Sometimes live music is best enjoyed outdoors. Four the past four weeks USA TODAY 10Best readers have been voting daily for their favorite outdoor music venues from a pool of 20 nominees. The polls have closed and the results are in!
Snagging the coveted first place spot for Best Outdoor Music Venue is the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York. This cultural hub hosts myriad performances – including the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra – in front of a crowd of up to 25,000 spectators.
Runner-up for Best Outdoor Music Venue is the jaw-dropping Red Rocks Amphitheatre located 10 miles outside of Denver. The self-proclaimed “only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world” has hosted the likes of U2 and The Beatles.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Outdoor Music Venue are as follows:
- Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
- Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, Colo.
- Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, Md.
- Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, Mo.
- Klipsch Music Center - Noblesville, Ind.
- Greek Theatre - Los Angeles
- Crosby Theatre - Santa Fe
- Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston
- Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, N.Y.
- Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater - Park City, Utah
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Ben Kaye and Adam Kivel (Consequences of Sound) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of America's live music scene.
Other nominees for Best Outdoor Music Venue included the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin, Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State, Great Stage Park in Tennessee, Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, Mohawk in Austin, Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn!) in New York, Rumsey Playfield (Summerstage) in New York and Stubb's BBQ in Austin.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo