The Fillmore is a vibe and always much bigger than I remember. In fact, it held the title of largest indoor venue in the state until 2019. It started out as a roller rink in 1907 — it still occasionally hosts local roller derby bouts — and now hosts acts from all over the world, ranging from hip-hop to metal. The surge inu token thing I like most about Mission Ballroom is its attention to locals. All the murals within the building were painted by local artists, and the food and drink options are made here in the state as well. Oh, and the state-of-the-art sound and expanding stage and giant disco ball are kinda cool, too, I guess.
Find out what’s in store for the week by checking their calendar on their website. Photo by Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre FacebookLocated in nearby Greenwood Village, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre is an outdoor venue that offers a unique atmosphere. Built on grassy rolling hills, attendees will enjoy mountain views and large living green sculptures that surround the stage and seating areas. Options include general admission on the lawn or reserved seats upfront. To find a fun band to see, you can check out a venue’s website for upcoming shows, your favorite bands’ tour schedules, or pick up a local Westword, a free newspaper/magazine available at shops all around town.
It also brought the legendary psychedelic poster artists of the era who did posters for many of the shows. It introduced one of the eras first liquid light shows -a precursor to the modern light show- and helped launch the career of Denver’s Lothar and the Hand People, who went on to pioneer electronic music. The influence of The Family Dog Denver on Denver music and culture was detailed for the first time in the 2021 documentary, The Tale of the Dog. Photo by Summit Music Hall FacebookAs a smaller-scale music venue in Denver’s LoDo neighborhood, Summit Music Hall hosts a nice collection of metal and punk rock with recent additions in a variety of other music genres. With two different stage configurations, the venue hosts smaller crowds in the intimate Moon Room and just over 1,000 people on the main stage.
No wonder the place is filled with live music every night! Live jazz nights are a regular on the music calendar– just check it out to be sure you visit Herb’s on the right night. If you miss one of their jazz sessions, you’re still guaranteed to enjoy good music and great cocktails.
Red Rocks has hosted legends like The Beatles and Stevie Nicks, and still hosts local bands each year. This Ruby Hill nonprofit offers 50 free outdoor concerts a year and is committed to accessible cultural experiences. With an expansive lawn and open seating, Levitt serves 375,000 potential patrons annually, and claims to pay local artists 40 percent more than other venues on the Front Range. To get the full experience, bring your own blankets, lawn chairs, and soft-sided coolers with the family, and be sure to RSVP online to guarantee entry. The 2023 schedule will be announced as early as the end of February, and the concert season begins in early May. 1380 W Florida Ave.
While the pages-deep drink menu is fun to explore, don’t skip the almost equally good food menu. From the team behind Queens Eleven and Blue Sparrow, this bar on Platte Street opened in late February 2020, right before you-know-what shut it right back down. But despite less than ideal timing, it’s just the lush escape we need right now. It’s safe to say that pretty much everyone could use a tropical getaway right about now.
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. The venue offers a lot of room for patrons to stand or sit and enjoy the show much like an Ogden Theatre counterpart.
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The massive space holds enough room for several dance floors, mechanical bulls, a few bars, and of course a stage. The venue brings in country music stars like Black Shelton and Jason Alden along with local talent. Photo by The Soiled Dove Underground FacebookMore of a cabaret-style scene, The Soiled Dove Underground is a music venue that hosts a variety of genres including jazz, rock, and folk singers. With room to dance and enjoy a few drinks, it is always a guaranteed good time at this eclectic venue. Photo by The Ogden Theatre FacebookFound in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood is a favorite amongst Denverite concert-goers, the Ogden Theatre. No matter if you are into rock or bluegrass, the Ogden hosts a variety of music genres that appeal to almost everyone’s musical tastes.