merica is the place to be if you are a concert goer. Across the country, outdoor amphitheaters and grand indoor spaces are available for all to explore and enjoy. We have narrowed it down to the top 5 must-see venues across the country for you. You still have time during summer to visit one or two if you gotta get out of town before it is over.
1. Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO (of course)
Their marketing line is “there is no better place to see the stars”- and they are right! The breathtaking views of the mountains are worth checking out, even if there isn’t a concert you want to see. Red Rocks offers a variety of recreation options from guided tours, hiking, biking, shopping, dining and of course- the popular summer concert series. They even have an on-site museum with dinosaur fossils and other ancient artifacts, as well as mementos from their monumental concerts over the years. If you can grab a backstage pass, you can leave your mark in the “hidden tunnel” underneath the venue, which has been signed by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to The Beatles to Phish.
[Red Rocks Website]
The Aragon Ballroom is one of Chicago’s premier and must-see live entertainment venues. Built in 1926, and at a cost of $2 million, it was one of the most elaborate venues of its time. Indeed, soon after its opening, the Aragon Ballroom was called ‘the most beautiful ballroom in the world.’ Crystal chandeliers, mosaic tiles, beautiful arches, extravagant balconies and terra-cotta ceilings combine to create a truly remarkable concert experience.
[Aragon Ballroom Facebook]
This iconic venue, with the spectacular design inspired by the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House, is the largest venue in Brooklyn. With over 3,000 seats available It holds a spot on the NYC National Register of Historic Places and a spot in our hearts as one of our top 5. The King’s Theatre was originally ordained a movie and live performance theater of epic proportion during it’s opening in 1929 and has since been restored. Check out their schedule if you are ever in the area.
The Charleston Music Hall is one of the oldest buildings on the block. Known historically as The Tower Depot, the Charleston Music Hall was built 1849-50 as a passenger station of the South Carolina Railroad and was designed by Charleston architect Edward C. Jones. The Gothic Revival Style building originally had a three story tower which projected into John Street and a main entrance large enough to admit a train. The Tower Depot was one of several buildings – passenger and freight depots, warehouses, locomotive and car manufacturing repair shops, and other facilities – constructed in the mid-nineteenth century by the South Carolina Railroad along its right of way, from Line St. to Hutson St. and between King St. and Meeting St.
[description and photo from Charleston Music Hall site]
Over 70,000 people visit the venue annually, many of them as a result of seeing The Bluebird on television or reading about the club in publications such as Southwest Spirit, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times or hearing it mentioned by the artists such as Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, Kathy Mattea, Trisha Yearwood, Kim Richey, Dierks Bentley, Faith Hill and Vince Gill, all of whom have had career moments over the past 31 years at the tiny, legendary club. We have also seen in mentioned a time or two on ABC’s hit show Nashville.
[ info from Bluebird Cafe site and photo from Washington Post]