With Halloween weekend less than two weeks away, spooky season is officially in full force. What better way to end a month of pumpkin carving, corn mazes and colorful fall hikes than with some amazing live music? Concerts are fun enough, but there’s nothing quite like being surrounded by hundreds (or thousands) of people, all dressed in ridiculous costumes and all bustling with their favorite songs. Whatever genre of music you like, there’s a show for you this Halloween weekend. From spooky to groovy, here are our top ten shows any Denver music fan should watch on our favorite vacation.
Rezz is already renowned for its spooky aesthetic and deep, heart-pounding bass. So it’s only fitting that she brings the Halloween spirit to Red Rocks for her 4th annual Rezz Rocks takeover. Celebrating the release of her “Nightmare on REZZ Street 2” mix (out October 25), she will be celebrating the first night with a special “Nightmare on REZZ Street” set featuring a stacked lineup including Wreckno, EAZYBAKED, Mary Droppinz and more. The second night of REZZ Rocks will feature artists like Off The Trees, Chee and Kill Script.
GRiZ — Another World
After the smash hit of GRiZ’s two-day debut “Another World” this past Halloween weekend, the Denver-based superstar is once again bringing as much funk, sax and bass as possible to Ball Arena. Last year, everyone dressed up in their best Halloween costumes, including GRiZ, who sported a crazy ‘sun-entity mask’ designed by a New York-based artist, as the public explored all the classic Halloween tropes, from the slutty nurse to Barney the purple dinosaur. Whether you get spooky or goofy, the dancefloor doesn’t judge. This year’s lineup includes MIZE, Black Carl!, Rossy and MZG.
Flamingosis is like a disco party at your favorite pool on a summer day. It’s a vibe which injects a slight gospel influence into groovy tunes that pair perfectly with purple strobe lights and colorful ’70s outfits. In many ways, Flamingosis is a modern take on the classic Motown sound, albeit more psychedelic and electronic. If you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe with easygoing tunes, this show is for you.
Itchy-O with Los Mocochetes
Itchy-O and Los Mocochetes, on the other hand, are anything but relaxing. The two local artists bring an incredible – albeit very different – energy to the stage that always guarantees a wild show. From Itchy-O’s intersection of metal music and jamtronica, complete with a versatile bag of instruments and mundane sounds, to Los Mocochetes’ modern take on traditional Latin music and big band sound, this show is sure to be loud and wild.
John Summit with Lee Foss and London Summers
This one’s for our Heads of House over there. John Summit represents modern house music on a global scale in a way that few other DJs can manage. His music is eclectic, energetic and incredibly fun. If you’re looking for a classic dance party, look no further.
The Floozies – A Nightmare on Funk Street
The Floozies are a Colorado favorite and for good reason. They combine two of Colorado’s favorite sounds: funky jams and electronic music. It’s a sound that’s hard to pin down at times, but it’s what makes The Floozies a must-have. You never know what to expect, you just know it’s going to be a good time. Oh, and did I mention the lasers? Yeah, the Floozies have one of the best light shows around. Bring your dancing shoes to this one.
Marc Rebillet with Big Freeda
If you missed Marc Ribillet’s Mission Ballroom show last year, this is your second chance. Marc Ribillet’s improvisational approach to the creative process and his performances ensure that you never know what to expect at his shows. The self-proclaimed “loop daddy” is always creating new songs on stage and putting new renditions of his recorded material, which is always enjoyable and not offensive. He is the definition of a one-man-band and always showcases his full spectrum of musical talent.
The cool thing about catching a show at the Larimer Lounge is that you’re free to stroll down Larimer Street and experience all the happenings in Denver’s liveliest and most historically boisterous neighborhood. Of course, if you want to camp out at Larimer Lounge all night, the bass-house vibes of Moksi are great company. It is also perfect for the small, intimate Larimer dance floor. It’s pretty sweaty in there, but the back patio is a great place to cool off, people watch and smoke a cigarette while you watch all the drunken 20s show off their crazy Halloween costumes.
Post Malone with Roddy Ricch
Post Malone is one of the biggest pop stars in the world and for good reason. His knack for catchy, radio-friendly melodies and endearing personality make him hard not to love, and his reputation for great performances has cemented his place as a must-see show for music lovers across the sonic spectrum. Plus, if you love hip-hop, catching Roddy Ricch on such a massive stage is a great excuse to spend Halloween Eve at Ball Arena.
Flatbush Zombies with Freddy Gibbs and Danny Brown—Freak Show
Hailing from Flatbush, Brooklyn, this grime rap trio has a longstanding reputation for the craziest rap shows in the industry. Given their breakout mixtape, Better to die, included songs like “Death”, “LiveFromHell” and “GOD Bless The DEAD”, it’s no surprise that they bring that classic underworld energy to Red Rocks for their special “Freak Show” performance. Expect horrifying costumes and be sure to arrive early to catch extremely talented openers Freddie Gibbs and Danny Brown.