I've heard this comment more than once this summer. Fill in the blank on what city they're talking about.
I don't know if this is actually true.
But I do know that the quality of acts Bend is getting is about 1000% higher than just a decade ago.
According to the Bulletin, "Holiday weekend lodging was off 3 - 5%".
Along with this line: "...downtown Bend reported "very strong business" over the weekend, due to summer concerts at the Les Schawb Amphitheater."
I've been wondering for some time, now, whether these concerts as a whole generate enough ticket sales to pay for the marquee acts? Or are they being sponsored and supported by corporate promotional funds? And whether or not this will continue forever?
Because it seems to me that 'sponsored' events are always just a withdrawal away from not happening at all.
But I don't know to what extent the 'sponsored' money is propping up the whole arrangement. I suppose I'll never know.
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