Venues You've seen the most concerts in

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Experiencereunited, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. Experiencereunited

    Experiencereunited Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Inspired by the recent thread "how many states have you seen concerts in". I thought I'd focus on venues that people have been to the most times . This is not about your favorite venues although your favorites could also be on your most attended list as well. For lack of other words your home venue(s)

    Here are my 5 most attended venues. All of the ones that make my top 5 are still active but I recognize that may not be the case for a lot of people.

    #1 Crystal Ballroom Portland, Oregon
    Sound A-
    Décor A
    Ambiance A/B+ Depends on setup
    Upkeep A to A+
    Capacity 1500

    History: Opened as Cotillion Hall in 1914. Renamed to Crystal Ballroom in the 1960s. Closed from 1970s through 1997. Reopened again as Crystal Ballroom in 1997 and still active.

    The Crystal Ballroom is on the third floor of the building it's in—has high ceilings, grand chandeliers, murals, and wide floor-to-ceiling arched windows. The Crystal Ballroom is basically a giant dancefloor with cool artwork all around the interior. There is a super small balcony as well. In relation to the overall size of the venue the balcony is truly tiny. There is limited seating at this venue and I have never seen the dancefloor with chairs or any other seating on it. Seating is limiting to benches around the perimeter of the dancefloor and in the super small balcony. Prepare to stand and dance at this venue which is a good thing imo. The dancefloor also has a little play in it so it can feel like the whole floor is moving at times and can make for some cool moments. The acoustics are usually pretty good but not what I would consider the best of the best.

    My major complaint about this venue (and this may only be since it reopened in 1997) is unless it is 21 and over they put this huge divider across the entire length of the dancefloor. I call it the parting of the Red Sea. On the left you can't have alcohol and on the right you can. The divider is alienating and a pain in the a.... Additionally the alcohol side is invariably packed and often times with heavily inebriated people you have deal with if you want a drink. When you get your drink you can't take it to the other side thus exasperating the lopsided problem because you have to stay until you finish your drink. The good part of this setup is if your not drinking (or between drinks) there is usually plenty of room to dance on the non alcohol side. There are no such issues for 21+ shows as they don't put the divider up and it is a much better venue when they don't. Sadly 21+ shows are few and far between.

    #2 Aladdin Theater Portland, Oregon
    Sound A+
    Décor B
    Ambiance A+
    Upkeep C
    Capacity 620

    History: Opened as Geller's Theater in the late 1927. Theater name changed to Aladdin Theater in 1934. Operated as a Pornographic Theater for more than 30 years. Began hosting concerts Aladdin Theater 1991 and still active.

    I prefer this venue to the Crystal Ballroom as it is a bit smaller and the sound is also better imo. This venue almost invariably has Fantastic sound! There is a small dancefloor in front of the seats and a fairly large balcony with seats. Despite having a fairly small dance floor I have never seemed to not be able to go down and dance if I wanted to and when tired you can always head back to a seat of which there are plenty. Shows have always been general admission when I have gone. Occasionally they put chairs on the dancefloor (boo) too and in effect there is then no dancefloor for that show.

    #3 Cotillion Ballroom Wichita, Kansas
    Sound A- to B
    Decor D
    Ambiance B to B-
    Upkeep B to B+
    Capacity 2000

    History: Opened in 1960 and affectionately called the "Round Mound Of Sound" by the locals. Still Active.

    The Cotillion is a bit of a bizzare venue. Located on the west side of town behind a large 18 wheeler truck parking lot or something. (Never paid too close attention to what it actually was. I just know when you go there you have to drive past a shi.. ton of 18 wheelers to get there). The venue itself is shaped like an igloo and sound is generally decent although occasionally it can be stellar if the act gets the sound dialed in. There are 2 tiers in this round building. A large dancefloor and an encircling tier around the dancefloor with lunchroom tables for seating on the upper tier. There are also usually lunchroom tables at the back of the dancefloor. Yes thats right lunchroom tables! Occasionally they fill the entire dancefloor with lunchroom tables for to make for an all sit down show. Pretty rare I think I only saw this once.

    #4 Neptune Theater Seattle, Washington
    Sound A+
    Decor A
    Ambiance A+
    Upkeep B-
    Capacity 1000

    History: Opened 1921. Renovated 2011 and started having concerts around that time. Still Active.

    Seattle's answer to the Aladdin Theater in Portland. I actually feel the sound is even better in the Neptune than the Aladdin and that is saying something! Sound is almost always excellent at the Aladdin. There is a dancefloor in the front but instead of seating on the main floor behind the dancefloor there is basically a giant bar area where you have to be 21 to enter. The majority of this area is under the balcony but not all of it. There are some great sightlines just behind the dancefloor in this area. There is a rather large balcony at this venue with the most notable thing being the isles are extremely uneven terrain and difficult to traverse. Beware if you are inebriated as you just might fall! Some pretty cool murals also adorn the walls.

