Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Attending a concert at this venue in the foothills near Morrison is a Colorado tradition. It doesn't hurt that all of the big acts want to play here, where the scenery and acoustics take your breath away. The amphitheatre has two 300-foot monoliths named Ship Rock and Creation Rock, and the night stars shine brighter than the city lights of Denver.
Stargazers Theatre and Event Center
10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com
Inside the dome-shaped building east of downtown Colorado Springs, great acoustics and comfortable seating await. The venue hosts bands of varied musical genres, including Great Big Sea, Junior Brown, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Haunted Windchimes, Gregory Alan Isakov, Asleep at the Wheel and Chuck Pyle.
Pikes Peak Center
190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com
Not only do national acts such as Bill Cosby, John Prine and Jackson Browne pop in throughout the year, but the Colorado Springs Philharmonic regularly performs. Studio Bee, an intimate side theater, also holds regular shows, including the Showcase at Studio Bee series. Josh Turner, Arlo Guthrie, Ben Taylor and Diana Krall will perform this year.
2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030, bouldertheater.com
The Boulder Theater opened in 1906 as the Curran Opera House, and then into a movie theater. Not only does the renovated venue in downtown Boulder offers all sorts of musical options, but it hosts several film festivals and a variety of community events, like E-town's live radio show tapings. Musical acts coming soon include Yo La Tengo, Lamb of God, MC Yogi with DJ Drez, Dan Fogelberg! and Weird Al Yankovic.
3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, 303-788-0984, gothictheatre.com
Originally a movie theater in the 1920s, it was saved from destruction in 1998 and remodeled into the art deco venue it is today. It's comfortable, clean and intimate enough that you can see your favorite musicians up close. All genres of music are performed here in Englewood. Upcoming shows include The Psychedelic Furs and Flobots.
13714 Poudre Canyon Hwy, Livermore, 970-482-4420, themishawaka.com
The music competes with the gorgeous outdoor scenery. Located in the Poudre Canyon just outside Fort Collins, the outdoor amphitheatre is open late May through late September. This summer's lineup includes Justin Townes Earle, Dark Star Orchestra, Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, and John Hiatt.