Music venue options in Boulder are mostly divided between the big theaters and the small bar rooms or coffee shops, but that doesn't seem to hurt the scene.
The smaller venues are a breeding ground for local music, and the Fox and Boulder theaters continue to book big-name acts while still leaving room for up-and-coming locals. If you're up for a short drive to Broomfield, Longmont or Lyons, you'll get the same variety.
Here's the roster of the Boulder area's live music venues:
1st Bank Center
11450 Broomfield Ln., Broomfield
Off-putting name and unexciting experience be damned, this venue brings in the really big name acts. It's just off the highway and right next to a bus stop, so getting there and back is simple.
Boulder Outlook Hotel
800 28th St., Boulder
If you like jazz and the blues, you'll love the line-up of local and national acts that play the hotel.
2032 14th St., Boulder
The Boulder Theater is one of Boulder's primary larger venues and it brings in electronic, indie rock, acoustic, jazz, bluegrass, funk and lots of classic acts.
637 S. Broadway, Boulder
This out-of-the-way cafe books a lot of jazz and acoustic acts.
Located in CU's University Memorial Center
The intimate club is booked by the CU Program Council and features everything from hip-hop to indie-rock acts. The venue books local and national acts.
1922 13th St., Boulder
The Irish pub brings in rock, Celtic, blues and acoustic artists.
Dickens Opera House
300 Main St., Longmont
This place has music six nights a week, mostly bluegrass and country rock. There's also an open mic night on Thursdays.
1535 Spruce St., Boulder
After years in the making, it's finally up and running. eTown is now doing its live radio tapings in its own home — a converted church — and they're putting on regular shows as well.
1135 13th St., Boulder
The Fox Theatre operates with the Boulder Theater as Z2 entertainment. The Fox specializes in hip-hop, indie rock, electronic, jam and acoustic music. The venue primarily books national bands, but features lots of local talent, too.
Laughing Goat Coffeehouse
709 Pearl St., Boulder
The Laughing Goat hosts music six nights a week in an intimate café setting, with a mix of local and national talent. The venue brings in singer-songwriters, folk artists, jazz performers and indie bands.
1346 Pearl St., Boulder
The Lazy Dog features top Boulder and Denver bands that play reggae, indie pop, rock and acoustic music.
No Name Bar
1325 Broadway, Boulder
This place is Boulder's secret venue and likes it that way. It's hidden in the midst of louder joints like The Goose and No Entiendo, quietly doing its thing. A handful of acts of all kinds pop up here, but you have to check out the venue's Facebook page to get the scoop.
Located on the CU campus, across from Macky Auditorium
The CU Program Council's been booking reggae, rock and acoustic shows in the vintage room.
Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids
1555 S Hover Rd., Longmont
Of Boulder County's two Oskar Blues locations, this is the monster. You can't miss the giant barn, complete with a silo, as you drive into Longmont. The venue has regular bluegrass picks and open mic nights, plus tons of bands coming through. It's a great spot for roots, blues and Americana.
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
303 Main St., Lyons
This Oskar Blues location is small compared to its sister venue, but it's got small-space charm and the same type of music as the Longmont location.
Pearl Street Pub & Cellar
1108 Pearl St., Boulder
This two-level spot has jazz every Monday night and the weekends are filled with rock bands. The of the schedule tends to be a mystery, since the venue has no website, but there's always pool, darts and foosball if you miss the music. Pro tip: Order the french fries.
15 E. 1st St., Nederland
Maybe you're passing through Nederland on your way back from Eldora, or maybe you're trying to escape summer heat in a higher elevation. Either way, stop by the Pioneer Inn. Country, roots, bluegrass and Americana bands play Fridays and Saturdays. Every other night of the week offers different open mics, picks and jams.
2027 13th St., Boulder
This can be your go-to spot for some international flavor. Shine regularly books folk and acoustic rock, along with global sounds from reggae to Brazilian dance music.