Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Toad the Wet Sprocket

Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Toad the Wet Sprocket

Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Toad the Wet Sprocket

Event Information

Weather Policy

All events are rain or shine.

Rain coats and ponchos are allowed for all events.  Umbrellas are not allowed for most events.  Please check the Items Allowed/Prohibited on the specific event page you are attending to see if umbrellas are allowed.

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In the event of a weather delay please listen for the air horn in the parking lot as signal it is safe to re-enter the venue.  Please keep your ticket & have it ready when re-entering the gate.  Venue policy is no refunds or exchanges in the event of rain.

Parking Info

GENERAL PARKING: Parking is free of charge in Amphitheatre owned lots. Some local businesses may charge a fee to parking in their lots.

PREFERRED PARKING: A limited number of PREFERRED parking space are available for $10.00 per car in advance or $15.00 on the day of event (cash only).

ACCESSIBLE PARKING: A limited number of accessible parking space are available on a first come first served basis with the proper hang tag or license plate.

PICK UP & DROP OFF: If using a taxi, Uber etc please follow the signs & our Parking Staff to the pick up & drop off area.

Items Allowed

  • Lawn chairs (Any Height okay. No foot rest or Canopy. No Lounge or tri-fold chairs.)
  • Purses & Backpacks
  • 1 Bottle of factory sealed water (1 per person)
  • Small non-professional cameras with no flash
  • Strollers (Allowed on the lawn only)

All bags, back packs, purses are subject to search.


Prohibited Items

  • Balloons, Banners & Signs
  • Bikes/skateboards/Inline Skates
  • Blankets, Towels, Mats of any kind or Size
  • Brochures/Stickers/Handouts
  • Confetti/Glitter
  • Coolers
  • Drones
  • Fireworks/Sparklers of any kind
  • Food & Beverages
  • Go Pros, Audio or video recorders
  • Grills & Open Flames (inside or outside the venue)
  • Hula Hoops
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Laser Pointers
  • Pets of any kind (Unless it’s a service Animal)
  • Professional cameras with detachable lenses
  • Reusable Water Bottles
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Tablets of any kind
  • Tarps & Plastic sheeting
  • Tents/Staking
  • Umbrellas of any size
  • Weapons of Any Kind (Include but not limited to knives, guns, tasers, chains, studded/spiked jewelry)

Food & Beverage Options

Venue concession stands will be open serving a variety of fantastic food and beverages. Food trucks are located on the Lake path. Food trucks scheduled will be posted on our website 48 hours before the event.

Crescent Cafe

Cobblestone Courtyard

Wine & Beer

Order a Picnic

Why not Picnic in the Park? Let us pack your picnic! Pre-order dinner and pick it up when you arrive! Orders must be place at least 24 hours prior to the date of the event.

Our Virtual Café offers a variety of food items from appetizers to desserts. Your order will be waiting for you when you arrive on-site at the Amphitheatre! Booth Amphitheatre Picnic in the Park catering partners include Taziki’s Mediterranean CafeLowes FoodsGreat Harvest Bread Co. and Kale Me Crazy.

Picnic in the Park


Children 2 & under are free on the lawn for this event.Tickets are required for Children 2 and under for the reserved seating areas when applicable even if they will sit on an adult lap.


Re-Entry is not allowed for this event.  Leaving the amphitheatre and re-entering is only permitted in weather related or medical emergencies. If you have a request for re-entry, contact an event staff supervisor at the gate prior to leaving.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters Bio

