Fresh off his Ride Waves LP, which is chocked full of high-profile collaborations, Detroit-bred, Colorado-based future funkmaster GRiZ has a bit of sad news for his loyal fanbase of so-called “Liberators.” The news, albeit saddening, come as simultaneously exciting insofar as its an event to cap off the end of an era—GRiZ’s last Red Rocks show, as he hinted over social media.
GRiZ further explained to 303 Magazine in an exclusive interview that his fanbase has just outgrown Red Rocks. “I need to be able to seat more people and have some more phenomenal shit to show. With Red Rocks, I know we’ve maxed that out,” says Grant Kwiecinski, the man behind the moniker.
“I am so fortunate to have spent years at that venue, and I’m excited for the next chapter,” GRiZ continues. “I feel like there’s a necessary farewell that needs to happen out of respect to the legacy of shows we’ve done there and out of respect to the fans and the desire to play that venue one more time and celebrate the time we’ve spent at that place.”
I want to create a new tradition and show people something new.” — Grant Kwiecinski
For five years, GRiZ has celebrated with an annual performance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and in 2019, he returns with two back-to-back performances that are seemingly going to be his last.
The Friday show is themed ’10-’17 as he’ll be jamming to tunes from his first seven years of releases, including hits from his 2016 album, Good Will Prevail. The Saturday night show celebrates his present and future, featuring songs from his recent Ride Waves LP, along with new, never-before-heard material.
The two-night extravaganza comes to Red Rocks August 30 and 31. Pre-sale tickets begin Tuesday at 10 am MT, using the code “ride waves.” General on-sale begins Friday, May 10, at 10 am. MT.