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Overall Experience // The Pavilion at Star Lake

Great time on lawn! Easy getting around inside. Awesome lot and Shakedown. Not great parking situation.

— LisaK 7/31/23


Getting There // The Pavilion at Star Lake

Luckily we rented a “party bus” and it was priceless!! Left from downtown Pittsburgh and included lunch and a drink at a local brewery where the bus picked us up. I think a guy just booked it on his own and advertised it. 60 bucks! Amazing, fun, and safe! Easy access on Friday arriving around 3:45pm. Long time getting out.

— LisaK 7/31/23


Parking // The Pavilion at Star Lake

A bit disorganized.
Different price tiers. Kinda hard to get out of our spit as we were blocked in. Had to move some cones around to get out!

— LisaK 7/31/23


Tailgating // The Pavilion at Star Lake

Decent!! Shakedown was lovely!

— LisaK 7/31/23


Search Policy // The Pavilion at Star Lake

Standard.

— LisaK 7/31/23


Sound // The Pavilion at Star Lake

Great from Lawn!!!

— LisaK 7/31/23


Concessions // The Pavilion at Star Lake

Great cocktail choices. Decent food options!

— LisaK 7/31/23


Overall Experience // Merriweather Post Pavilion

Amazing!

— LisaK 7/31/23


Getting There // Merriweather Post Pavilion

Easy.

— LisaK 7/31/23


Parking // Merriweather Post Pavilion

Lots of parking. Clearly marked.

— LisaK 7/31/23


Tailgating // Merriweather Post Pavilion

Not a great tailgating spit anymore since it’s mostly garages. But…..there’s an AWESOME Shakedown!!!

— LisaK 7/31/23


Search Policy // Merriweather Post Pavilion

Standard

— LisaK 7/31/23


Sound // Merriweather Post Pavilion

Great! Upper lawns are great!
Lawn is pretty decent since they raised the pavilion.

— LisaK 7/31/23


Concessions // Merriweather Post Pavilion

Excellent drinks including Maryland’s Orange Crush!! Decent food choices.

— LisaK 7/31/23


Lodging Recs // Merriweather Post Pavilion

Doubletree Columbia is my go to!!! Awesome bar, great staff, short ride to venue. I think they have a concert shuttle but you could Uber for cheap!

Nearby Lodging:

  • Doubletree by Hilton Columbia
  • — LisaK 7/31/23


    Overall Experience // Hayden Homes Amphitheater

    Overall a very solid venue. The Deschutes River runs right next to the venue. Good sound. Very comfortable and clean. Basically a big lawn though sometimes chairs are set up depending on the artist. Lots of shops, restaurants and drinking establishments within walking distance to the venue. Not much is open after the show as Bend is a pretty sleepy town for late night shenanigans. Good food and drink options inside the venue. They sell (overly sweet) cider for the non gluten folks. Security is generally friendly but can be sticklers for silly bag policies at times.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/17/23


    Getting There // Hayden Homes Amphitheater

    Best to walk or ride a bike to the show. If you’re coming from outside of Bend you may want to park in town somewhere and walk to the venue.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/17/23


    Parking // Hayden Homes Amphitheater

    I always walk to I haven’t experienced the parking situation.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/17/23


    Tailgating // Hayden Homes Amphitheater

    No tailgating. Bend is a pretty pristine town that likes to keep things that way. Lots of options to grab drinks and food before the show. Crosscut Warming Hut, Brown Owl, Immersion Brewing, Crux Fermentation Project are all good options for a pre show adult beverage.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/17/23


    Water Policy // Hayden Homes Amphitheater

    See official listing here. Not hard to fill up your own water bottle inside.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/17/23


    Bag Policy // Hayden Homes Amphitheater

    See official listing here.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/17/23


    Search Policy // Hayden Homes Amphitheater

    They do a pretty thorough search. They did have lockers/bins for bags that don’t conform to their somewhat silly bag policy.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/17/23


    Sound // Hayden Homes Amphitheater

    I’ve always enjoyed the sound here. Usually not to windy in Bend which is nice.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/17/23


    Venue Security // Hayden Homes Amphitheater

    Pretty chill for the most part.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/17/23


    Concessions // Hayden Homes Amphitheater

    Lots of food trucks inside. Great corn on the cob from Bigfoot BBQ. Lots of beer tents set up so lines usually go quickly.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/17/23


    Lodging Recs // Hayden Homes Amphitheater

    There are lots of hotels in Bend and a few that are a short walk to the venue. Tons of airbnbs in Bend as well.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/17/23


    Overall Experience // 10 Mile Music Hall

    Great, small venue in the mountains that gives you a lot of freedom of movement during the show.

    — jdonovan 7/5/23


    Getting There // 10 Mile Music Hall

    If you’re using I-70 to get there, there’s always a chance of mayhem on that road. But provided that doesn’t happen, it should be a smooth ride.

    — jdonovan 7/5/23


    Parking // 10 Mile Music Hall

    Can park anywhere next to the venue. There’s a parking lot in the back that is easy to access and should have spaces available.

    — jdonovan 7/5/23


    Tailgating // 10 Mile Music Hall

    Nothing huge since shows usually are happening in the winter when it’s cold outside, but people can hang by their cars and drink and smoke if they’d like to.

    — jdonovan 7/5/23


    Search Policy // 10 Mile Music Hall

    Very relaxed security there. Basic checks, but nothing too invasive.

    — jdonovan 7/5/23


    Sound // 10 Mile Music Hall

    Small venue, great sound.

    — jdonovan 7/5/23


    Venue Security // 10 Mile Music Hall

    Relaxed. No metal detectors.

    — jdonovan 7/5/23


    Lodging Recs // 10 Mile Music Hall

    Frisco is a tourist town, so there is plenty of lodging available nearby. Prices could be steep in the winter though.

    — jdonovan 7/5/23


    Getting There // Alpine Valley Music Theatre

    First off you should stay at the Alpine Lodge which is literally right behind the stage. You have to be on top of things though for that. Otherwise take a shuttle to this venue which is in the middle of nowhere. Or a bunch of cornfields.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Lodging Recs // Alpine Valley Music Theatre

    Abbey Resort is a pretty good option. Slightly outdated but it’s on a lake and there are plenty of outdoor areas where you can hang with your friends. Pretty decent restaurant onsite. Somewhat pricey but not too bad. About 25 minute ride to the venue.

