Explore the galleries of the photographers who have captured decades of Colorado music history through their lenses. These special collections, assembled for the Colorado Music Experience, capture the essence of events and people who have made outstanding contributions to our state’s music.

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Denver Coliseum 1956-1960

George Kealiher, Jr.

George Kealiher, Jr.’s relationship with management allowed him—and his camera—backstage when national acts were booked at the newly constructed Denver Coliseum, which started operation in 1952.

Ebbets Field 1973–1977

Bob Ferbrache

Denver’s premiere concert venue in the Rockin’ 70’s, Ebbets hosted a lineup of legends and up-and-comers. Young Bob Ferbrache hung out at Ebbets, where he morphed from gofer to photographer—and captured history.

The MTV Era 1982-1985

Brian Brainerd

The enormous impact of MTV’s revolutionary all-video format of the early 1980s transformed a slew of artists into iconic acts. Brian Brainerd’s portrait photography cemented the golden age of their appearances in Colorado.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre
1980-1987

Bill Warren

Photojournalist Bill Warren shot practically every concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the early and mid-1980s. He picked this assemblage of his archival images exclusively for the Colorado Music Experience.

Stars of the 1980s

Stephen Collector

Photographer Stephen Collector applied his attention to detail and lighting techniques to the world of ’80s music, a striking portfolio he shares with the Colorado Music Experience.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Tim Benko

The Telluride Bluegrass Festival is widely regarded as one of the world’s most important outdoor festivals. Tim Benko, who has shot TBF for more than three decades, shares some of his favorite images.

Tom Petty in Colorado

Michael Goldman

Photographer Michael Goldman captured nearly every one of Tom Petty's Colorado performances over the decades. This collection is culled from Michael's archives exclusively for the Colorado Music Experience.