Monolith Festival – September 14 and 15, 2007 (Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, CO)

On Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15, the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater outside of Denver, Colorado, played host to the inaugural edition of the Monolith Festival — a huge gathering of over 50 bands and performers billed as the largest-ever festival to grace the historic stone steps of Red Rocks. With five stages, the event was a practically non-stop blend of music, focusing mostly on the indie crowd, but including a scattering of singer-songwriters, hip-hop artists, and more. Headliners included Cake, the Decemberists, Spoon, and the Flaming Lips, and the event was packed with bands ranging from local Colorado talent on up through internationally touring acts. Here’s a peek at some of the photographic highlights (Photo credit Jessica Partridge):

Red Rocks Amphitheater’s “Creation Rock”

The Main Stage

Cat-A-Tac plays the stage

Crowds dancing to some hip-hop breaks

Das EFX’s DJ Rondevu laying beats

Das EFX rock the mic

Crowds gather for the headliners

Editors kick off the night

Editors’ Chris Urbanowicz

Editors’ high-energy stage show

Editors’ Tom Smith croons

The Decemberists take the main stage

The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy

The Decemberists’ Chris Funk

The Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee

The Decemberists’ Nate Query

New York’s White Rabbits

The Hot IQs draw the locals

Spoon on the main stage

Spoon’s Britt Daniel grabs the spotlight

The Flaming Lips kick off the giant stage show

Wayne Coyne in the famous ball

Coyne and company

The Flaming Lips stage-show entourage