Wednesday August 4, 2010 / 6:00pm (Graham Dechter Quartet)Sunset Jazz at Newport
How was your experience?
As others have mentioned the music was outstanding and the venue was perfect but I will point out a few shortcomings. The directions to the Rose Garden are not that obvious and you have to thread your way past the outdoor pool to get there. I did not realize that there are 3 tiers of ticket prices and that the General admission (Goldstar) is located only on the periphery of the seating (3 tables on either side). Next time I attend I would probably purchase preferred (reserved) seating. This event was sold out and it seemed our server was really hard pressed to take orders and deliver food and drinks, we finally had drink in hand at 6:45... Valet parking is $25 so we self parked for $5 around the side of the hotel, no problem there. Restrooms were a little bit of a hassle as it appeared that there were only two unisex rooms available by the poolside. As always, the quality of the music overcame any small nuisance factor..