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 Hand 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!
BONUS: One audience member who registered and viewed the concert via Zoom each night will be eligible to win two tickets to a concert at the Chateau Ste Michelle 2022 Summer Concert Series!
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 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.
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 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.
Individually, Kate and Eric are renowned in their respective fields: Kate is an acclaimed artist and
Eric is an acclaimed producer, musician, and songwriter. Eric also owns the iconic London Bridge Studio, which helped amplify the “Seattle Sound” carved out by Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Mother Love Bone.
In early 2020, Kate and Eric started work on their debut album “RÊVER”. In Summer 2020, American Songwriter named The Copper Trees one of the “Five to Discover: Acts You Need to Know”.
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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