Unique Concert Venues in the United States
Live concerts are back, and some might say better than ever. No more zoom concerts, no more IG live, we are back to good old in-person live music, and let me tell you, I couldn’t be more excited!! 2020 stole so much from so many of us, lives, time with loved ones, jobs, trips, and live shows of any kind. I even began listening to concerts on YouTube to imagine what it was like to be in a big crowd, experiencing the same artist with so many other fans.
As concerts come back, I thought we should take a moment to look at a few unique concert venues around the country.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, Colorado
Nestled within 738 acres of Red Rocks Park is the one and only Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It is the only naturally occurring perfectly acoustic theatre in the world. Its construction began in 1936 and was completed in 1941. The funds to build the amphitheater came from the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). The idea was to get young men back into the workforce after the Great Depression and restore and preserve forests and grasslands. The theatre seating was graded specifically to ensure that every attendant would have a good view of the stage. And the capacity of attendants is 9525 people, who at the top level are 100 feet above the stage. The arena itself is located at 6450 feet above sea level, with a combined 2.5 miles of seating. Legendary musicians have performed at Red Rocks, not limited to but including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, U2, Stevie Nicks, and James Taylor. If you’re ever in Denver, please check out Red Rocks; even if there isn’t a concert, there are plenty of natural wonders to check out in this park where the Rocky Mountains meet the prairies, and you can still see dinosaur footprints cast into the legendary red rocks.
Photo by: Sara Travis-Colorado
The Caverns- Grundy County, Tennessee
When your friend invites you to see an “underground concert” at this venue, it’s not code that describes a band no one has heard of or an illegal show without permits. They are literally asking you to crawl into a cave to see live music. The underground stage can accommodate 850 guests in (thankfully) padded seats or 1200 people standing room. If going underground is too much for you, there is also an outdoor, above-ground amphitheater that overlooks Payne’s Cove. Outdoor concerts could still be heard here during the pandemic, with about 1000 people set up in separate pods. The Caverns are located driving distance from Nashville, TN, and the area is surrounded by all things imaginable to do in Tennessee. There are even nearby hotels that offer deals with lodging and transportation to the location. If there isn’t a show while you’re in town, you can take a day tour of this geological wonder and enjoy the ambiance and natural phenomenon it has to offer.
Image by: The Caverns (The Caverns)
The Gorge Amphitheatre (Washington, USA)
If ever in the Pacific Northwest and looking to catch a concert or entire music festival, this venue is worth a look. It has hosted festivals such as Vans Warped Tour, Lollapalooza, Lilith Fair, Ozzfest, and even Dave Matthews Band Caravan. Pearl Jam even released a boxed set of their live performances here, in 2005 and 2006 called Live at the Gorge. It offers majestic views of the surrounding area, the Columbia River, and the foothills of the Cascade mountains, all the while accommodating up to 27 500 people!
If you’re having so much fun you don’t want to leave, you can even camp out at this fantastic place. All you have to do is purchase a “camping ticket” to go with your concert tickets. The campground can accommodate tents and smaller RVs. There are even hot showers, restrooms, and a convenience store on the grounds for campers.
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If you are ready to get back to the music and visit one of these natural wonders, I would love to book an excursion like this for you. Safe travels, my friends!
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