When moving to smaller cities and more rural settings, young people and families often mourn the loss of big city accessibility. Sure, there’s the convenience of the 3AM bodega run, but Colorado transplants may worry about missing out on music and cultural opportunities. Luckily, we have plenty of that.
Whether your favorite bands are world-renowned or local singer-songwriters, in the course of their career, they will almost certainly pass through Colorado. Most people know about Red Rocks Ampitheater, which offers concerts from a variety of genres in the naturally-carved, open-air amphitheater. Enjoy progressive sludge metal? The Primus/Mastodon tour passed through Red Rocks. Is indie rock more your speed? Modest Mouse, Above & Beyond, The Decemberists, and Vance Joy are all making appearances in 2018. Are you a Top 40 fan? HAIM, Lizzo, Odesza, and Ryan Adams are playing this upcoming summer. For your outdoor music needs, Red Rocks Ampitheater has everything.
We understand that not everyone has the time or money to spend on a big concert purchase. You’ll be glad to hear that Colorado’s local scenes are also thriving. The High-Dive in Denver is known for launching the careers of aspiring acts like St. Vincent and Arcade Fire. Boulder’s Laughing Goat is responsible for the city’s thriving folk and jazz scene. No matter your tastes or budget, you won’t sacrifice seeing your favorite musician play a weekend show when moving here.
Colorado is also home to several world-class symphonies. The Boulder Philharmonic, for example, is a critically acclaimed ensemble under the direction of Michael Butterman, a nationally-recognized conductor. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, known colloquially as the CSO, plays under the baton of Brett Mitchell, another critically-acclaimed conductor. Concert lovers of every period—Romantic, Classical, and Contemporary—can find a program they love regardless of where they live within the state.