BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/11/13 -- World Music Day takes place on June 21st, the first day of summer. With longer daylight hours and warm starry nights, there's no better time to take in an outdoor concert or performance. To celebrate this harmonious time of year, the travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, decided to combine the sights and sounds of music with a list of Top 10 Scenic Outdoor Music Venues.
From rock music to classical, solo act to band to full symphony, the ambiance and energy at these outdoor music venues takes the concert experience to a whole new level. Below are four such venues located in the US and Canada to make the list:
•Red Rocks, Morrison, Colorado, United States - More than a mile high and forged by over 160 million years of shifting sands and sandstone, Red Rocks is an amphitheater like no other. The natural acoustics, amazing surrounding landscape and big sky vistas combine to make a concert setting as truly outdoors as possible. And, if the star power coming from the sky isn't enough of a draw, the star power on stage will get you. Imagine a line-up of intimate (fewer than 10,000 people and seats as close as 10 feet from the stage) shows from Sting, Darius Rucker, Big Head Todd, Widespread Panic, Robert Plant, the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, BB King and Peter Frampton and George Thorogood as your summer's entertainment. That's just a sampling of what's on tap at Red Rocks in 2013.
•The Gorge Amphitheater, George, Washington, United States - The Columbia River canyon, the Cascade Mountains and The Who. That's what you get as a show sitting on the lawn at The Gorge Amphitheater. The simple stage and hillside seating make it clear the scenery, a sweeping vista down Columbia River with a backdrop of the Cascade Mountains, and the music are the draws. The Who is just one of many big names to perform backed up by the gorgeous view. The Gorge has hosted everyone from David Bowie to the Dave Mathews Band and been the site of numerous festivals, including Lilith Fair and Lollapalooza. Look for John Mayer, Phish and Black Sabbath, among others, this summer.
•Kootenay Lake, Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada - Here's a venue you won't find every day. In fact, it only exists for a three-day music festival held each August. The stage for the Kaslo Jazz Festival floats just off the beach on a serene lakefront, with deep blue water, bobbing boats and even some distant hilltops as a backdrop. With attendees lounging in beach chairs or swimming around the stage, the whole event has a casual summertime feel. However, when the musicians take to the floating stage, the energy spikes and the crowd dives into the music as well. With performances from the likes of Tiempo Libre, Dave Brubeck and a host of other jazz, funk and blues performers, the festival (now in its 22nd year) offers a great combination of setting and sound.
•Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY, United States - An iconic landmark for Long Island and the greater New York area, this waterfront amphitheater once had a true standout stage. It was on an island all its own with a moat separating the audience from the performers. A boat had to deliver the stars of the show to perform. The moat has since been filled in, but the feeling of seeing a show with the waves lapping at your feet remains. The Jones Beach Theater is part of the Jones Beach Park, a stretch of protected beaches just 33 miles (or a subway ride) from Manhattan. It features expansive views of picturesque Long Island Sound and the Atlantic as well as good acoustics for all 15,000 seats. And, in true New York style, even after taking a severe blow from Hurricane Sandy last fall, the show will go on at Jones Beach. The restoration efforts wrapped up just in time for the opening of the 2013 season. Expect to take in Fleetwood Mac, One Direction, Lil' Wayne and Train along with the view this summer.
To take your musical experience to a more international level, try a concert at any of these other six venues to make the list: Slane Castle, County Meath, Ireland; Théâtre Antique d'Orange, Orange, France; Dalhalla, Rättvik, Sweden; Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia; Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens, Greece and Ushuaïa Beach Hotel, Ibiza, Spain. To read Cheapflights.com's complete Top 10 Scenic Outdoor Music Venues, visit www.cheapflights.com/news/top-10-scenic-outdoor-music-venues.
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