Top 10 Local Concert Venues According to Greater Danbury People
Recently, I posted this question on my FB page, "What are your favorite concert venues in our local area?"
I received dozens of replies that included everywhere from the Ives Concert Park in Danbury to Toads Place in New Haven.
Votes also rolled in for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Buddy Guy's in Chicago, which are both a tad out of our listening area unless of course, you take into consideration listening to us live via the KICKS 105.5 App.
Here are your top 10 favorite concert venues in the local area, including some comments about the venues.
This 500-seat theatre is one of the very best in the state and features shows from every musical genre. There's not a bad seat in the house, and the acoustics are superior. Here are some comments about the Ridgefield Playhouse:
- "Love the great variety of shows and the old school charm."
- "Loved the easiness of parking. It's a great intimate setting for any kind of live music."
- "They have great shows for kids like plays, puppet shows, and animal shows."
- "There's nothing like watching a great show on the lawn at the Ives!"
- "Just love the vibe but I wish they'd add alligators to the moat in front of the stage."
- "Toads is such a legendary venue and I love the vibe."
- "Toads, dude, the place is gritty and loud and I love it."
- "Always loved the sound at the Oakdale."
- "Seats seem to be a bit larger than most theatres. The only real drag is the parking situation. Pay the extra money for premium parking."
- "Love the Warehouse at FTC especially when Ethan played with 'The Machine.'"
- "Love the choice between the large and small venue and the acoustics are excellent."
- "The acoustics were amazing, the staff was awesome, and the Bistro that's attached to Infinity Hall is incredible!"
- "We went to see Judy Collins and the clarity and tone of the hall were absolutely perfect."
I've personally seen a handful of shows at Daryl Hall's club. It's hard to explain, but if you're a music superfan like I am, there's a unique vibe associated with this venue no matter who you go and see. My recommendation is to make a night of it with dinner reservations, which will also get you closer to the stage, although there's not a bad seat in the house. Then you'll know what I'm talking about.
The beauty of free Concerts on the Green in Danbury is they always feature top local talent. At the end of the summer, Danbury steps it up by bringing in a national act for a weekend of shows with no admission required. All you have to do is bring along your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy some great music under the stars.
Many listeners are regular patrons of the Capitol Theatre. Here are some of their comments.
- "It's beautiful inside and it always has great new recording artists."
- "I've seen the B-52's, Joe Walsh, and Kevin Hart. The sound and acoustics are great!"
- "Not a bad seat in the house, great sound and lighting."
Personally, there just something about an old refurbished theatre like the Warner in Torrington. It exudes an air of sophisticated coziness and in most cases the acoustics are outstanding. Here are a few comments from Warner Theater concert goers.
- "gorgeous building, one of the hidden gems in Litchfield County"
- "The sound was excellent, the sight lines were unobstructed, and the seats were comfortable."
- "wide variety of shows and reasonably priced concessions"