The Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles has been nominated as the “Best Small Outdoor Venue” in North America for the second consecutive year, according to the entertainment industry publication Pollstar Magazine.
The 3,300-seat facility in the heart of San Luis Obispo County’s wine country hosted several notable artists during the 2017 season, including Bryan Adams, Earth, Wind and Fire, Lee Brice, The Gipsy Kings and The Shins, among others.
“We are honored to be recognized by the industry and thrilled to share this nomination with our partners Nederlander Concerts,” Paul Leatherman, general manager for the Vina Robles Amphitheatre, said in a release earlier this week. “I am fortunate to have such a hard-working team that works tirelessly each season to bring the best live entertainment experience to the fans, artists and our community.”
The venue is exclusively programmed by Nederlander Concerts, and boasted multiple sell-out performance this year, including Trevor Noah, host of the award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Chicago, thrash metal pioneers Slayer, with Lamb of God and Behemoth and rock legends REO Speedwagon with STYX and special guest Don Felder.
“In just five seasons, Vina Robles Amphitheatre has made its mark on the Central Coast and grown the music scene in an under-served market,” Alex Hodges, CEO of Nederlander Concerts, said in the release.
Along with Vina Robles Amphitheatre, this year’s nominees for the Best Small Outdoor Venue award include Ascend Amphitheater (Nashville, Tennessee), Filene Center at Wolf Trap (Vienna, Virginia), Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley (Berkeley), Greek Theatre (Los Angeles) and the Santa Barbara Bowl (Santa Barbara).
Winners will be announced during the 29th Annual Pollstar Awards on Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles.