'My songs are made to be performed live,’ notes Knopfler. ‘I love the whole process of writing them alone and then recording them with the band, but ultimately the best part is playing them to an audience live. I enjoy the whole circus, travelling from town to town and interacting with this group of players is a total pleasure. I’m really looking forward to it.’
Down The Road Wherever—recorded by Knopfler in his West London studio, British Grove—features 14 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including Knopfler’s early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray soccer fan lost in a strange town, the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow and a man out of time in his local greasy spoon diner.
On tour, Knopfler will perform with an expanded ten-piece band, most of whom have been working with him for more than two decades: Guy Fletcher (keyboards), Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), John McCusker (fiddle and cittern), Glenn Worf (bass), Danny Cummings (percussion) and Ian Thomas (drums). New additions include Graeme Blevins (saxophone) and Tom Walsh (trumpet).
About the Bowl:
Nestled in the hillsides above Santa Barbara, the Bowl is a premier example of 1930s WPA outdoor Craftsman-style architecture and melds decades of music and vistas in ways no other open-air venue in America can. In 1995, the Bowl Foundation voted unanimously to create a comprehensive, long-range restoration and renovation Master Plan. By 2007, over $22mm had been contributed to the capital campaign for significant improvements to Santa Barbara’s beloved Bowl – improvements designed to protect the venue’s early 20th century grace while placing it firmly on 21st century underpinnings.
Although the new facilities resulting from this monumental renovation project – the soaring new stage housing: the Pavilion; the Wendy McCaw Terrace for donor receptions; a permanent, disabled seating platform; better facilities and more amenities for performers and patrons including upgraded dressing rooms and enlarged and improved restroom facilities – are first-class and in keeping with the distinctive architectural style, the “American Classic” campaign is not about cosmetics. Every element is necessary not only to maintain the Bowl’s place as one of America’s finest outdoor concert venues – in a league with the Hollywood Bowl, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and Washington D.C.’s Wolf Trap – but also to continue to attract top-tier, world-class artists by keeping up with changing industry standards.
The next elements to be funded by the American Classic renovation and restoration campaign are:
The Glen – Beautifying the wooded Glen.
The Overlook – An upper-level terrace with concessions and restrooms.
Seating – Upgraded patron seating.
Expanded Box Office and Lower Plaza – Facilities including improved traffic and entry areas.
Santa Barbara Bowl Box Office is located at 1122 N. Milpas. 805-962-7411. Box Office hours are Monday - Friday 11:00am to 6:00pm. In addition the Box Office will be open for all on sale and performance dates.
While the Box Office is closed tickets may also be purchased in person at all TicketMaster outlets, by telephone at (805) 583-8700 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Parking and Arrival;
The parking lot utilized by the Bowl for patrons is located at Santa Barbara High School, less than 200 yards away from the venue. A short climb beside stone masonry walls through a beautiful glen with old oak trees leads to the amphitheater. **IMPORTANT** Due to the historic design of the Santa Barbara Bowl, it is recommended that all patrons arrive early- 90 minutes before scheduled start of concert- to ensure ease and comfort of parking and entry to venue.
4,562 total seats with flexible seating in the floor sections and 24 wheel chair accessible seats.
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In order to better serve our disabled patrons, the Santa Barbara Bowl requires a Disabled Seating Request Form to be filled out by ticket purchaser. This will insure that all ticket requests are processed accurately and timely. Please click the link above to download a copy of the Disabled Seating Request Form (free version of adobe acrobat reader required).
Although more than the required disabled parking is accommodated on site, spaces generally sell out prior to the event. If on site spaces are unavailable disabled patrons are encouraged to drop off at the Box Office to take the shuttle. The free wheelchair accessible shuttle pickup is located in front of the Box Office. Pick up begins 90 minutes prior to each show and continues throughout the evening.
Just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles (approximately 90 miles).
Due to space limitations, backpacks, large bags, ice chests and picnic baskets are prohibited. For more information of further prohibited items, please click here.
Food and Drink
The Bowl provides a wide variety of food and beverages for purchase. No outside food or beverages are allowed excluding sealed store purchased bottles of water.
Camera and Recording Policy
Cameras both still and video, as well as recording devices are prohibited.