Vulfpeck‘s first concert of 2019 took place on Thursday night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The band welcomed a number of regular collaborators as well as Cory Henry and turned the show over to offshoot The Fearless Flyers for an extended encore that included a cover of Hanson‘s “MMMBop.”
Thursday night was a cold one with snow in the forecast, so the members of Vulfpeck each sported brightly colored ski suits for the occasion. Vulfpeck, who followed an opening set from Khruangbin, pulled material from all four of their full-length albums and four EPs over the course of their lengthy performance. Henry emerged for “Adrienne & Adrienne” off 2012’s Vollmilch towards the middle of the set.
Vocalist Antwaun Stanley was featured on a four-song portion of the set that followed Henry’s first appearance of the night and “Lonely Town.” Stanley led the group through “1612,” “Funky Duck,” “Aunt Leslie” and “Wait For The Moment.” The latter featured Henry on keys. Vulfpeck frontman Jack Stratton then gave one of his trademark “TED Talks” about the special occasion. Next, the members of the group presented an a capella “Back Pocket” before finishing off the set with a run of “Darwin Derby,” “Beastly,” “Christmas In L.A.” and “Dean Town.” Multi-instrumentalist Theo Katzman headed into the crowd to let the audience singalong on “Christmas In L.A.”
For the encore, the stage was set with a bass and two guitars on stands. The Fearless Flyers came out to work through “Flyers Direct,” “Daddy, He Got A Cessna,” “Speed Walker” and “Ace Of Aces.” Katzmann returned to lead the group through a cover of “MMMBop” that also featured Stratton on a second drum set. A pre-recorded version of “It Gets Funkier” played over the P.A. as Vulfpeck and their guests took a bow and said farewell to the crowd.
Set: Intros/Tee Time, Animal Spirits, Cory Wong, Disco Ulysses, Hero Town, Adrienne & Adrienne (w/ Cory Henry), Lonely Town, 1612, Funky Duck, Aunt Leslie, Wait For The Moment (w/ Cory Henry), Back Pocket, Darwin Derby, Beastly, Christmas In L.A., Dean Town
Encore (Fearless Flyers): Flyers Direct, Daddy He Got A Cessna, Speedwalker, Ace Of Aces, MMMBop (w/ Theo Katzman & Jack Stratton)