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Create the perfect soundtrack for those lazy summer days by indulging in one of our favorite pastimes: attending a good old-fashioned concert!
If you're looking to switch things up a bit this summer, we strongly advise enlisting a group of your closest friends and going on a road trip to catch a concert (or several). From a sunset performance at the glamorous Hollywood Bowl to an epic show at New York City's Beacon Theatre, we've put together a list of the best music venues across the country.
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A Los Angeles cultural landmark since 1922, the Hollywood Bowl hosts the annual Playboy Jazz Festival and serves as the summer home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its resident ensemble, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Set against the Hollywood Hills with the famous Hollywood Sign to one side, the bowl has hosted some of music's biggest names including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Luciano Pavarotti.
Cher's final two concerts from her Living Proof: The Farewell Tour were held here, as well as the Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary tour and the Bowl's first EDM concert by Avicii.
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If you're looking to enjoy nature and listen to some good music, Red Rocks Ampitheatre is a dream come true. Surrounded by 868 acres of deer, geological wonders and spectacular vistas, this is the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect ampitheatre in the world.
Located at 6,450 feet above sea level with a seating capacity of 9,525, the ampitheatre has been the site for many shows by world-class artists including Sting, The Beatles and U2.
The ampitheatre will also be hosting the 2014 Jeep Summer Concert Series, which will feature Lionel Richie, Thievery Corporation, James Taylor, Skrillex and more.
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We love wine and we love music, so why not put the two together? The Mountain Winery in Saratoga does just that, creating the perfect fusion of vino and musical entertainment.
Since 1958, the winery has served as the beautiful backdrop for countless performances in its concert bowl that holds 2,500. The venue is also a popular location for weddings, company retreats and corporate meetings.
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Often described as America's most beautiful concert hall, Cleveland's Severance Hall stuns with a Georgian exterior and an interior that combines Art Deco, Egyptian Revival, Classicism and Modernism design styles.
First opened in 1931, the building has served as the site for numerous meetings, performances and gala events. Facilities include a full-service restaurant, catering services and a retail store.
Featured performers include the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Children's Chorus, Youth Chorus, Youth Orchestra, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus and Band.
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Nestled in Los Angeles' scenic Griffith Park and open since 1929, the award-winning Greek Theatre offers a premiere outdoor entertainment experience with an intimate concert setting and state-of-the-art acoustics.
After undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation in 2006, the Greek restored its original facade for its 75th anniversary and brought its seating capacity to 5,900.
Countless music legends have performed at the Greek such as Elton John, Jack Johnson, Alicia Keys, Tina Turner and Santana. Among those scheduled to perform this summer are The Fray, New Order and John Legend.
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For an evening of New York-style entertainment, head over to the Beacon Theatre on Broadway, which provides an intimate setting for various rock concerts and other events.
The "older sister" to Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon was designed in the Art Deco style by Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager and first opened in 1929, hosting various vaudeville acts, dramas, operas and movies.
Upcoming summer performances include Tori Amos, Ringo Starr, the Gipsy Kings and the Allman Brothers Band.
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Resembling a Medieval castle with its towering spires, Kansas City's Starlight Theatre is the second largest theatre in the United States and provides superior theatre arts education and outreach programs through its Starlight Theatre Association, a non-profit organization.
Since 1951, the theatre has put on numerous Broadway shows and performance acts from Mamma Mia! and The Addams Family to The Wizard of Oz.
This summer you can look forward to seeing Willie Nelson, Earth Wind & Fire, OneRepublic and the Goo Goo Dolls grace the stage at the Starlight.
With 13 locations across the United States, the House of Blues in Chicago has its own unique element and style that gives it a signature twist on its deep-rooted Southern tradition.
With an impressive art collection known as the "Visual Blues" that is almost entirely comprised of Folk, Outside and Self-Taught Artwork, the House of Blues has come to be known as the largest curator of Outsider Art in the world.
Their menu, specially prepared by Food Network star Aaron Sanchez, features an array of tasty Southern fare that encompasses everything from shrimp and grits to pork chop, so you can sink your teeth into something tasty while being entertained by Chicago favorites such as Mike Wheeler and Studebaker John.
For a summer-friendly concert experience, check out the Gorge Ampitheatre—a 20,000 plus concert venue that offers majestic views of the Columbia River and the Columbia Gorge Canyon in George, Washington.
Sprawl out on a lawn terrace setting that is known as one of the most scenic concert locations in the world and is home to world-famous music festivals including Lollapalooza, Lilith Fair, Ozzfest and Vans Warped Tour.
Artists who are scheduled to perform this summer include Arcade Fire, Bruno Mars, Dave Matthews Band and the Zac Brown Band.
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Head to the heart of Atlanta where you will find The Tabernacle, which has a rich and varied history behind it.
During the late 1800s it served as a new Baptist Tabernacle church until it was sold in 1994 and redesigned as a 2,600 maximum capacity music venue, ultimately becoming The Tabernacle in 1998.
Named one of the best concert venues by Rolling Stone Magazine, the Tabernacle has seen the likes of Guns N' Roses, Adele, Fergie, Bob Dylan and Prince, among others. Upcoming summer concerts include 311, Lily Allen, Sam Smith and Slightly Stoopid.
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