MORRISON, CO – Moody Blues were the first band to play Red Rocks for the 2011 summer concert season. The weather could not have been any better for opening night at Red Rocks, arguably the best concert venue in the nation if not the world. With the long summer days be sure to bring a pair of sunglasses with you if you plan on arriving before 7:00pm
The Moody Blues have been playing together since 1965; have been all over the world and sold over 70 million albums in the past 40 years!! The guys have played Red Rocks before and recorded a live CD with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 1993. The Moody Blues are best know for their songs Tuesday Afternoon, Nights in White Satin I’m Just a Singer and Your Wildest Dreams. They played all the hit songs as well as others much to the delight of the fans. The Moody Blues are associated with the British invasion of the 1960’s and currently on their Voyage 2011 Precious Cargo Tour
Not only did the Moody Blues play a great show to a vast range of ages at the concert, they took part in an instrument drive to collect musical instruments for local schools. This instrument drive is taking place in twelve cites across the nation and will be going on until June 10th. The guys teamed up with a charity called Ear Candy, which is based in Phoenix Arizona. This organization is helping kids get music education and access to instruments. Arizona is currently 49th out of 50 states when it comes to funding for the arts. In 2010 Ear Candy impacted over 10,000 youth and they are working on setting up the same model in other markets in need of music education.
On a local level Ear Candy and the Moody Blues had an instrument drive that benefited School of Rock in Denver. This school opened in 2008 with seven students, they now have over 130 students and continue to grow and teach music to Denver’s youth. Instruments are supposed to be dropped off at the school in the next week.
It is great to see a band like the Moody Blues helping further music education and access. Imagine if more concerts did the same, and the potential effect this could have on music programs on a local and nation.