Here is a short list of what we learned at the Q&A session for the Les Schwab Amphitheater on Wednesday evening.
--->There will be no chairs and blankets allowed at the Jack Johnson or Dave Matthews Band concerts because the venue had to sell 8,000 tickets to make those shows profitable. With that many patrons in the venue, chairs and blankets become a safety hazard.
--->There will also be no single use plastic bottles allowed at those shows in accordance with Jack Johnson's green tour initiative. Empty non-plastic bottles will be allowed and there will be fill stations set up throughout the venue.
--->The river will not be controlled, however, boaters will not be allowed to anchor in the stretch of river outside the amphitheater.
--->The grass to the east of the river will not be open, even during sold out shows. Marney Smith confirmed that she "highly doubts it will be open again," because to artists and promoters selling tickets across the river or opening the grass appears as scalping. Because of the grass closure last year, the venue was able to acquire high profile artists that would not have otherwise chosen Bend as one of their tour stops.
Happy summer concert going!