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Written By | Aidan Hicks
After the last year of trials & tribulations from the COVID-19 pandemic, the vaccinated rate in the US has exceeded expectations to the point of places like the State of Colorado allowing outdoor venues to continue shows with near full capacity as of June 21st 2021. With this has welcomed a certain spark of energy in the air as American Blues Rock band Andy Frasco & The U.N. return to Colorado headlining alongside comedian host Kyle Ayers and openers Keller Williams and John Craigie at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO on May 27th, 2021.
This performance comes as Andy Frasco & The U.N. have been one of the handful of bands working through touring their latest album “Keep On Keepin’ On” in a pandemic by maintaining social-distanced and limited capacity shows, uplifting people with their “blues-rock fueled by reckless abandonment with witty lyrics to back it all up” style in a time of stress and heartache for many.
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You can feel the excitement of this show from working through the pandemic walking into Red Rocks on Friday. Starting with first opener John Craigie serenading the settling crowd with his guitar and harmonica plus a duet with the Shook Twins. Once he finished and host Kyle Ayers humored the audience, Keller Williams was welcomed and brought the rock to Red Rocks. Performing multiple instruments at once and experiment with the help of a reverb flanger, he wasted no time bringing good vibes.
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Only 20 minutes later, Andy Frasco & The U.N. walked on with roars of cheering where the energy only kicked into high gear. Performing hits along with unheard songs, all members tore up the place in their own way. Andy Frasco resist from sitting in place at his piano from the music, Ernie Changs’ captivating saxophone performance, drum battle’s from Andee Avila, and the sheer resilience from instrumentalist Floyd Kellogg and guitarist’s Shawn Eckels and Grover Bass.
I left the venue questioning how more people haven’t heard of these guys before. From Frasco’s jumping on his piano with a wine bottle in hand, the band motivating the audience with crowd chants and running around, and a encore with a Tom Petty cover with a rising full blood moon at the end the show. It felt like the “you had to be there” vibe we crave more than ever. Needless to say they left their mark in Colorado and I can’t recommend them enough and look forward to seeing what the future brings them.
Photos By | Aidan Hicks