Jun 11, 2013 6:42 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

No Place Like Home: Vina Robles Amphitheatre nears completion

Something big in the entertainment world is coming to the Central Coast next month. It's been in the works for years, but it's just about done. Already it's drawing some pretty big names to our neck of the woods, and adding more proof There's No Place Like Home.

There are still some work to be done, but the newest musical playground on the central coast is taking shape. And those who have seen it from drawings to the daily finishing touches happening in these final few weeks are pretty excited.

Tim Reed is the Ampitheatre's General Manager. It's kind of his baby. He's from the from the Central Coast, has always loved live music, and a couple of decades ago got frustrated with the lack of live music venues locally. "You know down to Los Angeles to San Francisco to see prime touring artists, and that was not okay with me."

That led Reed to some local restoration projects of smaller old facilites, and eventually a job building the big ones for Bill Graham Presents all over the country. But he always wanted to bring what he'd learned home.

In 2009 the folks at Vina Robles consulted him about how to improve events in their hospitality center. An amphitheatre wasn't even on the agenda. But when he left the meeting, he walked out the back door and saw a space that seemed to have a natural bowl beauty to it. He walked right back in and made a pitch. Four years and somewhere in the range of $10 million later, it's almost show time.

It's going to be a pretty intimate atmosphere at Vina Robles Amphitheare. The state is huge, so the artists will have plenty of room to play around, but when they look out at the audience, there's really no one they won't be able to make eye contact with.

There are about 33 hundred seats, including lower level, VIP booths, and lawn seating where you can bring a blanket and kick back with a pretty darned good view of center stage. "Where we're standing right now is only 150 feet from the stage." says Simone Michel, Director of Marketing for Vina Robles as she stands just above the lawn seating area.

And the venue at Vina Robles extends beyond the amphitheatre, which means in addition to beer, corn dogs and concert fair, you'll have options like wood-fired pizza's, and food and wine pairings. "We will also have a full-service restaurant on show nights so you can come enjoy a nice sit down pre-show dinner." says Michel. "Everyone is welcome to enjoy dinner at the restaurant, but you do have to have a ticket for show night." she explains.

The fun kicks off with an open house concert Saturday 22nd, featuring Jill Knight and the 805s, One Time Spaceman, Girls & Boys and Zongo All-Stars. The first official concert is July 6th with the band Yes, and basically after that every few days another name will take this stage, through October. Right in our own backyard.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, click here.



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