No more free concerts near Bend concert venue

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on August 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Musicians and their managers have objected, and ticket sales are down. So the Old Mill District in Bend is will no longer allow people to sit on the other side of the Deschutes river and get free concerts from acts at Les Schwab Amphitheater.

The venue's manager, Marney Smith, says the word is going around in the music industry that Bend is not the place to go because it allows people to listen for free. And the non-paying crowds have been growing.

Smith said sales for the first four shows of this summer were down 19 percent from last year and revenue could be down by a third unless things pick up.

Starting Sunday, when Michael Franti & Spearhead play, the area on the east bank will be restricted.
 

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