Steep Summer Series

A summer series set to debut in East Hampton, N.Y., in July will cater to those who appreciate the finer things in their concertgoing experiences – exclusive settings, food prepared by famous chefs, luxurious lounges and world-class guests – with a catch.

It’s the Hamptons in the summer, and that means being a VIP ain’t cheap.

The Social concert series will likely be the most luxurious of this summer’s offerings, but a pass to all five of the shows will cost $15,000, according to the Wall Street Journal. Apparently, single-show passes will not be sold for the event.

The all-star lineup will feature Prince, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Billy Joel, James Taylor, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on select Saturday evenings throughout July and August.

At $3,000 per show, the series definitely falls on the high end for ticket prices. In comparison, Barbra Streisand’s top tix last year were $1,000 without the extra price of VIP incentives.

But promoter Joe Meli of Bulldog Entertainment told the WSJ the Social’s prices correspond to what’s available on the secondary market. And a successful series could mean large paychecks for the artists and the promoter.

Bulldog will reportedly offer 1,000 season passes for the shows, and some of the proceeds will go toward a scholarship fund for the Ross School, where the Socials will be held.

Still, Meli would not call the Social concerts a fundraising effort.

"We’re not obfuscating what we’re doing by calling ourselves a charity," he told the paper.