Big Head Todd and the Monsters are not that big on anniversaries, so there won’t be any big hoopla over
the fact that the band is officially crossing the three-decade mark this year. Thirty years would seem like
something to commemorate, especially with the same core lineup, an achievement few other name-brand
bands can boast of. Yet right now they’re less about celebrating stability than volatility, in the form of their
eleventh studio album, New World Arisin’, which makes good on its forward-facing title with what might be
the brashest rock and roll of their career. The old world can’t rest on any laurels, and neither will they.
“We’re in a real exciting part of our career right now,” says co-founder Todd Park Mohr. “We’re a viable
band with a great audience and we’re able to work at a very high level. It’s a career that’s getting more
and more interesting, rather than less, which is remarkable,” he says, chuckling at the unlikelihood of
anyone being this cheerfully all-in, this far in. “I mean, 30 years into it, I really feel like: Wow, this is getting
fun. I’m learning more about music and about my instrument, and it’s just really engaging in every way.
We also dovetail well with the times, I think; I feel like we have something to say.”
That desire to communicate and connect is very much reflected in a new album that explores a variety of
subgenres, from the funky (“Trip”) to the unexpectedly punky (“Detonator”), with stops along the way for
raging country-rock (“Damaged One”), expansive storytelling in the Van Morrison/early Springsteen mode
(“Wipeout Turn”), a Jimi Hendrix cover (“Room Full of Mirrors”), and, in the title track, “New World Arisin’,”
a Charley Patton-inspired tune that ended up having what Mohr describes as “a heavy metal/gospel feel.”

He doesn’t feel these musical zigzags will give fans musical whiplash. “The fact is, most people, like
myself, listen to multiple genres of music, so I don’t think people have a problem with variety. I love it.”
But if there’s a dominant musical motif to New World Arisin’, it’s “straight-up rock-pop,” says Mohr. That
contemporary approach might come as a slight surprise to hardcore fans that saw the Monsters take a
seriously rootsy turn or two in the last 10 years. The band embarked on a side project, dubbed Big Head
Blues Club, that saw them paying homage to Robert Johnson and bringing in venerable guest
collaborators like Charlie Musselwhite and the late B.B. King. The heavy blues influence that dominated
their alter-ego band carried over some into the last actual Big Head Todd and the Monsters album, 2014’s
Black Beehive. That element isn’t altogether missing in New World Arisin’; you’ll certainly hear it recur in
“Long Coal Train.” But this time the blues take a definite back seat to the unapologetically mainstream
instincts that had Big Head Todd going platinum in the mid-’90s with the album Sister Sweetly, which
spawned the rock radio hits “Broken Hearted Savior,” “Bittersweet,” and “Circle.”
“Commercial success is still a goal for me and for our band,” Mohr says, “as far as the sense of
communicating to, or striking a chord with a large number of people. We feel like we have something to
say and something to offer the culture.” Plus, a true confession: “I’m interested in the pop song! And I
think ‘Damaged One,’ for one, is a classic pop song. Our label would have killed for that song, back then,”
in the wake of those mainstream radio hits that established the band. “They begged me to write it! So
there’s a lot of irony in our coming back to that.”
The history of the group actually stretches farther back from the 1987 point at which they took their name.
The core members came together at such an early age that it’s hard to know exactly how many candles
to put on their collective cake. “It’s murky,” Mohr says, “because I’ve been playing with Brian (Nevin, their
drummer) since junior high school, so the two of us go back to 1982. Brian and I played a talent show
with Rob (Squires, the bass player) in 1983, and then we continued to plug at it, at a kids’ pace,” he
laughs. They began playing original music in earnest in a nascent Colorado music scene that then
consisted almost entirely of cover bands. A debut album, Another Mayberry, arrived in 1989, though it
would be another four years before Sister Sweetly made them a national phenomenon. The only
personnel change in these three decades has been the addition of a fourth member, putative “new guy”
Jeremy Lawton, in 2004.
While they enjoy a robust fan base around the country, their success is outsized in Colorado, where
they’re practically the unofficial state band. That’s evident in their ability to sell out Red Rocks, the most
revered amphitheater in the nation, where they’ve headlined 19 times. It also comes into play when the
band gets asked to be a part of commemorative moments: Mohr recently sang the national anthem at a
Rockies game, and the entire band took part in the parade through Denver after the Broncos took the
Super Bowl.
Their honors extend beyond their home state and even home country… into space. In 2005, they
released the single “Blue Sky,” a tribute to the space program, written at the behest of crew members
taking to the heavens aboard the space shuttle Discovery; it was performed years later as a live wake-up
call to the astronauts on the shuttle. The song had enough appeal back on earth, too, that it was picked
up by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 and used to introduce her keynote speech to the Democratic
That campaign usage didn’t come about as a result of any desire on Mohr’s part to take the band in a
political direction. He’s not so interested in getting Big Head Todd and the Monsters caught up in that
particular fray as looking at the smaller and bigger pictures, wanting to keep the material topical in some
far deeper fashion.
“Our audience is America, and I’m guessing it breaks down to the same percentages the country itself
has,” he says. “We’ve never gotten in the business of polarizing people politically. But at the same time,
as artists, it’s our job to observe and to hopefully find some insight. I’ve always been interested in the
human condition more than politics. Politics are a part of it, but I always look at conflict as personal before
it’s political. And I would consider conflict my dominant lyrical theme now— how people are trapped in it,

