COLORADO SPRING FORWARD: Colorado Springs will be getting an 8,000-capacity outdoor venue in the Sunset Amphitheater, set to open in 2024. (Courtesy Notes Live)


Music venue and hospitality company Notes Live, Inc. announced a deal with AEG Presents to exclusively book acts and run the day-to-day operations of Sunset Amphitheater, which is under construction in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 8,000-capacity venue opens in 2024.

“I’ve interacted with AEG many times over the years as a music fan, attending their shows and venues,” said JW Roth, CEO of Notes Live. “They’re synonymous with excellence in live music, and I admire them immensely as a company, so to get to team up in this way is truly a privilege.”

Under the terms of the 10-year agreement, Sunset Amphitheater will present 40 concerts a year . AEG will book and run operations while Notes Live will continue to own the facility, a $55 million project.    

“This partnership solidifies and validates our business model,” Roth said.

Brent Fedrizzi, co-president and chief operating officer of AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, said in a statement, “We are looking forward to bringing world class entertainment to Colorado Springs with the addition of the Sunset Amphitheatre and our new partnership with JW Roth and his team at Notes Live. This entertainment destination will be a crown jewel in the community, for artists and fans to enjoy for years to come.”
The Sunset is on the same campus as Notes Live’s Boot Barn Hall. Designed by architects BCA-Studios, The Sunset comes by its name naturally. The venue will feature a view of the sun setting over Pikes Peak behind the stage and is flanked by the Air Force Academy’s football stadium to the left and the iconic Air Force chapel on the right. Planned amenities include 92 VIP firepit suites and a $20 million fine dining seafood and chophouse with a rooftop bar, stocking more than 150 varieties of bourbon. 

BOOT SCOOT: Sunset Amphitheater is on the same campus as the indoor Georgia Boot Barn venue.

Notes Live plans to build additional amphitheaters in a half dozen markets over the next five years. The company focuses on markets in regions with growing populations and in need of high-quality music and entertainment venues. 

The company’s newest entertainment complex opens July 7-8 in Gainesville, Georgia. The footprint features the Boot Barn Hall music venue and the Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse and Tavern restaurant. The sold-out grand opening weekend is headlined by Josh Turner (July 7) and Country Music Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs (July 8). 

Situated an hour northeast of Atlanta, the $15 million Boot Barn Hall in Gainesville is a 14,500-square-foot venue with floor-to-ceiling beetle kill pine walls and an additional 3,575 square feet of mezzanine seating with 15 suites. It is equipped with a $1.5 million audio and visual system. Booking will be handled in-house. 

Adjoining Boot Barn Hall, the Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse and Tavern is a scratch kitchen, serving American classics and Southern staples. In a deal with Gainesville’s Arts Council, the restaurant’s waiting area will showcase repurposed pews from the historic First Methodist Church of Gainesville.