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Rockin’ the Front Range

Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

A passionate ear must find a place near and dear. With the warm weather coming into season, concert venues are stacking up their spring and summer concert dates with local artists and headliners from around the world. Whether you prefer outdoor or indoor seatings, you just may find yourself searching up the next concert in town. Colorado is home to some of the most unique concert venues in the world.

Seventh Avenue Circle Music Collective

Seventh Avenue Circle Music Collective is one of a kind. A volunteer-run DIY venue, it provides a sense of comfort to the local artist. Located behind an old laundromat, the garage-like building provides a place for local, up-and-coming bands to release their talent.

“My favorite venue is Seventh Circle Music Collective in Denver, as it is entirely community-operated and promotes positive interaction between people due to the compassionate guidance of the owner, Aaron Saye,” said Jake Quinter, a sophomore English major. “It is a small garage venue that always feels like home because most everyone at any show there cares about each other no matter how large the audience.

Red Rocks Amphitheater

Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison is one of the most well-known venues. While locals enjoy attending yoga sessions, hiking and attending concerts, tourists from around the world rank Red Rocks as one of their most desired places to visit. A concert at Red Rocks is a night you won’t forget. Overlooking the Denver skyline, watching the sunset while listening to your favorite band is the chance of a lifetime.

“It’s really cool and unique,” said Quinn Nishida, a junior journalism major. “It’s a nature-made venue and it’s one of a kind. People from all around the country wish to come to Colorado just to see a concert there.”

Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater

Another outdoor theater in Englewood is quite the scene. Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater entertains people in the warm seasons with its usual great lineup of big stars. This year, several big-name country artists, along with a mixture of rock and rap artists, will draw huge crowds to the area.

“There’s something to be said about a Colorado summer,” said Alexis Svenson, a sophomore business major. “The hot days lead to warm summer nights and concert season is in full swing. Fiddler’s Green is the perfect concert location for those lazy days spent with friends, listening to great music and enjoying the beautiful Colorado weather.”

Nishida is one of the many people who like the atmosphere of an amphitheater.

“It’s different because there’s a grass section in the back that people can lay down and relax, so it’s pretty nice,” Nishida said.

Marquis Theater

The Marquis Theater is not as known in presence, but is held dear to the concert-goer’s heart. It lies on Larimer Street in the LoDo section of Denver’s downtown area.

“The shows I normally go to are in smaller venues,” said Emily Vavra, a junior fish, wildlife and conservation biology major. “It’s pretty small, so no matter where you’re standing, you have a great view of the band.”

Also home to some great pizza, the Marquis is filled with great vibes. With it being only one block from Coors Field, people can go to the game then grab some pizza and hit up a late night concert. What a good evening!

“For bigger shows, the Marquis in Denver is perfect — excellent sound system and techs, almost no separation between audience and bands, friendly staff and excellent lineups,” Quinter said.

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