It sure was a gully washer! Tuesday night at Red Rocks that is. But a little rain and lightning were not about to stop the Dirty Heads faithful from throwing down at Red Rocks for one of the more epic shows we’ve witnessed this summer. The Dirty Heads headlined a bill that also saw performances by Katastro, The Expendables, and Kongos. It was definitely one of those stormy nights at Red Rocks for the books.
Tempe, Arizona based band Katastro kicked off the night with an energetic, and for the most part, dry set. But towards the end of their set the rain started coming down and although it appeared to be just another rainy night at Red Rocks, a staff member took the stage to inform us that some pretty heavy lightning was on the way and that we should return to our cars.
There was indeed some wild lightning but it soon passed as it is wont to do and Red Rocks tweeted that the show was back on. But the rain lingered, more than lingered it poured, and The Expendables took the stage during a deluge (check out some epic rain shots from their set above). But The Expendables proved that they are not expendable and delivered a great set in the rain. Kongos took the stage as the rain continued. Kongos has a unique sound punctuated by accordion and slide guitar, but some of their tunes were reminiscent of The Wall era Pink Floyd. As if by magic the rain ceased to a trickle just as the Dirty Heads were about to take the stage.
We had spoken with lead singer and MC of Dirty Heads Jared Watson earlier in the day and he related to us a story about the first time Dirty Heads were scheduled to play Red Rocks as a supporting act. It was a rainy night and they had been bumped. Well, we’d say they got that one back. The sky stopped crying and the crowd went nuts as the band took the stage. Dirty Heads delivered a headlining set where every song seemed to be a crowd pleaser. The band switched seamlessly from reggae and hip-hop, often times craftily blending the two. Their lyrics are thoughtful, musicianship topnotch, and all overlaid on the foundation of their drummer Matt Ochoa, who is an absolute beast behind the kit. Highlights included “Burn Slow,” “Too Cruel” from their 2016 self-titled album, “Medusa,” “Oxygen” and “Spread Too Thin.” Check out our amazing photo gallery above captured by Allen Jimenez.
Dirty Heads may have wrapped up their summer tour at Red Rocks but the band from Huntington Beach will be hitting the road this fall. Click here to browse AXS.com for select tickets.