All About the Ambience: 7 of the Best Concert Venues in the United States

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Did you know that over 50% of people in the United States went to concerts in 2018? That’s a lot of people enjoying live music, to say the least!

If you’ve been to a lot of concerts in the past, you know that not all concerts are the same. And if you’ve been to several different concert venues over the years, you know that not all concert venues are the same, either.

In fact, knowing what the best concert venues are in your area can make going to see a live musical performance that much more fun. Because half of the experience comes from the vibes of the venue, which is why it’s wise to pick the right ones.

So, what are the best music and entertainment venues in the United States? And what makes these venues so great?

In this article, we break down the 7 best concert venues in the entire country. We’ll also tell you a bit about what makes them so special.

Let’s get started!

1. The Caverns

Located in Pelham, Tennessee, The Caverns is easily the smallest venue on this list.

That being said, what it lacks in size due to its 750-person capacity level, it more than makes up for in originality.

The Caverns is located underground, in a cave, with some of the most unique acoustics and visuals in the entire world. If you want to see some of your favorite underground artists perform literally underground, check this place out.

Don’t believe us? Check out the StubHub reviews. The Caverns is one of the most popular venues in all of the country.

2. Beacon Theatre

If you’ve ever spent a great deal of time in New York City, you know just how popular the city is for live music.

That’s why there are two venues located within the city on this list, including Beacon Theater.

While Beacon Theatre can only hold around 3,000 people, visually, it’s one of the coolest-looking venues on this list. The venue will turn 100 later this decade and is well known for its neo-Grecian architecture and wonderful acoustics.

A pro tip? If the weather permits, spend the day at Central Park before enjoying a show at Beacon Theatre. It’s about a 10-minute walk to get the venue from the park, which is means you won’t have to rush to get to your concert on time. 

3. Red Rock’s Amphitheater

If you ever make a trip to Denver, Colorado, or if you live in the area, you absolutely have to check out Red Rock’s Amphitheater.

As the name suggests, the outdoor venue is located between two large, red boulders, which helps create a pretty amazing atmosphere, especially at night.

You and 10,000 of your closest friends can enjoy hearing some of the biggest acts in the world play this venue, as artists love and frequent it often.

If you can, try to catch a show in the spring or fall. Winters can be hard in Denver, and spending a day in the hot summer sun can be dangerous, regardless of the city. 

4. Hollywood Bowl

Because who doesn’t love Los Angeles? Seriously, though, if you’re in the California area, try to catch a show at the Hollywood Bowl if you can.

Not only can you see clear views of Hollywood Hills from within the outdoor venue, but you can actually see the Hollywood sign, too! 

With a capacity of around 17,000, this venue is as large as most major arenas. That, combined with the California weather, means you can see pretty much see anybody and everybody play live here one day.

5. Madison Square Garden

You can’t talk about must-see music venues in the United States without talking about Madison Square Garden.

With a nickname like “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” you know you’re experiencing something historic when you buy a ticket to see a show.

Located in New York City, around 20,000 people pack this place for sellout shows. And that nickname isn’t a joke either, as it truly is as good as it gets when it comes to living entertainment venues.

The Hulu Theater, located within The Garden, is also a venue worth checking out if you have the time. It seats around 6,500 people and has a uniquely lit ceiling that is beloved by its visitors.

6. The Gorge Amphitheater

Simply put, the Gorge Amphitheater is without a doubt the best outdoor music venue in the United States.

Located in about two hours outside of Seattle, The Gorge has the best views of any outdoor venue in America, and perhaps even the world.

It holds around 25,000 people per show, which is a lot, especially for an outdoor amphitheater-style venue. And the views? Well, you’ll be able to see the Columbia River, as well as the mountains, regardless of where your seat is.

If you can, try to camp here after your show. It’ll be without a doubt the best concert-going experience you’ve ever had.

7. CenturyLink Field

CenturyLink Field is one of the best stadiums to watch concerts in all of the US.

It holds over 70,000 people, but the way the stadium is set up allows for everyone in the house to have good views of the stage.

Speaking of good views, the shots you have of downtown Seattle are absolutely breathtaking, especially at night. And if you’ve never sung along to some of your favorite songs with over 70,000 people, it’s an experience unlike any other.

See Your Next Show at One of the Best Concert Venues in America

There you have it! These are the 7 of the best concert venues in America!

Using this guide, you know what venues you need to check off your must-see list going forward. Regardless of what size show you want to see, this list has you covered.

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