HEALDSBURG, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/25/13 -- The 23rd annual concert series at Rodney Strong Vineyards builds upon its stellar reputation of legendary musicians, a beautiful concert setting and award-winning wines. For 2013, the concert series includes Rodney Strong first-timers Dwight Yoakam and B.B. King along with season opener Michael McDonald and other top names in contemporary jazz. For all the details, visit www.rodneystrong.com/concerts.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Two notes. That's all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most emotive instruments of our times. Add to this McDonald's formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From '70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as "What A Fool Believes" and solo hits like "I Keep Forgettin" through two highly-acclaimed Motown covers albums, the five-time Grammy-winning McDonald is that rare thing in contemporary pop -- an artist whose work is both timeless and ever-evolving.
Doors: 4 p.m./Show: 5 p.m. | Tickets: VIP $115 / GA $75
Saturday, August 3, 2013
BWB -- Rick Braun, Krik Whalum & Nora Brown
Individually, they are three titans of contemporary music: Rick Braun, the gifted trumpeter/flugelhornist with the golden voice; GRAMMY® Award-winning tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum, the Memphis-born artist who mixes Beale Street, gospel, the blues and bop; and Norman Brown, the GRAMMY®-winning guitarist who brings a Louisiana lilt to his Wes Montgomery/George Benson influenced six-string soulful strut. They came together eleven years ago as the supergroup known as BWB and their historic album Groovin', made them one of the most sought-after groups at that time.
This terrific triad reassembles with the June 18, 2013 release of Human Nature on Heads Up International. This long-awaited sequel spotlights BWB's reimaging of eleven selections made famous by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Doors: 4 p.m./Show: 5 p.m. | Tickets: VIP $90 / GA $60
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Dwight Yoakam. His name immediately conjures up compelling, provocative images: A pale cowboy hat with the brim pulled low; poured-on blue jeans; intricate, catchy melodies paired with poignant, brilliant lyrics that mesmerize with their indelible imprint. Then there's Yoakam the actor, who seemingly melts into his roles, impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world's top thespians: Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Nicholas Cage.
Yoakam's latest album, 3 Pears, balances his country core with a fiercely independent embrace of rock, Americana, pop and soul. It blends Yoakam's respect for his musical predecessors with the collaborative assistance of modern singer/songwriter Beck, who co-produced two tracks, and current rocker Kid Rock, who co-wrote the hooky opener, "Take Hold Of My Hand."
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