The planets came into alignment back on the night of September 18th when Circles Around The Sun the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for the first time ever to open up for Greensky Bluegrass. Today, Live For Live Music is excited to premiere some multi-camera live footage of the instrumental quartet performing “Babyman” for a sold-out crowd at the famed Morrison, CO venue.
“Babyman”, the infectious dance groove comes from the band’s 2020 self-titled album, served as the final song from the band’s opening set. The song begins with a drum machine, creating some satisfying juxtaposition between the mechanized beat and Mark Levy‘s lively drumming. Keyboardist Adam MacDougall soon chimes in on the agogô bells as the track kicks into gear.
Newly initiated guitarist John Lee Shannon makes his presence felt as he explodes out of the backbeat, rising above the dancetrumental pocket. Meanwhile, an array of disco balls captures the light reflecting off the glow of the Colorado crowd. All the while, the four members of seem to defy the vast size of the Red Rocks stage, facilitating optimal improvisational groupthink as they huddle close together.
“You guys are gonna have the time of your life tonight. Live it up. Peace,” bassist Dan Horne says for a walk-off outro. Watch Circles Around The Sun perform “Babyman” at Red Rocks on September 18th below, captured by HYFI.
Circles Around The Sun – “Babyman” [Pro-Shot] – 9/18/21
Next up for Circles Around The Sun is a highly anticipated performance as part of full-day music marathon Denver Comes Alive on December 4th, 2021 at Denver, CO’s Mission Ballroom.
In addition to CATS, the thoughtfully curated event features nationally touring acts like Tank and the Bangas, Judith Hill, DJ Logic in addition to the debut of a new band, Ramble On Revival, featuring Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), guitarists Steve Kimock (Phil Lesh & Friends) and Eric Krasno (Soulive), keyboardist Holly Bowling (Ghost Light), drummer Jeff Sipe (Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit), saxophonist Skerik, and vocalist/trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band). Tickets are on sale here.