- 2020 vintage for Northwest tracks dry, warm but not hot
- 5 Idaho wineries to pour at drive-in theater
- VineLines Dispatch updates moves in Woodinville Wine Country
- VineLines Dispatch updates Walla Walla Valley openings
- Wild Goose Vineyards in British Columbia tops Cascadia wine judging again
- Southern Oregon starts June ahead of historically hot 2015 vintage
- Columbia Valley growers, winemaker look back on Mount St. Helens
- Salty fries and old Spätlese; the ’99 Bottles’ that made Andre Mack a somm
- Oregon wineries woo sports broadcaster Tony Kornheiser
- Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance moves Celebrate to 2021
Ste. Michelle books 27 shows for Summer Concert Series
WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Chateau Ste. Michelle lifted the spirits of many in throughout the Pacific Northwest on Friday with a harbinger of spring, announcing the complete lineup for its 35th annual Summer Concert Series.
There are a number of repeat performances within the schedule of 27 concerts, which begins June 13 with singer Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty fame and ends Sept. 20-21 with back-to-back shows by R&B legend Earth, Wind & Fire.
Tickets for each show go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9 through Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. The winery’s Vintage Reserve Club receives its customary two-day advance on ticket sales on Thursday, March 7. Those 10,000 members need to check their email on Wednesday for the presale codes.
Ste. Michelle began to tease its lineup in January with the announced dates for Mark Knopfler, who will appear Sept. 14-15. (Both shows by the co-founder of Dire Straits are sellouts.) Last month, the winery announced the dates for the June 21-22 shows featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead and Ziggy Marley as well as the consecutive dates for An Evening with Josh Groban: Bridges Tour (Aug. 24-25). Those four shows also have been popular, leading to a pair of early sellouts.
The 4,300-seat amphitheater on the historic grounds of timber baron Frederick Stimson has become a favorite venue for a number of these acclaimed recording artists. This year marks the third straight appearance by Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak and the Gypsy Kings. ZZ Top, Steve Miller and Franti also return after engagements at the chateau in 2018. It will be the second time in three years for Diana Krall, David Sanborn and popular Portland band Pink Martini with China Forbes.
Last year, the 24-show lineup for the 50th anniversary of Chateau Ste. Michelle was announced March 23.
New visitor center open to public before each show
Net proceeds from the annual concert series help fund Chateau Ste. Michelle’s charitable contributions program, which has supported a broad range of more than 400 non-profit organizations. Throughout the history of the concert series, it has provided more than $3 million for scholarships for colleges throughout the state and supported the viticulture and enology program at Washington State University.
All shows feature general festival seating on the lawn in addition to reserved seating. Performances take place regardless of weather.Chateau Ste. Michelle’s wine shop is open prior to each concert with wine and picnic items available for purchase. Several of the Seattle area’s top food vendors also offer a selection of menu items for sale in the amphitheater.
Concert-goers may bring their own picnic baskets and non-alcoholic beverages, but state law requires that any alcoholic beverage consumed on the winery grounds be purchased at the winery.
35th annual Summer Concert Series
13 – Rob Thomas, $69.50-$89.50
15 – Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, $45-$69.50
28 – Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, $47.50-$77.50
13 – Rodrigo y Gabriela, $42.50-$68
19-20 – Chicago, $58.50-$90.50
27 – Norah Jones, $59.50-$99.50
7 – Counting Crows, $65-$89.50
9 – Gypsy Kings, $45-$77.50
23 – Amos Lee, $55-$75
24-25 – Josh Groban, $72.50-$149.50
7 – Chris Isaak, $45-$69.50
11 – Gary Clark Jr., $55.50-$69.50
12 – Diana Krall, $53.50-$103.50
13 – The Australian Pink Floyd Show, $39.50-$59.50
14-15 – Mark Knopfler, $76-$151
20-21 – Earth, Wind & Fire, $70.25-$150.25