Red Rock Amphitheater implements new sound and curfew rules in response to local complaints
Red Rocks Amphitheater is an esteemed Denver venue that has been deemed iconic due to its breath-taking rock formations which encase the venue, also aiding in preserving the pristine acoustic sound that has attracted the attention of many artists across the years. Red Rocks has seen over a century of acclaimed musicians pass through its doors to take the stage including classic stars like The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, and Jimi Hendrix to modern day electronic acts like Pretty Lights, Kaskade and many more.
Though the iconic venue has warmly welcomed dance music to its stage over the past few years, as of January 1st, the venue’s owning county of Denver has enacted new restrictions regarding Red Rocks’ sound levels and end times for events and shows. Largely accredited to the rise in popularity of electronic events, complaints from neighboring residents of the town of Morrison have encouraged the venue’s directors to evaluate and establish new rules. According to the Denver Post, Dan Rowland, assistant director of marketing and communications for Denver Arts & Venues explains, “[shows] shall not exceed 105 decibels and bass levels cannot exceed 125 decibels at the low-frequency levels of 25-80 hertz for one-minute averages after midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends and holidays.”
At first glance, most fans may be disappointed at the Amphitheater’s decision to turn the dial down, but surprisingly, the response has been fairly positive so far. Producer Michael Menert, who hails from Denver himself and has played alongside Pretty Lights, agrees with and commends the venue’s choice: “If anything, this is going to bring more dynamic out in the music because it will allow more frequencies to breathe. It will be less in-your-face sound and more dynamic.”
Via: The Denver Post