Last week, AEG announced a new music venue, the Mission Ballroom, slated to open in summer of 2019. The entertainment giant promises state-of-the-art sound, room for 2,200 to 3,950 fans, and the best concert-going experience in Denver. Scratch that: in the world. It's a tall order, particularly in a city with so many excellent medium- and large-sized venues. Here are sixteen of the city's spots that can hold 1,000 people or more.
The art deco theater, which was built in 1906, can accommodate up to 1,000 people standing or 850 seated. The historic theater's schedule is so well-rounded, there really is something for everyone. An eclectic mix of funk, jazz, folk, hip-hop and rock performances and dynamic high-concept shows from local and national artists help fill Boulder's nights.
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
Since opening fifteen years ago, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom has been a hub for music in Five Points, bringing in electronica, hip-hop, jam bands, DJs, bluegrass acts and the unholy alliance of all that mashed up together, with other types of artists peppering the calendar.
Summit Music Hall
After running the Summit Music Hall for nearly a decade, the folks at independent promoter Soda Jerk Presents handed over booking and operations of this venue (as well as the 450-capacity Marquis Theater) to Live Nation earlier this year. While Summit has long brought in punk, rock and metal acts, these days it's also hosting more hip-hop and electronic artists as well as the occasional comedian.
After a long run as a movie house, the Gothic Theatre opened as a music venue in the late ’90s and has hosted a mix of national and local bands ever since. In early 2013, AEG Presents took over both the booking and the operation of the venue.
Also once a movie house, the century-old Ogden Theatre has hosted live music since Doug Kauffman of Nobody in Particular Presents turned it into a venue in the early ’90s. In recent years, the place, which is now operated by AEG Presents, has received a major upgrade, including new flooring, a new sound system and a wraparound balcony, making it one of Denver's hottest venues for national acts.