Neighbors complain about noise from Red Rocks Amphitheatre

MORRISON, Colo. - A brewing dispute over claims of window-rattling sound levels during certain shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre has now drawn Jefferson County into the controversy, just as the iconic venue kicks off its summer concert season.

Members of the Morrison town board will meet Friday with at least one Jefferson County commissioner to explore ways of dealing with acts that churn out the pulsating and bass-heavy tones of electronic dance music, or EDM, at Red Rocks.

EDM, which typically features a DJ playing and mixing club music at high volume, has grown in popularity over the past few years. It has also prompted complaints from those who live near Red Rocks of prolonged, bone-buzzing concerts that shake walls and curtail sleep — even at homes half a mile away.

A particular issue is the low-frequency bass noise that emanates from the stage.

"You can get the craziest Metallica concert, and that's not even close to what we're talking about," Morrison Mayor Sean Forey said. "This is something new and different than anything in the past."

Red Rocks Amphitheatre implemented new limits Jan. 1 on volume and duration after receiving complaints. Read more in The Denver Post.