Dispatch reunion at Red Rocks

I have to admit I came to the Dispatch show last Friday not knowing all that much about the band. They really won me over, though. I definitely left a fan. For my money, this is a "go-out-of-our-way-to-see-these-guys" band.

The only downside to this show was the start time. I don't think it was even 7:30p by the time Dispatch hit their first notes. Early starts at an outdoor venue mean the ambient light overpowers most of the stage lighting...and stage lighting usually adds a lot to concert photography.

That said, it's worth noting that my two favorites images (neither of which include the band), came as a direct result of the additional ambient light. The first is the dancing Red Rocks staffer. Just a flat-out fun shot of him getting the crowd worked up just before the band took the stage. My other favorite image is an awesome shot of the renowned Red Rocks venue made from a distance. If you've never been or don't know much about Red Rocks, this shot will help you understand why it's such an incredible place.

All things considered, I have to label that a pretty successful night. (So, what the hell am I complaining about?!)