Wine and Song fills the Plaza with music
RUE MANOUCHE performs its '30s era jazz during Wine and Song at Sonoma Jazz Plus.
While John Fogerty, Sheryl Crow and the Gipsy Kings will dominate the main stage during Sonoma Jazz Plus, Wine and Song offers some of the Bay Area's top talent to perform in tucked away corners around the Plaza on Saturday May 21, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday tickets also include a New Orleans-style brunch.
Paired with each concert, a local vintner and food or drink purveyor will be offering tastes to try while swaying to the music. Attendees can make their way through the various locations for a wide sampling of wine and song.
Tickets include a souvenir wine glass and tote, nine live music performances, 12 wine/beer/tequila tastings, a complimentary FIJI water bottle and four food tastings. Sunday tickets also include four New Orleans Brunch food tastings.
Tickets are $65 a day, or $100 for both days; with the purchase of any Gipsy Kings ticket, Sunday tickets are $30. Buy tickets at www.sonomajazz.org.
The line-up includes:
Saturday, May 21
• "Rhythm & Reds" at The Plaza Bistro & Wine Bar. Stone Edge Farm and Audelssa Estate Winery will pour. The five-time Grammy nominated Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Group will perform.
• "Blues & Blends" at Roessler Cellars, which will pour. The Rick Vandivier Quintet performs musical crossovers that stretch from Andres Segovia to Jimi Hendrix.
• "Sax & Syrah" at Hopmonk Tavern. Valley of the Moon and Little Vineyards Family Winery will pour. Evan Francis Group, nominated for Best Jazz Band by the SF Weekly, performs.
• "Party with Pinot" at Sonoma Meritage Restaurant. Nicholson Ranch and Gofessel Vineyards will pour. Times 4 will perform a blend of contemporary jazz and urban grooves.
• "Rockin' 'Ritas" at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Patron Tequila will pour. Delta Wires, voted 'Best Band' by the 2008 Oakland Magazine Reader's Poll, performs.
• "Salsa and Sauvignon" at Roche Winery, who will also pour. Santos Perdidos plays an eclectic mix of Son Cubano, Rumba Española, Bolero,and Afro-Peruvian Lando.
• "Swing Away with Chardonnay" at Swiss Hotel. Benziger Family Winery and Buena Vista Winery will pour. Horace-Scope will pay homage to the sounds of jazz on the West Coast during the same era.
• "Brewery Beat" at Murphy's Irish Pub. Lagunitas Brewery will pour. Murphy's will present jazz, rock, and blues for 17 hours throughout the course of the weekend, accompanied by 3,000 barbecued oysters.
• "Freestyle FIJI" at Union Bank. Fiji Water will pour. The musicians of the Sonoma Jazz Plus In-Schools Student Band perform.
Sunday, May 22
• "Playing with Pinot" at Roessler Cellars, who will also pour. Rue Manouche, an ensemble that performs 1930s-era hot-club jazz, performs.
• "Drinks in Dixieland" at Sonoma Meritage Restaurant. Haywood Estate and Muscardini Cellars will pour. Fog City Stompers performs the classics from Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Preservation Hall and more.
• "Brass and Bubbly" at Roche Winery, who will also pour. Mo'Fone performs its multi-textured, hard-swinging sound.
• "Sparkling Swing" at Swiss Hotel. Beltane Ranch and Gloria Ferrer will pour. Du Gris offers a ragtime, swing and classic New Orleans style rhythms.
• "Brewery Beat" at Murphy's Irish Pub. Lagunitas Brewery will pour. Murphy's 17 hours of music and 3,000 barbecued oysters continues from Saturday.