MORRISON, Colo. — Singer-producer Ryan Tedder likes to joke that everyone confuses his Colorado Springs-formed pop rock band with Denver’s own The Fray. But there was no confusion among the capacity crowd at Red Rocks Thursday night — all of them, from Gov. John Hickenlooper near the front to the folks smoking in the nosebleed seats, were there to see OneRepublic.
Tedder, whose production work with other artists has quietly changed the course of pop music in recent years, always has plenty of energy for his own band. He spent much of the set windmilling around the stage and obviously enjoying the full house. Perhaps the biggest revelation, though, is just how many recognizable songs (“Stop and Stare;” “Apologize;” “All The Right Moves”) the group has racked up.
Earlier, Sara Bareilles did her best to escape the shadow of her 2007 radio hit “Love Song.” If she didn’t quite make it, that’s only because that song was so well-made. There was never any doubt that she was a sold singer-songwriter, but this show proved her chops as a rock frontwoman who easily held the stage for an hour or so.AlertMe