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Rodney Strong Wine Estates

April 25, 2013 20:27 ET

23rd Annual Summer Concert Series at Rodney Strong Vineyards

B.B. King and Dwight Yoakam to Make Their Debut Performances

HEALDSBURG, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 25, 2013) - 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

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Michael McDonald

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

Dwight Yoakam

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."

Doors: 4 p.m./Show: 5 p.m. | Tickets: VIP $115 / GA $75

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns Tour -- with Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright & Richard Elliot

Eight-time GRAMMY nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz typically spends every summer on the road, bringing a stellar group of musician friends along with him. This summer he's assembled an all-star lineup of saxophonists: Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot will be the special guests on the Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns Tour 2013, a celebration of the instrument that has fueled some of the world's best-loved songs.

Doors: 4 p.m./Show: 5 p.m. | Tickets: VIP $90 / GA $60

Sunday, September 1, 2013

B.B. King

His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth. Yet B.B. King continues to wear his crown well. At age 87, he is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion. Time has no apparent effect on B.B., other than to make him more popular, more cherished, more relevant than ever. Don't look for him in some kind of semi-retirement; look for him out on the road, playing for people, popping up in a myriad of T.V. commercials, or laying down tracks for his next album. B.B. King is as alive as the music he plays, and a grateful world can't get enough of him. B.B. continues to tour extensively, averaging over 250 concerts per year around the world. Classics such as "The Thrill Is Gone," "How Blue Can You Get," and "Everyday I Have The Blues" are concert (and fan) staples.

Doors: 4 p.m./Show: 5 p.m. | Tickets: VIP $115 / GA $75

On Monday April 29, season passes and individual concert tickets will be on sale by calling (707) 869-1595 ext. 4 or through Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rodney Strong Vineyards Tasting Room.

Rodney Strong Vineyards Wine Club members enjoy an exclusive reception before the shows and at intermission, as well as $5.00 discount on each ticket price. Wine Club tickets must be purchased through Rodney Strong Vineyards by calling (866) 779-4637.

NOTE: General Admission Season Pass tickets are $345 per person, per pass. VIP Season Pass tickets are $525 per person, per pass. All shipping and handling fees are waived for Season Passes, a savings of $35.

Surrounded by acres of beautiful vineyards, guests will be treated to some of the top performers in contemporary music while picnicking at the winery's intimate concert venue, The Green.

Bring a picnic meal to enjoy with friends on The Green or purchase an assortment of prepared foods from local purveyors who will be onsite. You may also purchase Rodney Strong Vineyards' wines as well as choose from an array of non-alcoholic beverages.

No outside alcoholic beverages will be allowed into the venue. Low-back chairs or blankets are recommended for all lawn seating. No high back chairs or umbrellas. Parking is complimentary and attendants will point the way. The famous Russian River fog usually arrives in the early evening, so attendees are advised to bring jackets and sweaters, or guests can purchase specially logo sweatshirts at the show.

Rodney Strong Vineyards is dedicated to crafting world-class wines that capture the essence of Sonoma County. Rodney Strong sustainably farms 13 estate vineyards and produces wines from Sonoma County's finest appellations -- Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill and Sonoma Coast. The winery was founded in 1959 by Sonoma County wine pioneer Rodney D. Strong as the 13th bonded winery in the county. It was purchased in 1989 by the Klein family, a fourth generation California farming family. The company aspires to conserve and protect the environment in all its operations.

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