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    So I found this article from 2004 that lists America's top 10 outdoor venues:

    http://www.glidemagazine.com/article...of-the-us.html

    The ranking:

    1. The Gorge
    George, Washington
    Capacity - 20,000

    2. Red Rocks Ampitheatre
    Morrison, Colorado
    Capacity 9,240

    3. Verizon Wireless Music Center
    Noblesville, Indiana
    Capacity - 18,244

    4. Shoreline Ampitheatre
    Mountain View, California
    Capacity 22,000

    5. Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    East Troy, Wisconsin
    Capacity 35,000

    6. Greek Theater
    Berkeley, California
    Capacity 8,000

    7. The Backyard
    Austin, Texas
    Capacity 5,000

    8. Coors Ampitheatre
    Chula Vista, California
    Capacity - 20,000

    9. Starlight Theatre
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Capacity 7,900

    10. Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    Saratoga Springs, New York
    Capacity 20,000


    Do we agree with this assessment ? If not, which should be added or taken off of this list ?

    I have been to 5 of these and have mixed feelings of this assessment.
    8/07 LeMaitre @ The Rickshaw Stop (?)
    8/08-8/10 Outside Lands #5
    8/11 NONONO @ GAMH
    8/23 NIN and Soundgarden @ Shoreline
    9/27 Simian Mobile Disco @ The Mezzanine
    10/5 The War On Drugs @ The Fillmore
    10/10 Woman's Hour @ the Rickshaw Stop
    10/17 SBTRKT @ the Fox Theatre (?)
    10/21 Jessie Ware @ The Chapel
    10/24 Little Dragon @ the Fox Theatre
    10/24 Rfs Du Sol @ The Mezzanine
    11/29 London Grammar @ the Fox Theatre

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    Shoreline does NOT belong on that list.

    Wolf Trap in DC might, though

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    Default Re: America's Best Outdoor Venues

    Where's The Bowl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by braundiggity View Post
    Shoreline does NOT belong on that list.

    Wolf Trap in DC might, though
    The Shoreline has been renovated in recent years. They have upgraded the sound system and have placed LCD screens in the Lawn area.

    I have a love/hate relationship w/ the Shoreline, its great in the 100 level and parts of the 200 level seats, but does that really earn it a no. 4 spot ? Probably not.
    8/07 LeMaitre @ The Rickshaw Stop (?)
    8/08-8/10 Outside Lands #5
    8/11 NONONO @ GAMH
    8/23 NIN and Soundgarden @ Shoreline
    9/27 Simian Mobile Disco @ The Mezzanine
    10/5 The War On Drugs @ The Fillmore
    10/10 Woman's Hour @ the Rickshaw Stop
    10/17 SBTRKT @ the Fox Theatre (?)
    10/21 Jessie Ware @ The Chapel
    10/24 Little Dragon @ the Fox Theatre
    10/24 Rfs Du Sol @ The Mezzanine
    11/29 London Grammar @ the Fox Theatre

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    i saw cyndi lauper in las vegas a couple years ago at the mandalay bay beach. it was awesome watching a show while standing in knee high water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by algunz View Post
    Where's The Bowl?
    Yeah I know, is it really that good ?
    8/07 LeMaitre @ The Rickshaw Stop (?)
    8/08-8/10 Outside Lands #5
    8/11 NONONO @ GAMH
    8/23 NIN and Soundgarden @ Shoreline
    9/27 Simian Mobile Disco @ The Mezzanine
    10/5 The War On Drugs @ The Fillmore
    10/10 Woman's Hour @ the Rickshaw Stop
    10/17 SBTRKT @ the Fox Theatre (?)
    10/21 Jessie Ware @ The Chapel
    10/24 Little Dragon @ the Fox Theatre
    10/24 Rfs Du Sol @ The Mezzanine
    11/29 London Grammar @ the Fox Theatre

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    Quote Originally Posted by fasttrack View Post
    i saw cyndi lauper in las vegas a couple years ago at the mandalay bay beach. it was awesome watching a show while standing in knee high water.
    That's weird and definitely unique.
    8/07 LeMaitre @ The Rickshaw Stop (?)
    8/08-8/10 Outside Lands #5
    8/11 NONONO @ GAMH
    8/23 NIN and Soundgarden @ Shoreline
    9/27 Simian Mobile Disco @ The Mezzanine
    10/5 The War On Drugs @ The Fillmore
    10/10 Woman's Hour @ the Rickshaw Stop
    10/17 SBTRKT @ the Fox Theatre (?)
    10/21 Jessie Ware @ The Chapel
    10/24 Little Dragon @ the Fox Theatre
    10/24 Rfs Du Sol @ The Mezzanine
    11/29 London Grammar @ the Fox Theatre

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    Shoreline sucks ass.
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    Santa Barbara Bowl should be on that list. The Greek in LA is pretty sweet too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fikus222 View Post
    Yeah I know, is it really that good ?
    I think The Hollywood Bowl is fantastic, and it's in the heart of an urban area. It seems easy to make a nice outdoor venue when you are in the middle of nowhere.



