Yes to play new Vina Robles venue in July

April 10, 2013


Venerable prog-rock titans Yes will play the new, outdoor Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles on Saturday, July 6, CalCoastNews has learned.

yesAccording to the band’s website, tickets for the show will go on sale on May 17. The largest concert industry trade publication, Pollstar, is also confirming the concert date.

Yes has an extensive 2013 tour schedule, where they plan to perform three early releases, ‘The Yes album’, ‘Close to the Edge’ and ‘Going for the One’, in their entirety. However, former lead singer and San Luis Obispo County resident Jon Anderson is not participating in this tour.

It is unclear whether Yes will be the first act at the new venue, which is scheduled to open this summer. Garrison Keillor has booked a show there on July 14.

The much-anticipated outdoor venue will accommodate 3,300 patrons in a bowl-type setting at the winery off Highway 46 on the northeast side of town. Their concert season will run annually from May through November. For more information, go to


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I love Yes! Will definitely enjoy it in a small venue, if it’s not too hot on that day, Despite Jon not being there the music will be a fun flashback. As far as the neighbors are concerned I can see where there can be concerns. The traffic alone would be my main issue, unless I had a winery myself, then I might appreciate the crowds! Vina Robles should be smart and just give all their neighbors free tickets to the shows, then who would complain? Everyone knows the rule, if you are planning a big loud party, your neighbors are at the top o of the guest list! Lol

Vina Robles assured everyone that the music would be directed and contained–unlike the Fair music that we hear all over town, and that there would be no problem with 2000 or so left hand turns onto Highway 46 after the concert (over the objections of CalTrans). We’re about to see how this works.

The reason that the fair needs to amplify to that extent is because it has the WORST basic acoustics of any venue in California. At anything less than maximum decibels the echo off the rodeo stands muddles the sound so bad that any seat except the front row is horrible.

Hopefully this new venue will work. It can’t possibly have worse acoustics

Keep in mind that this so-called “much anticipated outdoor venue” was NOT supported by many neighboring landowners. They never purchased rural property thinking that someday they’d be stuck next to an outdoor concert arena.

Also, a Yes concert without Jon Anderson…well, that’s kinda like Queen without Freddie Mercury or Led Zeppelin without Robert Plant. No thanks.