An amazing venue can make an average band sound great. Even better, A+ music venues can make an incredible band sound out of this world. Let’s take a look at some of our bucket list music venues.
Listening to music at home — on some great speakers or in your headphones — is all well and good, but it doesn’t get any better than hearing one of your favorite bands live. Toss in a killer venue, and you’ve got the recipe for a totally unforgettable night. Here’s a look at some of our dream venues and a few shows we wish we could’ve seen.
The Greek Theater — Berkeley, California
Located smack dab in the middle of the University of California’s Berkeley campus, the Hearst Greek Theater is a sight to behold. An open-air amphitheater, the Greek, as most know it, opened to the public in 1903. In the years since, the theater has played host to presidents, the Dalai Lama, and a list of bands a mile long. A concert under the stars at the Greek should definitely be on your bucket list.
Red Rocks Amphitheater — Red Rocks, Colorado
A proverbial stone’s throw from downtown Denver, Red Rocks is one of the most well-known music venues in the world. The natural red rock scenery is absolutely gorgeous and gives the amphitheater incredible acoustics. Since originally opening in 1906, Red Rocks has become a permanent stop on virtually any tour. The Beatles even played there on their 1964 U.S. tour. Red Rocks should definitely be a stop on your next trip to the Mile High City.
The Metro — Chicago, Illinois
The Metro is a Chicago landmark. Opened in 1982, the venue has hosted some of the world’s most incredible bands over the last 30 or so years. The Metro has built an incredible reputation for the best sound of any venue around. Even on Youtube, concerts at the Metro sound amazing.
The Ryman Auditorium — Nashville, Tennessee
The Ryman Auditorium originally opened as the Union Gospel Tabernacle all the back in 1892. In the center of Music City, the Ryman has seen generations of talented artists come and go. The venue’s astonishing acoustics have made some for spectacular performances throughout the ages. If you get a chance, don’t pass up a show at the Ryman.
The 9:30 Club — Washington, D.C.
We are huge fans of NPR’s All Songs Considered, and there’s a reason why the 9:30 Club is where the radio show records live performances of their favorite acts. The venue has everything you could want: great sound, amazing bands, and plenty of history. Seemingly everyone in D.C. has a favorite memory of a show at the 9:30, so why shouldn’t you?
Do you have a favorite venue we should check out? Let us know! We'd love to write more music venues lists.