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Mountain Winery Announces Summer Concert Lineup

Mountain Winery Announces Summer Concert Line Up

Every week, we'll be featuring a guest post from the travel writers behind Worth the Drive, a blog featuring nearby getaways, festivals, and sweet travel deals on NBC Bay Area.

Mountain Winery's Summer Lineup: Jeff Bridges, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and More

It’s a rare thing for a single show to draw music lovers both young and old, but it’s the Mountain Winery’s ability to do so that makes its summer concert season a must. With a dynamic roster of performers (more than just musical acts) set against a backdrop of grapevines and rolling hills, the trip south to Saratoga is well worth the trek. On Aug. 26, Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges performs songs from the acclaimed film Crazy Heart and will likely play tracks from his debut solo album Be Here Soon. Then on July 16, spitfire comedienne Kathy Griffin brings her unfiltered tongue to the stage.

Must-See Concert of the Week: The Swell Season

In what seems like the 95th straight day of the coldest summer of our lives, the two best palliatives are getting out of the fog and listening to great live music. You can do both this Thursday when The Swell Season comes to Saratoga to play Mountain Winery.

Black Francis Celebrates the Birthday of The Pixies' 'Doolittle' With A Pair of Bay Area Shows

Which Pixies album is your favorite? Mine is Doolittle, which I knew back to front in my high school days. It's hard to believe the timeless alt-rock album celebrates its 20th anniversary today, but I'm not complaining because that means Black Francis, also known as Frank Black, the voice behind the Pixies, is in full force supporting his masterpiece.

Two For One Tix to See Steve Martin Play the Banjo

When Steve Martin's not busy being epic on the big screen (Roxanne, Little Shop of Horrors, The Jerk...and can we get some love for George Banks?) or engaging in frenemy warfare with Alec Baldwin, he's been known to play the banjo. Pretty well. He's heading down to what's probably the chillest concert venue of the summer, Mountain Winery, for some bluegrass action (along with the Steep Canyon Rangers) on June 23rd.

Listen Up: Elvis Costello, Method Man, The Rapture, N.A.S.A. Take The Stage This Week

We wish there was some sort of driving thematic rhyme or reason to the culmination of legends and new young hipster bands making a brief appearance this week, but alas, we have no explanations for you. As we eagerly await the almost semi-botched, but still sort of redeemed Outside Lands festival that is just upon the horizon, we plan to satisfy the tumultuous rumblings of our musical hunger with some of these acts. Check out our picks for the week:

Listen Up: Phish, Ziggy Marley, Rock The Bells

It’s fairly quiet in the land of music, but after last week’s shenanigans we’ll be glad to sit back, relax and enjoy the special performances rolling through this week. We’re especially excited for the highly anticipated and much-hyped traveling hip-hop festival, Rock The Bells this Sunday. Check out our other picks.

Phish, Shoreline, 8/5: For those who are super into 30-minute guitar solos and just straight improv jam sessions, then Phish is definitely for you. On tour for the first time in five years, these guys have one of the most impressive followings we’ve seen since the Grateful Dead. If you go it’ll definitely be an experience, and make sure to say hi to the Furthur bus for us.

Listen Up: Deer Tick, Ani Difranco, Fillmore Jazz Fest

It’s obvious from the very short list of featured musicians this week, the land of music remains quiet as weary artists take a break from non-stop festivals and shows on their summer tour. We expect it to kick back up and into full force in late July, but for now, here are a few must-sees this week.

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