Red Rocks Park and Ampitheatre / Morrison, Colorado
Before actually entering the famed concert venue, we took a leisurely 1.5 mile hike around the grounds. Located at the intersection of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, it has a unique mix of flora and fauna. The vegetation is a mixture of grasses, wildflowers, scrubby bushes and a few larger trees. There are also a fair amount of yucca and prickly pear tucked amongst the grasses.
words of the late, great outdoorsman John Muir: “the mountains are calling, and
I must go.” In this case, to Colorado. But beautiful landscapes and hikes
aside, the state’s rich musical roots on their own are enough incentive to
visit. Something about the West forces art out of people – their “creative
side,” or “free spirit,” takes over, and the rest of the country is left to
watch legends like John Denver or Earth, Wind & Fire go down in history.
For those looking for a condensed
crash course in Colorado’s varied music festivals, performers, and even just
notable concerts, stop by the Colorado Music Hall of Fame at The Red Rocks Park
and Amphitheatre. Exhibits are not limited only to local artists, as any
individual who has “made outstanding contributions” to the state may be
included in the various displays. Just a few of the exhibits out now include
“John Denver at Red Rocks Amphitheatre,” “Harry Tuft at the Denver Folklore
Center,” and “Rocking the ‘60s.” Right now, the Hall of Fame is within the Red
Rocks Trading Post, but an initiative has been made and approved to build a
separate, permanent institute for the various displays. With the passion that
the museum’s operating staff shows for their cause, the Hall is more than
deserving of its own home.
The Colorado Hall
of Fame and The Red Rocks Amphitheatre during a nighttime performance. (Photos courtesy of The Red
Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.)
you’re looking for a more urban field trip, make your way to Southern
Hospitality, Denver’s “soul food” barbecue and bar. A franchise of Justin
Timberlake’s successful Manhattan restaurant, the Denver branch was established
and operated by the family of OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. The restaurant also
features live music, showcasing local artists in a small, usually acoustic
performance setting. With Tedder involved with the franchise’s operations,
maybe you’ll catch an appearance or performance by the Grammy-award winner.