Can’t Miss Venues


I’m having so much FOMO missing some of the greatest venues there are out there. And since we can’t actually go to a concert, let’s just go ahead and reminisce and experience them virtually together, okay?! I am here to tell you that these may be some of the first places you may want to check out a concert after quarantine is over….but that’s just my opinion.

I would have to say this is *hopefully* on everyone’s bucket list, but the first has got to be:

Red Rocks Amphitheater

Morrison, CO

If this venue isn’t on your bucket list, let me please be the first to tell you that IT SHOULD BE. I can’t even begin to explain to you how spectacular it is. A stage that sits at the bottom of rows and rows and rows of people there to see a fantastic show. The venue sits in between two giant red rocks (oh, SHOCKING) just 30 minutes outside of Denver, Colorado. If you go to visit during non-concert season, you can have the opportunity to stand on the stage yourself to see what the view of the crowd would look like if you were an artist playing that stage. I mean, just looking out & imaging the crowd those people get to play to, it’s pretty surreal.

The Pageant

St Louis, MO

This one makes my list because if you’ve ever waited at a venue for front row – it can be MADNESS once the doors open. There’s no order, just people crowding the doors & anyone and everyone scanning tickets. People telling you not to run to the front when that’s all you want to do so you can secure your spot. I have only been to this venue once and that was probably 5 years ago & I still think about it. This venue has a rule/policy where the first 100 people that are in line at the venue get wristbands with a number from 1-100 depending when you got the venue. Then shortly before the doors open you can leave for an hour & come back to the exact same spot you were in when you arrived earlier that day/night. Once the doors open, they only let four people go through the doors at the time so that there is not that “rush” you feel at any other venue. There’s so much order to it that I was like “YAAAAAAAS.” I’ve heard horror stories of people getting tramped at other venues (The Rave in Milwaukee, cough, cough) which is so scary & dangerous, it’s insane! Safety first, kids.

Ascend Amphitheater

Nashville, TN

I just want to say: I am a sucker for a good skyline. This venue gives you all that and more. It’s right along the river in downtown Nashville with the beautiful skyline behind the stage. You really can’t get a bad view in this venue, whether in the lawn or in an assigned seat. I would highly recommend a show here in you’re visiting or live in Nashville.

Drive-In Concerts

An idea, inspired by an event Keith Urban put on for healthcare workers just outside of Nashville recently. Now this is a concept I can get behind.

Just imagine it, we can all enjoy the experience of a live concert, safely inside our vehicles. The stage could be set up just like it would be at a festival, at a drive-in theater location, or even in a random field outside of the city. Put up two screens on either side of the stage, so those who are not close can still see the artist, while the speakers still protrude the voice of the artist, live in the flesh.

It’s not through a screen. It’s not prerecorded. We still get the lights, the instruments, the background vocals, that we would for a live show. Artists could go on tour, safely. They could still make an income. We could get that concert fill.

So…anyone want to start a new concert venue with me? Leave every work day/shift with post concert depression?!

How Will Coronavirus Impact the Concert Scene?

Is anyone else really bummed their escape from their day to day life of attending a concert is indefinitely postponed? The live music industry has severely taken a hit due to coronavirus & I’m absolutely devastated that there’s no solid return date for when concerts will be happening again.

I have seen artists hosting virtual concerts but tbh, I haven’t had any interest in that because it’s just not the same. A concert experience for me allows me to be present & in the moment. If close enough to the stage, we have the opportunity for the person up there to look us in the eye, point at us, NOTICE us. We don’t get that capability through a computer screen.

My mind is racing as to how concerts are going to be run or what it will be like to attend a concert in the future. 99.9% of the concerts we attend, you have absolutely no personal space. Are people going to be too scared to be in that close proximity to other people considering we’ve been social distancing for 2 months now? Are people going to be required to wear masks to any show they attend? Are venues going to limit the amount of people that can attend (even under capacity) to allow people to social distance?

I’m trying to rack my brain around what solutions there may even be for this. Anyone else a little perplexed too? What will concerts look like in the future?I regret not taking advantage of a live show when we had the opportunity. I would decide not to attend, even if I wanted to, because I didn’t want to spend the money or because I just didn’t “feel like it.” GUYS, we have to start living in the NOW. Taking advantage of the things we want to do WHEN we want to do them. No one EVER thought the opportunity to go to a concert would be taken away…

If you have feelings, or solutions, or questions, go on, leave a comment below.