Watch the trailer for a new documentary about The Gorge

If it's not the most stunning concert venue in the country, it's definitely the most beautiful spot to see a show around here. Check out this preview of a new doc that tells the story of The Gorge

February 13, 2020
The Gorge

John Fisher (yeah, I took it!)

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If you're a music fan in the Northwest, you've probably made the pilgrimage to The Gorge at least once.

I remember when I first moved here in the early 90s and people were raving about the place: "Oh, you have to see a show at The Gorge! It's stunning!" And then the second part of the conversation: "It's about three hours from Seattle . . . . if there's no traffic." Three hours in each direction to go see a concert? That sounded crazy to me at the time.

But then I went. I saw my favorite band, Steely Dan, when they reunited and hit the road in 1993 and numerous times after that. I went to several years worth of Sasquatch festivals. I saw unforgettable headlining shows from Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Pearl Jam, and of course Dave Matthews. I never camped there because I like sleep, but I stayed overnight everywhere from the luxurious Cave B -- within walking distance of the venue -- to the Comfort Inn in Ephrata (the opposite of luxurious.)

Now there's a documentary that tells the unlikely story of how a breathtaking vantage point in the high desert above the Columbia River became one of the most legendary concert venues in the U.S. It's called Enormous: The Gorge Story and it's playing for one night only -- April 28 -- in theaters all around the Sound.

You'll see Dave Matthews, Steve Miller, and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready attest to their love of The Gorge and its importance in their careers, and you'll see live footage of Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and lots of other artists who've played there over the years.

I'm guessing -- or at least hoping -- that the film goes to Netflix or Amazon Prime or someplace online after its theatrical showing. And I'm so glad somebody has immortalized The Gorge and taken the time to tell this story.

Here's the Enormous website with screening details.

And here's the trailer:




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