Hear It Through the Grapevine Concert Series
Ticket sales benefit local nonprofit organizations
Grande River Vineyards has one of the most delightful venues for live music in the valley, and this year’s Hear it Through the Grapevine concert series offers a sound for everyone. Classic Americana music, celtic, bluegrass, rock and roll, salsa, blues and even a Beatles tribute band can all be heard at the winery concerts this summer.
All seven of the concerts are benefit concerts for local non-profit organizations. Some bands and their non-profit partners are repeats from last year; Stray Grass is playing at the Roice-Hurst Humane Society benefit on June 30, Quemando is playing at the Child and Migrant Services benefit on July 14 and Hazel Miller will close out the season with the Mesa County Partners benefit on Aug. 11. Some of the acts are new this year, and Community Hospital is a new non-profit that will benefit from the Skean Dubh concert on July 7.
Naomi Smith with Grande River Vineyards coordinates the concerts to make sure the timing works with other musical events happening across the Grand Valley.
“I don’t want to dilute the opportunities for the benefits,” Smith said.
This year, as an added bonus for Roice-Hurst, Grande River Vineyards will release a private label wine on July 15. Roice-Hurst will get $1 for every bottle of the limited edition wine sold.
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. Shows start at 7:30, rain or shine. Tickets are available at Grande River Vineyards and Fisher’s Liquor Barn and are also available at the door, where they will cost $2 to $5 more than the advance price.
ARTIST FOCUS: Skean Dubh
Skean Dubh, a Front Range Celtic band, will come to Grande River Vineyards for the Hear it Through the Grapevine concert series on July 7, which is the same weekend the town of Palisade will be hosting the second annual Lavender Festival.
“We thought lavender and wine went well together,” said Lauren Phillips, who founded the group with her husband in the mid-1990s. Prior to focusing solely on Celtic music, the Phillips were playing more traditional folk music.
“Our older kids started playing highland bagpipes with a youth band,” Phillips said. “I spent a couple of years listening to the music.”
Although Phillips heritage is Scottish-American, she assumes her ancestors came over before the American revolution, like many of the other Scotsmen who ventured to the new world. Celtic music is not a style she grew up listening to, although she said there is a steady demand and opportunity to play on the Front Range.
Several towns host versions of the Highlands Games, where Celtic music is a mainstay, along with dance and athletic competitions.
“We’ve done several concert series,” Phillips said. The group doesn’t frequent bars, but does play at many outdoor music venues in the summertime.
The five band members play music made on the uilleann pipes, which are Irish bagpipes, as well as a fiddle, harp and a guitar. Although the guitar wasn’t part of a traditional Celtic band 200 years ago, it works quite well in the 21st Century, where musical styles get blended and tweaked.
“The tunes are dance tunes,” Phillips said, “although there are some slower ballads. It’s a good mix of both, so there will be plenty of opportunity to dance.”