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Popular local musician Kenny James enjoys playing at the Granite Creek Vineyards. His band, Filabusta, will play at the Vineyards on May 11.
|Granite Creek Vineyards|
2515 N. Road 1 East
April 27: Daryll & Drew Classic rock & blues
May 4: Pat Beary -
Mothers Day Weekend:
May 11: Filabusta -
Lively rock & blues
May 12: Cecile Hortensia & The Common Revolution -
May 18: James Cowden - Acoustic blues & funk
See granitecreekvineyards.com for the complete
Special to the Review
If you enjoy live music, but you're ready for a break from the bar scene, you'll want to check out the Saturday live music series at the Granite Creek Vineyards.
It's a hidden gem, nestled in a lush, verdant oasis in Chino Valley. It's a perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon, tasting organically grown wine and listening to music.
This Saturday, April 20, the featured musician is Kenny James, well-known in the Quad Cities for performing with his band, Filabusta. But James is also an accomplished solo guitarist and vocalist who said he enjoys playing at the Vineyards.
"It's absolutely gorgeous. It's one of the nicest places I play, by far," he said, comparing it to a Napa Valley-feel.
James said it's "at the top" of the list for all the musicians he knows who have been there. That's high praise, coming from an artist who has played around the region.
The Vineyards offers a chance to listen to good music in a relaxed, rustic atmosphere.
"For a musician, it gives you the opportunity to play a lot of your own music," James said. "You can really enjoy it, and soak it all in."
The audiences are typically a variety, from young families to friends and retirees.
And the kids enjoy the peacocks that roam the property, James said.
"It's an extremely peaceful atmosphere," Jenna Weston, Granite Creek Vineyards' tasting room manager, said. "With the trees and the vineyard," listening to live music is that much more satisfying.
She said some people come for the wine, but others take the opportunity to buy lunch, provided by their in-house catering service, Block Six Catering, and then picnic with the music.
The vineyard features a wide variety of music, she said, from "classic rock bands to bigger groups" on holidays, and James' Filibusta is one; they play Mother's Day weekend. "We played the same
Saturday last year, and it was packed," James said.
Weston says the events are an escape from the daily grind. "To get away from the day-to-day stress of it all it's the end of the workweek and they can come relax with friends, and have fun," she said.
And she says the performances have a distinctly different vibe from the bar scene. "I also hear that from our musicians. With it being in the afternoon" and outdoors, "you're not in the dark little corner. You have the sun and trees, butterflies, you're out in nature."
Not to mention the wine, James said. "The wine is excellent. You can't beat that," he chuckled.