    The Greek Theater in LA would be nice, but the parking makes that place suck serious balls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tubescape View Post
    Santa Barbara Bowl should be on that list. The Greek in LA is pretty sweet too.
    They should both be on that list, including The Bowl.
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    WTF? Red Rocks at #2?
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    Default Re: America's Best Outdoor Venues

    The Berkeley Greek > Shoreline

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    Quote Originally Posted by tubescape View Post
    Santa Barbara Bowl should be on that list. The Greek in LA is pretty sweet too.
    SB bowl is one of the most beautiful venues for a show.
    If you've been there you know what I mean.

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    Yea, if Shoreline is #4, then that is a sad commentary on outdoor venues in the US. I don't *hate* Shoreline, but it's not that good, and I've been to far better outdoor venues in the midwest (but that goes back to the comment "if you're in the middle of nowhere"). I'd put the Greek in Berkeley above Shoreline, and that's not saying that much.

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    Default Re: America's Best Outdoor Venues

    Rush said that the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan is their favorite venue in the U.S. so it deserves a spot.

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    Red Rocks is bad ass!

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    The Hollywood Bowl in2004 wasn't as good as the Hollywood bowl now, with all the renovation they've done recently.
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    Shoreline off the list. Blossom on.

    Take off Verizon in Indiana as well - sucky.
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    Dude, shoreline? Who votes for this stuff? Hollywood Bowl denied? Anyone notice they are all pretty much Live Nation venues? Hmmmmmmm. How could SB not be on there either its tiny as hell and has a great view from the top. I have been to 3 on the list, including the # 1, Ill take care of Coors this summer though.

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    Shoreline does not belong. But the Greek in Berkeley rules.

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    Default Re: America's Best Outdoor Venues

    The Greek, Gorge, and Red Rocks are all fantastic.

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    Nothing can top the Hollywood Bowl. It's easy in the likes of transportation, you can bring your own food into the venue, it's beautiful, the sound is great, and for the most part, the Bowl is really consistent with booking good acts.

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    I think The Greek in Berkeley is the best outdoor venue in California.
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    I have no problems with the Gorge being #1.

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    Their capacity numbers are off too, when I saw Phish at Alpine Meadows there were 70k there. Plus I couldn't see the stage from the lawn, its so huge that there is enough room for a giant oak tree out in the middle.
    8/07 LeMaitre @ The Rickshaw Stop (?)
    8/08-8/10 Outside Lands #5
    8/11 NONONO @ GAMH
    8/23 NIN and Soundgarden @ Shoreline
    9/27 Simian Mobile Disco @ The Mezzanine
    10/5 The War On Drugs @ The Fillmore
    10/10 Woman's Hour @ the Rickshaw Stop
    10/17 SBTRKT @ the Fox Theatre (?)
    10/21 Jessie Ware @ The Chapel
    10/24 Little Dragon @ the Fox Theatre
    10/24 Rfs Du Sol @ The Mezzanine
    11/29 London Grammar @ the Fox Theatre

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    The Hollywood Bowl in2004 wasn't as good as the Hollywood bowl now, with all the renovation they've done recently.
    That's a good point, but even then it still easily trumped a few of those on the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fasttrack View Post
    i saw cyndi lauper in las vegas a couple years ago at the mandalay bay beach. it was awesome watching a show while standing in knee high water.
    I saw Rick Springfield at the same place. He came down in the water with us during Jesse's Girl. He even slapped me a high five.

    And yay for the Gorge @ #1!

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    Yeah the Gorge and Red Rocks are on my to-do list, which would make 7 of the listed venues that I have been to. Luckily I am moving to Seattle in September.
    8/07 LeMaitre @ The Rickshaw Stop (?)
    8/08-8/10 Outside Lands #5
    8/11 NONONO @ GAMH
    8/23 NIN and Soundgarden @ Shoreline
    9/27 Simian Mobile Disco @ The Mezzanine
    10/5 The War On Drugs @ The Fillmore
    10/10 Woman's Hour @ the Rickshaw Stop
    10/17 SBTRKT @ the Fox Theatre (?)
    10/21 Jessie Ware @ The Chapel
    10/24 Little Dragon @ the Fox Theatre
    10/24 Rfs Du Sol @ The Mezzanine
    11/29 London Grammar @ the Fox Theatre

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