Exactly two decades ago, Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre held spot as the largest amphitheatre in the United States. In 1993, San Manuel Amphitheater was established in California putting it at No. 2. Nevertheless, this venue still retains its charm and continues to attract thousands.
Housed amidst the lush green, rolling hills of East Troy, Wisconsin, the Alpine Valley Music Theatre was built in 1977. It was inaugurated the same year in June with its first concert by Boz Scaggs. The amphitheater boasts of a capacity of 37,000. This includes the 7,500 seat pavilion overlooking the sprawling lawns. The pavilion is covered with a wooden roof. The concert venue is in proximity to Madison, Rockford, Milwaukee and Chicago. It is almost equidistant from the four cities. Its favorable location is one of the main reasons for the large and diverse audience it attracts.
The venue is described as a seasonal venue as it does not make a very good outdoor space in the monsoon. The owners of the amphitheater undertook structural repairs in the summer of 1989 after the last Grateful Dead concert.
Nederlander Concerts acquired the Alpine Valley Music Theatre the same year San Manuel Amphitheater was built. Later in 1999 it was taken over by SFX, now Live Nation. Live Nation is a popular entertainment and eCommerce company. Live Nation is the current owner of this extensive outdoor space. The Live Nation staff is very hospitable and friendly.
Alpine Valley Music Theatre has hosted a number of notable performers since its inauguration. The list includes big names in the music industry such as Jimmy Buffett, Shaun Cassidy, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Guns n Roses, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith and many more. The Alpine Valley concert in the summer of 2005 was the largest American show for the British Rock Band Coldplay.
Taking the trip to the Alpine Valley Music Theater is worth all the trouble not only because of its superior acoustics or the big banners that perform here but also because of its breathtaking beauty and overwhelming size. The hill is steep and the lawns endless. The view from of the top of the hill is mesmerizing. There are retail portions on one side where you can get your food and beer. It is easy to get drinks. The crowds at the counters rarely allow the attendants to check identity proof. You should still carry identity proof should you be asked to produce it.
Adjacent to the amphitheater is a resort. The resort is not owned by Live Nation. The resort has a capacity of 100 rooms done up in a Bavarian theme. At the resort, there is a golf course and a ski hill for added entertainment.
The Alpine Valley Theater is one of the most incredible music venues in America. If you’ve never been there before, book yourself for an upcoming concert.