Red Rocks concert goers will be able to get a free COVID-19 vaccination shot on-site in summer 2021 when they attend select concerts, plus get a t-shirt and concessions voucher for making the effort. The promotion will begin with this Thursday’s Diplo and Saturday’s Osees shows at the venue and continue through the summer.
Some don’t realize Red Rocks is owned by the City of Denver – so this makes perfect sense. They are coordinating with the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), which will oversee distribution of the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to any person over the age of 18. They will focus on concerts with younger audiences that may not yet have had quick access to the vaccine. Up to 100 doses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with those fans receiving the concessions voucher and a Red Rocks 80th Anniversary t-shirt.
“The entertainment industry only works when people are able to gather together, and a healthy audience is vitally important at Red Rocks,” said Red Rocks spokesman Brian Kitts. “We’re making it easy to come to a concert and leave knowing that our fans have protected themselves, their families and their fellow music lovers.”
Personally, I got my second Moderna vaccine in mid-April and luckily had very little by the way of side effects. Unless you count a huge sense of relief a side effect? I plan to continue masking up (I actually like it, tbh), keeping six feet apart and washing my hands constantly to help slow the spread – but I am also so excited to be able to get back to live music. I hope my fellow concert-goers will take advantage of this fun way to get their vax.
The venue’s primary promoters and contractors, AEG Presents, AXS Ticketing and Live Nation, are supporting the effort and encouraging all fans to be vaccinated during the summer before indoor venues open or increase capacity later in the year.
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Denver Arts & Venues’ mission is to amplify Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and entertainment opportunities. Arts & Venues is the City and County of Denver agency responsible for operating some of the region’s most renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III granting process, Arts Education Fund and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival, Urban Arts Fund, P.S. You Are Here and implementation of IMAGINE 2020: Denver’s Cultural Plan. Denver Arts & Venues is committed to diversity, equity and inclusiveness in all our programs, initiatives and decision-making processes.