Mountain Winery Announces 2014 Concert Lineup!


Disclosure: I occasionally work with AEG Entertainment to promote concerts happening in and around the Bay Area.  This is one such event happening throughout the summer. 

What’s more scenic then sitting out on some green glass, sipping on a glass of wine, as a music performance happens directly in front of you?  But not only that, some of the top performers of the ages?

That is exactly what happens every year at Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California.

Photo: The #mwconcert2014 line-up is here! Steely Dan, Jill Scott, Chris Isaak, Colbie Caillat, Maxwell, Pat Benatar & Neil Geraldo, plus so many more! Tickets go on sale next Mon. April 28th at 10am. See the full line-up and print the schedule so you can make your picks here:  http://www.mountainwinery.com/concerts

They’ve just recently announced their 2014 Concert Series Lineup for the summer, and guess what?  Tickets officially go on sale Monday, April 28th:

Check out the lineup here:

Date

Artist

Show/Door Time

Ticket Prices

28-May

Gary Allan
With John King

7:30/5:30

$89.50/79.50/59.50/45.00

31-May

Brit Floyd
The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show
Discovery World Tour 2014

7:30/5:30

$65/55/45/35

1-Jun

Merle HaggardDave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones

7:30/5:30

$79.50/59.50/49.50/39.50

6-Jun

Il Volo

7:30/5:30

$115/95/75/55

14-Jun

Jake Shimabukuro
“Jimi Hendrix of the Ukulele”

7:30/5:30

$49.50/39.50/35.00/32.50

22-Jun

Jeff Dunham

8:00/6:00

$139.50/99.50/79.50/59.50

23-Jun

Maxwell

7:30/5:30

$119.50/89.50/69.50/49.50

24-Jun

Jill Scott

7:30/5:30

$119.50/89.50/69.50/49.50

25-Jun

Steve Winwood

7:30/5:30

$99.50/69.50/59.50/49.50

1-Jul

Joan Baez & Indigo Girls

7:30/5:30

$79.50/69.50/59.50/49.50

8 & 9-Jul

Steely Dan

7:30/5:30

$225/149.50/85.00/65.00

10-Jul

Boyz II Men

7:30/5:30

$79.50/69.50/59.50/39.50

13-Jul

“Happy Together” Tour
The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night)
Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad)Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Gary Lewis & The Playboys

7:30/5:30

$65/55/45/35

15-Jul

The Memphis TourBoz ScaggsWith Special Guest Los Lobos

7:30/5:30

$95/75/55/45

16-Jul

Pat Metheny Unity Group (<—->) Bruce HornsbyWith Sonny Emory
Campfire Tour 2014

7:30/5:30

$95/65/55/45

17-Jul

Colbie Caillat

7:30/5:30

$89.50/69.50/59.50/49.50

 

18-Jul

Jewel

7:30/5:30

$85/55/45/35

20-Jul

Replay America
The Go-Go’s
Patty Smyth and Scandal
Martha Davis and The Motels
Cutting Crew
Naked Eyes Featuring Peter Byrne

6:30/4:30

$119.50/89.50/69.50/49.50

21-Jul

Goo Goo Dolls & DaughtryWith Special Guest Plain White T’s

7:30/5:30

$139.50/109.50/89.50/59.50

22-Jul

Lyle Lovett And His Large Band

7:30/5:30

$95/75/55/45

23-Jul

Chris Isaak

7:30/5:30

$99.50/99.50/79.50/49.50

24-Jul

Toni Braxton

7:30/5:30

$129.50/89.50/69.50/49.50

25-Jul

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo / Rick Springfield

7:00/5:00

$125/85/65/45

26-Jul

Don McLean / Judy Collins

7:30/5:30

$75/55/45/35

27-Jul

Bret MichaelsLife Rocks 2014

7:30/5:30

$89.50/69.50/59.50/39.50

28-Jul

Foreigner

7:30/5:30

$95/75/55/45

30-Jul

Los Lonely Boys / Kenny Wayne Shepherd

7:30/5:30

$65/55/45/35

1-Aug

An Evening With The Beach Boys

7:30/5:30

$95/75/55/35

2-Aug

Andrew Bird & The Hands of Glory

7:30/5:30

$59.50/45.00/35.00/35.00

3-Aug

Creedence Clearwater RevisitedWith Special Guest Robert Randolph & The Family Band

7:30/5:30

$89.50/69.50/49.50/39.50

4-Aug

Nickel Creek

7:30/5:30

$69.50/59.50/49.50/39.50

5-Aug

Michael McDonald / Toto

7:30/5:30

$129.50/89.50/69.50/49.50

7-Aug

Sarah Brightman

7:30/5:30

$289.50/199.50/99.50/59.50

8-Aug

An Evening With Joan Rivers
(mature content)

7:30/5:30

$75/55/45/35

9-Aug

Amos Lee
Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song Tour

7:30/5:30

$60.50/50.50/43.50/38.50

10-Aug

A Night In New OrleansAaron Neville and Dr. John & The Nite TrippersWith The New Orleans Suspects“Laissez les bons temps rouler… Let the good times roll

with a Taste of New Orleans at The Mountain Winery”

