A July 11 letter sent “a big sorry” to those of us who didn’t attend the recent Yes concert at Vina Robles Amphitheatre, and extolled the virtues of this new venue. I also was excited about this new venue and the inaugural lineup of artists, that is, until I looked at the bottom line.
The lowest cost “lawn” seating for any of the Vina Robles concerts is about 40 bucks; most much higher. Add to that a $11.50 (depending on the promoter) per ticket “convenience fee,” and $3.50 per ticket parking fee (why it costs twice as much to park the same car if two people ride together defies logic). Factor in a pre-concert dinner at one of Paso’s fine restaurants, and you could easily drop a couple of Ben Franklins for a night out. Way too rich for my blood, considering a popular winery in Templeton charges $22 for a concert, downtown SLO bars charge about the same and there is a free concert every Friday at the Mission.
I understand that we live in an expensive time and location, but I’ll just accept my “big sorry” and eschew these “high roller” events in favor of more reasonably priced venues.