From the 1960s to the early 2000s, one of the best places to see a concert in Northern California was Kelseyville’s Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa, perched on the shore above Clear Lake. The 6000 seat amphitheater was a favorite of concert-goers and artists, and while seeing a show there will have to wait a little longer, the rest of the resort could soon be open for business.
According to the Lake County Record-Bee, the resort was purchased last year by a development company with plans to renovate the main facilities, which has fallen into disrepair since closing due to financial troubles in 2009.
The resort’s new website says construction is currently underway on everything from the hotel and its restaurant and bar to a pool, spa and gym area. Unfortunately for music fans though, the Record-Bee article quotes developers as saying the amphitheater–which hosted a regular stream of country acts including Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson and Reba (Rascal Flatts played the last show there in 2009)–has suffered from “10 years of deferred maintenance”. In the meantime a 1400 seat indoor theater will reopen, and the new owners stress that music is not being “abandoned…we’re going to have quality acts here”. However, they do point out they plan to de-emphasize past reliance on concerts as a main draw, and will instead focus marketing efforts first and foremost on the region’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities–including its growing wine industry.
Maybe best of all–at least for the economy of Lake County, which has suffered mightily from recent wildfires–the resort is looking to hire up to 500 employees. Details can be found at the bottom of their website’s main page, which is highlighted and linked in the paragraph above.
And if you do apply and get hired…? Can you keep us up-to-date on the progress on the amphitheater? We miss that place!