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Posted June 2006

Strike Up the Band

Summer Music Festivals and Concerts in Santa Barbara Wine Country

SANTA BARBARA—What goes best with nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc on a warm summer evening (besides great company and a plate of cheese and crackers, of course)? How about an alfresco concert—jazz, blues, pop or classical—on the lawn of a local winery or sitting out in the park? Throughout the summer, live musicians will be appearing at various venues in Santa Barbara's Wine Country, strumming, singing and celebrating this season of barbeques and vacations.

We've put together some of the best events in the region during July and August. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and laid-back summertime attitude.

July 4--All-American BBQ & Concert
The Santa Barbara Symphony presents a free, patriotic July 4th Pops Concert in the Sunken Garden of the County Courthouse at 5pm.  San Francisco Symphony Resident Conductor Edwin Outwater leads the Symphony in a program saluting American composers and America’s cultural diversity.  The Santa Barbara Choral Society will sing “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Elements Restaurant BBQ at the Sunken Garden, Santa Barbara. $12 per person

July 6--Concerts In The Park: The Estrada Brothers
A popular LA Afro-Cuban Jazz ensemble, the Estrada Brothers, plays at Chase Palm Park, Cabrillo Boulevard at Calle Casar Chavez (Salsipuedes), Santa Barbara. Free, starting at 6 p.m. Call 805.897.1982 for more info.

July 9--Concerts In The Park: Foggy Dew
A night of traditional Irish music by local band, Foggy Dew. Alameda Park, Micheltorena and Santa Barbara Streets, Santa Barbara. Free, 3pm.

July 13--Intocable
Intocable is a modern norteno (a popular Mexican music genre) legend. Their outstanding body of work has earned them three consecutive Grammy nominations along with one American Music Award nomination. They have sold over 6 million records, with their last three reaching #1 on the Latin charts. Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 E HWY 246, Santa Ynez $75 to $125, 8 p.m.

July 13--Concerts In The Park: Lisa Haley & the Zydekats
It’s down-home, stomp-your-feet Cajun music with a 21st-century twist from vocalist and fiddle-player Lisa Haley & The Zydekats. Chase Palm Park, Cabrillo Boulevard at Calle Cesar Chavez (Salsipuedes), Santa Barbara. Free, 6pm.

July 21--The Porchdogs: Live Concert
Concert on the patio featuring The Porchdogs' smoking Bluegrass music. Selections from the Grill, local wines and more. Reservations for 6 or more accepted. River Grill at Alisal, 150 Alisal Road, Solvang. Starts at 7pm, $10. Call 805.688.7784 for more info.

July 27--Al Green Concert
Sizzling soul with Al Green with special guests Crosby Loggins & The Leadbirds. Green is one of the most popular and influential soul singers in history and a longtime member of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 E Highway 246, Santa Ynez. Starts at 8pm, $45 to $95.

July 28—Jazz at Lucas & Lewellen
Lucas & Lewellen winery will be staying open a little later on Friday evenings this summer, featuring wine, cheese, live jazz and good company. Summer Fridays are complimentary to Lucas & Lewellen or Mandolina Wine Club members and the public is invited to join us for $10/person. 1645 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang. Call 888.777.6663 for details.

July 29-- Kalyra Summertime Blues
The recipe is simple. Sit back, relax, sip some fine wine and listen to some cool blues in the afternoon sun. 6 to 8pm, free. 43 N. Refugio Rd. Santa Ynez. Call 805.693.8864 for more details.

August 5—Mariachi Festival
This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival. There will be a pre-mariachi entertainment starting at 4:30pm. The show will start at 6pm at the Santa Barbara Bowl. This year's exciting entertainment line up includes Beatriz Adriana and the internationally recognized masters of Mariachis, Mariachi Vargas. Tickets are available at the Santa Barbara Bowl or by calling Ticketmaster at 805.583.8700. Santa Barbara.

August 17--Concerts In The Park: Ten Mile Tide
Acoustic, folk-influenced rock from this San Francisco-based band. Chase Palm Park, Cabrillo Boulevard at Calle Casar Chavez (Salsipuedes), Santa Barbara. Free, 6pm.

August 19--12th Annual Multi-Cultural Dance & Music Festival
SBDA brings together Santa Barbara's Ethnic communities with over 40 groups performing on two stages. Celebrate our amazingly diverse culture with the dancers, musicians, and enjoy dance lessons, international crafts and unique food. Oak Park, 300 W Alamar Avenue, Santa Barbara. Free, 11am to 7pm. Call 805.966.6950 for more info.

August 25—Gainey Concert in the Vineyard
Head to Gainey Vineyards for Dianne Reeves, one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world today. She has earned Grammy awards for "Best Jazz Vocal Performance" for each of her last three recordings, a Grammy first in any vocal category. 3950 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez, 805.688.0558.

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