The world-renowned Henry Strater Theatre is one of the oldest and most prestigious continually running theatres in Colorado, tallying over 47 years of quality performances. Formally known as the Diamond Circle Theatre, the space has been extensively renovated, and now houses top of the line stage lighting and surround sound equipment for your pleasure. The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is very fortunate to have this intimate theater as our main venue. Please be courteous to all patrons in the crowd and keep noise and conversations to a minimum volume while in the back of the room and around the bar.
The Durango Arts Center is a multi-use venue for music and the arts. The Arts Center hosts a great variety of shows and performances by local and national acts. The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is very pleased to use the Arts Center as one of our great venues. The theater has been designed to accommodate, including multi-level seating, a wet bar and a large stage.
The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is pleased to announce our newest main stage venue, the Wild Horse Saloon. The Wild Horse is known around town as a country bar by night and for the Meltdown weekend it is transformed into a great venue for those who want to let loose. With room for dancing and a large space in the back for socializing while allowing other patrons to enjoy the music in the front, the Wild Horse is a welcome addition to the Meltdown.
Located on the banks of the Animas River in a historic coal-fired, steam-generated AC power plant, the Powerhouse Science Center presents a wide range of programs, exhibits, and activities designed to provide an entertaining and inspiring look at “energy — past, present, and future.”
The Powerhouse Science Center is Southwest Colorado’s hands-on, interactive science center for all ages. Open year-round, the science center is a dynamic new place for family adventure, school field trips, early childhood learning, special events, “hanging around by the river, messing around with amazing technology, and just plain geeking out.”
The Powerhouse Science Center is the host of the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown’s free warm-up shows on Friday evening. The science center is a great place for this event, along the Animas River in Durango.
The Balcony Backstage is the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown’s Band Showcase venue on Saturday afternoon and hosts the Old-Time Barn Dance on Saturday night. The Balcony Backstage is an intimate venue giving the Meltdown a great and centrally located place for free shows. Check out our EVENTS page for a description of these events.