Update: Power Outage Ends Bonnie Raitt Concert at Chateau Ste. Michelle

About 1,300 customers were without power and those attending the sold-out Bonnie Raitt concert at Chateau Ste. Michelle said the concert was cut short by the power outage.

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As of 3:41 p.m. Monday, another statement was posted to the Chateau Ste. Michelle Facebook page:

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!

Update at 3:23 p.m. Monday from the Chateau Ste. Michelle Facebook page: 

"We regret the abrupt ending of the Bonnie Raitt concert on Sunday night as she was closing the show. Winds caused a tree to fall across a primary power line, which led to an area-wide power outage. Bonnie Raitt thanks her fans for their understanding. On behalf of Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples and Chateau Ste. Michelle we apologize and share your disappointment."


A tree branch on a power line left 1,300 Woodinville customers 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, PSE officials said. 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 their website:

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

There will be no refunds, Chateau Ste. Michelle officials said Monday afternoon.

Check back for updates to this story.

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

Cajun Chef September 14, 2012 at 02:43 PM
My point wass, plan ahead people, bring a little flashlight or pack a small rain coat or blanket, etc for outdoor concerts, expecially if the weather forecast is less than favorable. I was at a show last year that had a storm that was seriously worse (driving rain and lightning all around the stage) for the Untapped Blues Festival in Kennewick, and they shut down 3 hours early. Does CSM need to learn from this experiance and make some changes? hell yes they, do, but this is in no ways Bonnie's fault, and no refunds are due to anyone. That is the nature of the beast. I too have spent $500 a pop to see Bonnie with backstage passes and I would be pretty upset if something happened that shut the show down or if it got rained out, etc. so I feel your pain. But some of the other comments on here are over the top ridiculous!
Nancy Draper September 14, 2012 at 03:33 PM
We have been to many outdoor concerts (as I say, including Red Rocks) I sat in the rain for 3 hours at an Elton John concert years ago - - pouring rain. He said "if you're willing to stay, I'm willing to play". I had the worst head cold ever afterwards, but it was so worth it. Sunday night we had our picnic food, flashlights on our I-phones, we brought rain ponchos just in case (it did spit a bit, and had it rained we would NOT have cared). The "This is Spinal Tap" style blow out on the stage then caused a massive confused mess. Again, I'll repeat, I don't need advice on how to attend an outdoor concert. I am letting everybody I know, know that CSM seems very ill-prepared to handle a crowd in such a situation, and will first send out a statement with false B.S. in it, when it appears people are upset ("just as Bonnie was ending her show.") I do believe THAT is what has caused so many here, on Facebook, on other blogs, to say "no more Chateau Ste Michelle concerts" Lying to customers does not win customer loyalty. It ain't rocket science.
Michelle Wagner September 14, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Nancy, you said it exactly, CSM flat out LIED to all of us who attended! It infuriates me that they would think the fans of Bonnie wouldn't be smart enough to figure out! Pretty easy to 'do the math', considering that we had half the show of the previous night's concert. She wasn't ending her show when the electricity went out, she hadn't even performed for an hour!! This will be the last time that I attend a concert at CMS and it is the last time that I will buy their wine. I will be encouraging my wine friends to do the same .
Saira V. September 15, 2012 at 03:48 AM
CSM fans got more of a show than those who paid big bucks to see B52s. That was the last show for me at 45 minutes total without power outage.
Pat Lee September 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM
30% off retail is still a profit for Ste M by the way......


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