6:00/4:00

$89.50/69.50/49.50/39.50

11-Aug

Under The Sun Tour
Smash Mouth
Sugar Ray
Blues Traveler
Uncle Kracker

6:30/4:30

$89.50/69.50/59.50/49.50

12-Aug

ZZ Top & Jeff Beck – Beards ‘N Beck Tour 2014

6:30/4:30

$225/145/95/65

13-Aug

Deep Purple

7:30/5:30

$125/85/65/55

16-Aug

Kool & The GangWith Special Guest En Vogue

7:30/5:30

$109.50/89.50/69.50/49.50

20-Aug

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Galactic

7:30/5:30

$89.50/69.50/69.50/49.50

22-Aug

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings     7:30/5:30

$65.00/45.00/35.00/32.50

23-Aug

B.B. KingThe Blind Boys of Alabama    7:30/5:30

$125/85/65/45

24-Aug

Brian Regan    7:30/5:30

$65/55/45/35

25-Aug

Earth, Wind & Fire    7:30/5:30

$150.50/100.50/80.50/60.50

26-Aug

Frampton’s Guitar CircusFeaturing Peter Frampton and Buddy Guy    7:30/5:30

$139.50/99.50/79.50/59.50

27-Aug

Gipsy Kings 25th Anniversary TourWith Special Guest Ole’ Noys    7:30/5:30

$149.50/95/75/55

28-Aug

Matisyahu / OzomatliWith Special Guest Makua Rothman    6:30/4:30

$69.50/49.50/42.50/35.00

29-Aug

The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute    7:30/5:30

$55.00/42.50/29.50/22.50

30-Aug

Retro Futura Tour 2014Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey
Howard JonesUltravox’s Midge UreKatrina of Katrina & the Waves

6:30/4:30

$89.50/69.50/59.50/45.00

2-Sep

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

7:30/5:30

$99.50/79.50/69.50/49.50

6-Sep

Huey Lewis and The News

7:30/5:30

$99.50/79.50/59.50/49.50

11-Sep

Chicago

7:30/5:30

$126/96/76/46

14-Sep

An Acoustic Evening with
Ben Harper

8:00/6:00

$85/75/65/45

16-Sep

Heart

7:30/5:30

$95/75/65/45

18-Sep

Martina McBride

7:30/5:30

$95/75/55/45

21-Sep

British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour!Gerry & The Pacemakers, Chad & Jeremy, Billy J. Kramer, Mike Pender’s Searchers, Denny Laine

7:30/5:30

$65/55/45/35

26-Sep

Pattie LaBelle
With Lyfe Jennings

7:30/5:30

$125/95/75/55

27-Sep

Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Kevin Nealon from SNL

7:30/5:30

$155.50/125.50/89.50/59.50

28-Sep

Jazz Summit
Boney James / Jazz Attack Featuring Rick Braun,Euge Groove and Peter White with Jason Bodlovich Group“Jazz du Jour… a culinary ode to the influential Jazz Cities of America”

6:00/4:00

$69.50/59.50/49.50/39.50

3-Oct

Larry The Cable Guy

7:30/5:30

$129.50/99.50/79.50/59.50

Now, as to what kind of music and performances I’m interested in seeing?  Lets see, Martina McBride is on my list of must see performers along with the Goo Goo Dolls performing with Daughtry and of course, Jewel.

I, kind of, personally love the fact that they’ve included a wide range of musical performances for all music types.

And the cool thing?  It’s less than 2 hours away from me, and even closer for those in the South Bay Area.  What concert would you want to see?

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Book Review: The Publicist


Disclosure: I received review copies on behalf of this post.  All opinions are my own.

The PublicistThe Publicist Book One 
Behind every book, there’s always more to the story.

Can one woman change an age-old institution like publishing? Probably not, but Kate Mitchell sure wants to try. As a publicist with a large, respected New York publishing house, Kate finds herself at the mercy of a broken publishing system, books that don’t always sell (at all) and author egos that are often, well, as big as the island of Manhattan.

Enter the star Editor, MacDermott Ellis. Tall, handsome, charismatic, married, and ready to save the day. Kate wants to do the right thing but her hormones seem to be driving her decisions. Then there’s Allan Lavigne, once a revered author, now as forgotten as yesterday’s news; and his nephew Nick, who wants to sweep Kate away from New York for another coast, California.

As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, the over-the-top author expectations, and the careful dance of “I’m sorry, your book isn’t on the bestseller list this week”, she also finds authors who are painfully overlooked by a publisher wanting more sex, more celebrities, and more scandal.

As a blogger, there’s another world to our world, and that’s often the publicist.  Often intrigued by this position, this book instantly caught my attention and I wanted to read more.

Christina George shows a little bit of light into this position with her books, The Publicist.  Book One showcasing Kate’s world as she navigates the best she can through the world of publishing, and then book two:

Shelf Life: The Publicist Book Two
The story only an insider could tell.

