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Rocking across North America

Courtesy of Red Rocks Amphitheater

Creation Rock is one of the venues at Red Rocks Amphitheater where concerts are held.

March 13, 2008 | 12:00 a.m. CST

Red Rocks Amphitheater — Denver
Get down to earth at Red Rocks, a geological wonder of a venue that’s worth the venture. Although Mother Nature had the biggest hand in this outdoor amphitheater’s creation, architects began design work back in the late 1930s. The stunning scenery of the Rocky Mountain Foothills has drawn performers to Red Rocks ever since. Famous past performers include The Beatles, Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen. U2 even filmed its “Sunday Bloody Sunday” video there. Monstrous sandstone monoliths do their part in making Red Rocks acoustic bliss for performers. If rocking out surrounded by breathtaking stones sounds appealing, head due west on I-70 this spring.
Upcoming Shows:
Sugarland, May 10, $39.50
The Cure, May 21, $35-$65
Emmylou Harris and John Prine, June 6; $49.50-55
Foo Fighters, July 14-15; $45-49.50
The Police, July 21-22; $54-229
Jethro Tull, August 12; $49.50-84.50

House of Blues — Chicago
Head down south without leaving the Midwest. But despite this well-known name, you won’t be singing the blues. Chicago’s House of Blues is nestled near the Chicago River and Marina City. Established in 1996, it has attracted music-lovers of all genres, as well as those with an appetite for great food. The good tunes and Creole cuisine can be found everywhere you want to be: House of Blues has locations across the map, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas and Cleveland.
Upcoming Shows:
Baby Bash and Pitbull, March 26, $27.50-30
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, April 13, $26.50-28
Chevelle w/ Finger Eleven and God or Julie, April 15, $25.50-27
B.B. King w/ Ronnie Baker Brooks, June 1, $76.50-78
Indigo Girls, June 6, $33-35.50

Private opera boxes housed in the House of Blues Chicago.

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Preservation Hall — New Orleans
Ditch the Mardi Gras beads and stroll down to historic Preservation Hall in New Orleans for some of the city’s best jazz music. The hall’s French Quarter setting makes this the perfect venue for jazz fans of all ages; the place is packed with local jazz players, old and new. The hall itself has been around since 1750 and was transformed from tavern, photo studio and art gallery to jazz joint in 1961. It even has its own signature band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which began touring in 1963 and has performed with jazz geniuses like Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Bunk Johnson.
Upcoming Shows:
New Orleans Jazz Summit, March 22; $10
Maryland Jazz Band of Cologne Germany featuring Fred Lonzo, Topsy Chapman & Ralph Johnson, March 23; $10

Metropolis — Montreal
59 Sainte-Catherine St. East, Montreal, Quebec
The Metropolis in Montreal has been many things, but one thing holds constant — it’s where you need to be for great concerts this spring. It’s been around since the 1880s and was originally a skating rink. Since then, it has acted as a theater, dance club and the music venue we know today. The Metropolis has hosted some of modern music’s greatest: David Bowie, Patti Smith, Bjork and Weezer, to name a few.
Upcoming Shows*:
Gipsy Kings, March 17; $56.25
Joe Jackson, April 2; $37.65
Collective Soul, April 8; $28.79
Hot Chip, April 15; $19.49
Wu-Tang Clan, April 21; $42.08 presale $44.30 day of show
Panic at the Disco, May 13; $34.55
*All prices in Canadian dollars

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