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Red Rocks Hopes To Silence Complaints Without Silencing Music

MORRISON, Colo. (CBS4)- A fight over noise is brewing over what some consider the most popular outdoor music venue-- Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

People living near Red Rocks say some of the musical acts are literally shaking their homes.

"The windows are rattling, the walls shake, you put covers over your head and it doesn't do anything, the sound goes through the walls," said resident Hadi Soetrisno who lives a little more than a mile away from the venue.

Global Dance Festival took place at Red Rocks in 2013 on July 19, 20 & 21
(credit: Michael Martin Photography/AEG Live)

In the past he has always looked forward to hearing bands play in the distance. He is one of about 30 households all experiencing that same window rattling noise from certain concerts-- especially EDM or Electronic Dance Music.

The group wrote a letter to Jefferson County saying they've had enough and want commissioners to step in.

"We want to decrease the number of concerts to respectable levels and then the sound limits.

Those residents, commissioners and Red Rocks met to discuss a solution on Friday. At issue is whether new sound regulations are working.

In January Red Rocks implemented new sound regulations and despite having had just one concert since then, residents say those changes are minimal.

Commissioner Casey Tighe wants more time.

"I think we need a few more shows to really get a handle on what's going on," said Tighe.

More than 80 concerts are set to take the stage for the summer concert season. They must end by 12:30 a.m. on weeknights and 1:30 a.m. on weekends. The sound pressure limits have also been set as part of the new regulations.

Tighe said if the regulations aren't working after this summer they may look at making additional changes to curfew and noise levels.

Neighbors said for now, it's a step in the right direction.

"We're willing to put up with some of this for another year and see. Hopefully next year there will be some more restrictions," said Soetrisno.

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