Here are some of the most popular music venues in the Greater Denver Area:
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater
Part of Denver's Theatres & Arenas Division, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a naturally formed, world-famous outdoor venue just fifteen miles west of Denver. Red Rocks is recognized for its star-studded concert roster, natural acoustics and ambience, as well as its awe-inspiring hiking and biking trails. The Visitor Center features interactive educational displays, a short film on its geologic and musical history, a Performer's Hall of Fame and delicious food at Ship Rock Grille. Daily Tours: 10:00 am (June 1-Oct 1) or by appointment (303-697-6047) $6.00 per person.
Opened in 1999 with a Celine Dion concert, this music venue is located in the heart of Lower Downtown (LoDo) Denver. During the winter season, the Pepsi Center is used mostly for sporting events (NBA's Denver Nuggets and NHL's Colorado Avalanche), but during the spring, summer and fall, expect to find some of the biggest names in music gracing the stage. Just a few minutes' walk from downtown Denver, you can expect to enjoy good concession food, drinks aplenty or even a meal at one of three restaurants located inside the venue.
Denver is known for hosting outdoor music venues featuring amazing acts. Besides Red Rocks Amphitheatre, of course, we also have a few other outside spaces that host some of the biggest acts in music today. Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, situated just south of Denver in Greenwood Village, was commissioned by the Museum of Outdoor Arts in the 1980s and was built as a large-scale earth sculpture with rolling grassy slopes and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. Grab a cold beer and a blanket, take a seat on the giant lawn or buy a reserved seat, and watch the sunset as you listen to your favorite band belt out a beautiful tune.
1st Bank Center
Located just a short drive up Highway 36 in Broomfield, the 1st Bank Center is the premier mid-sized event venue near Denver, which holds up to 6,500 people. Opened in 2010, this venue hosts musical acts of every genre, from electronic to country to rock ‘n' roll. Make sure you double-check the fine print when buying your tickets. Floor tickets are standing room only in front of the stage while bowl tickets are seated tickets surrounding the standing floor and facing the stage.
The Fillmore Auditorium
Located one block down from the Ogden Theatre, the lush Fillmore Auditorium is one of the bigger music venues in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and has grown to become one of the prominent music venues in the city. When you walk into the venue, be prepared to be in awe of the stunning chandeliers that hang from the ceiling. With a giant main floor surrounded by an upper level facing the stage, this is another general admission venue, offering lots of room to dance and enjoy a show that can hold up to 3,700 concertgoers. Grab your favorite cocktail from one of the bars and enjoy the stunning atmosphere of this incredible venue.
The Capitol Hill neighborhood is known for good coffee shops, a plethora of fine restaurants to make any foodie swoon, and awesome music venues. The Ogden Theatre is one such venue hosting anywhere from two to five shows per week. Located on East Colfax Avenue, the longest continuous street in the United States, this venue is general admission only, so make sure to get there early to find the perfect floor space. One night you'll find a crowd of hipsters enjoying PBR's and listening to indie music, and the next night you'll see a younger crowd adorned in glow sticks and furry boots jamming out to electronic music. The Ogden is a theater for all ages and genres, so make sure to check out the event calendar to find some great shows.
The Bluebird Theater
Built back in 1913, the Bluebird Theater was originally a movie house before being redone in 1994 and reopened as the music mecca that we know today. Located on East Colfax and fronted by a not-to-be-missed neon marquee, this venue is laid out in tiers with a balcony that can hold a few hundred people overlooking the entire space, so there truly are no bad views. With a diverse lineup of artists throughout the year, you're sure to find a show to tickle your music fancy. Grab a bite to eat before the show at some of the great restaurants right around the venue and then have your choice of cocktails at the theater.
The Gothic Theatre
The Gothic Theatre began like the Bluebird Theater as a movie theater that was the first to show "talkies" in Denver in the 1920s. In 1998, the theater was renovated from top to bottom while keeping the historic interior intact. When it reopened its doors a year later, the Gothic made its mark once again now as a renowned music venue. Located in Englewood (just take Broadway south from downtown), this theater has a tiered downstairs balcony and a tiered upstairs balcony, offering a lot of room for patrons to stand or sit and enjoy the show. Like many other venues of this size, the Gothic covers a wide variety of music from indie to electronic, from rock to folk, and much, much more.