The Gorge Amphitheatre
"The Gorge" or "The Gorge in George"
The Gorge Amphitheatre during the Sasquatch! Music Festival in 2006
|Former names||Champs de Brionne Music Theatre|
|Location||754 Silica Road N.W.|
|Seating type||Reserved, lawn|
The Gorge Amphitheatre is a 27,500-seat outdoor concert venue near the Columbia River in George, Washington managed by Live Nation. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Gorge is considered one of the most scenic concert locations in the world. It is a nine-time winner of Pollstar Magazine's award for 'Best Outdoor Music Venue' and was voted as one of the 'Best Outdoor Concert Venues in America' by ConcertBoom.
Opened in 1985, this venue offers sweeping and majestic views of the Columbia River as it skirts the foothills of the Cascade Range southbound, as well as extreme eastern Kittitas County and extreme western Grant County. It is also known for its views of the Columbia Gorge canyon. Originally, the land was planned to be used for growing grapes for wine.
Apart from drawing big name performers, The Gorge has also played host to an array of popular music festivals, including Area Festival, Creation Festival, Dave Matthews Band Caravan, H.O.R.D.E. Festival, Honda Civic Tour, Identity Festival, Lilith Fair, Lollapalooza, Ozzfest, Paradiso Festival, Rock the Bells Festival, Sasquatch! Music Festival, Uproar Festival, Vans Warped Tour, Pain in the Grass, and Watershed Festival as well as Phish, who has played 19 times since 1997.
Brooks & Dunn's "Only in America" video was filmed here on June 12, 2001.
Fans can stay in the campground for 24 hours on the day of a single show, or until 12 noon the day after a run of shows end. Camping at the Gorge requires buying a camping ticket, which can be included in the concert admission ticket.
The campground at the Gorge sets aside spaces for one car with up to two two-person tents or a single RV. There are very limited RV hookups at the Gorge campground. Sites are set aside by venue staff on a first-come, first-served basis. Potable water, flush toilets, hot showers, and a convenience store are available on the grounds. The campground also has a basketball court, volleyball court, and 24-hour security.
The original amphitheater was owned and operated by Dr. Vince Bryan, along with the adjoining winery, Champs de Brionne Winery. The amphitheater was very small, seating only about 3000 people.
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