As the summer solstice draws nearer, so does the opportunity to catch live music in the heart of Mother Nature herself. So get out your face paint, fill your backpack with a bag of wine, and prep your bare feet for dancin’. Ladies and gents, I present to you the top three outdoor venues worth the drive this summer.
#1: The Gorge, WA
This absolutely breath-taking venue will blow your mind! Inhabiting what seems to be the middle of nowhere Washington, it is as if the music gods bestowed upon man a place to completely immerse oneself in the experience.
Festival Advice: Once you enter the venue from the campground, you can’t re-enter. Pack a backpack with at least three beers and a warm thing (hoodie, sweater, more beers…)
Show not to be missed: Sasquatch Music Festival
#2: Red Rocks, CO
If you haven’t been to Red Rocks, get yourself there! This acoustical dream of a venue will leave a beautiful energy in you for days. Hike the hill for a free show or buy a ticket and let the sound fill you, body and soul.
Concert Advice: If it looks like rain, don’t let it get you down. Lightning intermingling with the city lights of Denver is unreal! If you don’t want to spend eight bucks for a beer, chug them in the parking lot. Get a designated driver, no camping here…
Shows not to be missed: String Cheese Incident, Blues Traveler on the 4th of July, STS9, Umphrey’s McGee and Railroad Earth, Neil Young, Jack White
#3: The Greek Theatre, CA
Located right on the UC Berkley campus, this venue is one of those places that is uniquely special to both the artist and the audience. Being in the heart of a city and still being able to provide a bumpin’ outdoor venue is what makes this theater wonderful.
Concert Advice: Find the best seat possible for dancing.
Shows not to be missed: String Cheese Incident, My Morning Jacket