If you’re like me, you couldn’t make it out to see Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at Les Schwab Amphitheater on Sunday night. And if you’re like me, you watched that storm roll into Bend from the south and wondered how the concert would be affected. According to its Web site, the Schwab’s policy is that all events happen rain or shine. It is silent on wicked, violent lightning storms.
Amphitheater manager Marney Smith reports that Lovett played “a few minutes shy of 2 hours” (which is longer than most Schwab shows that do reach their end) before “his management pulled him off for safety.” Understandably. Lovett would have performed between two and four more songs if weather had not been an issue, Smith said.
We’ve already received one question here at The Bulletin about whether refunds are being offered. Smith says they are not. For whatever it’s worth, I think that is the right call. The estimated 1,500 folks who saw Lovett in Bend got their money’s worth.
Speaking of which, when I read that attendance estimate, my first thought was that it seems awfully small. However, I looked back at Lovett’s previous Schwab show in 2005 and found it drew just under 1,300. Just thought that was interesting, given the difference in the economy between then and now. He also played there in 2003 and drew nearly 2,500, so make of all of that what you will.
Anyway, before the sky opened up, Bulletin photographer Andy Tullis got to the Schwab and snapped a few photos of Lyle and his band. Here’s one, and there are a couple more after the jump.