Consider this an invitation to uncork the musical venues of Clark County’s wine country.
Bethany Vineyard & Winery: The 12th Annual Music in the Vines will feature bass guitarist and blues vocalist Lisa Mann on July 19; the return of Portland native Dan Reed for a Pacific Northwest CD release concert on Aug. 9; and concert series veteran, vocalist and saxophone player Patrick Lamb, on Aug. 30. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and performances begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or the winery directly. Two benefit concerts have also been scheduled: The 3 Grands Concert, featuring award-winning blind pianists Mac Potts, Nick Baker and Brent Gjerve accompanied by vocalist Darcy Schmitt, benefits the Pacific Foundation for Blind Children and the School of Piano Technology for the Blind and will be held at 6 p.m. on July 26; and former “American Idol” contestant Crystal Bowersox will be performing at the annual Credit Union for Kids Rock-n-Ride event — which benefits Doernbecher Children’s Hospital — at 5 p.m. on Aug. 22. Simple Elegance Catering will provide food-for-purchase at all events. Benefit concert ticket information is available at bethanyvineyards.com.
Heisen House Vineyards: Their Sixth Annual Friday Music Nights runs from July 3 through Sept. 25. A local restaurateur or food cart supplies food-for-purchase to enjoy while listening to the relaxing sounds of a different solo artist or band from 6 to 9 p.m. Rain or shine, the gate opens at 5 p.m. and music plays from 6 to 9 p.m. Additionally, this national and state historic site plays host to four annual festivals observed on the last Saturday of the month from noon to 6 p.m., with music running at the top of each hour crowned by a headliner band playing from 6 to 9 p.m. Festivals feature everything from barn tours to arts and crafts to an antique car show to winemaking demonstrations: June 27 – Sixth Annual Barn Bash; July 25 – Sixth Annual Lavender Festival; Aug. 29 – Sixth Annual Sunflower Festival; Sept. 26 – Sixth Annual Crush Festival. Event entrance is free and open to all ages. Wine tasting and wines by the glass or bottle are available for purchase to folks 21 and over. www.Heisenhousevineyards.com
Moulton Falls Winery: The first Guitar Summit will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 27. Critically acclaimed finger-picking guitarists Terry Robb, Doug Smith and Mark Hanson will come together in a rare group performance on the grounds of this beautifully situated Yacolt winery. Doors open at 11 a.m. on Sept. 12 for the Third Annual Clark County Folk Festival. Originally an event held at the North Clark Historical Museum in Amboy for several years, attendance increased dramatically with its venue shift in 2013. Festivalgoers can expect performances by Sky in the Road, Dan Weber, Aarun Carter and Jonathan Trawick, Steve Einhorn and Kate Power, A Fine Mess and The Fare Thee Wells. Although more patio seating has been created, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome as well as well-behaved, leashed dogs. Tickets for both events can be purchased at http://www.tickettomato.com/ or the winery directly. www.moultonfallswinery.com
Three Brothers Vineyard & Winery: A Wine Club Appreciation Concert kicks off the music season at this Ridgefield winery. Three Brothers has invited East Fork Cellars wine club members, as well, so if you want to attend what’s being dubbed as the music event of the summer, join the club soon. Acts include local bands Les Cellar Rats, The Al Perez Band and Drastic Measures and the evening finishes out with F.O.G. — a band made up of Jeff Waddell on guitar, Bruce Barnes on drums, Al Perez, guitarist Steve Nicarry, bassist Gerard Bernard, and vocalist Brenna Stilwell. Gates open at 4 p.m. and music begins at 4:30 p.m. on June 27. Their annual Summer Concert Series once again features Stone in Love at 6 p.m. on July 12. This Journey tribute band draws a loyal crowd year after year. Classic rhythm and blues performer Lloyd Jones will bring his soul-soothing vibe to the winery at 6 p.m. on Aug. 16. Food-for-purchase available at all concerts. Extra patio seating has been created since last year but attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the parklike setting under tall evergreens in front of the winery stage. Tickets available at http://www.tickettomato.com/. www.threebrotherswinery.com
Other area wineries and tasting rooms hosting live music:
• Burnt Bridge Cellars - First Fridays and special events. Burntbridgecellars.com
• Cellar 55 Tasting Room - Most Fridays and special events. Cellar55tastingroom.com
• Confluence Vineyards & Winery - Blues and BBQ from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 3, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21 and other special events. Confluencewinery.net
• Emanar Cellars - 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and special events. emanarcellars.com
• English Estate Winery - Good Times and Wine from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday and special events. Englishestatewinery.com
• Moulton Falls Winery - 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and special events. Moultonfallswinery.com
• Rusty Grape Vineyards - 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and special events. <a href="http://www.rustygrape.com/">http://www.rustygrape.com/</a>
• Village Vineyard - 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and open mic hosted by area musicians 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays through the summer months. villagevineyard.com