|Address:||1 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA|
Review from 9.16.2014 Oddball sucked! In a nutshell: horrible experience. Save your money and nerves: do anything else! ... a dental cleaning would be more pleasant ... a root canal... an exhaustive ball waxing (it just seemed quite fitting in this context). Supremely incompetent, drunken/high management, stupidly designed signs, borderline retarded employees, idiotically designed venue. All in all: "Oddball" sucked. Hard. Never again! I will never again buy tickets. Not for this venue - not even if they presented George Carlin resurrected. My impassioned plea to comedians: Please do not come to Mtn. View, CA any longer! Management is supremely greedy, incompetent and will do anything for a petty profit, e.g. $5 lawn chairs. They would even misrepresent performers: "You are not allowed to sit in your prepaid seats because the comedians said so". Come again?!! The performance was scheduled to start at 5:00pm (per Ticketmaster and OddballFestival) so I was present there before that time and saw this sign (see my uploaded photo) which not only said the show starts at 5:15 (later than the website advert) but it didnt even say where. We found out later that there was a mythical SECOND STAGE - which was not mentioned on the sign or the website. The employees were too retarded to agree with each other on where it was located. Its not that easy to navigate fast in a sea of humanity so the show had started before we could get to the infamous 2nd STAGE. BTW: Why do I have to navigate and change venues during the show and why is this not more clearly explained on Ticket Master/Live Nation/Oddball Fest? And if I buy seats at this event why am I not allowed to sit in my seat before the start of the show? They also dont list the time the show should end - not even an estimate. If I knew it was supposed to go until 10:00pm or even later I would have never bought tickets in the first place. I like comedy but not this much. Beer and greasy food dont make up for the rest. I also couldnt find a complete list of all the performers on the website. The fact that Ticket Master (and Live Nation) dont explain things on their website at the time one buys the tickets can be seen as a breach of contract or false advertising. "Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Hardwick etc. "AND MORE..." does not suffice. The names of the comedians we really wanted to watch were listed at the venue beginning at 8:00pm. Did I mention I got there at 4:30pm? In short: I could not see the show because of all this (I bought seats, not general admission/lawn tickets). A very aggressive, libidinous-uncle-type manager refused to refund the $200, made us stand in the sun all the while we talked and ultimately sent us packing quite unceremoniously. I had been waiting for this event a long time so not having been able to see it (and not getting my money back) really deflated me to such a point that Im beginning to reassess my appreciation for comedians and comedy in general. Is all this aggravation really worth it? PS: Makes me hope some environmentalists will find some endangered species in the area and shut down this cluster... Seriously though: the whole neighborhood is not made to sustain such traffic anyway. Save the environment: level that pathetic excuse for a venue!
Shoreline Amphitheatre is THE most ghetto and unsafe venue Ive ever been to! Their security is a joke as well as their Guest Services Manager. Drunk obnoxious people hanging out in the same ADA box seating as we were in and the ones making trouble actually belonged in lawn seating! They were standing directly behind our chairs in a space meant to be a walkway... smoking, dancing & twirling around! They kept bumping into my gfs wheelchair! We asked them several times to stop and they ignored us! At one point toward the end of the show a lady who was also in a wheelchair was trying to leave and these rude ass drunk people wouldnt get out of the way to let her pass through! I told them that they were being rude and have been all night. One of the girls got in my face and one of the MEN with them did too! He was so drunk that he bumped into my gfs wheelchair again so I pushed him away and he fell to the ground. He gets up then proceeded to come at me again like hes trying to fight me! An amphitheatre employee saw everything and was calling for security. Security finally shows up and literally does NOTHING. The drunk guy made it around the sorry excuse for a security guard and in the process trampled over my gf again! Two nice women sitting next to us with their 7 yo niece stepped in and tried to get the drunk asses away from us and one of nice ladies ended up getting shoved to the ground and scraped up by that drunk guy! Still security did nothing...just watched this pathetic man attack us women! We tell security to detain him because we want to press charges and security tells us that its our word against theirs and pretty much washed his hands of the situation and let the drunk people go! The other venue employee who witnessed it all, also reported it to the Guest Services Manager (Bill Allen)...backing us up. What did Bill Allen do? Nothing! He even asked me "what would you like me to do?" I said, "its your job, you tell me!" He said that hes known the security guard for many years and what we described is not like him. We missed the last few songs that Gwen performed because of their lack of security. He hands me a fricken business card and said to email him and we can work something out for next season. Wtf does that mean!? I told him that we wont be back and I guess we now need to seek legal counsel! My gf has a very rare nerve condition in her leg that already prevents her from doing things she used to be able to do. Being that she cant be bumped into etc., we really thought she would be safe in an ADA section. NOT THE CASE AT SHORELINE! Not to mention the poor little 7 yo girl that was sitting next to us with her aunties... ran to the corner of the section and crouched down and cried when the drunkards were attacking us! Very traumatic experience! There were so many safety protocols that were not enforced or followed last night and Im livid! Its a shame that these amazing artists continue to perform here where their fans safety is put in jeopardy!
Attended Dixie Chicks concert and it had been 20 years since attending a concert at the Amphitheatre. It will the last time. Ticked says concert started at 7 PM. Dixie Chicks started at 845 PM. Sound was barely audible but very loud and maybe that was the problem. Hard to make out the lyrics. Had good seats in 204 on the front row so when most people stood throughout the performance we were still able to get a good view of the stage. Would have been worse if seated somewhere else. I am not a fan of standing and dancing at these concerts as well as the distracting light and video shows that accompanied the show. Maybe some performers need this distraction but the Dixie Chicks didnt and it detracts from their performance. I know folks on the grass are a little more considerate of the people behind them by not standing the entire time. The beer cost $16 and the food was moderate to high price. The theatre looked a little run down. Exiting was by far the worst part as there were no folks directing traffic in the parking lots, just on the streets. Exits arent well marked and the only directors were on the street where you really dont need them. Folks who were singing songs about love and compassion was cutting each other off, yelling and honking trying to get their cars through tiny spots. It was actually entertaining to watch but we had to watch it for an hour. The one bright spot was the folks who work there. They were very friendly and helpful. The reason for 2 stars is easy. The last time we went the sound was great, there was no major parking hassles and there were the same number of folks attending. Too much of a hassle especially with the poor acoustic system.