A music venue can make or break your concert experience. If there’s little ventilation you might find yourself gasping for air, only to find hot breath from everyone around you. If it’s outdoors, you might find yourself ducking for cover when the rain inevitably starts to fall. If it’s uncovered, you might find yourself bathing in sunscreen to protect yourself from the UV rays. On the other hand, the right venue can turn a great performance into a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The acoustics might be just right, allowing you to hear your favorite artists play the way you’ve always intended.
For those reasons, it’s important to never overlook the significance that music venues can have on a concert. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a short list of the United States’ most breathtaking concert venues -- the places where you’ve gotta go before you die.
Nestled in the magnificent red rock structures just ten miles west of Denver, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre leaves concert goers speechless. The Denver Mountains provide a sublime backdrop for whatever it is you’ve gone to hear and see. Aside from that, the history embedded into the space is undeniable. Artists like U2, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix have all blessed the stage at Red Rocks. Pairing natural beauty with cultural significance, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a venue to experience before you die
Los Angeles is the playground for the stars, the rich and the famous. It’s also home to some of the most iconic music venues in the world. The Hollywood Bowl is one such place. With the Hollywood sign just a few miles away, this venue is carved into the Hollywood hills and is shaped like -- you guessed it -- a bowl. With decades worth of acts from any and every genre, the Hollywood Bowl carries an aura with it. You can rest assured that any night at the Hollywood Bowl can be a truly special one and for that reason it makes the list of places to watch a concert before you die.
Like Red Rocks, the Gorge Amphitheatre combines awe-inspiring natural beauty with great acoustics and tremendous performers. Situated next to the Columbia River in George, Washington, the Gorge Amphitheatre has played host to its fair share of music festivals, namely the Sasquatch Music Festival. With world famous sight lines and the Pacific Northwest’s crisp, clean air, the Gorge has become a favorite among both performing acts and concertgoers who appreciate the incredible scenery that Washington has to offer. Check their schedule for an artist you’re looking to see and you can turn a concert into a cleansing return to nature.
To switch gears up a bit, Club Space makes the list because of the details that make it one of the nation’s most unique music venues. Situated in Miami’s storied 24 hour district, where venues stay open and serve alcohol all day and night, Club Space is an experience you’re not likely to forget. Its open-air roof means you’ll be able to stare up at the sky and see just how late (or early) it is as you listen to thumping bass.