Denver has a thriving music scene with something to offer every musical taste. Check out some of the best concert venues in Denver and consider catching a show the next time you’re in town.
The historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Denver, built in 1933, is located just a block off the 16th Street Mall. You’ll enjoy a wide array of music shows, as well as comedy and other productions. The space itself is a beautiful art deco space that holds a place on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The Fillmore Auditorium, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, brings in some of the biggest name musical acts in the country. Past artists have included Marilyn Manson, Joss Stone and James Blunt. The Fillmore Denver, as it’s sometimes referred, also has a unique liqueur license that allows minors and consumers over 21 to stand together for shows.
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Also located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the Ogden Theatre, originally built in 1919, was a movie theater until the 1993, when it re-opened as a concert venue. The Ogden Theatre now hosts roughly 150 concerts per year hosted by AEG Live. The building is also registered as a Denver landmark and a National Historic landmark.
The Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom is Denver’s premiere venue for indie music. Cervantes has two rooms, the main ballroom and The Other Side, which offer live music performances, sometimes at the same time. Concertgoers can move between the two spaces to check out live music in both areas. Most shows are for ages 16 and up; there’s also a restaurant on site, Pass the Peas, that features locally sourced and organic offerings.
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DazzleJazz, Denver’s top jazz club, is a great venue featuring some of the world’s best jazz musicians on a nightly basis. Concertgoers can enjoy performances on both the main stage and gallery stage. Dazzle also features a full-scale restaurant with great food and cocktails, and you can even enjoy jazz brunch on Sundays.
The Bluebird Theater has been a significant part of the Denver community since 1922. AEG Live now brings in a wide array of wonderful musical acts. The theater is set up in tiered layers with a balcony. The venue’s over 250 shows a year are a mix of popular artists as well as up-and-coming and local acts.
The Soiled Dove Underground, in the Lowry Town Center, is a cabaret-style venue space that hosts an array of rock, jazz and folk artists. All shows are for ages 21 an up; there’s always room for dancing, along with some great cocktails. The crescent-shaped seating arrangement ensures everyone has a great view, never more than 45 feet from the stage.
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Red Rocks Amphitheater
Denver’s most famous concert venue is Red Rocks Amphitheater, an incredible open-air amphitheater naturally formed by the red rock geological formations of the area. Red Rocks has a long history of hosting the biggest names in music, and you can even visit the Colorado Music Hall of Fame to learn about the venue’s legendary history.