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Officials to see how noisy Red Rocks concerts are for nearby neighbors

Red Rocks concert

Red Rocks concert

MORRISON, Colo. — As concerts resume at Red Rocks, so do concerns about noise raised by residents of nearby Morrison.

On Friday night, local leaders will attend the Global Dub Festival and tour area homes in order to see what neighbors are complaining about.

“You can’t be out (on the porch), it’s so loud,” said Elizabeth Roth, who lives two miles away from the amphitheater. “Even if you go in and you close the door, the glass and the walls do that, whomp, whomp.”

Elizabeth is describing the deep bass sounds produced by Electronic Dance Music or EDM.

“It was never a problem until a couple of years ago,” Roth said.

As Red Rocks began booking more EDM shows, Elizabeth began to find that she was far from the only one concerned.

Neighbors like Hadi Soetrisno, have logged a variety of complaints from residents who surround Red Rocks. He charted them on a map that he took to city and county leaders.

“The red dots indicate frequency of loud and very disturbing sounds,” Soetrisno said, pointing to several dots within a two mile radius of Red Rocks.

Morrison residents won’t just have charts to back them up on Friday night. During the Global Dub Festival, Elizabeth and her neighbors will welcome JeffCo, Morrison and Denver officials into their homes.

“Until you actually go up there and see what’s actually happening, I think that will give us a better appreciation of what it is they’re going through and what the issues really are,” said JeffCo Commissioner Casey Tighe.

In January, Denver did place new limits on noise. Beginning at midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends noise levels cannot exceed 105 decibels. That’s just below the highest reading FOX31 registered during a Broncos playoff game and neighbors say that’s hardly a limit.

“We could not sleep. It was terrible up here, so we already know that the ordinance is not effective,” Elizabeth said.

After tomorrow, she hopes they offer more of a compromise.

“We’re not trying to stop concerts,” Elizabeth said. “We just want them to turn it down and stop at a reasonable time like other open air venues, which, across the board, has been 11:00.”

County and city leaders aren’t expected to make any immediate decisions based on Friday’s tour. They say a decision will likely come after several visits and tests.

3 comments

  • Kirsten

    With the Red Rocks EDM shows we need to be concerned with how the rocks hold up, too. If this is shaking peoples windows imagine what it is doing to the rocks around the natural ampitheatre. It could ruin it which I think would be a shame and or injure a person. Be responsible!

  • R. Lee

    I think the Red Rocks venue is older than the residential developments in that area and knowing that, the homeowners chose to live there anyway. Live with it or move.

  • Kirsten

    Also measuring the decibels will not address the problem it’s the base waves that are causing the problems! Most people that live in the area are fine with concerts it’s the base waves in which are disturbing the peace and have the potential to significantly alter the natural ampitheatre and cause serious injury to a patron!

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