Red Rocks May 2018 preview and playlist: Post Malone, Phil Lesh, HAIM and more

While the official Red Rocks season gets started in April, things really begin to ramp up in May. They say April showers bring May flowers and the Red Rocks May schedule is, as usual, blooming with amazing bands and artists.

What is different this year is that Red Rocks will begin using Flash Seats to distribute tickets. Flash Seats are a convenient and green way to buy, sell and use tickets. You can learn more in the video above. 

May gets underway with a great hip-hop bill in Post Malone, 21 Savage and SOB X RBE followed by another great bill of pop rock with X Ambassadors, Misterwives and Allan Rayman. Some stellar jam band music kicks off the first weekend in May with Twiddle getting things started on Friday. Saturday sees legendary Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh return to one of the Dead’s favorite places to play, this time with his Terrapin Family Band and Colorado’s own jamgrass pioneers Leftover Salmon.

After a much talked about sold-out show at Red Rocks last May, Primus returns to the iconic amphitheater with Mastodon and All Them Witches. While the Purple One himself never played Red Rocks, Prince’s music will ring out in the perfect natural acoustics when tribute band The Purple Xperience comes to the famed venue.

If it’s a dance party you’re looking for, the second weekend in May at Red Rocks will afford electronic fans a chance to get down. Friday will feature DJ duo Tchami x Malaa along with k?d, Justin Martin and Mercer. Saturday the Global Dub Festival comes to Red Rocks with performances by Ganja White/ Zomboy w/ Boogie T., SQUNTO, EPTIC, AFK and Spock.

Mid May boasts an eclectic run of one-nighters including indie rock trailblazers Modest Mouse, R&B singer Khalid, electronic trio Above & Beyond, Colorado folkies Elephant Revival, the electronic stylings of Phantogram and Tycho, indie rockers The Decemberists and DJ duo Louis the Child and Big Wild.

The last weekend in May gets started with Americana trio The Devil Makes Three along with The Wood Brothers and Murder by Death on Friday but switches to the other end of the spectrum with electro-jam groups Emancipator Ensemble and Disco Biscuits. The last week of May closes with another eclectic run including pop darlings HAIM, metal masters Five Finger Death Punch, singer-songwriter Vance Joy, and the Colorado Symphony performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

You can find a complete list of May 2018 shows at Red Rocks below along with dates, ticket info and our playlist. Also, click here for our complete list of 2018 Red Rock shows.

Red Rocks May 2018:

Post Malone w/ 21 Savage and SOB X RBE - Wednesday, May 2 (Click here for tickets)

X Ambassadors w/ Misterwives and Allan Rayman - Thursday, May 3 (Click here for tickets)

Twiddle/ Stick Figure w/ The Hip Abduction - Friday, May 4 (Click here for tickets)

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band/ Leftover Salmon - Saturday, May 5 (Click here for tickets)

Primus w/ Mastodon and All Them Witches - Sunday, May 6 (Click here for tickets)

The Purple Xperience (Prince Tribute) - Thursday, May 10 (Click here for tickets)

Tchami x Malaa w/ k?d, Justin Martin and Mercer  - Friday, May 11 (Click here for tickets)

Global Dub Festival: Ganja White/ Zomboy w/ Boogie T., SQUNTO, EPTIC, AFK and Spock - Saturday, May 12 (Click here for tickets)

Modest Mouse - Sunday, May 13 - SOLD OUT

Khalid - Monday, May 14 (Click here for tickets)

Above & Beyond - Saturday, May 19 (Click here for tickets)

Elephant Revival w/ Blind Pilot - Sunday, May 20 (Click here for tickets)

Phantogram/ Tycho w/ Poolside - Monday, May 21 (Click here for tickets)

The Decemberists w/ Whitney - Tuesday, May 22 (Click here for tickets)

Louis The Child/ Big Wild w/ Quinn XCII and Phantoms - Thursday, May 24 (Click here for tickets)

The Devil Makes Three w/ The Wood Brothers and Murder By Death - Friday, May 25 (Click here for tickets)

Emancipator Ensemble w/ Manic Focus (live band), Wax Tailor (solo set and with special guests), Kalya Scintilla & Eve Olution and Tor - Sat. May 26 (Click here for tickets)

The Disco Biscuits w/ Spafford and Organ Freeman - Sunday, May 27 (Click here for tickets)

HAIM w/ Maggie Rogers and Lizzo - Monday, May 28 (Click here for tickets)

Five Finger Death Punch w/ Of Mice and Men - Tuesday, May 29 (Click here for tickets)

Vance Joy w/ Alice Merton - Wednesday, May 30 (Click here for tickets)

Colorado Symphony: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 - Thursday, May 31 (Click here for tickets)