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“Nice venue, no bad seats, some very good shows”

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Ranked #15 of 99 things to do in Santa Rosa
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Owner description: Founded in 1981, the non-profit Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is the North Bay’s premier Arts Center presenting world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual arts, and many popular community events. Together with its resident companies, the Center is ranked among world’s top 100 performing arts presenters hosting performances in music, theater, dance, comedy, family programming and renowned speaker events; and serving more than 30,000 children and adults annually through its nationally-recognized education programs. Located in the heart of the Sonoma Wine Country, the Arts Center is owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, and relies on the generosity of members, donors, and sponsors to achieve its mission to enrich, educate, and entertain the North Bay community.
Windsor, California
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Nice venue, no bad seats, some very good shows”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

A nice venue.

Pros: Intimate, close to home, comfortable, reasonably-priced tickets, and free parking. Cookies and Juice Squeeze in the lobby.

Cons: No food or beverages other than Wells Fargo "sippy cups" allowed in the seats.
The "Dance Police" used to be a problem, but not so much anymore.

I've seen a few shows here, since moving north.
Steely Dan, David Byrne, Sly & The Family Stone, George Kahomoku Jr, Peter Frampton, B-52s, etc..

I've sat in the 4th row, the middle, the left, the right, and the last row (lower). Never had a bad seat.

Like others have said, it's like a very nice high school or college auditorum. Acoustics are good.

The Dance Police: At Steely Dan, my wife was asked to sit, because, even though we were in the last row, aisle seats, she was blocking the view of an employee who was standing near the door. Anyone else seen dancing was also told to sit. Same story at David Byrne, and even at Sly Stone. The band was asking people to get up and dance, and the ushers were telling them to sit down. It's more of a distraction than if they had just let them dance.
Now, they warn people that a particular artist may cause people to dance. :)

Visited March 2013
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Forestville, California
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96 reviews
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“Great family program!”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

We have had season tickets to the family program for 10 years. They put on fantastic shows - always love seeing the acrobats! Also attend other shows and always good. Theater is small enough where every seat is good.

Visited March 2013
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glen ellen
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44 reviews
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“Strange overhanging ceiling is depressing”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

The lighting and the environment are very distracting at this location. I hear it was a church, originally...I am not sure that is true, but in any case the '70's heavy ceiling and upholstered seating DO make for good acoustics. Once I got over the environment I thought the event (poetry reading) was very good!

Visited December 2012
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Guerneville, California
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
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“smaller venue”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Feels more intimate than a huge venue. The balcony really shook when I was up there for "Sweet Honey n the Rock", decided I prefer the ground floor...Heard Spaulding Grey before he left the planet. Totally enjoyable.

Visited November 2012
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Santa Rosa, California
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“I have seen tons of shows here - great Venue!”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

this place only holds about 3500 people and there is not a bad seat in the house. You cannot go wrong, I have been to several HBO tapings of comedians here too, like Gallagher, Lisa Lamponelli, Joan Rivers, and best of all, the last show ever performed by George Carlin before he passed. I about peed myself he was so funny! I have also seen: Roy Rogers, John Hiatt, Buddy Guy, Elvis Costello, gypsy Kings to name a few.. any artist that I like that comes to town I go and see them.. and I have never been disappointed.

Visited November 2012
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