coolers, cushions and backpacks, then we schlep it all down and join our young friends in the front row.Â So,Â if anyone has a teenage track star in the family, bring them to the show.
The Democratic National Convention is going on that week in Denver, bringing over 40,000 politicians and reporters from all over the world, so hotels are at a premium.Â So, if you need a room, you might find some difficulty, but persevere.Â
www.RedRocksonline.com has info on lodging and camping, and everything else you’d like to know about Red Rocks.
Tickets have been on sale for Club Luck members for a couple weeks, and tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, April 5, 2008, via Ticketmaster.
Here’s pictures Janis from Texas took of the 2006 Red Rocks show.
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This Red Rocks Hall of Fame award sits at the World Headquarters, in Luck, Texas.Â
The mural was painted by Morrison, Colorado artistÂ EmanuelÂ Â Martinez.Â It is 15′ x 60′ long, and canÂ be seen at the TNT Country Kitchen at 408Â Bear Creek Avenue, in Morrison.Â Â