The Gorge Amphitheatre

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Coordinates: 47°06′04″N 119°59′41″W / 47.101016°N 119.994661°W / 47.101016; -119.994661

The Gorge Amphitheatre
"The Gorge" or "The Gorge in George"
Gorge Amphitheatre.jpg
The venue during a music festival (c.2006)
Former namesChamps de Brionne Music Theatre (1986-93)
Address754 Silica Rd NW
George, WA 98848-9466
OwnerLive Nation
TypeOutdoor amphitheatre
Seating typeReserved, lawn
Capacity27,500
Opened1986[1]

The Gorge Amphitheatre, originally known as Champs de Brionne Music Theatre, is an outdoor concert venue near the Columbia River in Grant County, Washington, nine miles west of George, Washington. It is managed by Live Nation.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Gorge is considered one of the most scenic concert locations in the world.[2] 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.[3]

About[edit]

Early shot of "The Gorge", prior to expansion.

The original amphitheater was owned and operated by Dr. Vincent Bryan and Carol Bryan, along with the adjoining winery, Champs de Brionne, for which it was named. It opened in 1986 and seated 3,000 people, but was later expanded after MCA purchased the venue from the Bryan family in 1993.[4] In later years,[when?] The Gorge Amphitheater was acquired by Live Nation.

The Gorge is located approximately 150 miles (240 km) east of Seattle and approximately 130 miles (210 km) west of Spokane.[5] 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.[citation needed] 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.

The Gorge, a combination 2-CD/1-DVD set with highlights from Dave Matthews Band's 3-night 2002 tour closer here was released on June 29, 2004.

Pearl Jam (from Seattle) released a box set, featuring their entire performances from 2005 and 2006, aptly titled, Live at the Gorge 05/06.

Above and Beyond hosted their 250th episode of Group Therapy Radio at The Gorge on September 16, 2017 to September 17, 2017.[6]

Excision began hosting his weekend-long electronic music festival Bass Canyon here in August 2018.[7] The second year of the festival took place on August 23-25, 2019 and featured artists such as Excision himself, Flux Pavilion, Zomboy, Wooli, Virtual Riot, Subtronics, Liquid Stranger, and many more.[8]

Concert goers at Gorge at George in 2010.

Camping[edit]

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.[9] 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 24-hour security.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Green, Tammara (2011-09-08). "Marking the Gorge's 25th". Quincy Valley Post-Register. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
  2. ^ "Live Nation Announces Inaugural JamBase Live Festival Held At The Gorge Amphitheatre July 5 & 6". The Wall Street Journal. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. ^ Ryan. "Best Outdoor Concert Venues in America". ConcertBoom.com. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  4. ^ Wilson, Geordie (April 20, 1993). "Gorge: Back In The Act". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "Gorge Amphitheatre 411". Toupstown.com. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  6. ^ "ABGT250 at The Gorge Amphitheatre, Washington State". ABGT250. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  7. ^ "Bass Canyon Festival | Aug. 23rd-25th". Bass Canyon Music Festival. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  8. ^ "Bass Canyon Festival | Aug. 23rd-25th". Bass Canyon Music Festival. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  9. ^ a b Horgan, Candace. "Camping at the Gorge Amphitheatre". USA Today. Retrieved 5 June 2013.