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Listen up: America's top 10 outdoor concert venues
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, New York. The primary summer stop for every major act in the New York Metropolitan area. Everyone from Phish to Rush has rocked the beach. The stage is surrounded by the open water of New York's Great South Bay. Boats often cruise close for a listen.
The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, California. The "home field" of the good ol' Grateful Dead is in California. Stunning acoustics, the mellowest, intimate crowds and that unique University vibe - it's on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. Home to the annual Berkeley Jazz Festival.
The Gorge Amphitheater, George, Washington. Perfectly situated over the Columbia River, The Gorge Amphitheater in Washington is widely regarded as the most inviting outdoor venue in the country. Scenery, sound and weather are routinely picture perfect. Pearl Jam recorded their monstrous box set here.
Buckeye Lake Music Center, Hebron, Ohio. Thanks to a steep open-air "mountainside", a rainy night turns this
Summerstage, Central Park, New York City. "Hot town, summer in the city..." A truly intimate outdoor venue, if there is such a thing. Tucked away in a corner of the park on the Upper East Side, surrounded by trees and wonderful breezes is Summerstage in New York City. Once the gig ends, you can spill out into the streets of the greatest city in the world to keep the party going.
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland. Wide open green spaces, surrounded on all sides by breezy trees and forest of the most pristine variety. The venue itself is small but has great acoustics. For sonic reference, dig The Jerry Garcia Band's recorded and released performance.
Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, Wisconsin. Wisconsin in the summertime equals bright sun, low humidity, and clean air, which makes for an awesome evening under the stars at Alpine Valley. Every major rock act you can think of swings through during the summer, including Dave Matthews, who has long considered it his favorite place to play.
Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado. The mecca of American outdoor music, this venue is embedded in multi-hued mountains and stone monoliths, surrounded by breathtaking views of..well...the red rocks of Colorado. It's acoustically perfect and a majestic experience. U2's legendary documented performance still sets the standard.
Drew Moss is a Seed.com contributor.