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Fans cheer for Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires as they perform Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, during Bristol's Freewheelin Music Fest at Ivywild School. The festival continues Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The Pikes Peak region is known for its endless outdoor adventure options but the music scene is pretty lively too. Here’s a list of 8 music venues in the Pikes Peak region. 

If you want…rowdy crowds

Sunshine Studios Live (3970 Clearview Frontage Rd., 719-392-8921, “Party where the rockstars do.” Artists often record their live versions here due to state of the art sound equipment. Musicians regularly interact with the crowd for a rowdy experience. Concerts are typically Wednesday through Sunday nights.

The Black Sheep (2106 E Platte Ave., 719-227-7625, Ever been to an intimate, yet heady rock show? That’s what makes this venue near downtown so iconic. A 450-person capacity venue with shows throughout the week and concerts that range from reggae to rap to metal, make this venue a local favorite. 

Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers (13071 Bass Pro Dr., 719-401-0600 This live venue, 15 minutes north of downtown, is one of Colorado Springs’ newest additions to the music scene. This venue accommodates up to 1,200 concertgoers who can enjoy BBQ, fire pits and happy hour on a patio before a show. Catch live music Friday through Sunday nights. 

Low key and local

Armadillo Ranch (962 Manitou Ave., 374-5580, You’ll likely catch an acoustic set from a local artist at this bar in Manitou Springs, which was once called The Ancient Mariner. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Lulu’s Downstairs (107 Manitou Ave., “It’s the kind of place where, several nights per week, touring and local bands are playing in the back room,” writes Gazette reporter Amanda Hancock. The“misfit” vibe this place has is unlike any other venue in the Pikes Peak region. You can hear live music typically on Fridays and Saturdays (times vary), but check it’s Facebook page for a calendar. 

A mix of everything

The Social (3506 N. Academy Blvd., 719-597-9884, A dynamic venue previously known as Rawkus, shows and events here cater to a diverse crowd. The Marshall Tucker Band and Tone Loc are regular performers along with other blues and jazz musicians. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday nights. 

Stargazers Theater (10 S. Parkside Dr., 719-476-2200, From the outside, this building looks more like a planetarium than a music venue. But under its unique dome, bands of all genres, including rock, country, Celtic bluegrass, take the stage. Shows are typically held Friday through Sunday nights. 

Ivywild (1604 S Cascade Ave., 719-368-6100, Catch up-and-coming bands and local artists at performances in the gym of a retired elementary school, which also houses a craft cocktail and coffee bar and a whiskey room. This charming space draws tourists, locals, and music fans of all ages. Concerts are typically Fridays and Saturdays. Movie nights are held Mondays. 



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