    Nearby Lodging:

  • The Abbey Resort
  • — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Overall Experience // Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

    Wry fun venue. Nothing too special. Cervantes is great because of the acts they bring there. Has an outdoor section for smoking and a smaller venue that connects the main room to the smoking section. They will usually run 2 shows at a time. A ticket to the main show usually gets you access to the other one, but always check with the box office first.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Getting There // Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

    If you’re staying in downtown Denver, capital hill, or RiNo, and it’s not snowing outside, you can usually walk to the venue (if you don’t mind walking lol) Denver is a pretty safe city. There are a couple of buses that will get you pretty close to there.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Parking // Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

    You will be parking a few blocks away unless you get lucky.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Tailgating // Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

    Not a tailgating venue

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Water Policy // Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

    No liquids can be brought in.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Bag Policy // Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

    Never had a problem or seen a problem with bags. They have a coat check.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Search Policy // Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

    Security is lax. There is a metal detector.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Sound // Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

    Sound is good. No real complaints but sound is better at other venues.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Venue Security // Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

    Lax

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Concessions // Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

    They have 2 bars downstairs and a bar upstairs. They also have food in the back of the smaller room

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    ADA Accessibility // Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

    Ada accessible

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Lodging Recs // Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

    I live close to this venue so I don’t know.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Overall Experience // Boulder Theater

    The Boulder Theater is great. The shows end early (11:30) because Boulder gonna Boulder. Great aesthetic. Good sound. Good staff. The upstair straying is great. Get there early and get a front row balcony seat because everything is first come first serve. The area is beautiful and Boulder has some fun things within walking distance to do before and after the show.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Getting There // Boulder Theater

    Downtown Boulder Bus Station is a few blocks from the venue. You can take a bus to there from anywhere in Boulder county, and most places in between there and boulder. Last bus leaves at around 12:30am so don’t miss that.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Parking // Boulder Theater

    Parking in boulder can be tough, but it can be worse.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Tailgating // Boulder Theater

    Check out the Pearl street pub, Avanti, or license #1 before the show. This isn’t a tailgating venue.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Water Policy // Boulder Theater

    No liquids can be brought in the venue

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Bag Policy // Boulder Theater

    NO BACKPACKS! Only small handbags are allowed

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Search Policy // Boulder Theater

    Security is lax

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Sound // Boulder Theater

    Sound is good. Upstairs can turn into a bass trap for edm shows, but sometimes that is fun.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Venue Security // Boulder Theater

    Security is lax

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Concessions // Boulder Theater

    Drinks are about $8 a beer

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    ADA Accessibility // Boulder Theater

    I don’t have enough information on this one.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Lodging Recs // Boulder Theater

    The Hotel Boulderado is spitting distance from the venue and it is a gorgeous building. This is David Schools favorite place to stay when playing in the area. They also have an old speakeasy under the building and it’s my favorite spot for post show drinks and shenanigans.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Overall Experience // 1stBank Center

    Overall, First Bank Center is a good venue. I have no complaints with it. It’s a larger venue, so the sound is going to be better on the floor by the sound board. Security is lax for the shows I’ve seen there (Goose, WSP). Getting onto the floor is first-come first-serve, and you need a wristband to get onto it. Staff will pass out wristbands in the lines outside the venue so be sure to keep an eye out for those.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Getting There // 1stBank Center

    Getting there is east because it is right off of the highway. There is also a bus that picks up right next to the venue that runs to Boulder one way, and Denver in the opposite ($5.25 fair each way)

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Parking // 1stBank Center

    There are parking garages.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Tailgating // 1stBank Center

    Not a tailgating venue

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Water Policy // 1stBank Center

    Can’t bring any liquids in there.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Bag Policy // 1stBank Center

    Can bring small bags

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Search Policy // 1stBank Center

    There are metal detectors but security is lax.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Sound // 1stBank Center

    Sound is better on the floor. Sound is worse on the sides and up top.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Venue Security // 1stBank Center

    Security is lax. Can smoke on the floor.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Concessions // 1stBank Center

    Expensive

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    ADA Accessibility // 1stBank Center

    Unknown but this is America where ADA is enforced.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Lodging Recs // 1stBank Center

    You’re better off staying in Denver and getting a bus or a Lyft to the venue, in my opinion. There’s more to do in Denver than in Broomfeild.

    — MeowsMusic 5/12/23


    Overall Experience // Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

    Camden is a good venue for lawn tickets. I’ve seen many shows over the years here and it has great sound all the way to the back of the lawn. Also amazing views of Phili both during the day and night. Just be careful exiting the venue and follow the venue staff’s directions.

    — Mongo7640 5/11/23


    Getting There // Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

    This venue is located in th ghetto. If you have a nice car or expensive belongings in your car. Do not park outside of a paid lot.

    — Mongo7640 5/11/23


    Parking // Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

    I always park for free a block away from the paid lots and walk to meet friends to tailgate. Who pay $40-$50 per vehicle to park. Be ready to fork over some cash if you want a secure lot. Don’t buy tickets from anyone walking thru they are likely fake and you can usually tell by them not being the type of person to attend said concert.

    — Mongo7640 5/11/23


    Tailgating // Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

    Best to be done in the paid lots. Don’t do it outside. This place is the ghetto and gets dangerous especially after dark.

    — Mongo7640 5/11/23


    Water Policy // Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

    You can refill your water and various places in the venue if you keep an eye out.

    — Mongo7640 5/11/23


    Bag Policy // Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

    They have a strict clear bag policy that is a smaller size. If not you have to pay $10 for the locker or hump it back to your vehicle. Blankets are okay but not backpacks or anything like that.

    — Mongo7640 5/11/23


    Search Policy // Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

    The lines can get super long as they try and do a decent search of everyone and there is only really two sides to enter. Give yourself time before the show to wait in line.

    — Mongo7640 5/11/23


    Sound // Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

    Always really good hear

    — Mongo7640 5/11/23


    Concessions // Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

    Concessions and bathrooms are a hike and overpriced like everywhere else.

    — Mongo7640 5/11/23


    End of the Show // Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

    Go straight to your car and follow the lot attendees signal. Don’t get lost in the ghetto. I’ve heard stories of carjackings after shows here.

    — Mongo7640 5/11/23


    Lodging Recs // Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

    Philadelphia is just across the way. Find a nice hotel there and you can take a ferry into the venue just blocks away.

