Update: No Refunds for Bonnie Raitt Concert at Chateau Ste. Michelle

Many of the 4,500 or so people who attended a show at the winery Sunday night were disappointed when a power outage ended the main performance.

Update, 4:45 p.m. Sept. 10: About 4,500 people who attended the Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples concert at  Sunday night will not receive refunds after 

Opener Mavis Staples gave a full hour-long show and Bonnie Raitt played for just over an hour before a tree fell on a power line, cutting power to the area, according to Kristen Winn, communications manager for the winery.

"It is considered a full show," Winn said. "There will be no refunds."

The winery is offering a 30 percent discount on one item in their gift store (including bottles of wine) to those with ticket stubs from Sunday's show. Those with ticket stubs can also receive a complimentary wine tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle.

"It's intended as a gesture," Winn said, adding that those at the winery realize the situation of the shortened show wasn't the best.

A statement was posted on the winery's website Monday afternoon:

"Like the thousands of excited concert-goers at the sold-out Mavis Staples and Bonnie Raitt show Sunday night, we were startled by the sudden black-out and disappointed when the show had to end abruptly just as Bonnie was closing it.

We learned later that winds caused a tree to fall across a primary power line, which led to an area-wide power outage! Last night's show was the first in the 29 years of the Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series to suffer such an extraordinary event, and we sincerely thank our loyal concert-goers for their understanding. Bonnie and Mavis put on a wonderful show with great music nonetheless!"


Staples and Raitt were playing at the winery as part of its . 


Original post: A tree branch on a power line left 1,300 Woodinville residents without power Sunday night, according to Puget Sound Energy.

It also cut short the sold-out Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples concert at , according to those attending.

“We were at the Bonnie (Raitt) concert last night at the St. Michelle winery and at about 9:20—all the power went off with a big sizzle," Martha Tyler told Patch in an email. "The show was over, many were disappointed."

She also said as they drove home they noticed many neighborhoods seemed to be without power.

The power officially went out at 9:17 p.m. near 14335 132nd Ave. NE, according to PSE officials. They say the cause was a tree branch on a power line in that vicinity.

Nika Manfredi said she was at the when the outage occurred.

"Fortunately, they have their own generator and lots of candles," she posted on Woodinville Patch's Facebook page.

Power was restored at 10:28 p.m.

Kika Baa posted on the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Facebook page after the concert ended, asking for reimbursement information.

"‎Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Please tell us how you will be reimbursing patrons of the Bonnie Raitt concert than ended so abruptly!!!! Love the venue and Bonnie!!!! Please make it right!"

Chris Mallott wrote on their page, "Ha! Show ended early anyway. A bit unexpected, but Mavis Staples was wonderful! Bonnie was great too, just suffered from power outage. Great time regardless..."

Patch is checking with the winery to find out if any patrons will be reimbursed. According to its website:

"Tickets are non-refundable except in the event of a cancellation, and then tickets are refundable at the original point of purchase only." 

Were you there? What were you told as the concert ended? Tell us what you experienced in comments section.

Sally Edwards September 10, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Not only was the concert cut short but a lot of time was wasted with chatter about the cold and Bonnie putting on a coat. The concert was very disjointed even before the outage.
dorimonsonfan September 11, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Seems like here in the evergreen state with so many trees we'd just bury powerlines. Might cost more up front but then we don't have to pay the asplundh trucks to come out and trim branches every year.


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