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11 Best Concert Venues in the U.S.

by Mommy Frog on July 25, 2023
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Are you looking for the best concert venues in the U.S. to check out your favorite performers? Look no further! We've rounded up the top 11 concert venues that will have you rocking out in style. Whether it's an intimate theater or a large outdoor arena, these 11 spots are sure to provide memorable musical experiences.

Best Concert Venues - Red Rocks Amphitheater "Red Rock Ampitheater walls" by willow8704 is licensed under CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/?ref=openverse.

Red Rocks Amphitheater

Topping off the list is Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. This outdoor venue boasts stunning views, legendary sound and some of the best acoustics around. It's a favorite for both performers and fans alike.

Madison Square Garden

Next up is Madison Square Garden in New York City. Often referred to as "The World's Most Famous Arena," this arena has seen performances from some of the greatest musicians of all time. From Elvis to the Rolling Stones, there's no shortage of star power here.

Ryman Auditorium

No list of the best concert venues in the U.S. would be complete without Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Considered the Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman is the former home of the Grand Ole Opry and, yes, a former place of worship. This historic venue has seen performances from Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and many more of music's greatest stars.

The Greek Theatre

The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles is an iconic outdoor venue that has hosted some of the biggest names in music since its opening in 1929. With its stunning outdoor setting — and the stage itself modeled after a Greek temple — the Greek Theatre offers a unique and memorable experience for concert-goers in the heart of Los Angeles.

The Fillmore Auditorium

Built in 1912, The Fillmore in San Francisco has a storied history. From a dancing academy, to a dance hall, to a rollerskating rink, the Fillmore Auditorium began booking bands in 1954. In the 60s, the Fillmore was the go-to spot to see psychedelic music and counterculture, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, the Steve Miller Band, the Doors, Kimi Hendrix and more. Hunter S. Thompson even references the Fillmore in his novel, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

Best Concert Venues - Hollywood Bowl "Hollywood Bowl" by Keith Roper is licensed under CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/?ref=openverse.

The Hollywood Bowl

The list of top concert venues wouldn't be complete without the iconic Hollywood Bowl. This outdoor amphitheater has been an LA favorite since its opening in 1922 and offers great sound and beautiful views. From Judy Garland and Louis Armstrong to Elton John and Black Sabbath, the Hollywood Bowl has hosted its fair share of iconic artists. The Hollywood Bowl is also known for putting on musical tributes (such as Sondheim and Quincy Jones), concert and film overtures and experiences (such as "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Star Wars" and "Encanto").

First Avenue

Minneapolis' First Avenue & 7th St Entry fit right in with the other historic landmarks on this list. Originally constructed in 1937 as a Greyhound bus depot, it wasn't until 1970 that the building began operating as a nightclub. First Avenue was featured in Prince's 1984 film, "Purple Rain."

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall — located within Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan — has played host to a variety of award shows, stage shows, movie premieres, special events and concerts since it opened in 1929. Of course, Radio City Music Hall is home to the Rockettes, but you may also catch artists such as Tyler Childers, Janelle Monae, Raphael Saadiq and more taking the stage.

The Gorge Amphitheatre

The Gorge in George (George, WA, that is) is an outdoor amphitheater that offers breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge. With a capacity of over 20,000 people, it's a perfect summer show venue.

Fenway Park

While Fenway is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium still in use today (after opening in 1912), it also makes for an incredible concert backdrop. It's hosted the likes of Bruce Springsteen, the Police, the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. And this year, you can look forward to performances from Pink, Fall Out Boy, Morgan Wallen, Zac Brown Band and more.

MSG Sphere at the Venetian Resort

As the newest venue on the list, MSG Sphere at the Venetian Resort opened in September 2023, offering an immersive video and audio experience with a high-resolution wraparound LED screen and 4D physical effects. With a 25-show residency, Irish band U2 claimed the honor of being the first performer in this futuristic venue.

No matter what kind of experience you're looking for, there's sure to be a concert venue on this list that fits the bill! Whether it's small and cozy or big and bold — make sure to check out one (or all!) of these 11 best concert venues in the U.S. for an unforgettable night.

Which one of these concert venues have you been to? Which are still on your list? Share with us in the comments below!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Apr 23, 2024 at 3:45 p.m.
Beej Says...

Not having the coliseum, Hampton VA on this list but having some of the stadiums on here is criminal.

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Nov 29, 2023 at 2:43 a.m.
Morgan Says...

Hi I want the tickets so bad

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Nov 29, 2023 at 12:56 a.m.
Rick A. Says...

Hollywood Bowl is a great venue

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Nov 28, 2023 at 7:48 p.m.
Jose Velez Says...

Red rock will definitely be added to my list

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Nov 28, 2023 at 7:44 p.m.
Carmen Velez Says...

love the hollywood bowl!!

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Nov 28, 2023 at 7:23 p.m.
Vanessa Velez Says...

Hoping I get to see a concert at MSG one day

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Nov 28, 2023 at 6:39 p.m.
Alessandro Pampolino Says...

this is awesome! bowl for me

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Nov 28, 2023 at 4 p.m.
starbird Says...

Red Rocks is SO beautiful, definitely on my bucket list to see a concert there!

