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Twisted Concerts and Events!

events and concerts and stuff! oh my!The 2015 edition of the award-winning Twisted Folk Summer Concerts are here! Scroll down and check them out, but in a nutshell:

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Photo of Sarah Jarosz at Twisted Oak Winery, May 3, 2014 by Maria Camillo. Yeah, we get amazing musicians like that!

May 2015
Twisted on the Porch
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM     Fri, May 1, 2015 - Fri, Oct 9, 2015
Venue: Murphys Tasting Room, 363 Main Street
Contact: Us! 209-736-9080, tastingroom@twistedoak.com

Join us every Friday evening from 5pm to about 8pm to get Twisted on the Porch!

  • Twisted Wines!
  • Terrific Munchies!
  • Tremendous Conversations!

We've got wines available to be purchased by the glass or bottle, complimentary snacks, and good times!

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Leftover Cuties
7:45 PM     Sat, May 30, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
Contact: Us! 209-736-9080, tastingroom@twistedoak.com

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leftover cutiesLeftover CutiesShirli McAllen (lead vocals, ukulele), Austin Nicholsen (bass, ukulele, vocals), Mike Bolger (brass, keys, accordion, vocals) and Stuart Johnson (drums, vocals) – have sparked a fire among fans with a timeless prohibition-era jazz sound, combining sultry vocals, pop-perfect songwriting, and seasoned musicianship.   Their spellbinding first album “Places To Go” won raves from critics.  Their impeccable and atmospheric live performances draw ever-growing and increasingly passionate crowds in the speakeasies and rock clubs of their hometown Los Angeles.  A string of impressive licensing placements has won them fans the world over.  Among those big spots: the theme for the Showtime series “The Big C” and an ad for Samsung that aired over and over (and over and over…) during the 2012 Olympics and generated more than three million YouTube views. “The title of the album stands for that yearning to hold on to the beginning of things,” says McAllen.  “The part where everything feels new and pure, where there’s excitement and promise of great things to come.”

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June 2015
Grisman, Leslie, Hargreaves and Smith
8:00 PM     Sat, Jun 13, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
Contact: Us! 209-736-9080, tastingroom@twistedoak.com

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Grisman, Leslie, Hargreaves and SmithSamson Grisman (Bass), Dominick Leslie (Mandolin), Alex Hargreaves (Fiddle) and Nathaniel Smith (Cello) have been great friends and musical confidants since they met each other on the bluegrass festival circuit in their pre-teens. The group is comprised of four of the most individualized instrumental voices in a new generation of acoustic musicians, and they play together with a cohesion that can only come from more than a decade of musical camaraderie. Drawing inspiration from the music of David Grisman, Béla Fleck, Tim O'Brien, Darol Anger, Jerry Douglas and many other luminary new-acousticians, Grisman, Leslie, Hargreaves and Smith have forged a sound that has elements of Oldtime, Jazz, Funk, Free-Improvisation, and Bluegrass with an energy that is entirely their own. Their new EP features original compositions from each of the members and is sure to be enjoyed by anyone with a broad musical palate and open ears.

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Nina Gerber & Chris Webster with Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore
8:00 PM     Sat, Jun 27, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
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mollie o'brien rich mooreGrammy Award winner Mollie O'Brien became known to the world as a singer's singer when, in 1988, she and her brother Tim released the first of three critically-acclaimed albums for Sugar Hill Records (Take Me Back, Remember Me and Away Out On The Mountain). Eventually, Mollie recorded five equally well-received solo albums (Tell It True, Big Red Sun and Things I Gave Away for Sugar Hill Records, and I Never Move Too Soon and Every Night In The Week for Resounding Records). Additionally, she was a regular on the nationally-syndicated radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion” from 2001 through 2005. She's long been known as a singer who doesn't recognize a lot of musical boundaries, and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of the song she tackles. O’Brien has primarily focused her efforts on the fading art of interpretation and the end result is a singer at the very top of her game who is not afraid to take risks both vocally and in the material she chooses.