and how conflict relates to intimacy and pleasure.” A Big Head Todd show, in any case, is a place where
those conflicts might resolve, or dissolve. “In talking about our apolitical-ness, I think unity is an important
thing,” Mohr says. “Being a human being, you have a lot in common with other human beings, and why
not maximize those things? Music has an incredible capacity to convey other cultures and times, and to
create a lot of empathy and togetherness. There’s harmony in it, and it implies oneness — the root.”
There’s an economy to the songs on the new album, most of which clock in around four minutes, and
sometimes even closer to three. You’d think this would make Big Head Todd and the Monsters the
farthest thing from a jam band. Yet they have a fervent following among that subset of rock fans, lack of
noodling notwithstanding. Maybe it’s because of the changing nature of their set lists, since the Monsters
are known to take requests, both in person and online.
“Our focus has always been on serving the song,” Mohr says. “We haven’t historically been that jammy.
Which isn’t to say that we don’t have an occasional six-minute number -- we do. But having said that, I
have a great respect for that audience, which I think is just a music-loving audience. You know, one year I
got invited to the Jammies at Carnegie Hall, and I got in a discussion with somebody: ‘Well, how do you
define a jam band?’ And he told me, ‘A jam band doesn’t repeat a song for three shows in a row.’ That
was the only way that he would define it. I could almost follow that rule, except there are probably four
songs I have to play every night. So I guess those four songs are what’s keeping us from ever being a
jam band,” he laughs.
What’s clear is that Big Head Todd is one multi-headed rock monster, easily traversing the most
accessible hooks and the heaviest grooves. It’s not surprising that they would appeal to any audience or
sub-audience that values durability over flavors of the moment. But Mohr has to laugh when he thinks
about how little the possibility of long-term perseverance was on the members’ minds 30 years ago.
“When you form, I think your goal is to make it through the party on Saturday night,” he points out. “In art,
longevity isn’t the goal. It’s a happy accident if it happens, and I think ours was one of those convenient
accidents that led to a happy marriage. But we happen to get along really well and love being with each
other and playing music for a living.” Simple as it may sound, that’s a profound recipe for endurance in
both the old world and the new.


Toad the Wet Sprocket Bio


Celebrating 30 years as a band, Toad the Wet Sprocket is still making music and touring with the same spirit of unwavering independence that started it all over three decades ago. 2019 marks two important milestones for Toad. One is the 25th Anniversary of their Platinum album Dulcinea, originally released in 1994, which featured the hits “Fall Down” and “Somethings Always Wrong”. The second is the 30th Anniversary of the band’s very first album Bread & Circus, which was re-released commercially in 1989.

The band is thankful for the continued help and enthusiastic support of their fans, which helped spur the release of All You Want and also serves as inspiration for the band to tour and play live. They also continue to support their most recent releases, New Constellation (2013) and The Architect of Ruin EP (2015). Toad the Wet Sprocket share in the kind of musical chemistry that can only come from meeting in high school and writing, recording and touring on albums over the course time. After Bread & Circus, they followed with Pale in 1990, fear in ’91, Dulcinea in 1994, and Coil in 1997, as well as some compilations along the way. While most will still feel the comforting familiarity of the Billboard-charting hits, “Walk on the Ocean”, “All I Want”, “Something’s Always Wrong”, and “Fall Down”, fans will also be well familiar with tracks with lyrics that resonate for so many life milestones like “The Moment”, “I Will Not Take These Things for Granted” and so many more.