I know a thing or two about stages. As many of you know I spent many years hanging around theaters as a crew member, a lighting designer, and mostly as a stage manager. I then spent five years working in a truly beautiful 1920′s vaudeville-style theater (check it out) that inspired me every day I went to work. I really didn’t think I could beat seeing a show in that space – until I (finally) went to my first concert at Red Rocks.
The normal outdoor concert experience is usually a festival, full of tons of people squished into a lawn with a pretty crappy view of the stage. If you have ever felt in awe of nature, which I hope you have, watching a concert at Red Rocks is a religious experience. The stage is at the base of a rather steep incline of seats, which are right in the middle of two enormous sets of…you guessed it…red rocks. Last month I was lucky enough to go with a bunch of friends to see the Avett Brothers…as the music played and we danced and the sinking sun set the rock aglow, I decided I was pretty damn lucky to have a concert venue like this so close to me. Even if it is quite a climb from the parking lot…it’s totally worth it.