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    The Boulder Theater is downtown and has gorgeous decor and hosts some big-name bands.

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    The Fox Theatre sits on University Hill, right across from campus, and usually plays host to a heavy student-oriented crowd.



Between Boulder and Denver, music lovers are well taken care of. With a variety of live-music venues ranging from bars to giant ampitheaters, concert-goers can see nearly all types of music any night of the week.

Here’s a guide to the major Boulder and Denver live-music venues:

Boulder Theater

2032 14th St., Boulder

Boulder’s largest and most prestigious venue hosts acts that range from national bands to local groups, to film festivals. The décor is historic-chic, and it’s located in the heart of downtown Boulder, off of Pearl Street and is close to bars and restaurants.

Fox Theater

135 13th St., Boulder

An intimate music venue on University Hill, right across the street from campus, where both local and national bands play Wednesday through Sunday. Its resume is impressive, having hosted bands ranging from The Grateful Dead to Bonobo.

Chautauqua Amphitheater

900 Baseline Rd., Boulder

A hidden gem literally at the base of the Flatirons that hosts special music events, usually in the summertime, ranging from bluegrass to world music. A good finish to an afternoon hike.

Lazy Dog Boulder

1346 Pearl St., Boulder

Part restaurant, part music venue, part bar, the Lazy Dog on Pearl Street books local and national rock, jam, and electronic bands on Thursdays through Saturdays for either free — or really cheap. Head there with loose legs for dancing.

Conor O’Neill’s

1922 13th St., Boulder

Conor’s is an Irish pub just off of Pearl Street hosts various local bands. It’s on the same block as the Lazy Dog, for easy access to bounce between the two. Don’t forget to try the car bombs. They’ll help with the whole dancing thing.

Owsley’s Golden Road

1301 Broadway, Boulder

Boulder’s newest addition of live music culture, this Grateful Dead bar on University Hill hosts local and touring bands, and will entertain Boulder with a slew of jam bands. The venue’s outside and music often starts early, so head there on a sunny afternoon.

Boulder Bandshell

1212 Canyon Blvd, Boulder

Not really a regular music venue, per se, but it’s in the middle of Central Park and bands play there for free on special occasions and festivals — like the Boulder Creek Fest every summer. It’s a good family venue.

Red Rocks

18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison

This picturesque and legendary amphitheater is carved into the geography of the rocks in Morrison. It hosts some of the largest names in music history, like The Beatles, Led Zepellin and Bob Dylan. And every summer, it hosts touring bands of the same caliber, as well as Colorado electronic favorites. The views are spectacular, and the shows are always a party.

The Fillmore Auditorium

1510 Clarkson St., Denver

Complete with chandeliers and a purple lights, this venue fits a large crowd of people. Big bands, like Lotus or Umphrey’s McGee, roll through here on the reg.

Cervantes’ Masterpiece & The Other Side

2635 Welton St., Denver

This venue usually hosts two acts per night in its two separate rooms, one in the two-story Masterpiece Ballroom and one in the smaller Other Side venue. It’s usually home to electronic, jam, or funk acts. Oh, and it’s also got a killer late-night food menu.

The Ogden

935 E Colfax Ave, Denver

Very similar to the Fox Theatre, but more historic. And in Denver.