To me, I think the venue plays a huge role for the concert itself. Sure it’s all about the musician as well. But if you are in a crappy venue, then the concert won’t be as amazing as it possibly can be.

Location: Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado


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.


In the 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.)

If 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.

(Photos courtesy of Colorado Visions.)

Catch y’all next week on the next leg.

-Leigh Channell