    #5 Cuthbert Amphitheater Eugene, Oregon
    Sound A+ to A
    Décor A
    Ambiance A+
    Upkeep A+
    Capacity 5000

    History: Has been open since at least 1991. Unsure of the rest.

    Great outdoor venue. This venue has a dancefloor up front followed by a tier of seating and then 2 tiers of lawn behind the seats. Sound is almost always great and a really pleasant place to see a show outdoors. I do have a complaint about their recent smoking policy. They seem to recently be intent that anyone who smokes do so only in a designated area. I come from the era of having your eyes burn at indoor shows due to both cigarettes and weed and I have begrudgingly accepted indoor venues have moved to this type of setup or no smoking at all in indoor venues since around 2010. (I still don't like it. It's a concert!) Seeing this happen at an outdoor venue is just too much over the top. I want to sit on my blanket and watch the show without having to worry about going to some obscure corner of the venue. I'm not really a smoker in general but whether I want to or not I don't like this type of restrictive behavior.

    What venues have you been to the most times?

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  2. FloydMaui

    FloydMaui Forum Resident

    Maui Arts & Culture Center

    Blaisdell Arena Honolulu

    Oakland Arena CA

    Shoreline Amphitheatre (Mountain View/Palo Alto CA)
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  3. kouzie

    kouzie Forum Resident

    Batavia, IL
    (Cabaret) Metro
    Lounge Ax
    both in Chicago
  4. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Dayman, fighter of the Nightman

    Bakersfield, CA
    Hollywood Bowl
    LA Forum
    Glen Helen Amphitheatre
    Santa Barbara Bowl
    Universal Amphitheatre

    Out of all these the Santa Barbara Bowl is my favorite but really miss the Universal Amphitheatre. Don't see a lot of shows here in Bakersfield.
  5. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    Perth Entertainment Centre
    Perth Western Australia

    Sound - not great
    decor - stadium-like
    ambiance - is all about the crowd
    upkeep - was always good, but it doesn't exist anymore
    capacity - 8200

    Perth Concert Hall
    Perth Western Australia

    Sound - excellent
    decor - nice
    ambiance - is always about the crowd
    upkeep - really good
    capacity - 1729

    The Generator
    Perth Western Australia

    Sound - like a pub
    decor - like a pub
    ambiance - like a pub
    upkeep - like a pub lol
    capacity - no idea

    Fedex Forum
    Memphis Tennessee

    Sound - average
    decor - stadium-like
    Ambiance - is all about the crowd
    upkeep - seems pretty decent
    capacity - 18,119

    Simmons Bank Arena
    Little Rock Arkansas

    sound - average
    decor - stadium-like
    Ambiance - is all about the crowd
    upkeep - seems pretty good
    capacity 18,000

    Raffles hotel
    Perth Western Australia

    sound - like a pub
    decor - like a pub
    ambiance - like a pub
    upkeep - like a pub
    capacity - no idea, but I looked it up, and it looks like they have swished the place up a bit

    Cloverdale Hotel, Belmont Hotel, Warwick Hotel, Paddington Alehouse, and lots of others ... same as the Generator and Raffles :)
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  6. Django

    Django Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ireland
    Probably the Olympia in Dublin.
  7. TheGoodDoctor

    TheGoodDoctor It used to go something like that

    Brixton Academy (c.4,000 capacity) probably. Off the top of my head I’ve seen there:
    Dinosaur Jr
    Manic Street Preachers
    Belle & Sebastian
    Kings of Leon
    First Aid Kit
  8. HenryH

    HenryH Forum Resident

    Probably Massey Hall in Toronto for me. (2,700)

    Great sound and ambience, but dependent upon where your seat is located.
    Sight lines can be tricky in certain spots.

    It's old, built in the 1890's. Around twenty years ago they spruced it up a little, built a lounge in the basement, and modernized "the facilities". Now it's undergoing a whole big scale renovation. It's going to be interesting to see and hear the new digs.
  9. Eleventh Earl of Mar

    Eleventh Earl of Mar Somehow got them all this far.

    New York
    Ithaca State theater

    Third time in May, in fairness it's "only" my fifth show (okay, arguably sixth if a festival stage counts will multiple artists) gone to + I couldn't really bankroll any concerts until I was 20 (three years ago)
  10. Hush

    Hush "Fate, up against your will"

    Aberdeen, Scotland
    Definitely the Glasgow Barrowland.

