Music on The Willamette Series 2020: Ships to Roam
August 9 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Come out to the winery and enjoy great wine, friendly company, and fabulous music in a beautiful setting right on the Willamette River! On concert days we’re open from 12 noon – 5 pm. Music will typically run from 1 – 4 pm. We offer a covered patio with table and chair seating for about 125 patrons. On busy days it may be a good idea to bring your own lawn chairs.
A full tasting menu ($10 tasting fee) is available 12 noon to 1 pm only on music Sundays (includes cover fee). Glass pours and bottle purchases only 1 to 5 pm, with a cover fee of $5 per person/free for Cellar Club members.
In addition to our wines we are pleased to offer soft drinks, Oregon Craft Brews, and food truck service from Firepit Wandering Kitchen.
Take a look at our upcoming schedule and plan a special day out near the river. We also offer a Bocce ball court, horse shoes and you just might want to take a nice stroll right out to the river’s edge. Camping in the vineyard is also available – learn more here
August 9th, 2020 – Ships to Roam
Based in McMinnville, Ships to Roam brings an exciting, danceable twist to their indie-style brand of music. The band was formed in 2005 as the solo project of singer/songwriter Jerome Blankenship. The band’s music is original and sounds like Oregon. You hear poetry in the music that speaks of the ocean, the rain, the desert, life, love and loss. Some of it sounds somber, but it is also so cheerful, even optimistic. The subtle but solid drums, bouncing, rollling upright bass, emotive electric guitar, angelic vocals make you want to ask “Who are these guys, anyway?”
In addition to Blankenship on guitar, the band includes Will Sykes, Texas native and accomplished songwriter, who plays both the upright and electric bass and backs Blankenship on vocal harmonies.
Morgan Riha, former state fiddle finalist and lifetime musician on electric guitar. His writing is both expressive and original, pulling from an array of musical stylings from bluegrass to jazz.
John Knight, Hawaiian transplant to Oregon’s wine country, brings an island twist to some of the music and keeps the live show lively with his years of experience as a drummer/percussionist.
“These songs retain a rawness many times lacking in the world of indie folk.”
Pabst Blue Ribbon, Live and Local.