After ending a 15-year live-music drought at Folsom Field in 2016, it seems Grateful Dead spinoff Dead & Company are now the University of Colorado football stadium's official house band.
Promoter AEG Presents this morning announced that Dead & Company — featuring three of the four surviving members of the Dead, plus John Mayer — will return to Folsom Field this summer for the third consecutive year.
This follows two-night stands at Folsom in 2016 and 2017.
Through the 1970s and early '80s, live music was a staple at Folsom Field, with the CU stadium hosting giant concerts by the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles and the Grateful Dead.
That largely ended with a notorious Van Halen concert in 1986, and, acknowledging neighbors' concerns about noise and rowdy fans, CU drastically scaled back concerts at the stadium in the intervening decades.
Dead & Company are only the fourth band to play Folsom Field in the 30 years since that Van Halen concert; prior to the Dead's 2016 shows, Folsom hadn't hosted a rock concert since a visit by the Dave Matthews Band in 2001.
No other band has been booked to play Folsom since Dead & Company ushered in the return of Boulder stadium concerts.
Dead & Company features singer-guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, all of the Grateful Dead, plus Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti.