MORRISON, Colo. — For decades, neighbors found the sounds drifting from Red Rocks music to their ears.
But with the advent of electronic dance music or EDM, the concerts make them cringe.
And they want the venue to turn down the volume.
Friday night local leaders went on concert noise patrol. They are touring neighbors’ homes during the first EDM concert at Red Rocks this year.
“We’re just teenagers trying to have fun,” says concert-goer Chelcee Mills.
It’s a night of EDM she and her friends look forward to.
“We are going into a new evolution of music. We are going into EDM where it is completely different. The bass is a lot noisier, a lot louder,” says Mills.
But what these young people love, some Red Rocks neighbors dread.
“Really loud, loud bass. Boom, boom, boom. For hours, and hours. Sometimes it goes until 2 a.m.,” says neighbor Jean Legolvan.
She and her neighbors live two miles away from the vaunted venue.
They say they feel practically every pulse of EDM shows vibrating from the outdoor amphitheater.
“Just the warm up bands now it’s not loud right now,” says Legolvan.
New rules prohibit performers from exceeding 105 decibels after midnight weekdays and 1 a.m. weekends.
That level is what you’d expect from a Broncos playoff game.
It’s not bad now. But they say wait.
“It won’t really wind up until 10:30 or 11 p.m. That’s why the tour doesn’t start up at that time. Because we know this is not representative of the problem,” says resident Elizabeth Roth.
That tour will include leaders like Jefferson County Commissioner Casey Tighe, who’ll take in the show from neighbors’ homes.
They want to get a feel for what the neighbors feel.
“We have to see if the noise is constant? Is it that every once in a while it gets really loud? Does it go on too late? Is it loud too late?” he questions.
There will be 11 other EDM concerts this year.
Neighbors hope they won’t have to suffer through each one.
While visitors hope their entertainment isn’t endangered.
“We do want to have fun, young teenagers. I don’t know what a good compromise would be,” says teen Victoria Ortiz.
“This is our city too,” says Mills.
Officials suspect it will take several visits and tests with sound meters to determine the extent of the problem and possible solutions.