Representing the vocals of the Wailers was none other than Koolant Brown, who took on the performance of Exodus on by storm, giving the crowd exactly what they wanted. Tracks like “Jamming” and “Waiting in Vain” united fans young and old into a audience-wide sing-a-long, evolving into extended one-of-a-kind versions.
With the crowd revved up for the evening, funk powerhouse Lettuce took the center of attention by bumping “Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest as they walked out and took their places. The band that has been bringing the funktastic times for two decades was headlining the legendary venue for the second time, having done so first last year along with The Motet.
“Sounds Like a Party to Me” brought up a new wave of energy from the band and concertgoers, spicing up the evening with shouts of the lyrics. Nigel Hall of course joined the band, and with him the Brooklyn based funkateers channeled a more soulful sound. An amazing Bill Withers cover of “Still a Friend of Mine” grooved sweetly to the warm, perfect air winding around the happy faces. “Do It Like you Do” was the exceptional final tune that rocked the fine set into conclusion, after which the crew took off the stage for a momentous break before returning for the encore.
Upon their re-emergence, a horn-drenched “Phyllis” serenaded the eccentric fans into an end of a magical evening. “It’s a dream come true to be here right now, thank you Red Rocks,” a member shouted out over the venue. The band then took a group photo and exited for the evening. It was an incredible night for a staple group in the funk genre, solidifying which will hopefully become an anticipated yearly event at the beloved Red Rocks.
All Photography by Meg O’Neill