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Wu-Tang Clan and Colorado Symphony join forces for summer show at Red Rocks Amphitheater

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Steven Bonifazi
Steven Bonifazi
A near-capacity crowd attends the sixty-third annual Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheater on April 4, 2010 in Morrison, Colorado(Matt McClain/Getty Images)

By Steven Bonifazi

(MORRISON, Colo.) Iconic hip-hop group, Wu-Tang Clan, and prominent state orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, will perform live side by side at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Friday, Aug. 13.

Hip-hop star Big Boi, most known for being a member of the legendary hip-hop duo OutKast, will also be performing at the show along with Denver-based DJ Chris Karns.

Established in 1992 in New York City during the golden age of hip hop, Wu-Tang Clan consisted of ten members, including RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon, Masta Killa, Cappadonna and Ol' Dirty Bastard, who unfortunately died on November 13, 2004 from a drug overdose.

The group went on to become one of the nation's most prolific and influential rap groups ever, among the likes of Run DMC and NWA. On Sept. 4, 2019, on-demand video subscription service, Hulu, released a series with the group titled Wu-Tang: An American Saga showcasing the formation of the group and the trials and tribulations they experienced.

The show is expected to release a second season some time this year.

One of Colorado's only full-time professional orchestras, the Colorado Symphony, was founded in 1989 as the heir to the Denver Symphony Orchestra. Each year, the symphony holds performances nearly each and every weekend from September through May, offering a multitude of world-class creativity.

They perform concerts that feature categories including classics, symphony pops, holiday, alternative and summer performances that take place at Red Rocks, such as this one with Wu-Tang.

The monumental show will take place nearly four months after Red Rocks reopened its doors to concert and event-goers, reducing its 9,525 seating capacity to 2,500 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to CBS Denver, the amphitheater is expecting to increase its capacity by more than double what it currently is sometime this week, potentially allowing roughly 6,300 people to attend concerts.

Nevertheless, Red Rocks have partnered with the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment and supermarket Safeway to provide single-shot vaccines of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to whoever would like one through their "a shot, a pop, a shirt, and a show" program. The goal of the program is to distribute a total of 100 vaccine shots per show.

World-renown DJ, Diplo, took to Twitter a day before performing at the amphitheater to promote the vaccine shots they are offering.

Tickets for the show will go on sale May 21 at 10 a.m., with ticket prices varying from $70 to $1,400.

For more information regarding the show, including where to purchase tickets, visit here.

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