Orion Amphitheater continues to receive widespread accolades

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The Orion Amphitheater is one of the country’s newest and hottest venues. (Michael Seale / Hville Blast)

Anyone who has seen a show at the Orion Amphitheater already knows what a fabulous venue it is. But if you need more convincing, the Orion has received multiple accolades since it opened in the spring.

In addition to being featured in Rolling Stone magazine, the Orion has also racked up a handful of awards and honors in just a few months in operation. Keep reading to find out more.

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150,000 guests and counting

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CEO and Grammy winner Ben Lovett has received honors for his involvement in the Orion. (Michael Seale / Hville Blast)

The Orion Amphitheater has already hosted more than 150,000 guests since its opening, and featured artists such as Widespread Panic, Jason Isbell, Jack White, Keith Sweat, Styx and more.

In addition to its success among fans, the venue has been the recipient of multiple awards, including:

  • 2022 Partnership in Tourism Award from the Alabama Tourism Department 
  • Attraction of the Year from the Alabama Mountain Lakes Association
  • Nominated for 2022 Amphitheater of the Year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association
  • CEO Ben Lovett selected as one of VenuesNow’s Top 2022 All-Star Executive Honorees

The Orion will host numerous concerts and community events through the remainder of its inaugural season, including shows from Lauren Daigle and Stevie Nicks as well as the HPD Halloween Haunted House, Christkindlmarket Huntsville and additional upcoming holiday programming.

Not just a concert venue

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The Orion Amphitheater has hosted more than 150,000 people since opening in the spring. (Michael Seale / Hville Blast)

With its proximity to the iconic Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Huntsville enjoys its status as part of the Americana Music Triangle, known for its cultural achievement as the birthplace of one of America’s greatest exports, music.

So it is only fitting that the Orion Amphitheater was built in Huntsville.

But the Orion goes beyond music, providing cultural experiences throughout the year – including several newly completed art installations and educational events for the community, plus opportunities for local businesses and government to stage large-scale gatherings.

The $46 million Orion Amphitheater is owned by the City of Huntsville but operated by by Huntsville Venue Group, a partnership between Lovett and industry veterans Ryan Murphy, Mike Luba, Don Sullivan, Jeff Kicklighter and Al Santos.

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