Hear it Through the Grapevine

The Denver salsa band, Quemando, will be back at Grande River Vineyards for the annual Hands that Harvest concert, benefitting the Child and Migrant Services on July 9.


Focus on Quemando

This year marks the fourth time that Quemando has come to Grande River Vineyards for the Hands that Harvest concert benefitting Child and Migrant Services.

“I think we’re going to do it forever,” said Eric Schneider, the trumpet player and leader of the band. “Every year it does very well — more people show up for it.”

Quemando is a front range salsa band, although Schneider himself is a Grand Valley native, with parents who both taught music for years.

“We’ve grown and built our following,” Schneider said. “We play for big, dancing crowds.”

When Quemando plays, there’s always a fiesta atmosphere, which Schneider says is just part of the vibe and one of the greatest things about playing in the band.

“It’s that partnership between the dancers and the band. It’s like two equal partners coming together,” he said. “This is so much fun and it’s musically challenging.”

When the band members first came together six years ago, they played a set list of about 20 different songs. Now, they play about 90 songs, and are working on two original albums. Although salsa music is traditionally sung in Spanish, Quemando performs a few songs in English, simply because they recognize that a lot of their fervent salsa-dancing fans don’t speak Spanish.

What: Hear it Through the Grapevine
Where: Grande River Vineyards, I-70 and Exit 42
Ticket prices: cost varies per concert ($15-$20 in advance, $17-$25 at the gate), available at Grande River Vineyards, Fisher’s Liquor Barn, Roper Music

June 17
Boulder Brass
July 9
July 16
Stray Grass
July 23
Exit 42
Aug. 14
Marcia Ball
Aug. 20
Hazel Miller
Aug. 27
Mariachi Los Reyes de Jalisco

Grande River Vineyards has one of the most delightful venues for live music in the Grand Valley, and this year’s Hear it Through the Grapevine concert series offers a sound for everyone.

Chamber music, jazz, bluegrass, classic rock and roll, salsa, blues and mariachi can all be heard at the winery concerts this summer.

All seven of the concerts are benefit concerts for local and national nonprofit organizations.

“They get all the ticket money, we get all the wine money,” said Naomi Smith with Grande River Vineyards, making it a win-win situation for the organization and the winery.

There is a good mix of favorite local bands such as Stray Grass and Exit 42, and favorite Front Range bands Quemando, Marcia Ball and Hazel Miller, who have all been featured at concerts at Grande River Vineyards concerts in previous years.

Guests are welcome to bring lawnchairs or blankets and a picnic, although food is also available for sale. No outside beverages are allowed into the venue. Wine is available by the bottle or the glass, and soft drinks and water will also be for sale. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes when you come to hear your favorite band, although the dance floor is simply a corner of the lawn near the stage.

All of the concerts will be in the evening this year, with gates opening at 6:30 p.m.. Shows start at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are available at Grande River Vineyards, Roper Music and Fisher’s Liquor Barn and are also available at the door, where they will cost $2 to $5 more than the advance price.


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