Let's be realistic. Even those who do live in the area will find it impractical to hit TC night after night @ $150 a ticket.
this is a very correct statement.
this is also a very correct statement.
Yes on both. The unignorable and glaring fact that so many have pointed out is that Terrapin Crossroads is simply priced so that is more of a realistic option for the upper class than for the average working person to be able to afford going at least once let alone an entire run. Phil planned to do 100 shows a year at the new venue, too. I don't care about why the prices are the way they are, there are too many opinions on that topic for a concensus.
Additionally, in terms of last minute ticket price reductions, the locals will benefit the most. If you are local that is a huge plus, but doesn't do much if you have to schedule time off work more than 2 to 48 hours ahead of show-time, pay inflated air fare, book last minute lodging, car rental, etc, and get your ass across the country in time for the show.
I do not see these current shows selling out unless the big names are there. For example, only the 17th and 22nd shows have sold out:
17th: Bob Weir (and Jackie Greene)
22nd: John Kadlecik and Special Guest (TBA)
The other ten nights are wide open for $150 GA tickets.
Ticket prices can make the difference between an empty house and a sold out house. More than a week into ticket sales the house is looking eerily empty, in stark contrast to so many shows that sell out in hours or less. And I wish nothing but success for Phil, so fingers crossed that he is able to quickly see and make the changes needed to keep the new business venture going for the long haul.