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Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrRed Rocks Amphitheatre is not just a rock structure; it is an opportunity to be one with the stars. Based in a serene environment in the middle of Morrison, Colorado, this unique structure encompassed by magnificent red rocks towering aloft the seating area and the panorama of the sky makes it an incredible sight to behold!
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a perfect place to view some of the hottest, popular persons in the music industry. Its majestic seating scope of more than 9,000 and assortment exquisite modern facilities is the reason why this venue is the most outstanding, open-air music venue in Colorado.
This rock structure is 10 miles west of Denver. Behind the stage is a massive, inclined, disc-shaped rock, an enormous upright rock tilted outwards from the right stage, multiple gigantic outcrops slanting towards the outside from the left stage, and in between, a seating area of approximately 9,450 in capacity.
HistoryRed Rocks Amphitheatre came about as one man’s vision. Earlier in the 1900s, John Brisben Walker envisioned artists performing on a stage snuggled in the ideal acoustic setting of Red Rocks. Those Red Rocks were presumed to have been used by the Ute people in the early years. Walker produced numerous concerts between the years 1906 and 1910 on short-term platforms and from his dream he conceived Red Rocks entertainment venue.
The rocks skirting the amphitheatre represent fountain formations. The place was initially known as ‘Garden of the Angels’ in the year 1870s to 1906, which later transformed to ‘Garden of the Titans’ in the year 1906 to 1928 (Walker years). ‘Red Rock’ has always been the park name since its time in memorial, but it became formal in 1928 when it was obtained by Denver. The rocks at the Amphitheatre are named as follows; ‘Creation Rock’ for north, ‘Ship Rock’ for south , and ‘Stage Rock’ for those towards the east.
The architect behind Red Rocks Amphitheatre’s design is Burnham Hoyt from Denver.
Construction work of the amphitheatre started in the year 1936 and concluded in the year 1941. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is presently owned and run by Denver, Colorado City and Country. It is based in Red Rocks Park, as part of the Denver Mountain Parks structure.
AmusementRed Rocks Amphitheatre provides a diversity of fun possibilities for all. Family picnics, drive-through sightseeing, enjoy nature for the love buds, and outdoor workouts for the exercise enthusiasts; there is always something to do for everyone.
You’ll be surrounded by spectacular vistas, various geological wonders, prairie and pines, dinosaurs and to top it up, almost 1,000 acres of deer. Red Rocks Park is an eccentric, intermediate zone, it being 6,450 feet above sea level, where the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains converge. The sundry environment is perfect for visitors to observe the plants, animals and birds of the two regions.
Anything you fancy, relish unearthing the park and the venue.
PerformancesFor over a hundred years now, Red Rocks Amphitheatre has been hosting private, public and organizational performances. The Grand Opening of the Garden of the Titans was the earliest documented performance. It featured Pietro Satriano together with his 25 piece brass band. This formal opening of the natural amphitheatre to be used by the public took place after Walker bought it as well as the move of his sale of Cosmopolitan Magazine.
The Feast of Lanterns performance that was held on September 5, 1908, was the largest scale performance hosted in the amphitheatre to this day. The opening of the picturesque road up close to Mount Falcon was immortalized by embellishments after Nagasaki , a Japan festival which highlighted 4 military bands and fireworks display off Mount Morrison, Mount Falcon, and two transitional hills.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one of the most favored venues, becoming a customary stop for several successive jam bands. Its attractive and individual setting has greatly contributed to it becoming a favorite venue among many performers.
“Red Rocks Amphitheatre is among the most beautiful concert venues in America… or elsewhere.”
Exceptional RecordingsRed Rocks Amphitheatre is a renowned venue for live recordings especially videos. This is because of the visual distinctiveness of the setting. Some of the videos shot on this site include ‘Live at Red Rocks’, a concert video by U2 in 1983, ‘A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’ performed live by The Moody Blues in the year 1992 and ‘Road Rock Vol. 1’ album by Neil Young recorded in 2000 among several others.
Film and TelevisionRed Rocks Amphitheatre has served as a unique background for several films and television shows. Part of ‘The Adventures of Ford Fairlane’ was filmed in the amphitheatre. It also offered the beginning and ending line of the reality show, The Amazing Race season 9.
It was also featured in a South Park episode as the site of a Jonas Brothers concert.
The marvels of Red Rocks Amphitheatre have no end, just a beginning. It is an experience of a lifetime.
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Author: marisa. Last updated: Feb 20, 2015