July 1, 2019 by: Kathleen Fleming
2019 Guide to The Alpine Valley Music Theatre
The Alpine Valley Music Theatre located just outside East Troy, WI, is the perfect venue to see any concert. Set in the bowl of a hill, stunning 360° views encompass the amphitheater and are a sight to behold on its own. On top of that, this outdoor theatre is intimate, yet big enough to attract some seriously big names. In the last couple of years, they’ve hosted some chart-topping bands like Toby Keith, Dead and Company, Zach Brown Band, and KISS. This summer, they have yet another great line-up of bands coming to the stage. To find out what concerts to attend, where to sit, and how to turn a concert into a full day event of fun, we’ve got your guide to the Alpine Valley Music Theatre.
Summer 2019 Shows:
Dave Matthews Band: July 5 & 6th
What's the best way to keep the 4th of July all-American spirit flowing all weekend? Go see Dave Matthews Band on the night of Friday, July 5th or Saturday, July 6th. This chart-topping, Grammy-winning band is not one to miss!
Phish: July 12,13, & 14th
Good things come in threes, especially 3 nights in a row are all dedicated to Phish. This iconic group has a fantastic fan base and keeps people coming back to see them year after year for their fun and innovative performances. Come for one night or stay for all three nights to experience a different set each night.
Jimmy Buffett: July 20th
Calling all parrotheads, bring your Hawaiian shirts, put on your pirate hat, grab a drink, and head on over to the most colorful concert of the year. Sing along to all your favorite songs with thousands of friends you just haven’t met yet.
Hootie & The Blowfish: Aug 23rd
With BareNaked Ladies opening, and the folk legends Hootie & The Blowfish following, this is going to be one amazing concert. The band is celebrating its 25 year anniversary of their debut album and the energy is electric with this duo.
The Who: Sept 8th
The Who is coming to close up the theatre this September with an amazing concert filled with all of their best songs. This English Rock Band transformed the music scene and still remains in the hearts of millions of fans worldwide.
You can check out the general seating chart on the official website, but we took it a step further and described the best aspects of each section so you can reserve the right seats for you.
GA Lawn: The lawn surrounding the edge of the theatre is one of the most popular spots to view the concert from. Sit on the soft grass and view the bands you love in a relaxed setting with picturesque views of the surrounding meadows and a sky full of stars above you. You can bring a blanket or folding chairs for your comfort and experience the best parts of an outdoor amphitheater. Pro Tip: Get there early to scope out the perfect seat!
Seated Sections: Depending on the concert there will either be 3 or 6 different sections of seats you can choose from. For concerts with a pit at the front, you can choose from sections 201, 202, or 203. For concerts without a pit, there are added sections in the front row labeled 101, 102, and 103. Most people enjoy sections 102 and 202 for its central to the stage location. No awkward angles or posts in the way of viewing.
When buying a ticket, look for the rows that are first in the alphabet (A, B, C) to position you closer to the stage. The best part about this seating choice is you can show up whenever, as your seats belong to you. Plus you don’t have to stand while waiting for the concert! Go grab a beer or some concessions as you don’t have to worry about your seat, or sit and relax in your seats and stand up to dance for your favorite songs.
The Pit: The Pit is a general admission standing only area at the front of the stage. The main benefit of this option is that you are very close to the performers and lots of people like this area to dance to the music. There are no reserved spots, so if you want a good view, you’ll need to get there early. Also, not every concert has this as an option.
Boxes: There are some boxes above the pit but before section 202. These offer a great view of the concert inside a private suite and are the choice if you like VIP treatment. You can bring some friends for a great intimate feeling in the midst of the concert. The best part about this option is you can show up whenever, as the box is reserved for you and there is more than enough room to get your groove on and dance a little with your friends.
Tips & Policies
No Food Or Drink: Security will take any picnic items you may bring with you and no one goes to a concert to eat at the concession stands. Our tip? Stop by one of the great restaurants in East Troy before going. East Troy Brewery is a great place to fill up on some great food before heading in, and you can even get one of their craft brews while you’re there. Roma’s Ristorante & Lounge is another great place to stop in and share a big pizza before heading into the concert.
Lawn Chairs: If you plan on sitting on the lawn during your concert, you can bring your own chair or rent one for $10. When buying your ticket you can add a lawn chair rental on and not have to worry about bringing your own.
Parking: Bring $20 cash with you for parking. The lot opens up at 3pm or you can pay extra to park early. Tailgating is permitted, so you can bring some cold drinks or snacks and enjoy before heading into the theatre.
Accommodations: Alpine Valley Music Theatre is a great venue because it is surrounded by beautiful views of trees and sweeping meadows, no cities or skyscrapers in sight. A short drive away leads you to some of the most comfortable accommodations you could ask for. In the neighboring town of Whitewater, the Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast is one of the best accommodations in the area. With large comfortable rooms and breakfast served each morning, you won’t have to worry about a thing.
Want to see a concert at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre? Book a stay at the Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast, located just minutes from downtown Whitewater and Kettle
Moraine State Park.