Belly Up: An Aspen Music Venue

Belly Up isn’t bellying up anytime soon.

Concert at Belly Up Aspen
Photo courtesy of Belly Up.

Tucked away in the charming streets of Aspen, Belly Up Aspen is where the magic of live music meets the most intimate of settings. Since its grand opening in 2005, this 450-capacity venue has consistently punched above its weight, drawing in the kind of talent that typically commands stadium crowds in coastal cities. With a capacity less than one-twentieth the size of Red Rocks, Belly Up features some of the same acts that fill Mile High Stadium and Folsom Field, including Zach Bryan, Illenium, and Odesza in the last year alone. The mountain venue offers a concert experience that’s both electrifying and personal, putting fans close enough to the artists to see their guitar picks. It’s no wonder this venue has become a must-play for musicians and a must-visit for music lovers.

And it’s all thanks to the Goldberg family’s passion for bringing the world’s best musical acts to the remote mountain town. Co-owned by brothers David and Danny Goldberg and their father, Michael, Belly Up has been a labor of love since its inception. David and Danny were in their teens when their father opened the club, and they spent their formative years learning the ins and outs of the business, building a reputation as dedicated talent buyers and operating managers with a keen interest in production, keeping the club on the cutting edge of lighting and sound technology.

Today, Belly Up is celebrated for featuring the biggest names on its little stage, blending national touring acts, up-and-coming artists, and musicians making their Aspen debut. For the Goldbergs, family remains at the heart of the club’s experience. “I love doing what I do because I can share it with so many people,” said David. “I’m so lucky to share it with my dad and brother, over and over again.”

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If you’ve visited Aspen recently and wondered about the scaffolding surrounding the venue, worry not; the offices upstairs are under renovation, but the Belly Up you know and love isn’t about to change. “We never want to reinvent Belly Up, but we want to continue to find ways to be better,” says David. “Not just through the artists but through the experience.”

As for the performance they are most excited about this summer, Danny says, “I’m excited for Lyle Lovett because I know how special it is to my dad.”