Husband Rich Moore has busied himself in the Colorado music scene for many years. While staying home with the kids when Mollie & Tim toured, he held a day job and continued to perform locally with a variety of Colorado favorites, including Pete Wernick and Celeste Krenz. Not only is Moore known to produce some of the funniest onstage running commentary, he's also a powerhouse guitar player who can keep up with O'Brien's twists and turns from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. He creates a band with just his guitar and, as a result, theirs is an equal partnership. 

chris webster nina gerberA career that began nearly two decades ago as a teen-aged lead singer for one of California's best know regional acts (Mumbo Gumbo), Chris Webster boasts a successful resume highlighted by four solo releases (Drive, Now Playing, Something in the Water, My Name is Christine) and one amazing traditional Bluegrass/Americana recording (The Webster's "10,000 Miles) with her sister Cassie and renowned guitarist Scott Nygaard. More importantly, she brings a pedigree rivaled by few. With astonishing power and passion, her voice reaches magical heights, yet effortlessly turns on a dime to deliver gut wrenching torch songs and gentle ballads. Combining elegance and grace with a foot-shuffling manner, Webster has a purity and beauty about her that is seldom seen and never forgotten. She can cut to the bone with tender, unrequited songs of love-gone- wrong then slap you upside the head with a fistful of lyrics and a take- charge melody that makes you step aside, stand back, and listen. 

After carving a career out of what some might call the shadows, guitarist Nina Gerber is at last beginning to dare the light. Her first album as a leader, Not Before Noon follows two decades which brought her to prominence without ever placing her name on the front of an album cover. Since her accompaniment of Kate Wolf first earned her recognition, her acute skills as performer, producer and arranger have continued to deepen. Her contributions to acoustic music have earned her a following as loyal as for the numerous high talents she has accompanied. Nina has a unique ability to completely free herself within an eclectic range of styles. Presented with folk, country, bluegrass, rock, or blues, she is able to fall into leads that have rare reverence for the true feeling of a song, always emphasizing taste over technical display. She seeks to express through her hands, rather than gain attention, and it is this integrity which makes her expressions worth intent listening.

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July 2015
Vishten
8:00 PM     Sat, Jul 11, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
Contact: Us! 209-736-9080, tastingroom@twistedoak.com

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vishten"It's like Buckwheat Zydeco meets the Irish. The first time I saw them, I loved them!" — Pittsburgh Irish Festival

There's an old saying that goes something like, "Go out and make your mark in the world exploring the new ways but don't turn your back on your roots." The members of Vishtèn have been doing just that for the past seven years, touring their brand of new-traditional Acadian music in over 1000 performances rendered in eight different countries. Made up of third generation Acadians living separate but parallel musical experiences, twin sisters Pastelle and Emmanuelle LeBlanc from Prince Edward Island, Canada have teamed up with Pascal Miousse from the nearby Magdalen Islands to create a sound that incorporates elements of the new ways while retaining and staying true to the essential Acadian spirit of their roots.

The sound is essentially Celtic but with a difference. The songs are French, sung by each band member, alone or in three-part harmony. The foot percussion drives the rhythm in a fiddle tune at times yet refrains itself in the gentler musical moments. The band members are accomplished multi-instrumentalists and step-dancers incorporating the fiddle, guitar, accordion, penny-whistle, mandolin, piano, jaw- harp and bodhran into each performance. They are surely making their mark in the world today as their musical maturity comes through to captivate audiences wherever they play.

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Vasen, with special guest Darol Anger
7:45 PM     Sat, Jul 25, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
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vasenThe Swedish word Väsen has three meanings—essence, spirit, and hullabaloo—making it the perfect name for a band that is part Nordic tradition and part whirling dervish. To its roots in the musical traditions of Uppland, Sweden, Väsen brings playfulness and vitality, transforming venerable polskas and marches into modern groove masterpieces, yet retaining the consummate playing skills and ageless appeal of the best traditional music.

