Olympic Cellars' annual Saturday evening Summer Concert Series kicks-off Aug. 7 with the Astro Cats' original and popular rock and wraps up Aug. 28 with the "fiddle-driven roots rock" of Handful of Luvin,' from Seattle.
Last year's concert series raised more than $5,000 and the winery again will partner with four local nonprofit organizations.
"We are continuing to partner with local nonprofit organizations determined to provide a 'framework of elements needed for a healthy community,' as defined by The Seattle Foundation, a philanthropic leader creating positive community change across King County and beyond," said Olympic Cellars owner Kathy Charlton.
"These elements are arts and culture, basic needs, economy, education, environment, health care, and
neighborhoods and communities."
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula; The Gynocare Fund, administered by Family Planning of Clallam County; Jet Set Soroptimists - Girls' Scholarship Fund; and North Olympic Land Trust/
Friends of the Fields are the agencies to benefit from this year's series.
Olympic Cellars donates cover charges collected for a specific concert ($5 per person for each concert) to the paired nonprofit in exchange for volunteer help in promoting and working the show (set-up, wine bar, breakdown).
Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs as winery seating fills quickly. All programs begin at 7 p.m. Olympic Cellars Winery is at 255410 Highway 101, between Sequim and Port Angeles.
Viaggio Pizza will cook its wood-fired artisan pizzas made with local ingredients for concert-goers on Aug. 7 and Aug. 28.
Aug. 7, Astro Cats
Partner: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula
Issaquah's Astro Cats play the "Best of American Rock" with an original twist. The band's large play list
includes covers from Stevie Ray Vaughn, Kid Rock, Greenday, The Doors, Billy Joel, Fog Hat, Tom Petty, U2, The Romantics, Stray Cats, The Cars, The Beatles, and more!
Aug. 14, Star Anna & the Laughing Dogs
Partner: The Gynocare Fund, administered by Family Planning of Clallam
Ellensburg's Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs delivers soulful passion and grit with an alternative country sound that recalls Merle Haggard, Mark Lanegan and Patsy Cline.
Aug. 21, Haywire
Partner: Jet Set Soroptimists - Girls' Scholarship Fund
Haywire, with front man Denny Secord, has been a local favorite for the past decade. Bring your dancing shoes - these boys will keep you on your feet and singing along to a great mix of classic rock and upbeat country music.
Aug. 28, Handful of Luvin'
Partner: North Olympic Land Trust/Friends of the Fields
Handful of Luvin', a
Seattle quartet featuring rockin' classically trained violinist Andrew Joslyn, delivers an eccentric blend of folk-rock, reggae and world rhythms that the band affectionately refers to as "fiddle-driven roots rock."
For more information on the concert series, call 452-0160 or visit www.