Vina Robles Amphitheatre

The 2023 concert series opened on Sunday, May 14th, at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre, with a spectacular light and music performance by French electronic music group M83. The venue provided a fantastic setting for the concert, nestled among the vineyards of Paso Robles, California. The natural acoustics and open-air amphitheater added a layer of magic to the evening.

Maynard James Keenan, the enigmatic lead singer of the heavy metal rock band Tool, brought his fascinating side project Puscifer, to perform the final live music event of the season at the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, California.

On a beautiful late summer evening September 21st Flogging Molly led an energetic 4 band line up of mosh inducing bands at Vina Robles Amphitheatre. The music started early while a warm afternoon breeze kept temperatures at the venue pleasant. Opening the show was The Skints, a young English reggae punk band with boundless energy. Much like the headliners Flogging Molly, The Skints tour relentlessly, honing their exquisite musical skills on the road.

On an unusually cool August night at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, hard rock icons Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo brought their extensive catalog of rock hits to an adulating crowd. The Sunday, August 28th show was buffeted by unusually cool winds from the north, creating longer lines at the coffee bar than at the beer and wine bars. But that did not stop the excited audience from enjoying a night at the beautiful venue.

A trio of East Coast artists brought the jams to the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, California, on a beautiful summer Tuesday, July 19th. Fans arrived early to picnic on the lawn in the back of the venue, enjoy food vendors with sumptuous offerings like wood-fired pizza and imbibe beverages from a vast selection of regional beer and wine.

Carlos Santana returned to the stage with his band for an emotional and astounding marathon concert at the California Mid-State Fair on Saturday, July 23rd. The show was exceptional for many reasons, but primarily because it took place at all. On July 5th, the now 75-year-old icon fell ill during a performance in Michigan, and his wife (drummer in the band) reported that he collapsed due to heat and dehydration.

On Tuesday, May 24th, Indie folk-rockers Lord Huron brought their eloquent melodies to the venue on a beautiful balmy evening. As is the custom at the pristine venue nestled in the oak-lined mountainside in Paso Robles, smiling music fans arrived early to sample the winery's wares, local beers, and yummy snacks, including wood-fired pizza. The back lawn area filled up early, seemingly a favorite spot for the many who arrived with their families in tow. The summer sunset shortly before opener Erin Rae took the stage. Nashville singer-songwriter Erin Rae backed by a trio of accomplished folk-rockers, played a pleasing 40-minute set of tunes from her two albums. The folksy tunes benefited from some spicey slide guitar work from the band's guitarist.

Thanks to Nederlander Concerts, a few thousand fortunate live music fans were treated to an intimate concert at the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre on September 22nd. St. Vincent and Spoon brought a blistering double bill of guitar-drenched rock to the mountain fringed venue just three days before their sold-out appearance in front of 18,000 fans at the Hollywood Bowl.

The Vina Robles Amphitheatre may have a competitor for the moniker of the most beautiful live music venue in Santa Barbara County. En Fuego Events has brought a family-friendly live music series to the serene Elings Park, which is nestled in the mountains of the Santa Barbara Mesa.

Iconic singer-songwriter Jackson Browne played his first post-pandemic concerts in Santa Barbara as part of a mini warm-up tour before launching into a national co-headline tour with James Taylor. The long-time Santa Barbara County resident first played the Santa Barbara Bowl on Sunday, September 5th, and the venue's first live music event since before the pandemic.

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