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Colorado Arts and Events MusicMusic has been an integral part of Colorado’s culture for the past century. Many venues exist, sprinkled throughout the state, and Colorado music festivals can be found in numerous towns and cities

Countless popular acts were formed in Colorado including John Denver, the Fray, Pretty Lights, Yonder Mountain String Band, OneRepublic, String Cheese Incident, the Lumineers, and more. Along with being a focal point for popular music, Colorado has a vast array of less mainstream music, as well. The National Repertory Orchestra stations themselves in Breckenridge for the entirety of the summer. 

Arguably the most popular concert venue in the United States is the Red Rocks Amphitheatre located in Morrison, CO. A natural venue, located in the red rock formation of Morrison, 15 minutes west of Denver, Red Rock Amphitheatre has been holding public events since 1906!  Legendary acts Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead named Red Rocks Amphitheater as one of their tops venue to hold a performance. Holding just under 10,000 concert-goers, Red Rocks has hosted such heralded acts as the Beatles, Sonny & Cher, Willie Nelson, Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac, and U2. Hundreds of concerts are held from April - September each year, most selling out rapidly.

Other venues in the Denver area include the Pepsi Center, where the Denver Nuggets also play, the Ogden Theater, the Fillmore Theater, the Bluebird Theater, and many other smaller venues. On any given evening, the city awakens with multiple shows.

The town of Boulder is well-versed in Colorado music as well with medium-sized concert venues such as the Fox theater and the Boulder Theater. The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is a nationally renowned orchestra based in Boulder.

Venturing west into the mountains doesn’t take one outside the music scene; on the contrary, ski resorts have many options for live music. The Belly-Up in Aspen has seen such acts as the Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Vail hosts a series springtime concerts every March and April as well. Last year’s performances included Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and Thievery Corporation, all for free!

A concert is a definite must-do if you have a free evening while visiting Colorado.