699 Main Ave.
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 listening pleasure. The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is very fortunate to offer 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. Thank you!
802 East 2nd Ave.
The Durango Arts Center “The DAC” is a multi-use venue for music and the arts. The DAC hosts a great variety of theatrical shows and musical performances by local and national acts. The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is very proud to partner with the DAC as one of our unique venues. The DAC organization is an exceptional local non-profit group specializing in the presentation of the arts. The DAC theater has been designed to provide exceptional viewing, including multi-level seating, a wet bar and a large stage.
601 East 2nd Ave. #C
The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown’s “let loose” venue, is hosted at the Wild Horse Saloon. The Wild Horse is known around town as a Cowboy bar by night, but for the Meltdown weekend it is transformed into a foot-stompin’ venue for those who want to get down and boogie. Offering a great dance floor and a large space for socializing at the back of the venue, it invites patrons to enjoy the music in the front. It’s a given that the Wild Horse adds a slightly different honky-tonk type flavor to the line-up of Meltdown’s venues.
128 East College Drive
The Animas City Theater was brought on-line as a new venue for the Meltdown in 2018 and will again host some awesome performances for our 25thAnniversary. After the festival sold out to maximum capacity in 2017 the Meltdown Board decided to up the ante and respond to the growing popularity of the festival, adding another venue to accommodate all of our bluegrass lovers. Most importantly, we don’t want to turn anyone away! The Animas City Theater will present seven new sets of music including National and Regional bands all day Saturday.
479 Main Ave.
Brought back for our 25thAnniversary, the Meltdown has re-established our partnership with the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for Friday’s free-to-the-public opening event. The Grange Building is a relatively open venue located in the compound behind the Railroad Museum. Enter through the Railroad depot at the South end of Main Avenue.
9th St. & East 2nd Ave.
The Durango Elks Lodge is the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown’s Band Showcase venue on Saturday afternoon and hosts the Old-Time Barn Dance, a not-to-miss opportunity to shake-a-leg on Saturday night. The Elks Lodge is an intimate venue giving the Meltdown a great and centrally located place for several shows offered free to the public.
Check out our EVENTS page for a description of these events.