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The stage is set The stage is set (June 18, 2004)

New Shoreline concert season opens

By Candice Shih

Shoreline Amphitheatre's summer concert season is finally upon us, and with it will come more out-of-town traffic, increased police presence, that special smoky smell you know doesn't come from tobacco -- and of course, the biggest music acts today.

The summer kicked off last Friday with Live 105's 11th annual BFD festival and will conclude Oct. 2 with Sting and Annie Lennox in a joint performance, that is if Shoreline doesn't add new acts.

The main attraction

There are 17 shows currently booked, including No Doubt and Blink-182 this weekend, The Dead, The Who, and festivals Ozzfest and Lollapalooza. Bill Graham Presents, Shoreline's operator, is always adding new artists to the list which could include up to 30 shows.

BGP spokesperson Aaron Siuda said he expects The Dead, The Who, Sting and Annie Lennox, and crooner Josh Groban to be the four top selling acts this year. BGP hopes to sell more tickets via its upcoming discount sale -- lawn tickets that are already available will cost only $20 on Sunday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to midnight at www.bgp.com.

What really makes Shoreline special, Siuda said, is its size and layout, not to mention its signature double-peaked tent.

"It's a large outdoor venue -- when you're in an amphitheatre with 22,000 people, you feed off the energy of the 22,000 people," said Siuda, whose company also promotes events at the Concord Pavilion and the Mountain Winery. "You can't really top that. That's a massive, massive deal. That's why people go to football games."

Shoreline seats 22,000 people, 6,500 in reserved seats and the rest on the open-air lawn. No Shoreline show has been rained out since the venue opened in 1986, said Siuda.

Behind the music

For living in the front yard of such a large attraction, some Mountain View residents will have to endure a few inconveniences.

In particular, residents at the Santiago Villa Mobile Home Park, located near the Amphitheatre, have complained about the impact on their neighborhood.

Trash and traffic are their main concerns, said Shawn Jipp, president of the park's residents association. "It's very difficult to leave the mobile home park area in general if there are concerts going on or to get home from work," he said.

In the past, crowds leaving concerts have also become rowdy and dangerous, sometimes taking over local fast food restaurants. Mountain View police now have a solution.

"We shut the traffic going south into the city and force it on to the freeway," said Keith Plamondon, sergeant of special operations.

During those select times, especially during larger festivals, even residents can't head south on Shoreline Boulevard but must take Highway 101 out of town.

But despite dealing with more trash and different traffic patterns, Mountain View residents get to enjoy one advantage -- residents of the city can purchase concert tickets one day before they go on sale to the general public.

E-mail Candice Shih at cshih@mv-voice.com

Information

Pre-sales: To buy tickets one day before they go on sale to the general public, go to the Shoreline box office with your identification and proof of residency, like a utility bill, to get a free Mountain View resident card. You can use this card in the future to purchase tickets on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., before tickets are released on Sundays, at the box office.

Call: 967-3000 or visit www.shorelineamp.com


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