    — Mongo7640 5/11/23


    Overall Experience // House of Blues Anaheim

    This is a HOB so the layout is typical to that–open floor surrounded by balcony with bars on the sides. It’s a cool spot inside but it’s weird to be in the Disney complex mindset. If you’re not into the Disney thing, it feels like strip mall. But I guess all of that area does anyway so it’s not that different. But it’s like being at the mall.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Sound // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Sound is good. Can depend on the weather and wind. Stay close if you give a shit about good sound. Sometimes that means getting in line really early. But if you aren’t an audiophile you’ll probably be satisfied unless the wind is raging.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Overall Experience // 1stBank Center

    This venue is great. My first time there was for Ween right after they opened and I wasn’t immediately sold. But I’ve seen a lot of shows there since and realized that I really like it. It’s got a good flow, bathrooms are put in nice intervals and it’s easy to get around. There is a cool bar hang out area on the stage right side of the venue–I just found that the last few years.

    One beef I have is that the ticket section numbers don’t make much sense to me. Check your tix before you buy for sure–I thought I knew what the good sections were but I was wrong and bought shitty seats.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Getting There // 1stBank Center

    It’s in Broomfield which is a pretty lame part of town. The only close hotel is A Loft, all others need Ubers/cabs/cars. After the show the Uber scene is desperate. Like BAD. Just be aware.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Parking // 1stBank Center

    Never parked here, always used an Uber, but it doesn’t seem very big.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Tailgating // 1stBank Center

    Not sure, never seems to be that cool but I’m sure it’s fine. Not epic or anything. I’ve been to a lot of shows there in the winter, too. Lots of the good acts play here when the weather is cold and Red Rocks isn’t an option. So that probably affects the scene. But last Billy Strings shows there the little plazas in the walk to A Loft were PACKED with people filling up balloons. Must have been a birthday party going on….

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Water Policy // 1stBank Center

    I think we could bring in water bottles if they were empty? But I honestly am not sure about that.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Bag Policy // 1stBank Center

    I’ve had standard sized bags and never had an issue. Doesn’t have to be clear or anything, at least not for the shows I’ve been to.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Search Policy // 1stBank Center

    Never had much of an issue. Always seemed fairly standard.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Sound // 1stBank Center

    Sound is pretty good in this venue all around. I was just off the floor in close seats very far right of stage and it was LOUD. But that’s to be expected.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Venue Security // 1stBank Center

    If you know anyone who was at the first Phish shows here when the venue just opened, you might hear horror stories. It’s changed hands since then, I’ve heard. I’ve never had a problem and people seem to smoke em if they’ve got ’em and generally do what they please.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Concessions // 1stBank Center

    There is a small bar area on the right side of the venue. They sell hot dogs inside and I was not stoked to get a hot dog but they were really high quality and really good. We needed food so had to get something. I would recommend them.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    ADA Accessibility // 1stBank Center

    Sorry, no help here.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Lodging Recs // 1stBank Center

    A Loft is the only walkable hotel. All others might seem close, like a mile, but it’s just not a walking friendly part of town. If it were Denver and your hotel was one mile away, it would probably be fine, but in Broomfield it’s not a city vibe like that. If you have a hotel 1.25 miles from the venue, do not expect to walk.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Overall Experience // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Red Rocks! It’s just an epic venue unlike anything else. I’ve seen more shows than I can count starting in 1999 with the Allman Bros. It’s not EASY–this venue is sort of high maintenance–but it’s really, really worth it. Parking is far away, it’s hard to get an Uber at the end of the show, there are A LOT of stairs and walking, but in the end there is nothing like seeing a show in between those two behemoth rocks.

    If you really care about sound, anything above row 35 can be tricky. Sometimes it’s fine but if the wind is whipping through there the sound can just get carried away. But, there are benefits of being up high, like seeing the city lights. I was there last year when The Avs won the Stanley Cup and I could see fireworks erupting all over the city. I’ve also been up there when storms roll in and watched the lightning come our way. It’s all breathtaking.

    Overall, be ready to walk a lot (there is a shuttle to get up to the gates if you need it, but still a lot of walking inside. If you’re at all compromised, get a handicapped access ticket and feel no guilt). Bring a rain coat!! (Yes, always.) Up top near the bathrooms there is a cool “museum” with posters and such. Sort of cool to look at.

    If you haven’t been, GO! ASAP! It’s a bucket list venue for sure.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Getting There // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    If you’re staying somewhere close, congrats! There aren’t many places. If you have a sober driver, use them! Waiting for an Uber after the show is PAINFUL and LONG. More than other venues, I think, because there’s really no where else to go and hang out. You’re on your own up there. Shuttle busses can be a pain to coordinate, but the times we’ve had one, it was for sure worth it.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Parking // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    There are MANY parking lots to choose from at RR and three separate entrances. If you need to be in a certain lot and you go in the wrong entrance, you’re screwed. So if you know you need to be somewhere specific to meet people or catch the shuttle up due to mobility issues, check out the map. (The mobility shuttle leaves from the Upper South lot). If you don’t want to walk up a ramp or stairs, park in the Upper North. (You’ll still have to walk up the stairs at the end if you sit close to the stage, but it will be easier entry. And if you are sitting up high, it will save you a lot of walking.)

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Tailgating // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Explore the parking lot and get there early for sure! Tailgaters heaven. I haven’t missed many Panic shows at Red Rocks in the last 23 years, and have seen many other awesome shows there and the tailgating scene is like no other. It’s beautiful, there are legit trails to explore and people love these shows as much for the pre-game as the show itself. I’d give yourself a few hours to hang out before the show. It can also take a long time to get up the ramp or stairs, so just be ready for that. But absolutely bring a cooler of some bevys, maybe a frisbee or yard game, and hang out in the lot for a good space of time, particularly on a sunny beautiful day. Weather can turn fast, so be ready for that (I’ve seen porta-potties blow away up there, for real).

