End of Summer Bash!: Riesling Revolution, The Head And The Heart (Acoustic), Calexico

End of Summer Bash!: Riesling Revolution

In celebration of his new, special release, barrel-aged K Vintners Jet City Riesling, award-winning winemaker Charles Smith is hosting the Jet City End of Summer Bash!: Riesling Revolution on Saturday, August 26 at Charles Smith’s Jet City in Seattle. Showing consumers a new, radical side of Riesling and creating the ultimate wine-tasting experience, Charles is bringing together 18 premier wineries primarily from the Pacific Northwest and a few favorites from Germany to showcase the best Riesling including Charles & Charles Riesling, the famed Kung Fu Girl Riesling and K Vintners Jet City Riesling, which is only available for a limited time at the event and in the Jet City tasting room.

Following the tasting, indie rock band Calexico will take the stage then The Head and the Heart will perform an acoustic set making this a truly one-of-a-kind event.

Taking place at Jet City, the largest urban winery on the west coast with a killer view of Mt. Rainier, the Riesling Revolution will feature a burlesque show from the Atomic Bombshells during the Riesling tasting and musical performances. Local food trucks – The People’s Burger, Sam Choy’s Poke To the Max, Nacho Mama and Mangia Me - all will be serving signature dishes.

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“Riesling has been one of my favorite varietals,” said Charles Smith, winemaker, and owner of Jet City. “We’re excited to bring together so many producers and a killer music lineup to give the varietal a worthy celebration.”

The debut Jet City Riesling Revolution will feature Riesling from winemaker Charles Smith and wineries including: Airfield Estates Winery, Charles & Charles, Charles Smith Wines,Chateau Ste. Michelle, Dr. Loosen Fletcher Bay Winery, Fritz Haag, J. Bookwalter Winery, K Vintners, Maximin Grünhaus, Mercer Wine Estate, Milbrandt Vineyards, Pacific Rim, Robert Weil, Ryan Patrick Wines, Savage Grace, Sparkman Cellars, and Wit Cellars.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door if the event does not sell out.

The Head And The Heart (Acoustic)

Indie folk-pop band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 2009.

In 2014, exhausted after four years of non-stop touring, the six members of the Head And The Heart pointed their individual compasses to new cities, new relationships and new adventures. Pianist Kenny Hensley learned to fly planes and enrolled in kung-fu training in China, while bassist Chris Zasche packed up a camper and went off the grid in the Canadian Rockies. Drummer Tyler Williams put down stakes across the country and immersed himself in the burgeoning music scene in Richmond, Va., while vocalist/multi- instrumentalist Charity Rose Thielen honed her compositional skills by writing for such legends as Mavis Staples.
After his own cross-country trip to reconnect with family and friends, vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Russell traveled to Haiti and found inspiration working with the non-profit Artists For Peace And Justice. “When I found out we were going to have a significant amount of time off, I saw it as an opportunity to touch base again -- to listen to what other people were saying and what they were going through,” he says. “I really wanted to make sure that I reconnected with a world that was starting to feel farther and farther away.”
When the Head And The Heart regrouped last summer in Stinson Beach, Ca., to start writing together again, “it almost felt like we were a new band, trying things we hadn’t tried,” Zasche recalls. “We stayed at a bungalow on the beach. We’d wake up, have coffee and go boogie boarding. We were ready and excited to be back together.”
That renewed sense of purpose can be felt throughout “Signs Of Light,” the group’s first release for Warner Bros. Records. “This album isn’t about us now having achieved our dreams,” says Thielen. “The day we started being able to live off our art was the day we achieved our dreams, in my mind. This is the album where we really fell into our true voices as those artists.”
Recorded in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage The Elephant), “Signs Of Light” crackles with the upbeat, sing-a-long energy of the Head And The Heart’s finest work. Lead single “All We Ever Knew,” which was written during the “Let’s Be Still” era but never captured to the band’s satisfaction until now, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, while “Turn It Around” seems primed to be a future concert staple, matching its inspirational message with a lush and multi-layered soundscape.
Throughout, the colors are brighter, the electric guitars are louder and the musical touchstones more universal. The propulsive, smile-inducing ode to Los Angeles “City Of Angels” and the head-nodding “Rhythm & Blues” nod to classic Fleetwood Mac, while the organ-flecked “Dreamer” is a timeless-sounding ballad that could have been beamed straight out of an old jukebox.
“Jay was really adamant about getting a great performance,” Russell says. “We have all the tools in the world to make something sound real or more excitable, but it’s never really as true as the band in the room for the whole take. ‘City Of Angels’ — we had previously re-cut that song and played it so many times. But within two takes in Nashville, we nailed it. It felt like we were playing on a massive stage in front of tons of people.”

Calexico

Calexico is a band from Tucson, Arizona that shares a sun-bleached border with many performers and musical styles. Comprised of two core members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, Calexico became its own entity in 1996 with the release of the Spoke LP. Although that record marked the band’s first official output, Joey and John had already been playing together as collaborating members of Arizona mainstays Giant Sand. A wide variety of tours, performances (including the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals) and recording sessions as Calexico and with other artists (Neko Case, Victoria Williams, Richard Buckner), as well as their continuing relationship with Giant Sand, allowed the band the opportunity to develop as artists. Over time, Calexico has featured a revolving cast of musicians and instruments, and the band’s sonic growth can be traced through its varied releases.

$45

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In celebration of his new, special release, barrel-aged K Vintners Jet City Riesling, award-winning winemaker Charles Smith is hosting the Jet City End of Summer Bash!: Riesling Revolution at Charles Smith’s Jet City.

Charles is bringing together a showcase of the best Riesling including Charles & Charles Riesling, famed Kung Fu Girl Riesling and K Vintners Jet City Riesling, which is only available for a limited time at the event and the Jet City tasting room. The event features 18 wineries from the PNW and a few international favorites.

Following the tasting, indie rock band Calexico will take the stage then The Head and the Heart will perform an acoustic set making this a truly one-of-a-kind event.

Just added to the event: beer from Georgetown Brewing Co. and white, red and rosé wine from K Vintners, CasaSmith ViNO and Substance!

Tickets are $45 advance and $55 at the door

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