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Photo: Dillon Amphitheater (by Jenise Jensen/Town of Dillon) | By John Wenzel, The Denver Post / MSN | More than a dozen Red Rocks headliners and other big artists are steering their tours through the town of Dillon this summer, where a 3,656-capacity amphitheater offers both gorgeous views of Dillon Reservoir and another chance for musicians to perform.

Last Thursday, promoter AEG Presents Rocky Mountains announced a show there with country star Maren Morris for June 12, joining concerts scheduled this summer from Vampire Weekend, Portugal. The Man, Lake Street Dive, Jason Isbell, Trampled by Turtles and other artists who have easily sold out Red Rocks’ 9,545 capacity in the past.

Each of those concerts — and the 2024 calendar is still unfolding — is a clear boon for the 1,057-person ski town, said Jessie Klehfoth, Dillon’s events and recreation director. “With a capacity of 3,656, any sold-out show at the Dillon Amphitheater has the potential to bring in a million dollars of economic impact to the area.”

That’s not unique with other venues and is, in fact, a smaller version of the growth that Red Rocks has seen in recent years. Owned by the city of Denver, Red Rocks employs 1,500 people during the season and supports about 5,500 jobs, representing an annual total impact of $216 million in income (paychecks) and $717 million in economic output in the Denver metro area (spending), according to BBC Research & Consulting.
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Photo: Attendees settle in for a show at the Dillon Amphitheater during the summer of 2022. (Photo provided by Jenise Jensen/Town of Dillon)

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