    Best venue in the world.

    First gig I did away from home was there in 1989 to see the Wonder Stuff, since then I’ve seen the likes of The Charlatans, The Cult, Janes Addiction, Simple Minds, Big Country, BRMC, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Living Colour to name but a few.
    I’ll be back a couple of times later in the year for the Mary Chain again and Peter Hook.
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  11. markreed

    markreed Forum Resident

    Most Visited?

    The Forum / Town & Country - London. I've been to at least 60 shows here. O2 Forum Kentish Town - Wikipedia
    The sound is generally good but a bit boomy upstairs, decor is 1930's, lots of white and ornate stylings. Bar service is generally quick. One of the better venues that still exists.

    Brixton Academy - London. About 50 shows. O2 Brixton Academy - Wikipedia
    Capacity is around 4,000. Sound is very unpredictable. Styling is Italian Renaissance. I don't like it because the dance floor is sloped and has lots of bars to stop crushing, so it feels like several venues crammed into one. The bars are poorly organised and the queues for service are often rude and noisy. I rarely buy drinks here.

    Shepards Bush Empire - London. About 40 shows. Shepherd's Bush Empire - Wikipedia
    Capacity is about 2,000. I hate this venue. It's got three balconies as well as an appallingly designed ground floor standing area. There are three bars downstairs, but one divides the standing area into a mezzanine floor : if you're up there, you can't see anything or hear much apart from people ordering beer. The sound is wildly unpredictable. Everywhere you go it is crowded.

    Best venue?

    The now closed Leamington Assembly Halls. A nice big, Art Deco room, well designed with a balcony up back. well designed, plenty of space, and bars at the back that are long and wide. Shock as Leamington Assembly closes

    Of the open venues... it's The Barrowlands in Glasgow. Well designed, great crowd, long bars, good service, and a lovely interior. And possibly the largest neon sign in Britain. Barrowland Ballroom - Wikipedia

    The Paradiso in Amsterdam is a very close second. Paradiso (Amsterdam) - Wikipedia
  12. LivingForever

    LivingForever Always one more tomorrow...

    Surprisingly , it turns out to be the Royal Albert Hall in London.

    Apparently I’ve seen 33 gigs there, and that’s not even counting any of the classical concerts and other events I’ve been to.

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  13. The Lone Cadaver

    The Lone Cadaver Forum Resident

    The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
    Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va
    Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD
    MCI/Verizon Center in DC
    Dallas Memorial Auditorium
    Reunion Arena in Dallas
    State Theater in Falls Church, VA
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  14. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

    Probably the New Haven Coliseum, and then after that maybe the Beacon Theatre.
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  15. PsychGuy

    PsychGuy Forum Resident

    McCabe's in Santa Monica would be my best guess ...
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  16. Jamey K

    Jamey K Internet Sensation

    Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum
    El Paso Civic Center (gone)
    El Paso County Coliseum
    Reunion Arena, Dallas (gone)
    American Airlines Center, Dallas
    Lubbock City Coliseum (gone)
    Sneakers, Amarillo (gone)
    Frank Erwin Center, Austin
  17. mradmack

    mradmack Forum Resident

    Glasgow, Scotland
    Another nod for The Barrowlands Ballroom. Still kept all my ticket stubs from over 30 years of gig going. Not sure how many were in there but the majority
  18. Music Geek

    Music Geek Forum Resident

    Including classical music the Wigmore Hall in London without a doubt.
  19. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    Maxwells between 1984 and 1993. I lived two blocks away for 5 or 6 years
  20. Beamish13

    Beamish13 Forum Resident

    The Rickshaw in Vancouver, B.C.
  21. SmallDarkCloud

    SmallDarkCloud Forum Resident

    Maxwell’s in Hoboken. I used to live two blocks away, which helped.
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  22. SoporJoe

    SoporJoe Top 5 Reviewer

    British Columbia
    Club DV8 in Salt Lake City. I think it's long gone though.
  23. impalaboy

    impalaboy Forum Resident

    Boise, Idaho
    The Knitting Factory in Boise, Idaho. About 50 shows, including the concerts before it was changed from The Big Easy to The Knitting Factory.
  24. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

    Central NY
    I've seen many shows there. An intimate and beautiful venue. Some notable shows include:

    Richard Thompson Band
    Steve Hackett
    Chick Corea Elektric Band
    Bruce Cockburn
    John Hiatt
    Jerry Douglas
    Dweezil Zappa
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  25. goat65cars

    goat65cars stang 2013

    Capitol Centre in Landover Md.
    9:30 Club 930 F St Wash. Dc
    Fed Ex Field in Landover
    Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia Md.
    Nissan Pavilion in Bristow Va.

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