USA Today is currently polling its considerable readership to determine the best small venue in America (here defined as having a capacity under 1,000 people). The Bluebird Theater here in Denver is among a batch of ten finalists that also includes well-known rooms like the 40 Watt Club in Athens and the Bowery Ballroom in New York — you can see the full list below.
The Bluebird is certainly a deserving entry, hosting a packed schedule that has included some of the year's most memorable shows. The theater is big enough to attract buzzy touring acts but not so cavernous as to be inaccessible to up-and-coming local artists.
The poll is open until June 8; the Bluebird is currently in the middle of the pack.
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USA Today's Ten Best Small Venues
Toad's Place - New Haven, Conn.
Beerland - Austin
The Independent - San Francisco
Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, Ore.
40 Watt Club - Athens, Ga.
Brighton Music Hall - Allston, Mass.
Great Scott - Allston, Mass.
Lincoln Hall - Chicago
Mohawk - Austin
The Troubadour - West Hollywood, Calif.
Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bluebird Theater - Denver
Union Transfer - Philadelphia
Crocodile - Seattle
Black Cat - Washington
Bowery Ballroom - New York
El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles
Baby's All Right - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hideout - Chicago
Largo at the Coronet - Los Angeles