Venue Spotlight: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Words By J-man
Photos By Carly Marthis

Start up a conversation with almost any music fan regarding the best venues in the country and inevitably Red Rocks will be mentioned. Located in Morrison, Colorado, Red Rocks seats near 10,000 people in a natural open-air environment. Designed by Denver architect Burnham Hoyt in 1928, the amphitheater boasts near perfect acoustics. The first performance at Red Rocks was held on May 31st, 1906, but was likely utilized by the Ute tribe prior.

The current incarnation of the venue was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and dedicated on June 15th 1941 and has held regular concert seasons since 1947. The earliest notable rock performance came on August 26th, 1964 when the Beatles graced the stage.

As the years passed the venue became a favorite on the jamband scene hosting legendary shows from the Grateful Dead, Phish and many others, with Widespread Panic holds the title for most performances at Red Rocks. Additionally a handful of bands have been banned and music has been limited to specific acts on several occasions based on rowdy behavior and antics. There is no doubt that the venue brings out excitement and craziness in musicians and concert-goers. As well it's been the setting for several concert DVDs and albums.

Red Rocks is no doubt a mecca for live music. If you haven't experienced it's physical and musical power, you should make the pilgrimage to a live music mecca.


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