Wine & Music Week: Virtual Concert Series

Can music make wine taste better? Some studies say our taste buds are influenced by pleasurable surroundings, and who are we to argue with science? Either way, we have some fun conversations and sounds coming your way over three nights of tune-in fun.

Join our Wine & Music Conversations with local artists as we get to go behind the scenes. Host Trey Busch, music-lover turned winemaker/owner of Sleight of Hands Cellars, interviews some of his local faves to find out what inspires them to make beautiful music.

Immediately following, enjoy a live concert from a headlining artist. Oh, and be sure to have your glass of Washington wine nearby!


Tuesday, May 18

5:30 – 6:30 pm: Wine & Music Conversations with Trey Busch and Danny Newcomb
6:30 – 7:00 pm: Headliner Concert with Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket

Danny Newcomb

Musical Artist

Never is a lifetime a truly straight path. Although “singer-songwriter” has long been Washington musician Danny Newcomb’s destination, his story starts – as so many do – with a cheap acoustic guitar. It winds its way through some of the best, mostly unknown bands to come from the creative ground of the Pacific Northwest over the last few decades and winds up with herds of sheep and children on a weird island in the Salish Sea. Truly, a looped and twisting musical meander.

Glen Phillips

Musical Artist

Glen Phillips is a songwriter, lyricist, singer and guitarist. He is best known as the singer and songwriter of 1990s alternative rock group Toad The Wet Sprocket where served as the front-man and main songwriter before launching his solo career in 2001. The group is known for singles “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean.” Many of their songs have made it to television and the big screen including placements in: Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, Scrubs, One Tree Hill, Cold Case, Fear, Empire Records.

Wednesday, May 19

5:30 – 6:30 pm: Wine & Music Conversations with Trey Busch and Tomo Nakayama
6:30 – 7:00 pm: Headliner Concert with LeRoy Bell

Tomo Nakayama

Musical Artist

Born in Japan and raised in Seattle, Washington, Tomo Nakayama is an artist whose melodic and emotionally compelling music has been praised by NPR, New York Times, and The Stranger. After two critically acclaimed indie-folk albums, he released the synthpop album “Melonday”. “Melonday” was named one of the Top Albums of 2020 by Seattle Times, KEXP, and Seattle Met, and debuted at #1 on KEXP’s NW Charts. An active, longtime member of the Seattle music and arts community, Tomo has also curated and produced various events for Forterra and Town Hall, where he also served as Artist in Residence.

LeRoy Bell

Musical Artist

LeRoy Bell is a renowned soul/R&B singer and songwriter. He has released records with duo Belle and James as well as a string of solo albums and has carved a career as a hit songwriter for the likes of Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and Teddy Pendergrass. Most recently he teamed up with legendary guitarist G.E. Smith to release the album Stony Hill this past August, receiving glowing reviews from Rolling Stone. LeRoy has also appeared on XFactor USA (2011), and as part of LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends, has had the pleasure to tour with Van Morrison, Sheryl Crow, and Steve Miller, and many others.

Thursday, May 20

5:30 – 6:30 pm: Wine & Music Conversations with Trey Busch and Carrie M. Akre
6:30 – 7:00 pm: Headliner Concert with Stephanie Ann Johnson

Carrie M. Akre

Musical Artist

Carrie M. Akre is an American musician best known as the frontwoman and heart-center of well-known 90s Seattle underground bands Hammerbox and Goodness. She has contributed vocals to the project band The Rockfords with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam as well as releasing four solo records. Carrie releases albums on her own label, My Way Records. She has taught music and performance classes as well as working as an Intuitive Life Coach working with creatives and folks at the crossroads of midlife, helping them remember they are authentic selves to make change.

Stephanie Ann Johnson

Musical Artist

Stephanie Ann Johnson is the front person for the country soul Tacoma-based band, The Hidogs. The Hidogs’ prowess exudes whether they are singing the Black national anthem, wowing judges on the TV series The Voice, or cooing acoustic lullabies to Saturday night tavern regulars. 
The group’s latest LP, Take This Love, is a blend of Loretta Lynn and Valerie June. Stephanie Anne Johnson has opened for acts including Bernie Sanders, and artists such as Mavis Staples, Chaka Khan, and Ani DiFranco.


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