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Water Policy // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    This policy depends on the bands. For Panic and most of the jamband shows I’ve seen, you can bring in a water bottle and fill it. You can even bring in your own sealed containers and coolers of ice! But these sorts of details depend on the artist. Check ahead.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Bag Policy // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    This has always been really been easy but just saw they changed it to bags with only one pocket. Not sure what this year will hold. Spring 2023 will be my first show back to RR.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Search Policy // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    This scene seems to fluctuate with the band and the year. In the last few years security hasn’t been that bad, and they don’t search you obsessively. But just when I think that it seems that then I get a gung ho security person and we’re all waiting forever. So, this just fluctuates but is usually okay.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Sound // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    The wind can really take the sound away in this venue. Above row 40 you’re pushing your luck. If there is no wind it’s better. And I think they just updated their sound? Not sure about that, though.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Venue Security // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Once you’re in, security is not an issue. Pretty loose! Love it.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Concessions // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    They have a really good lemonade stand. It’s on the right side of the venue (if you’re looking at the stage). It’s probably around row 45 or so. Delish! Even if you don’t drink booze the lemonade is really good. There are lots of concessions up top and I think the food has gotten better over the years. They always send people w/ big beers through the rows throughout the shows.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    End of the Show // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Cervantes usually has aftershows going on. Other theatres in town, too, like The Egyptian. It’s a big city so always something happening.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    ADA Accessibility // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Make sure you park in Upper South lot if you’re in need of the ADA shuttle to get up to the venue. Very important. Once you’re in there, the ADA seats in front are the best seats in the house. It’s either right down front or way up top.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Other Stuff // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Red Rocks is high maintenance! Lots of walking, no easy access to get back to the hotel, endless parking lots, but it’s unlike any other place. Always bring a rain coat and something warm. If you’re from a humid place at sea level, you might be surprised how cold it can be in the evening. Chills off fast up there. But overall you have to go to Red Rocks! Highly recommended!

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Lodging Recs // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Not sure what you call “Nearby”. Nothing is walkable unless you’re one of the very few homeowners off the park. There is a close hotel with a shuttle but it’s pricey. But getting out of RR is a nightmare if you’re Uber bound. Wherever you stay, you’ll be driving in some way, shape or form, so just check drive times and weigh options. It’s not easy to get to, it’s actually quite the pain in the ass, but the venue is so cool it’s worth it.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Food Recs // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    There are restaurants and bars in Morrison, but you’ll probably end up going close to wherever your hotel is. Lots of good eats in Denver. Fire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings is Dead/Panic/Phish etc themed–very like minded folks there if you’re heading out before the show. It doesn’t stay open late enough to go after. So Many Roads Brewery is also based around Dead and music. Very laid back scene in Denver.

    — Coznells 5/2/23


    Overall Experience // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Red Rocks is a bucket list venue fo sho. Some would argue it is the best venue ever. It is hard to argue that point. While at the venue, you are immersed in beautiful nature, with beautiful views while listening to great music. It is easy to move about the venue to meet up with your crew. Most shows are GA here, though not all are. PSA: flat landers/out of towners should take note of the altitude. The venue is an elevation above 6k which can lead to sunburn, dehydration and such, especially if you’re drinking all day. Also, be prepared to get a workout while seeing a show there. One should bring a raincoat, sunscreen and layers as the venue is in the Colorado foothills where the weather can change fast. It is not uncommon for a rainstorm to roll through unexpectedly. That being said, when everything is right on the Rocks, there is nowhere you would rather be. There is a reason there have been so many legendary shows at this venue.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Getting There // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    It is recommended to get a ride to Red Rocks. One option is to arrange for a shuttle to drop you off and pick you up. Or, arrange for a shuttle to pick you up and take a Lyft/Uber to the venue. Just don’t plan to take a Lyft or Uber home as it is very tricky to find your ride. The shuttles all park in a specific area (Lower South Lot) which is relatively easy to find. Red Rocks is about a 25 minute drive from Denver. There is also plenty of parking if you decide to drive to the venue. Plan to get to the venue early. There can be lots of traffic close to showtime and it’s just nice to have time to explore and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Parking // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Parking is pretty abundant. There is the upper north lot, upper south lot, lower south lot 1, lower south lot 2, and lower north lot. The upper lots are closer to the entrance and fill up fast. There are lots of trails around as this is an actual city park as well. If you are a newbie it can present some opportunities to get a little lost. Definitely make note of your surroundings. There is no extra charge for parking.

    Pro tip, when you get to the venue it is best to drive past the initial entrance and enter in the Upper West lot. There are more amenities/bathrooms there and usually a pretty nice lot scene.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Tailgating // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    There’s definitely a tailgating scene at Red Rocks, though vending is not allowed. There will be some vending around but people will be pretty discreet about it as venue security is not that cool about it. It’s a good place to toss a frisbee around and drink some bevvies with your friends. You are not really allowed to leave your car in the parking lot over night, though I know some folks who have done it recently without issue.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Water Policy // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Fortunately, Red Rocks has a sensible water policy. You are allowed to bring in empty water containers and factory sealed full water bottles. There are various places to fill up your water bottles inside the venue. This a smart policy because water should be accessible to everyone, especially folks attending a concert in high altitude. Other venues should follow Red Rock’s lead here. Let’s look out for each other and not just think about profits! I digress….

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Bag Policy // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Bag policy is posted in the official venue listing here

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Search Policy // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Security has been pretty lax these last few years though still present. General rule is to not be a dumb ass and you will be okay. If you enter via the upper south lot area, be prepared to walk up a long, wind-y ramp. There are some cool views of the surroundings on the ramp but the ramp can get pretty congested also. Either way you’ll probably be sucking wind during the entry process. Steps on the other side are numerous and somewhat steep. Sometimes the upper north lot will be less crowded and will allow you to find better seats once inside. For certain shows, a la Widespread Panic, people will get in line as early as 6 a.m. to reserve choice real estate. Be prepared to bring a tarp to secure space. This is definitely not everybody’s jam but it’s just the way it is.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Sound // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Sound can be great but it can also be crappy. The sound is best in the first 20 rows. If you are above row 30, the sound can get taken away especially if it is windy. Being in the mountains, it can get pretty windy. This is a big part of the reason why folks get in line so early.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Venue Security // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Security is pretty chill at Red Rocks. If you are respectful of others, they will leave you alone. Colorado can be a relatively enlightened place and the venue staff reflects this. They are also typically pretty kind which only adds to the experience. Make sure to thank the staff for their hard work. Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox!