Väsen's unique sound showcases the playing of Olov Johansson, a virtuoso of the nykelharpa, a bowed, 16-string instrument related to both the hurdy-gurdy and the fiddle, along with 5-string violist Mikael Marin and 12-string guitarist Roger Tallroth, in a ensemble that swings through dense, sinuous arrangements with amazing intensity and deft interplay, on stage and on albums like their recent “Mindset.” Public radio's All Things Considered said of the group, "The absurdly broad term 'world music' is rendered useless in the face of these musicians who play with such passion and glee that everything on the globe seems to disappear except their hometown fires. This is 'local music' in the best sense of the word—believable, human-scaled, and fluent in the international language of musical interplay." As one member of Väsen put it more succinctly: "We can promise you one thing. You never know quite what's going to happen."

darol angerFiddler, composer, producer and educator,  Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall and others. He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Väsen, Bill Evans, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, The Anonymous 4, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Mark O’Connor, and Stephane Grappelli.

Today Darol can be heard on NPR’s “Car Talk” theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. He was also the violinist on the phenomenally popular Sim City computer games. In addition to performing all over the world, he has recorded and produced scores of important recordings since 1977, is a MacDowell and UCross Fellow, and has received numerous composers’ residencies and grants. He has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks. He is an Associate Professor at the Berklee School of music. He recently began an ambitious online Fiddle School at ArtistWorks.com. His website is www.darolanger.com.

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August 2015
The Cave Looting
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM     Sat, Aug 8, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
Contact: Us! 209-736-9080, tastingroom@twistedoak.com

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Avast! Ye annual day of piratical debauchery, exclusively for ye olde Twisted Few wine club members!

The Cave Looting is a day of barrel tasting in the cave, yummy grub, and fun. It runs as an open house, so you can arrive any time and stay for a while. You will be able to taste several wines in tanks and in barrels in the cave; some of those wines will be available for purchase as "futures" which will be available for pickup or shipping to you by the beginning of October.

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The Waifs
7:45 PM     Sat, Aug 22, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
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"Where do we take it from here?'' sings Vikki Thorn on Day Dreamer, one of the most uplifting moments on The Waifs' extraordinary sixth album, Temptation.

It's a question the much-loved Australian band has asked itself several times in the 21 years since Thorn, her sister Donna Simpson and guitarist Josh Cunningham set off on their incredible journey.

A trip that began in a van in 1992, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world. The hard yards in those early days paid off in terms of their career, but also bound the three of them together as friends.

Josh, Donna and Vikki have all moved on in their personal lives since those formative years, whether through relationships, having children or relocating to different parts of the world, yet The Waifs' journey continues. 

The sisters left their home in Albany, Western Australia in 1992 as the duo Colours. They met Cunningham in Broome, WA and became The Waifs. The group forged their way on the Australian live circuit for most the 1990s, releasing albums such as their self titled debut in 1996 and Shelter Me in 1998, selling them mostly at shows. The third album, 2000's Sink or Swim, raised their profile and allowed the band to perform in Canada and the United States, attracting rave reviews in the process.

The biggest turning point came with the EP London Still (2002), which gave the band its first Australian hit. Followed in 2003 by the Lighthouse EP and the album Up All Night, which has gone double platinum in Australia and earned them four ARIA awards. That same year they toured Australia with Bob Dylan, who subsequently invited them to join him on his North American tour. Further hits, such as Bridal Train and Stay, have followed, along with live albums, more awards and ecstatic reviews for their live performances.

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October 2015
Twisted Few Pickup Party
11:30 AM to 2:30 PM     Sun, Oct 4, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
Contact: Us! 209-736-9080, tastingroom@twistedoak.com

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December 2015
Twisted Few Pickup Party
11:30 AM to 2:30 PM     Sun, Dec 13, 2015
Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
Contact: Us! 209-736-9080, tastingroom@twistedoak.com

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