At this point, I’ve covered a handful of venues – the majority of them being in smaller club settings. But with Summer right around the corner, I figured its time we bring another outdoor venue into the mix. We’re all aware of Red Rocks and its beauty, and if you’ve been keeping up with this venue guide, you know about The Mish in Poudre Canyon. Both are amazing options for live music, but they’re not the only ones at your disposal. In fact, there’s a prominent outdoor venue right here in Loveland – Thunder Mountain Amphitheater. For all of the country and hard rock music buffs out there, this one is for you. Located right behind the Thunder Mountain Harley Davidson, you can expect to see live events all Summer long. Let’s learn a little more about the venue.
- A true summertime experience. This venue is the epitome of everything that’s great about a Summer concert. Cold beer, close friends, nice weather, and loud music. Expect to spend an entire day out in the sun, so don’t forget the sunscreen.
- Tons of space. This venue can hold just under 4,500 people, which is one of the largest venue capacities in all of Northern Colorado. You shouldn’t have to worry about being too clumped up with other concert-goers, but if it becomes a problem, there is a grassy area in the back for sitting. Just know that if you plan on sitting, bring a blanket for your behind – they don’t allow lawn chairs!
- Thunder in The Rockies. In addition to concerts, this venue hosts Thunder in the Rockies every Summer, a massive biking rally with live music, food catering, and various other vendors. Showing up to the event is free, so no tickets are required. This year, the event is being held from August 31- September 3rd. Recommended for any biker guys or gals out there.
- Well known talent. You’re not going to find an underground band performing at TMA. Chances are if you go to a show, you’ll be seeing a band you’ve heard of before. Bush, Bret Michaels, and The Wailers are a few bands that have performed here in the past. Right now, there is only one concert scheduled on their website, and that’s country musician Cody Johnson on May 19th. Stay tuned for more updates.
- You won’t break the bank. Normally I’d expect a venue like this to charge around $40-$50 for tickets because it can hold so many people, but that is not the case. Tickets can be found for much cheaper. I mentioned the Cody Johnson show in May – you can buy tickets for $25.
- Mountainous views. It wouldn’t be an outdoor venue in Colorado without beautiful views of the mountain range. Sunset over the mountains + live music = happiness.
A Little Heads Up
It’s important to note that at outdoor venues such as this one, the environment may not always be kid-friendly. There’s going to be drinking, there’s going to be smoking, and there is always the possibility of some drunken brawling. Just keep in mind that if you’re planning on taking your family with you, be aware of who is performing and the type of crowd that might show up. That’s not to take anything away from the venue itself – its more of a general tip for outdoor concerts.
TMA is yet another underrated spot for live music in the northern region of Colorado. For those who love summer concerts but don’t want to drive all the way into the mountains, this is your best option (Especially fans of country and rock music – which I know there are a lot of up here). It won’t be long before this place is rocking northern Colorado again. It’s getting closer to Summer by the day, so keep an eye out for tour announcements.