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Concessions // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Various concessions all around the venue with the majority being at the top of the venue. Some pretty good local CO beer options and some pretty decent food for a music venue. I’ll let the CO locals chime in about the specific food options. There is a restaurant where you can go before the show which is basically inside the venue. Drinks aren’t cheap but they rarely are. They didn’t have any cider options last time I was there which would be nice for gluten-free folks that want to imbibe.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    End of the Show // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    There is a curfew at Red Rocks. I will need to research that info and chime back in on that. Security does not typically allow for a very long post show hang.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    ADA Accessibility // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    I can’t really speak to this so will defer to others who have. I am curious to know about this.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Other Stuff // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    I love this venue. It can be a big production seeing a show here though. There is lots to know before heading to this venue. I hope others will chime in and fill in the voids I have left. All in all, it is one of the greatest places in the world to be on a nice day when the music and everything is hitting just right!

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Lodging Recs // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    There’s lots of lodging nearby. Lots of hotels in the Golden area which is about a 10 minute drive from the venue. There are also tons of airbnbs in Lakewood, Golden, Arvada, Littleton, Evergreen areas. Denver is only 17 miles away and has lots of hotels and airbnbs. Plan to stay in Denver if you’re looking for nightlife after the show. Golden has a few bars.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Food Recs // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Lots of great options in Denver. Hometown favorite Fire on the Mountain is usually hopping before the show and sometimes runs shuttles out to Red Rocks. Morrison Inn is a pretty cool spot in Morrison with a rooftop bar and nice margaritas. Hops and Pie is a cool spot in Denver with heady beers and solid pizza. Once again, I’ll let the Denver locals chime in with this info.

    — BruceWingsteen 7/13/23


    Overall Experience // Hollywood Bowl

    The Bowl is a legendary venue that missed the mark on a few important facets. Great view and vibes, but the sound in the upper half of the venue is quite bad.

    — dtmhnl 4/30/23


    Getting There // Hollywood Bowl

    It’s LA. Driving and parking is a bitch, but parking in the large Ovation Hollywood garage and walking the ~15 mins up the hill was easy enough.

    — dtmhnl 4/30/23


    Tailgating // Hollywood Bowl

    Looks like there was a lot across the street, but there isn’t a large amphitheater parking lot king of situation here.

    — dtmhnl 4/30/23


    Water Policy // Hollywood Bowl

    Saw water fountains near some of the bathrooms and the bartender gave me an empty cup!

    — dtmhnl 4/30/23


    Search Policy // Hollywood Bowl

    Metal detectors, easy doob sneaking potential

    — dtmhnl 4/30/23


    Sound // Hollywood Bowl

    Anything above F,G,H,J,K was pretty poor to my relatively trained ear. Spent the show on the outer walkway above the terrace boxes which offered great site and sound, yet a steep dancing situation

    — dtmhnl 4/30/23


    Venue Security // Hollywood Bowl

    Keep smoking kinda discreet and you’re home free

    — dtmhnl 4/30/23


    Concessions // Hollywood Bowl

    Bougie and expensive, but nothing we don’t expect these days. Full bottles of wine were available for purchase!

    — dtmhnl 4/30/23


    End of the Show // Hollywood Bowl

    11PM curfew fri sat, 1030pm curfew sun with an earlier start time

    — dtmhnl 4/30/23


    ADA Accessibility // Hollywood Bowl

    Very hilly venue, but there are escalators and moving walkways to get you around!

    — dtmhnl 4/30/23


    Food Recs // Hollywood Bowl

    not really :(

    — dtmhnl 4/30/23


    Overall Experience // Hollywood Bowl

    The Hollywood Bowl is iconic for a reason! Such a great venue and really amazing concert experience. This is one spot you do not want to miss seeing a show at.

    — nosimpleroad 4/27/23


    Getting There // Hollywood Bowl

    Parking is ‘a thing’ here. If you’re smart, you’ll get an Uber or Lift to drop you off. It just makes things easier. It’s congested before a show and you can just hop out and walk up if you’re in an Uber.

    — nosimpleroad 4/27/23


    Parking // Hollywood Bowl

    Pro tip: get yourself and Uber and hop out on Highland Ave and walk through the tunnel and up the stairs. It’s waaaaay easier.

    — nosimpleroad 4/27/23


    Tailgating // Hollywood Bowl

    Didn’t have any lot. No vending or otherwise prior to the show.

    — nosimpleroad 4/27/23


    Water Policy // Hollywood Bowl

    Refillable, empty water bottles are allowed.

    — nosimpleroad 4/27/23


    Bag Policy // Hollywood Bowl

    I saw many folks bringing in picnic baskets, bags, and stuff. No clear bag needed at our show.

    — nosimpleroad 4/27/23


    Search Policy // Hollywood Bowl

    It’s the typical scene. Metal detectors and bag search. Security wasn’t too strict. Mostly strict with bringing in beverages. Lots of folks had picnic baskets with food.

    — nosimpleroad 4/27/23


    Sound // Hollywood Bowl

    This spots sound is stellar all over the venue. It’s an amphitheater and backed by mountains. You can roam and the sound is great all over.

    — nosimpleroad 4/27/23


    Venue Security // Hollywood Bowl

    It was a free-for-all. Smoking everything, dancing in the isles (though I heard they were more strict when it isn’t Phish playing), plenty of other extra curricular stuff going on.

    — nosimpleroad 4/27/23


    Concessions // Hollywood Bowl

    Couldn’t believe they sold entire glass bottles of wine at concessions. Plenty of really good food choices and cold drinks.

    — nosimpleroad 4/27/23


    ADA Accessibility // Hollywood Bowl

    Plenty of Ada accommodations

    — nosimpleroad 4/27/23


    Lodging Recs // Hollywood Bowl

    It’s Hollywood so there’s a ton of reasonable lodging nearby.

    — nosimpleroad 4/27/23


    Overall Experience // Hollywood Bowl

    From Maestro Alfred Hertz (“The Father Of The Bowl”) conducting Wagner to Phish’s 2023 Wolfman’s Brother > Ruby Waves, the Hollywood Bowl has been melting SoCal faces for more than 100 years.

    The views are amazing, the sound is pristine, and the weather is perfect. You don’t have to eat at the venue, though you’d be wise to enjoy a set break soft serve.

    Screen shots have made stubbing down very easy. The venue discourages vending, so not a big scene, but you can still find things.

    Park at the Ovation Mall, it isn’t too costly and you can wobble around Hollywood Blvd. lookin at stars after your show.

    — ShogunJL 4/26/23


    Overall Experience // The Caverns

    Notes from attendee of Avett Bros at the Caverns this past weekend.

