Summertime is synonymous with the outdoors, long walks, sunbathing, and of course, concerts. Seeing your favorite artist live can surely be a night to remember with friends and family, but going to a great venue can surely augment the experience. Being a live music enthusiast whose cross hobby is traveling, here are four top concert venues to visit this summer.

With some extremely high summer temperatures this year, let’s just hope you don’t melt on your way:

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The Gorge Amphitheater – George, WA

If you’ve ever seen the sunset at the Gorge while hearing Dave Matthews wail on his guitar you would probably think you are in another dimension. The twenty thousand seat concert venue is located right above Columbia River and offers terrific views of the Columbia gorge canyon). Many performers have released live renditions of their stage performances at the Gorge, including Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Brooks & Dunn and more.

Find tickets to see Phish, Vans Warped Tour, Toby Keith, Dave Matthews Band, and ID Fest at the Gorge!

Photo Credit: Flickr user Zooomabooma


Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO

Although not the largest venue, Red Rocks is settled in perhaps the most unique location. In between enormous disc shaped rocks nestles a stage and seats for over nine thousand. Red Rocks is known as being one of the favored venues for The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Rush. One of the notable performances given at Red Rocks was by legendary rock group U2, where they continued to release a full concert length video.

Find tickets to see Maroon 5, O.A.R., A Perfect Circle, Flaming Lips, and Pretty Lights at Red Rocks!

Best Concert Venues - Red Rocks


Hampton Coliseum – Hampton, VA

It’s also known as the “Mothership” as referenced by Phish during their live album, Hampton Comes Alive (how cool is that). This is a multi-purpose venue used to host concerts (as well as a regular stop for the WWE tour) for over thirteen thousand fans. It is a popular destination for artists such as Bon Jovi, Metallica, and Trey Anastasio (who alluded that Hampton Coliseum was his favorite venue destination).

Find tickets to see Keith Urban and Jeff Foxworthy (or Monster Jam) at Hampton Coliseum!

Best Concert Venues - Hampton Coliseum


Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI

As one of the biggest venues in the United States, boasting a thirty-seven thousand capacity, the venue was built in 1977 and is considered the Milwaukee stop for major tours.  Coldplay has melted faces in the summer of 2005 as it being their largest American show ever. Pearl Jam, Rush, and Phish have been cited as saying this is one of their favorite venues to play – a happy artist means a happy crowd.

Find tickets to see Pearl Jam at Alpine Valley!

Best Concert Venues - Alpine Valley


To see all of the top concert venues over the past year, check out this post.
If you’ve visited any of these venues over the summer or you think we’re missing any, let us know on Twitter @SeatGeek!