Remember when you could get a good seat at a concert for less than it costs us to get a fast food meal these days? Remember going to a place like Blossom Music Center and being allowed, even encouraged to bring your own food and beverage? And if you wanted up close parking it only cost one dollar more? Remember when making a concert banner was a really cool way to pay tribute to the band you were seeing (not a safety hazard as it is deemed today)?
In the the summer of 1977 came my first visit to Blossom. I was living in Stow at the time so it was a short drive to what I considered was the most precious and beautiful piece of real estate in the world. (still do!) The enormous lawn area surrounded by tall trees, and at the base of the hill sat the roof-covered seating and stage. My first concert...The Doobie Brothers. I attended with new friends Sandy and Fran and we had a great time. My lawn seat was around five dollars! (see show prices above) I only had to mow one lawn to earn that much money! Back then you could carry in as much of your own food (and beverages) as you wanted to. (see highlighted picnic rules) Buckets of chicken, watermelons, chips, sandwiches and of course alcoholic beverages (often times transported inside that watermelon). Like the Field Of Dreams , it was heaven to me! I went back two more times that summer.
I get back there maybe once a year. It's pretty cost prohibitive these days. You used to get 8 people in to see a rock show for what it costs to buy one ticket today. And the "up close parking" will run you another $30. But I still love Blossom Music Center. So much so, that I'd like to have some of my ashes sprinkled there.