    “Now that I’m back with a solid internet connection, I’ll gather some thoughts/answer questions that were asked on my experience over the weekend at the redesigned/new outdoor Caverns Amphitheater.

    (1) A staffer told us this was the biggest crowd they’d had yet (it was sold out), and they seemed not totally prepared for it. Lines to get in were very long. Everyone now enters via the back of the venue through a path in the woods instead of up that gravel road by the actual cavern (I think they said it’s 0.2 miles through the woods.) That got pretty congested. From parking to getting in the venue took 40 mins (two security checks). Getting out was super congested. I just sat in my camp chair for a while and waited on things to thin out before even trying to get to my car.

    (2) If you have a GA ticket, get there early if you’re determined to get a good spot…it’s not huge and I sat in the back and didn’t mind that, but I know some folks are super keen to be as close as possible. While facing the stage ALL services are to the left side of the venue. All concessions, all restrooms, merch, etc. I was sitting on the right and liked that vantage point and this was fine while the sun was up but was a nightmare after the sun set. It’s not like an amphitheater lawn with an even grade, the terrain is totally unpredictable and was a pain in the a** to navigate in the dark as you’re stepping around people, chairs, blankets, etc. You’d think you were avoiding a person only to stumble upon a black chair you didn’t even see and nearly bust your a**. Hopefully they’ll make an illuminated path that has to be kept clear between the two sides.

    (3) The views are great, the sound was great.

    (4) I was planning on driving home after the Sunday Gizzard show, but now, I don’t know about that. I’ll probably try to get a room somewhere because it was about two hours after the show ended until I got back to my hotel ten miles away. Granted, a good portion of that was sitting in my camp chair next to my car, but I’d rather listen to music and have a beer in a field than sit in a barely moving car for over an hour.

    (5) Phone connectivity is an issue. All of the venue’s stuff is hardwired so there was no issue using credit cards with them, but I had trouble with the food trucks and other mobile vendors. Having some cash on hand would probably be a good idea. One vendor was super cool and gave me food after swiping my card like ten times and not being able to establish a connection.

    (6) They’re the only venue I’ve ever seen where some security not identified as cops are carrying guns. Seems excessive and weird to me. Everybody I’ve ever met working there is super nice, but that gives me the creeps a little tbh.

    (7) Wear shoes you’re okay with getting dirty. Pretty much everything out there is natural surface. They put a bunch of sand/woodchips down on the path in, but I guess it’d rained recently and it was pretty muddy in spots. I wore hiking boots and was prepared, but I saw some folks lamenting their footwear choices.

    (8) I’m sure this is all just growing pains and I imagine that they’ll have some the new wrinkles ironed out by the time Gizz gets there, but just thought I’d provide a heads up of what possibly lies in store

    I had a great time, I do think it’s well run overall and am not just trying to put a list of gripes out there. I’m confident they’ll work a lot of this out, but I figure folks would want to be as prepared as possible and know a few tips to improving your experience there.”

    — Willipie 4/25/23


    Overall Experience // Ardmore Music Hall

    A little tight if you wanted a bigger room, but so intimate that you can talk to the band on the way to the restroom.

    — strunz4u 4/25/23


    Getting There // Ardmore Music Hall

    If you’re not from the area, just have a good navi.

    — strunz4u 4/25/23


    Parking // Ardmore Music Hall

    Parking lot across the street is just fine.

    — strunz4u 4/25/23


    Tailgating // Ardmore Music Hall

    We’ve never tailgated before a show, but intermission and after the show you’ll probably be out there with the band. It’s not a big place.

    — strunz4u 4/25/23


    Water Policy // Ardmore Music Hall

    I’m not aware of any problem brining in water.

    — strunz4u 4/25/23


    Bag Policy // Ardmore Music Hall

    It’s a tiny bar. Leave your stuff in the car.

    — strunz4u 4/25/23


    Search Policy // Ardmore Music Hall

    I’ve never been searched

    — strunz4u 4/25/23


    Sound // Ardmore Music Hall

    Tiny place with a big sound

    — strunz4u 4/25/23


    Venue Security // Ardmore Music Hall

    The people are great at this place

    — strunz4u 4/25/23


    Concessions // Ardmore Music Hall

    Ask the servers.

    — strunz4u 4/25/23


    ADA Accessibility // Ardmore Music Hall

    Not aware of any issues. I’m older and I use a cane and I’ve never had a problem.

    — strunz4u 4/25/23


    Sound // Greek Theatre Berkeley

    Sound was pretty good. I was in the middle of the venue. It can get windy in the area, so a lot depends on the wind factor. The wind definitely affects things more at the top of the venue, especially the lawn. I heard from people who were on the lawn that the sound was getting lost.

    — BruceWingsteen 4/22/23


    Venue Security // Greek Theatre Berkeley

    There was a metal detector you had to go through but it moved relatively quickly. Everyone was instructed to take everything out of their pockets. I did not see anyone get frisked though and security seemed pretty chill. Being San Francisco, there did seem to be a lot of left handed cigarettes around which security did not seem to mind. All the security folks seemed pretty friendly and appreciated that the Phish fanbase was very thankful to them.

    — BruceWingsteen 4/22/23


    Concessions // Greek Theatre Berkeley

    I didn’t see a lot of concession stands but there seemed to be a few. They sold some very local beers and had the option to buy ‘tall boys.’ I know they served Sierra Nevada Pale and also had a local IPA. They sold a local cider which was very nice for the gluten-free folks and cider fans. Other offerings were chips, cookies, candy and some other items I can’t quite remember.

    — BruceWingsteen 4/22/23


    Other Stuff // Greek Theatre Berkeley

    It was nice that they didn’t kick you out of your seats right when the show was over. This made for a more relaxing exit which is probably safer too. It also allowed some time to catch up with your homies to say goodbye and which is always nice. I will definitely go back to the Greek. The entry process could be a little better, the bathrooms could be upgraded but overall a classic Bay Area concert experience. Oh, and Phish loves to play there as they noted from the stage. It’s always nice when the band loves the venue! Cheers!

    — BruceWingsteen 4/22/23


    Getting There // Greek Theatre Berkeley

    I took a Lyft to the venue. It’s in the middle of campus so there isn’t a ton of parking. There were about six drop off options when choosing Lyft. I chose Haas Hall because I knew after the first show that particular building was close to the South entrance. It was easy and quick to get a Lyft before the show. Afterwards we walked into town and got one. I believe there is a BART station nearby.

