One of the most legendary outdoor music venues in the world and most popular attractions in the Denver area, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, celebrates its 75th anniversary in the summer of 2016, and as another local icon, The Brown Palace is thrilled to toast the historic venue on its many decades of service to the city of Denver. Learn about the history of Red Rocks, its surprising relationship with The Brown Palace, and how you can celebrate this summer.
Red Rocks Facts, Figures, and a Brief History
Sitting just 10 miles outside of Denver in Colorado’s expansive outdoor reserves and Red Rocks Park, the gigantic rock structure of the present-day Red Rocks Amphitheatre has been the site of modern outdoor concerts and musical performances for centuries. The incredible naturally occurring acoustics and majestic surroundings made for the ideal outdoor music venue, and when local editor and entrepreneur John Brisben Walker organized the first official concert at Red Rocks in 1906, the seeds were planted for what would become the country’s most iconic outdoor music venue.
With stage and seating construction completed in 1941, the present-day Red Rocks Amphitheatre began hosting some of the most renowned musicians in history. From local legend John Denver to icons like Jimi Hendrix, U2, and The Grateful Dead, Red Rocks has seen a steady stream of beloved bands grace its stage.
Red Rocks was most famously one of the sites The Beatles played during their first U.S. tour in late August, 1964. The Fab Four performed the summer set in front of what would be the only American audience that was not at capacity during their inaugural tour; it’s their only performance in 1964 that did not sell out!
Events & Things to Do at Red Rocks
Today, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Park is not just a concert venue. There are so many things to do at Red Rocks this summer, so don’t miss out on your chance to celebrate 75 with other outdoor enthusiasts.
- Film on the Rocks – Catch a movie and music under the stars with the Film on the Rocks series
- Work Up a Sweat – Join hundreds of other yogis and get zen while surrounded by incredible views during Yoga on the Rocks. Or take advantage of the many hiking and biking trails at Red Rocks Park, or just run the stairs of the amphitheater – the view is worth it!
- Rock Out! – Catch your favorite band at an upcoming concert for a once-in-a-lifetime experience
- Colorado Music Hall of Fame – Brush up on Colorado’s diverse musical history when you visit the new Colorado Music Hall of Fame at Red Rocks
- Lounge Like Rock Royalty – Stay in The Beatles Suite at The Brown, the home of the Fab Four during their iconic visit in 1964 (rock royalty requires a Palace, after all)