What makes a concert memorable? Of course, the quality of the performance is the most important factor. But ask anyone about their favorite live music experience and they’ll also mention the qualities of the venue: the amenities, the sound and electronics, general comfort, and historical value.
At Staging Concepts, we supply staging systems and products to venues across the United States and around the world. From portable stages to risers and ADA accessible ramps, our equipment can be found installed in venues coast to coast.
We took the time to put together the top seven venues in the nation, rated specifically for their memorable qualities. Time and time again you’ll find these venues showing up on lists written by professional journalists in music and travel.
1. Hollywood Bowl
Reviewers and guests for years have praised the Hollywood Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater in Los Angeles. Between the consistent, beautiful weather and the hard-to-beat acoustics outdoors, you’d be hard-pressed to find a venue that appears less on listicles in the music industry.
All of that is of course made more impressive by the fact that owners and managers are about to celebrate the venue’s 100th birthday in 2022. The likes of Judy Garland, the Beatles, and Monty Python have graced the stage at Hollywood Bowl.
2. Ryman Auditorium
Rarely is the phrase “standing on the shoulders of giants” more true than in the performing arts industry. Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. is one of those giants. Why? It was the former site of the Grand Ole Opry, the longest-running radio broadcast in US history and a staple of country music culture, and it continues to house the Grand Ole Opry during the winter months.
People like to know they’re amid a historical monument, in addition to the fact that Nashville is the Music City; we’d be remiss to create a list of memorable venues without including Ryman Auditorium.
3. First Ave
The pride of Minneapolis, First Ave (located on 1st Ave., as you might have guessed) was the film location for Prince’s Purple Rain and is a sought-after venue experience for guests and performers alike.
With both a small stage (called 7th St. Entry) and a main stage, it’s perfect for up-and-coming bands as well as nationally renowned artists. If you find yourself visiting Minneapolis, stop by First Ave to see who’s playing – or at least get a photo in front of the infamous stars painted along the outside wall. Plus, First Ave is located just a few miles from the Staging Concepts office so it’s definitely worth a visit.
4. Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall in New York City is one of those venues that performing artists dream of. When you’ve played here, you know you’ve made it. By the same token, guests don’t take their experience for granted.
Not only does it house live music from some of the most popular current and long-time respected artists, but it’s also a common choice for national awards. Events like the Grammys are hosted at Radio City Music Hall for the venue’s majestic visual appeal and second-to-none setup right in the heart of NYC.
5. Red Rocks Amphitheater
This Colorado venue is a must-visit for music lovers. You’ll find Red Rocks Amphitheater praised for its proximity to aesthetic beauty—it’s built right into a rock structure just a few miles west of Denver—and history of housing legendary artists. Like the Hollywood Bowl, it’s provided guests with memorable events for a whole century and continues to exhibit quality entertainment with a gorgeous backdrop.
6. AT&T Stadium
No concert venue list would be complete without the mention of at least one popular stadium. Home to the Dallas Cowboys football team, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is host to numerous sporting events and performing artists every year.
Known for its exquisite facilities, retractable roof, and top-of-the-line atmosphere, AT&T Stadium is a great spot for those epic, once-in-a-lifetime concerts. Since its completion in 2009, it’s seen performances by legends like George Strait, Reba McEntire, and Paul McCartney.
7. Walt Disney Concert Hall
With its unique architecture and state-of-the-art facilities, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles is only a few decades old and has already established itself as one of the premier venues in the nation. It’s home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and was designed with particular attention to acoustic quality and guest experience.
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No matter the venue or the performance, Staging Concepts is here to maximize the experience. We elevate all people’s abilities to safely access and enjoy amazing life experiences and we’re eager to bring our solutions to your venue to continually grow the list of popular performance venues.
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