    — BruceWingsteen 4/21/23


    Parking // Greek Theatre Berkeley

    I didn’t deal with parking as I took a Lyft from my hotel. I imagine it is not great since it is on a college campus. Perhaps someone from the area can offer more info on this. Also, this belongs in another category but the curfew at the Greek is 10 p.m. The show started at 6 p.m. because of this. I’m not sure if this is the case for every show here, though I reckon it is.

    — BruceWingsteen 4/21/23


    Tailgating // Greek Theatre Berkeley

    We were drinking adult beverages in line during the day and there was no hassle. There was lots of vending going on near the line all day and nobody seemed to get hassled. There must have been a lot of dentists in the vicinity because there was a lot of nitrous balloons being sold everywhere. People were selling beers, pre rolls, pins, shirts, you name it.

    — BruceWingsteen 4/21/23


    Lodging Recs // Greek Theatre Berkeley

    Lots of lodging nearby. I stayed at the Claremont Spa and Hotel which was a mile and a half from the venue. It is a beautiful white building perched up on a hill. It was a little spendy but the views and service were impeccable. The rooms were pretty nice. Nice views of the bay from the outside of the hotel. There were lots of other options a short walk from the venue.

    — BruceWingsteen 4/21/23


    Overall Experience // Greek Theatre Berkeley

    Overall experience is great. This is a historic venue for a reason. First off, the theater is located on the beautiful campus of UC Berkeley. The venue oozes with nostalgia as there have been some historic Grateful Dead shows played here and many others I’m sure. It is a relatively small venue (8K) and it feels very intimate. The faux Greek pillars on the stage give the stage its iconic character and a special charm.

    The vibe is very chill as is it can be in the Bay Area. The whole venue is GA which makes it a lot easier to catch the show with your buddies. It also means you need to get in line very early for a show with a rabid fanbase such as Phish. I got in line at 3 p.m. and was still very far back in line. Good thing some friends were in line early and saved some good seats. The whole venue has a steep pitch which can sort of make you feel like you are really looking down at the stage. It’s so steep that it’s a good idea to keep your wits about you. The price of beer $14 ish makes that easier, though not too unexpected for the San Francisco area. Beer lines and restroom lines can get pretty long at times, so prepare accordingly.

    At the top of the venue, there is a beautiful view of the bay, on a clear day. The lawn can get pretty steep though. The show I attended was in April. It was a beautiful day. It got relatively hot during the day and pretty cold by the end of the show. Something about the breeze off the bay gets right into your bones! The seats and floor are all concrete, so that may take its toll on your bones as well if you plan to boogie all night. Could just be that I’m getting old though!

    — BruceWingsteen 4/21/23


    Overall Experience // Palace Theatre

    Great indoor venue for the Twin Cities area. Located in St. Paul this venue is a counterpart to First Ave. The sound is incredible. Usually lots of room and great sight lines.

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    Getting There // Palace Theatre

    It’s in St. Paul. You can take the light rail to a location near the venue. Parking is OK.

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    Parking // Palace Theatre

    There are lots and ramps. Nothing unusual. Not great but not terrible.

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    Tailgating // Palace Theatre

    We usually go to the Loon which is just around the corner. Not really a “tailgated” venue.

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    Water Policy // Palace Theatre

    Unsure.

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    Bag Policy // Palace Theatre

    They search bags.

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    Search Policy // Palace Theatre

    Pretty casual. They have metal detectors.

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    Sound // Palace Theatre

    Amazing sound! Whomper bass bombz

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    Venue Security // Palace Theatre

    Pretty chill.

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    Concessions // Palace Theatre

    Solid bar service.

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    End of the Show // Palace Theatre

    Pretty easy out. Just spill into the street.

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    ADA Accessibility // Palace Theatre

    Yes.

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    Other Stuff // Palace Theatre

    They have a coat check for $$$

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    Lodging Recs // Palace Theatre

    Lots of Hotels and AirBnB in the area.

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    Food Recs // Palace Theatre

    The Loon is just around the corner.

    — 2Riders 4/20/23


    Overall Experience // Georgia Theatre

    Great piece of southern music history right here y’all. You can’t spell Athens GA without The Georgia Theatre! A legendary kickass spot to catch live music. Stronger than ever since it burned down and was rebuilt. If you’re in Athens, swing by and then walk around town to soak up the Athens vibes — you never know who you’ll run into. Ha ha. Tee Hee.

    4/22/23


    Overall Experience // Fox Theatre Atlanta

    Hard to beat an evening of live music at The Fox in the ATL. The legendary theater is glorious and a must experience venue. Right off the bat, it’s gorgeous on the inside — so you immediately know that if they put this much time into aesthetics; you can imagine the acoustics. Which are dialed in completely of course.

    Good selection of beverages and a nice casual atmosphere outside the auditorium. Parking, well – it’s in the middle of downtown Atlanta, so you know — either public transit or Lyft is probably a wise move for convenience.

    4/20/23


    Sound Off / (General Comments) // Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

    Do not attempt to walk from the venue to downtown. It’s farther than it seems and sketchy as hell.

    — TomTraubert 02/15/2023


    Sound Off / (General Comments) // Ryman Auditorium

    The Ryman Auditorium is by far the area’s top venue. The sounds quality is nearly perfect from any seat, the venue staff are amazingly friendly and courteous, and the overall quality of the venue is very high as it is well maintained and protected with excellent maintenance.

    Smoking-
    All that being said, there is absolutely NO SMOKING OR VAPING anywhere in the venue. It is a strict policy…but really, when you enter the venue, you’ll acquire the respect for “Mother Church”. The access to the smoking areas is very easy and quick for anyone needing to grab a quick puff or the cig or whatever. Personally, we have used the smoking areas for years for our weed vape, standard one hitter pull, or just your quick cig. Security around the smoking area is present, but frankly they dont care, as long as your not sparking a full bowl with heady smoke rings.

    Security-
    Security is probably more stringent than most venues. It is a two part entry. First part is where you empty all your pockets into a plastic bin then you walk through a metal detector while someone stands there and watches you. It is a one-at-a-time passage and they have bene known to turn people away for simple possession or over sized bag. The second part is a walk from the metal detectors to the ticket people where you go inside one by one. It is very old school and they mean for it to be that way….That being said, we have snuck most items into the venue through the year without any problems. There is no pat down, no one is going to find your 5th under your shirt, bag in your pocket, or pocket of party favors. It is strictly a metal detector passage entry…smile, put “all” your possessions into the plastic thingy, and walk through non-chalantly and you’re good.