Publishing: An industry of out-of-control of egos, unrealistic expectations, and books with the shelf life of milk.

This is Kate’s world, but for how long?

When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, she thinks it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold onto but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. When her career and love affair hit their expiration date, Kate sets off on a new adventure….

Starting over in California is easy, but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nicholas Lavigne is eager to help her forget, but two things still own her heart, the dream of discovering the next great American novel, and MacDermott Ellis.

As Kate tries to rebuild her life she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest bestsellers publishing has seen in ages and she’s welcomed back with open arms. At the height of her success the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she’d been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart.

George instantly captures the personalities of Kate, Nicholas, and MacDermott Ellis in her books, and intertwines all the worlds together in two great novels.

These books are instant fun reads meant to enjoy during a fun summer day or spent on the beach lounging.  Sure to have you laughing at parts, and cringing in others, but one things for sure, it’s entertaining.  And destined for those chick lit’s lovers.

I’ll be pulling this one out again this summer, but of course, I can’t say much more.  Check out more reviews here.

Enter for Your Chance to Win a Copy of The Publicist Book 1 and Two by leaving a comment below.

Giveaway ends at 9pm PST on April 28th, 2014.  Winner will be notified by email. Open to Residents in the US.  Winner has choice of print or ebook.  

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A look inside Moss Landing


Disclosure: Food, Tours and an exploration of Moss Landing were provided free of charge on behalf of this post.  However, all opinions are my own, and this article has been created on my own observations. 

Moss Landing is a town located right off of Highway 1 between the two towns of Monterey and Santa Cruz, California.  With a blink of an eye, if you’re not paying attention, you may even miss it.  BUT, from what I’ve seen of this town, it’s a place to spend a day at especially if you love towns with a little bit of character, antiquing or looking for a very unique travel experience.

Where to Eat:

The Haute Enchilada:

the-haute-enchilda

 

This restaurant located at 7902 Moss Landing Rd.  The restaurant has a very eclectic menu focusing on sustainable seafood and organic produce.  BUT truly, part of the charm, is the artistic vibe that this restaurant carries.

Attached are two art galleries you can take some time before or after you eat to explore the property, take some great photos, and take in a bit of Moss Landing Charm.

The restaurant opens every day at 11am to serve Brunch, Lunch or Dinner options.

I gobbled up my seafood meatballs right away as it was layered in a yummy lobster broth, and would definitely have my course again.

The Whole Enchilda:

The Whole Enchilada

 

Located at 7902 California Highway 1 this restaurant focuses on Mexican cuisine and has easily become a favorite destination for travelers off the Highway 1 for years.

Lunch begins as early as 11:30am and is served until 9pm Daily.

Where to Stay:

Captain’s Inn 

Again, Moss Landing is known for its charming character, and if you want a truly authentic Moss Landing experience stay a night or two at the famed Captain’s Inn Bed and Breakfast right in town.

Located right off of the Tidal Channel, an area of land known for its natural wildlife of birds, sea lions, harbor seals and otters.  The inn provides a plethora view of the surrounding channel.

But the charm truly resides in the rooms at the inn.  Each room is a calm retreat for a restful and romantic stay. For guest comfort, they provide a full hot breakfast, feather pillows, cozy robes, plush top beds, quality bedding, private baths and cookies.  And each room is decorated in a very nautical way.

Be forewarned though.  Most rooms come equipped with just a bathtub, and may not have shower capabilities.

Where to Play:

Antiques:

Stop in and out of the various Antique stores located along Moss Landing Road and explore the treasures inside.

Elkhorn Slough Safari Tours:

And, if you want to see the Captain of Captain’s Inn in action, stop on by for a tour along the Elkhorn Slough.

The Slough is known for being one of the top ten estuary’s.  An estuary is a partially enclosed body of water along the coast where freshwater from rivers and streams meets and mixes with salt water from the ocean.

Sea Lions

 

Sea Lions

This one of a kind tour will take you within the Elkhorn Slough to give you an up close view of wildlife in action.  From Sea Lions to Harbor Seals to Sea Otters to tons of wildlife and bird species across the land.  Each tour giving a different experience from the one before.

sea-otterSea Otter

The Safari Tour is very educational as the tour guides, naturalists, teach you about the wildlife within the slough, and visitors upon the tour may even be given a job to keep track of certain animals along the slough.

On our trip we discovered over 700 Sea Lions, 75 Sea Otters, over 100 Harbor Seals, and over 26 different bird species in just our 90 minute tour.

the captain

The tour takes place on a 27 food stable pontoon boat driven by the Captain Yohn Gideon, a coast guard licensed captain, and a local Elkhorn Slough Naturalist himself.  Well versed in bird species and the local slough area.

Tour Costs: 

Adults: 35 Dollars
Children (12 to 3 years old (3 yr min.): 26 Dollars
Seniors (65+): 32 Dollars

Be sure to make reservations ahead of time here.  This tour was one of my favorite wildlife tours I’ve ever taken, and it truly gives you a close up view of wildlife happening all around you, and probably one of the best places to get a close up view of those playful sea otters.

elkhorn-slough

 

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