Photos by Tim Dwenger
Last Friday night Red Rocks was the nexus of the universe for Blues lovers. With both Gary Clark Jr. and the Tedeschi Trucks Band on the bill, the hallowed Morrison venue rang with slide and echoed with deep bluesy riffs late into the night. Early on it wasn’t the Blues, but rather the sweet vintage alt-country stylings of Nicki Bluhm and the Grambers that kicked things off as showers moved in and out of the area. While they didn’t offer up the Blues that so many in the crowd were jonesing for, they did a great job of warming up the crowd and even dropped a Janis Joplin cover into the mix. After their brief, 30 minute, set, Clark took the stage and schooled the crowd on all the variations of the Blues as he seemed to channel everyone from Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix under an amazing double rainbow that floated off to the South East. When it was finally time for the main event, the rain had moved out over the plains and the eleven members of Tedeschi Trucks Band served up two hours of scorching Southern fried Bluesy Rock-n-Soul that had the crowd transfixed.