    Bathroom- super nice, very clean. very well maintained. touchless handryers (dont pee on those thinking they are the new age urinals), they have locations upstairs and downstairs AND in the VIP area. Lines can go out the door but it won’t take long to get in and out.

    Outside the Venue: There is always Broadway if you’re into that kind of thing, but directly across the street from the Ryman is a new place called the “assembly Food Hall”. They have it all….roof top bar/restaurant, multiple quick eateries, donuts, cocktails, chef food, gastro food…it is kinda a funland for adults, great spot for pre-show fun.

    — Nashville Anonymouse 02/16/2023


    Sound Off / (General Comments) // The Caverns

    The Caverns Amphitheatre:
    Overall:
    The natural beauty of The Caverns Amphitheater and its massive stage create an epic concert setting. The venue is wide open with a ton of scenery. The open air feel, the lights in the trees, super friendly staff, and remote setting gives this venue a very high quality experience with any band. Personally, I’ve seen a lot of bands at this outdoor amphitheater and they have all been terrific, partly because the venue rocks.

    This could, in a way, be the Snowmass Music Festival venue site of the South. Eerily similar in scenery and layout.

    Ownership
    This place is run by a bunch of good time loving hippies and business folks. They just want you to have safe fun and to come back anytime. Several years ago they use to have these big tyed dyed and painted buses that would drive people from the parking lots to the venue. It was wild. It was basically anything could go once your on the bus. The drivers were half drunk and stoned and had the music on 9. They don’t do it anymore, but if that gives you a picture of the kind of people that run the place..

    Security (Entry)-
    You could walk in with a potato sack of cocaine on on your left shoulder and a bong in your right hand while a small band of gypsies, beatniks, hippies, and warriors drag their tanks, rugs, and recliners and I’m pretty sure the “security” would wave you through. In essence, don’t worry about, but don’t be stupid about it.

    Bathrooms-
    Not great. You gotta walk all the way down the hill to use the bathroom. Think red rocks but with grass.

    Sound
    Sounds is terrific. Depends on the band but it is great listening from nearly anywhere in the venue.

    Outside venue:
    The lot scene is fun. Lots of room to move around and walk about. There are about 4 or 5 main parking lots, each connect through gravel walkways and roads. The venue is super lax on smoking grass, drinking, and getting kinda rowdy in the lot. Good times are always found in the lot scene at this venue, so get there early, bring your drinks, food and merch and have a blast!

    — Nashville Anonymouse 02/16/2023


    Sound Off / (General Comments) // McDonald Theatre

    This venue was started by the Kesey Family. The security is a tad harsh about smoking weed in the venue despite cannabis being legal in Oregon. We have had friends ejected for smoking a vape. Despite that, getting into the venue is a breeze and the sound is pretty solid. It’s located in Downtown Eugene so there are a ton of really solid places to find food and grab good craft beers. It’s also right near the main bus station if you are coming old school on a Greyhound.

    — elconductor 02/16/2023


    Sound Off / (General Comments) // Bon Secours Wellness Arena

    Clear bag policy enforced and now a cashless venue.

    — Missmojo27 02/17/2023


    Sound Off / (General Comments) // PNC Music Pavilion

    Miserable venue to get in and out of. Be prepared to spend a fortune on rideshare. Traffic in and out can take an hour. Lot is strict. No glass. Use cups and be aware of heavy undercover presence. Security is lax inside and food and drinks are super expensive and they stop selling early. Least favorite venue..

    — Cltrae6 02/18/2023


    Sound Off / (General Comments) // Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City

    I just spent 3 nights with Billy Strings at the Etess Arena. Security and venue staff were very nice and accommodating. There wasn’t much of a search going in – a benefit of legal NJ marijuana, I suspect. They allowed re-entry but you had to go back through security to get back in, so there were a lot of people outside smoking at setbreak.

    I’m not a gambler, so the casino setting wasn’t really a plus for me. There is only one set of restrooms so if you have mobility issues, it’s best to try to get tickets to the right side of the venue, looking at the stage.

    — WheresMyMule 02/20/2023


    Sound Off / (General Comments) // The Pavilion at Star Lake

    Free parking is great, but and this is an extraordinarily important but- pay for parking. You will lose literal years of your life departing this venue- you are 25 now, pay for parking.

    — JummyPstrnbag 02/21/2023


    Sound Off / (General Comments) // Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City

    1. Parking: they charge anywhere from $10-$30 for parking. Pro-tip drive a block away and park on the street for a couple bucks.
    2. Entry – security is very lax no troubles there but don’t be too ballsy I guess.
    3. Nice lobby area during set break with bathrooms being standard wait time.
    4. No Water Fountains! Even the sink in the bathroom puts out hot water if you want to refill your $6 water bottle. So drink up before you get in I suppose.
    5. Anyone selling whip-it’s after is sketchy and fake don’t do it.

    — Mongo7640 02/26/2023


    Sound Off / (General Comments) // PNC Bank Arts Center

    Many lots charge $40-$50 to park. If your not afraid of parking in the ghetto a block away for free do that and meet your friends in the lot to tailgate. This place always has good sound and a great view from the lawn. They don’t allow chairs you have to “rent” for $10. Only allow clear plastic bags and a small size at that. Don’t try and bring a backpack or even big purse cause you’ll be walking back to your car or shown to an expensive locker rental outside the venue. Bathrooms can be a walk so choose your song wisely. Be careful leaving at night if you did park in the ghetto and go straight back to the highway.

    — Mongo7640 02/26/2023


    Sound Off / (General Comments) // Merriweather Post Pavilion

    If your in the lawn get into the venue early. If not you will probably not have a great view. Sound is barely adequate at this place imo. They do have convenient water filling stations throughout. Security always checks you so be smart. If you can afford seats I’d always go with that option if you can swing it. Some of the lots are a far walk from the venue so try and have a lot in mind or get directed by lot attendees to who knows where.

    — Mongo7640 02/26/2023


    Sound Off / (General Comments) // Gorge Amphitheatre

    The free water at the drinking fountains tastes terrible.

    — Feeee 02/27/2023