DENVER (CBS4) – Fiddler’s Green, a favorite summertime spot for concerts, is a perfect place to really stretch out and enjoy live music on a spectacular Colorado summer evening, and this year it just got even better.
AEG Live Rocky Mountains President Chuck Morris stopped by CBS4 studios to talk about all the improvements at Fiddler’s Green, and Saturday’s “Volunteer Jam” featuring the Charlie Daniels Band.
The changes at Fiddler’s Green are big and were considered long overdue.
“We took over the place at the end of last season and we spent most of the winter replacing, restoring, rebuilding almost every building in the place. We’ll continue to rebuild because it was such a big job,” Morris said.
Fiddler’s was built in the mid-1980s and Morris said nothing had been done to improve it for years.
“I always felt that Fiddler’s was a jewel of this town that really needed a little bit of loving,” Morris said. “We’ve been spending a lot of time doing all the buildings, changing the sound where we increased the speakers on the grass. We moved the sound up so sound quality would be excellent.”
Morris said the venue now has a better flow so people don’t get stuck trying to get to the concession area.
“Now it’s triple the size to get there and come back. It’s easier to get to bathrooms,” he said.
Also among the improvement are huge high-definition video screens.
But the improvements are still in progress and Morris said they probably will be finished in two years.
“We’re opening this Saturday and almost everything will be ready, but we will still be doing other stuff as we go along.”
Fiddler’s will open with “Volunteer Jam” featuring the Charlie Daniels Band and AEG Live will be giving back to people who may not have the time, effort or money to attend the concert.
“We’ve given away almost 14,000 tickets to the Colorado military, the whole National Guard, all the bases in the state, police and fire from around the state … first responders … government workers from Denver and the state. So a majority of the tickets will be given to those people to see Charlie Daniels and The Outlaws and Blackhawk and Craig Campbell and other things.
“We just felt like, ‘Shame on us if we don’t give back’ … I’ve been lucky to make a living out of this nonsense that I do and if we can’t give back to the community, what is it all about?”
There are tickets still available for Volunteer Jam.