Travel letters: This Colorado amphitheater rocks their worlds

Great article on Red Rocks [“A Rocking Good Time in Thin Air,” by Christopher Reynolds, July 15]. I’m a native Angeleno who has seen Widespread Panic there year after year since the late ’90s.

It’s the mecca of concert venues!

Aiman Shawaf

Mar Vista



I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the article on Red Rocks. I had no idea about the park there or its construction. Nor did I know about the “vibe” felt by the musicians playing there.

I was lucky enough to catch Jimi Hendrix at the show Reynolds mentioned. It was Sept. 1, 1968. I was 17. The emphasis was on the show, and I knew nothing about the venue itself. I headed back to Southern California for my senior year of high school and really didn’t give it a second thought.

Thanks again for enlightening me about it.


Peter Smith

Lake Arrowhead

‘Music’ memories

I loved Andrew Bender’s story about the “Sound of Music” tours [“Sounds Like an Austrian Idyll,” July 8]. It brought back memories of studying at the University of Vienna summer school at Strobl am Wolfgangsee cq in the summer of 1964.

I was on the same lake where they were filming parts of this iconic film. I have always felt a great connection to this movie because of having experienced that landscape, along with trips to Salzburg at the time of its filming.


I loved the writer’s use of all the lyrics from the show in his article. Of course, like many, I know them all. Thanks for the memory!

Bill Bowersock

Los Angeles