California dreamin’ from the summer of ’64 is back in the summer of ’14. Wente Vineyards in Northern California’s wine country has announced a fantastic throwback summer concert series lineup that blows the baby boomer mind. Read on!
When it comes to ’60s and ’70s pop music, you gotta hand it to septuagenarians Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Having a great time clowning and jumping about like kids, The Beatles 50th Anniversary TV special was just super. And we can only marvel at the stamina displayed by jumpin’ jack flash Mick and the Rolling Stones in their 14 On Fire World Tour, who prove that age ain’t nothin’ but a number. We haven’t got McCartney and Jagger coming to town this summer, but we do have a top-notch series to experience in a gorgeous outdoor setting an hour from San Francisco.
Any discussion of working celebrities ages begins and ends with Tony Bennett. His appearance at Wente Vineyards is scheduled for three days after the legendary crooner celebrates his 88th birthday in August. With a signature song for San Francisco that’s forever his love letter to the city, Bennett is always a huge draw for Bay Area fans. Frontman and fantastic falsetto Frankie Valli headlines with The Four Seasons. Hitting the milestone 80 years of age in May, the original Jersey Boy is at the mike with memorable hits from the 60s. Sounding as incredible as ever, listening and dancing to the groove of Earth, Wind & Fire transports you back to the 70s all over again. It was September of 1964 when, heading for the peak of their popularity, the Beach Boys took to the studio stage in front of a live and television audience on The Ed Sullivan Show to sing about Surf City USA and getting around in that very first car. This summer, Chris Isaak, Wyonna (Judd) & The Big Noise round out the 2014 Wente Vineyard summer lineup.
Oldie but goodie
Point yourself to Livermore in Contra Costa County 40 miles east of San Francisco. A gorgeous grassy Vineyard Lawn is at the center of the estate, the nation’s oldest, continuously operating family-owned winery. Round tables covered in white linen are tidily set out in preparation for a concertgoers’ buffet dinner preceding the concert. As the sky turns shades of purple and pink pastels and the sun drops below the peaks of nearby hills, temperatures drop as well. Layers are frequently required to stay warm, so dig out your leather letter jackets and rave on.