The Gorge Amphitheatre

Coordinates: 47°06′04″N 119°59′42″W / 47.101°N 119.995°W / 47.101; -119.995
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The Gorge Amphitheatre
"The Gorge" or "The Gorge in George"
The venue during a Sasquatch! Music Festival in 2006
Former namesChamps de Brionne Music Theatre (1986-93)
Address754 Silica Rd NW
George, WA 98848-9466
Coordinates47°06′04″N 119°59′42″W / 47.101°N 119.995°W / 47.101; -119.995
OwnerLive Nation
TypeOutdoor amphitheatre
Seating typeReserved, lawn
Opened1986; 38 years ago (1986)[1]

The Gorge Amphitheatre, originally known as Champs de Brionne Music Theatre, is an outdoor concert venue in Grant County, Washington, United States. It is situated near Columbia River in Central Washington, nine miles (14 km) west of George. The venue is managed by Live Nation.

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.[2]


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 had expanded to 19,000 by the time of its purchase by MCA in 1993.[3][4] The Gorge Amphitheatre was acquired by Live Nation in 2006.[5]

The Gorge is located in the United States
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The Gorge is located in Washington (state)
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North of Interstate 90, The Gorge is approximately 150 miles (240 km) east of Seattle and approximately 130 miles (210 km) west of Spokane.[6] This venue offers views of the Columbia River, Columbia Gorge canyon, eastern Kittitas, and western Grant County.[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 22 times since 1997.

Brooks & Dunn's "Only in America" video was filmed here on June 12, 2001.

The White River Amphitheatre opened in 2003, directly competing with the venue. The new amphitheater is substantially closer to Seattle, with a shorter travel time via car of 1.5 to 2.25 hours less, depending on traffic. A columnist for The Seattle Times noted the preferable view and "experience"[7] offered by The Gorge.

As of 2023, Dave Matthews Band has played 73 shows at the venue, traditionally during their Labor Day weekend three-night run. The Gorge, a combination 2-CD/1-DVD set with highlights from their 3-night 2002 tour closer here was released on June 29, 2004. Additionally, their September 4, 2016 tour closer was released as Live Trax, Vol. 44 on December 8, 2017.[8]

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

About 400,000 people attended concerts at The Gorge Amphitheatre in the year 2013.[9] Above and Beyond hosted their 250th episode of Group Therapy Radio at The Gorge on September 16, 2017 to September 17, 2017.[10]

A documentary film titled "Enormous: The Gorge Story" was released in 2021.[11] The film focused on The Gorge and its music history.[12]

Excision began hosting his weekend-long electronic music festival Bass Canyon here in August 2018.[13] 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.[13]

On June 10, 2023, folk music legend Joni Mitchell headlined an event at the Gorge - her first ticketed event in more than 20 years.[14]

On June 17, 2023, a person fired into a crowd at a campground near the Gorge during the Beyond Wonderland music festival, killing two people and wounding another two. The suspect continued to randomly fire into the crowd before being arrested.[15]


On June 17, 2023, during the Beyond Wonderland music festival, a mass shooting occurred at campground near the Gorge Amphitheatre.[16] The shooter killed two people and wounded two others. In addition, a third person, a security guard, was bruised by a bullet that deflected off her eyeglasses.[17] A suspect, 26-year-old U.S. Army personnel and Strongsville, Ohio native James M. Kelly,[18] was shot by police and arrested.[19][20] The two fatalities were a female couple from Southern California. The suspect was allegedly on psychedelic mushrooms during the shooting.[21]


Concert goers in 2010.

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 ends.[22] 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.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Green, Tammara (2011-09-08). "Marking the Gorge's 25th". Quincy Valley Post-Register. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
  2. ^ Ryan. "Best Outdoor Concert Venues in America". Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  3. ^ Wilson, Geordie (April 20, 1993). "Gorge: Back In The Act". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Ehrbar, Joe (May 26, 1996). "Gorge continues to bring the biggest concerts to a beautiful setting". The Spokesman-Review. p. E3.
  5. ^ Steigmeyer, Rick (August 6, 2006). "Gorge neighbors see flat revenues". The Spokesman-Review. p. B2. Retrieved August 6, 2006 – via
  6. ^ "Gorge Amphitheatre 411". Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  7. ^ Kim, Doug (June 17, 2003). "White River vs. the Gorge: Where will you get your summer music?". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 5, 2022.
  8. ^ "The Gorge Amphitheatre, George WA".
  9. ^ "Gorge Amphitheater has big economic impact | The Spokesman-Review". Retrieved 2022-03-27.
  10. ^ "ABGT250 at The Gorge Amphitheatre, Washington State". ABGT250. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  11. ^ Kreps, Daniel (2021-06-23). "See Pearl Jam Reminisce About Legendary 1993 Gig in 'Enormous: The Gorge Story' Clip". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2022-03-27.
  12. ^ Kenny, Glenn (2021-09-30). "'Enormous: The Gorge Story' Review: A Musical Paradise". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-03-27.
  13. ^ a b "Bass Canyon Festival | Aug. 23rd-25th". Bass Canyon Music Festival. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  14. ^ "Joni Mitchell Returns to the Stage, Golden, Glorious and in Control". The New York Times. June 11, 2023.
  15. ^ "2 dead, 3 injured in shooting outside Washington music festival". The New York Post. June 18, 2023.
  16. ^ Shalvey, Kevin (June 18, 2023). "2 dead, suspect detained in shooting at Gorge Amphitheatre campground, sheriff says". ABC News. Retrieved June 18, 2023.
  17. ^ "Gorge shooting suspect allegedly had mushroom hallucination prior to deadly shooting, court docs say". KING 5. June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 23, 2023. A private security officer responding to the report was struck by a bullet that deflected off her eyeglasses, according to the sheriff.
  18. ^ "UPDATED: Gorge victims, alleged shooter identified". Columbia Basin Herald. 2023-06-20. Retrieved 2023-06-21.
  19. ^ Levenson, Eric; Alonso, Melissa (June 18, 2023). "2 people killed in mass shooting near Washington's Gorge Amphitheatre during Beyond Wonderland music festival". CNN. Retrieved June 18, 2023.
  20. ^ Harris, Jeremy (June 18, 2023). "2 killed, 2 injured by active shooter who shot at crowd at Gorge Amphitheater". KOMO. Retrieved June 18, 2023.
  21. ^ Reporter, Joel Moreno, KOMO News (2023-06-21). "JBLM soldier accused of Gorge campground shooting was high on mushrooms, prosecutors say". KOMO. Retrieved 2023-06-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  22. ^ a b Horgan, Candace. "Camping at the Gorge Amphitheatre". USA Today. Retrieved 5 June 2013.

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