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Nov 28, 2023 at 1:32 p.m.
Taylor Zipse Says...

I want to go to Madonna at Madison Square Garden so so bad! My mom is a huge Madonna fan so it would be amazing to share that experience with her!!

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Nov 28, 2023 at 3:51 a.m.
Genesis Says...

These are some nice venues

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Nov 27, 2023 at 10:50 p.m.
sarah e Says...

Wow just wow

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Nov 27, 2023 at 6:48 p.m.
Micah 02 Says...

I have always wanted to go to a concert at Red Rocks, but now I will check out the Gorge as well.

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Nov 27, 2023 at 6:24 p.m.
Karen falcon Says...

I would love to see a concert in every venue across America !

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Nov 27, 2023 at 2:58 p.m.
Stacy Messick Says...

So pretty!

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Nov 27, 2023 at 4:52 a.m.
kylie Says...

wow these venues are so impressive!!!!

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Nov 26, 2023 at 7:12 p.m.
Bethany Livingston Says...

Oh man Red Rocks would be EPIC

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Nov 25, 2023 at 3:36 p.m.
Becky Says...

Would love to see a show at Red Rock one day!

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Nov 25, 2023 at 1:08 p.m.
Melissa Says...

So excited to go to the Sphere in 2 weeks!! Red Rocks is on my bucket list… hopefully 2024 is the year.

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Nov 24, 2023 at 7:03 p.m.
Terri B Says...

I love the Greek Theater!

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Nov 24, 2023 at 1:41 a.m.
Lindsay Beuning Says...

I’ve always wanted to see a show at Red Rocks!

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Nov 22, 2023 at 3:31 a.m.
Kensley Says...

Only been to Red Rocks but definitely need to visit the rest!!

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Nov 22, 2023 at 1:25 a.m.
Christina Cohen Says...

I always wanted to go to the Red Rocks Amphitheater. I hope one day I can experience a concert there.

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Nov 22, 2023 at 1:12 a.m.
Virginia smith Says...

Love iHeart.

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Nov 22, 2023 at 1:12 a.m.
Virginia smith Says...

Nice!!!!

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Nov 21, 2023 at 11:11 p.m.
BriC Says...

these venues are so nice i would loveeee to see one of my favs artists there

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Nov 20, 2023 at 12:45 a.m.
Claudia M Says...

The Hollywood Bowl is iconic! I would love to catch a show there sometime.

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Nov 19, 2023 at 2:38 a.m.
Jeannie Smith Says...

Nothing like MSG!

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Nov 18, 2023 at 7:31 p.m.
abbey rosas Says...

the sphere so cool

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Nov 17, 2023 at 7:28 a.m.
Sandra Says...

Must see a concert at all of these venues!

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Nov 17, 2023 at 6:49 a.m.
Brandi Burns Says...

Super awesome venue ????

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Nov 17, 2023 at 6:12 a.m.
Amanda Says...

My all time favorite concert venue had to be the Carnival Conquest ship with the New Kids on the Block cruise!!!

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Nov 17, 2023 at 4:24 a.m.
AGARLAND Says...

So many great venues!

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Nov 17, 2023 at 2:45 a.m.
sky faulkner Says...

the beacham!

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Nov 17, 2023 at 1:57 a.m.
Jennifer Reed Says...

These are great. Love the bowl!

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Nov 17, 2023 at 12:38 a.m.
KO Says...

These venues are all so nice!

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Nov 17, 2023 at 12:32 a.m.
GL Says...

love the greek theatre !

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Nov 16, 2023 at 11:53 p.m.
ALLDAY Says...

Yessir

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Nov 16, 2023 at 11:19 p.m.
Ian f Says...

I love moody center atx

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Nov 16, 2023 at 11:17 p.m.
Tim Hess Says...

Bucket List for sure!

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Nov 16, 2023 at 8 p.m.
jessica pelagio Says...

This venue looks so awesome

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Nov 16, 2023 at 6:35 p.m.
Ryan Says...

Red rocks theater and Hollywood bowl are the absolute best!!

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Nov 16, 2023 at 5:42 p.m.
Stefanie Campanella Says...

Interesting!!

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Nov 16, 2023 at 5:36 p.m.
Cali Says...

Your posts are always so helpful!!

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Nov 16, 2023 at 4:26 p.m.
Theresa Wong Says...

Must see a concert there soon!

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Nov 16, 2023 at 4:25 p.m.
Theresa Wong Says...

Was able to see this venue 1st hand Summer 2023. Breathtaking.

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Nov 16, 2023 at 3:01 p.m.
Ava Terwilliger Says...

Cool

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Nov 16, 2023 at 11:55 a.m.
Daniel G Says...

GREAT THING GUYS!

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Nov 16, 2023 at 5:20 a.m.
Natalie B Says...

Have never been to any of these - but would love to go someday!

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Nov 16, 2023 at 4:23 a.m.
jennifer shirah Says...

I have seen concerts in three of the spots on the list (MSG, Fenway and the Ryman) but my number one bucket list is Red Rocks.

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Nov 16, 2023 at 4:21 a.m.
Anne Says...

Awesome blog. Would love to visit these venues!

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