The Aspen arts scene is always bringing exciting performers to local venues. No matter the genre, music’s language is universal. Uncover the stories behind the musicians, concerts and venues that help cultivate Aspen’s legendary music scene.
Below is a list of our favorite music venues in Aspen:
The renowned Belly Up Aspen is an intimate space known for hosting big-name artists in the intimate 450 capacity club. The open seating area and two full bars create a unique atmosphere with a great view of the stage at any point in the venue. Some of the talent Belly Up has hosted includes Widespread Panic, The Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction, The Raconteurs, Ben Harper, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Bassnectar, Thomas Jack, and Snoop Dogg. Although mostly a music venue, Belly Up also hosts movie nights and private events.
The Aspen Music Festival and School is celebrating its 67th season this summer by exploring the relationship between music and the dance form. Part of their 320 public events, include concerts that will take place in two of the most unique venues in Aspen.
The Benedict Music Tent is a beautiful open-air tent that has incredible acoustics. With room for 2,050 spectators, this venue is perfect for large concerts like the Aspen Chamber Symphony and the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra. Local's tip: pack a picnic and bring a blanket to enjoy the music outside of the tent every Sunday afternoon throughout the summer.
The Joan W. and Irving Harris Concert Hall is a more intimate venue that the AMFS performs in. From spotlight solo performances to chamber music performances, this space is a warm venue for concerts small and large.
The AMFS also performs at The Wheeler Opera House. This is a special venue in Aspen because of its elegant, full Victorian style and wide-array of productions. Despite only seating 450 people, this intimate venue boasts one of the busiest and most creative performing art spaces. It presents full operas directed by the Aspen Opera Center, workshops and concerts presented by the AMFS, and hosts film festivals, comedians, as well as other performing artists. Not only is this venue unique, but also it is versatile, providing entertainment to people of all ages with different interests.
Not an official venue, but still an exciting place to listen to music is on the top of Aspen Mountain. On Saturdays, enjoy classical music performed by the AMFS alfresco overlooking Mount Hayden. Relax on Sunday afternoons listening to bluegrass music 11,212 ft up on Ajax Mountain. For more information on events, click here.