Colorado Culture


Culture of Colorado

Colorado Culture

  • The state of Colorado was formed in the year 1876 on August 7th. It became the 38th state which joined the United State of America after ex President Ulysses S. Grant declared that the state of Colorado is an integral part of the United States of America.

  • Just like many other states of the United States of America, the state of Colorado had also been occupied by the Native Americans and they continue to have their influence over the culture of Colorado. The archeologists have found many ancient artifacts that belong to theNative Americans and to foremost human population of that region which have been dated back to thousands of years before the birth of Christ.

  • The culture of Colorado also has some influence of the Spanish and French explorers that came from the European Continent and settled in regions that included parts of Colorado and other states of United States of America. This region occupied by the Europeans was merged back with the United States in the year 1803 during the Louisiana Purchase from France.

  • The immigrant population from across the country and also from other countries has influenced the culture of Colorado making it a multi cultural state. People from Korea, China, Japan, Germany, Austria, and Italy etc have settled here.

  • The Immigrant population resulted in a total rise of about 10 % to 15 % in the total population of the state. The state also has a sizable majority in its population that consists of people of Hispanic origin. Ethnically and ancestrally the Germans form a large chunk of the population of about 23 % and the Austrians who account for about 13 % of the population.

  • This vast diversity and large numbers of immigrant population has made the state of Colorado culturally diverse and resulted in a vivid cultural experience making it the most culturally diverse state in United States of America.

  • There are many languages spoken in the state of Colorado. Due to such a variety in population, English is the main language used and about 85 % of the population communicates only in English. Other than English, Spanish is the second most spoken language in Colorado used by about 11 % of the population.

  • In terms of Religion, the majority of the people of the state of Colorado are followers of Christianity i.e. 65 % of the total population follow Christianity. Out of those about 44 % are Protestant Christians, 23 % are Evangelic Christians while 19 % are Mainline Christians and other than that 44 % of the Christians are Roman Catholics.

  • Out of the total population there is about 3 % of the population that is Jewish and about 1 % to 1.5 % of the people are followers of Islam. About 25% have not associated themselves with any religion. This significant amount of the non – religious population is way up above the national average which totals up to 17 %.

  • The people of Colorado are admirers of music which forms an integral part of the culture of Colorado due to the many festivals and concerts organized to celebrate music. Some of the most famous music festivals held in the state of Colorado are Colorado Springs Symphony, Pikes Peak Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

  • Colorado Symphony Orchestra is the most significant of them all and it is held in Denver which was set up in the year 1989 as a progeny to the Denver Symphony. The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is a professional orchestra set up in the year 1958 at Boulder in Colorado.

  • The Theatre’s of the state of Colorado form an essential part in enhancing the culture of Colorado. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is ranked 2nd on the list of Biggest Performing Arts Center in the country. The Avenue Theater which is famously known for its exceptional performances is also located in state of Colorado.

Music of Colorado

Colorado Bands and Artists

  • 16 Horsepower (Indie-Gothic-Country-Rock)
  • 3OH!3 (Emotronic)
  • 3 The Hard Way (Hip-Hop)
  • Air Dubai (Alternative Hip-Hop)
  • Antonia Brico (Classical)
  • The Apples in Stereo (Indie/Pop)
  • The Astronauts (Surf)
  • Big Head Todd and the Monsters (Rock)
  • Breathe Carolina (Emotronic)
  • Cephalic Carnage (Grindcore/Death Metal)
  • The Czars (Rock/Indie/Alternative)
  • DeVotchKa (Indie/Alternative - Post Rock)
  • Dianne Reeves (Jazz)
  • Dressy Bessy (Indie)
  • Drop Dead, Gorgeous (Pitiful)
  • Fear Before the March of Flames (Mathcore)
  • Firefall (rock)
  • Five Iron Frenzy (Ska)
  • Flobots (Nu Metal)
  • The Fray (Adult Contemporary Soft Rock)
  • Hit and Run (band) (Bluegrass)
  • India.Arie (R&B/Soul)
  • Jill Sobule (Folk)
  • John Denver (Folk)
  • Judy Collins (Folk)
  • Kan'Nal (Indie/Alternative)
  • Leftover Salmon (Jam)
  • Loveland Opera Theatre(Opera)
  • The Minders (Indie)
  • Meese
  • OneRepublic (Pop/Rock)
  • Opera Colorado (Opera)
  • Philip Bailey (R&B/Funk)
  • Playalitical (Rap/Hip-Hop)
  • The Photo Atlas (Post-Hardcore)
  • Pretty Lights (Electronic)
  • The Pseudo Dates (Indie rock / indie pop)
  • Roper (Pop/Punk)
  • Slim Cessna's Auto Club (Indie-Gothic-Country-Rock)
  • Somo (Rap/Hip-Hop)
  • String Cheese Incident (Rock)
  • The Subdudes
  • Tickle Me Pink (Pop)
  • Single File (Pop)
  • Tommy Bolin
  • Vaux (Alternative)
  • Velvet Acid Christ (electronica/industrial)
  • Yerkish (Progressive Rock)
  • Yonder Mountain String Band (Bluegrass)
  • Zephyr (Punk)

List of Colorado Music Venues


  • Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St.
  • Macky Auditorium, CU-Boulder campus


  • 1STBANK Center (Broomfield,CO)

Colorado Springs

  • World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd.


  • Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St.
  • Magness Arena, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd.
  • Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave.
  • Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Pl.

Greenwood Village

  • Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre


  • Budweiser Events Center


  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre