Rodney Strong 2017 Summer Concert Series: What You Need to Know
Imagine enjoying a glass of wine and listening to live music as the sun sets over Sonoma County vineyards — the Rodney Strong Vineyards Summer Concert Series started 27 years ago because of that idea.
Rodney Strong proprietor Tom Klein loves jazz music, so in 1991 he wanted to bring jazz concerts to the winery. The music in Rodney Strong’s Russian River Valley vineyards has been going strong ever since, expanding to include many genres of great music. The 2017 lineup offers a mix of rock, jazz, funky R&B, and soft rock —something for everyone.
Grab your favorite picnic supplies, low back chairs, and reusable non-glass water bottles and gather a group of friends for an evening of dancing. And, of course, sipping on Rodney Strong wines like their Rose of Pinot Noir, Alexander Valley Cabernet, or Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.
Kids, pets, and outside wine and beer are not allowed. Outside food is allowed, but they will also have a yummy selection of San Francisco Bay Area food trucks, barbecue, and more on their terrace.
Series packages for all four concerts start at $356 per person, with individual concerts from $89 per person. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the two July concerts, with a showtime of 6 p.m. The gates open at 4 p.m., with a showtime of 5 p.m. for the August and September concerts. Tickets for all shows are available online on Rodney Strong’s website, or you can go wine tasting when you purchase tickets from their tasting room, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 8
This year will be Chris Isaak's fourth year playing at Rodney Strong. His distinctively seductive voice and energetic show is definitely a favorite of Sonoma County women — and men. Isaak’s legendary shows have entertained thousands of worldwide fans for more than two decades, and he isn’t stopping anytime soon. Tickets.
Kenny Loggins' remarkable four-decade-plus career has taken him from the top of the charts to the toast of the Grammys. From “I’m Alright” to “Footloose,” to “Danger Zone,” he's had smash hits on Hollywood's favorite soundtracks, rocked worldwide stages and found his way into children's hearts while bringing his smooth, beautiful voice to platinum albums of a stunning variety of genres. Tickets.
For more than two decades, master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti has become the nation’s largest selling instrumental artist. His mesmerizing performances with an array of music legends — from Sting to Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett to Andrea Bocelli — have cemented his place as one of the most brilliant and inspiring forces of the contemporary music scene. Tickets.
Kool & The Gang
Saturday, Sept. 9
Kool & The Gang has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide, influencing the music of three generations. With songs like “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Summer Madness,” and “Open Sesame,” they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten Rhythm & Blues hits, nine Top Ten hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. Their funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time. Tickets.
Pro Tip: The Rodney Strong concerts are a perfect excuse to stock up on picnic supplies like a new basket, cooler, blanket, and wine stakes to put into the grass to hold your wine. Wear layers, and bring sunscreen because it will be hot during the day and can get cool as the sun goes down over Russian River Valley.
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