204 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Located in Old Town Fort Collins, this theater brings in some of the biggest acts of any venue in Fort Collins. National indie bands, punk bands and even country western stars often make a stop at this venue. It’s not the classiest joint in town, the floors are sticky and the space is darkly lit, but the environment is fun and the acoustics are good.
605 S. Mason St.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
What makes Avo’s great isn’t just the sheer number of bands they host, or the caliber of the bands, but the unique ambiance of the place. During the summer, bands play on the outside stage. Some nights it’s a real family environment with children playing in the huge outdoor tree house and play area. During the colder months, the crowd moves to the more intimate setting inside the establishment. Avogradro’s Number, or Avo’s, as the locals call it, is a restaurant, bar and music venue all wrapped into one delicious package and features a variety of bands to fit just about every taste.
500 E. Third Street
Loveland, CO 80538
This is one of the most unique venues on the list because the bands play on a raised platform in the middle of the Foote Lagoon. The lagoon isn’t a year-round music venue, but during the free Summer Concert Series bands play every Thursday night. Families bring picnics, sit in the amphitheater area or spread out on the grass to listen to the amazing bands that play this venue. The park, located near the city buildings and library, is located within walking distance of historic downtown Loveland.
13714 Poudre Canyon Hwy
Bellvue, CO 80512
Ask 10 people in Northern Colorado to name their favorite music venue and at least half of them will say “The Mish.” It’s been a bumpy couple of years for The Mish, as the fans fondly call it, but it looks like the future is bright for this popular music venue along the banks of the Poudre River. The founder of SpokesBuzz recently purchased the place. SpokesBuzz is a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of music and culture in Fort Collins. The Mish is now undergoing a revitalization that will preserve the authenticity and character of the place while also broadening its offerings to include more varied acts such as live theater, classic music and cultural performances.
Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass
500 West Main
Lyons, CO 80540
The 300-seat Wildflower Pavilion, an outdoor music venue, is called the “Cathedral of Bluegrass.” Established in 2007, along the banks of the St. Vrain River in the charming town of Lyons, Wildflower Pavilion has quickly become a Boulder County favorite. Guests can sip wine and beer while listening to some of the best bluegrass and folk music in the business. When the weather is right, there’s a bonfire onsite that adds even more loveliness to this outstanding music venue.
– Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is the Mayor of HeidiTown.com and a freelance writer from Northern Colorado. Follow her on Twitter at @HeidiTown.