Oregon Coast Winery Hosts Holiday Blues Fest
(Nehalem, Oregon) – Nehalem Bay Winery gets down, dirty and delicious with the annual Nehalem Bay Winery Memorial Weekend Blues Festival, on Saturday, May 23. A combination of wine, food and blues bands in a family atmosphere is the tradition, but this year there are some enticing culinary additions.
Headliner Norman Sylvester and opener Smokin’ Blue Band are the musical half of the day, while local chef Wes McMillen provides a special gourmet touch. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, and the food is a separate cost from the $5 admission charge.
Music starts at 6 p.m., but doors are open at 4 p.m., with food being served shortly thereafter.
McMillen will create a feast of pinot-marinated chicken quarters with a blackberry wine barbecue sauce, a beef brisket, along with baked beans, potato salad and watermelon.
Sylvester is known as the “boogie cat,” performing a dance-inducing blend of blues and serious get down soul. The band currently consists of vocalist Gretchen Mitchell, drummer Jolie Clausen, bassist Rob Shoemaker and keyboardist Frankie "The Funk Master" Redding.
Their latest CD was "A Family Affair," which has even sold a few copies overseas.
Living Blues Magazine wrote about the release: “range from the burbling funk of the opening All The Funk That You Want to the Caribbean feel of Redemption Time, the soulful blues balladry of the title track, and the humor-spiced Honey Do List and Soap Opera Blues (‘the only time my woman goes into the kitchen, when she's lookin' for the remote control’). The toughest blues sounds come on the harp-backed Cheating Woman. There's a tribute to the late Paulette Davis on Soul Diva, and Sylvester closes the program on a spiritual note with a touching, but not maudlin, Mother's Prayer.”
The Smokin’ Blue Band hails from Idaho.
The festival is all ages. Tickets available in advance by phone. 503-368-9463. Highway 53 (a mile from Highway 101), between Wheeler and Nehalem. www.nehalembaywinery.com
More info, on Norman Sylvester is at www.normansylvester.com.
Other Upcoming Nehalem Bay Winery Events
June 5,6 & 7: Canby Wine and Art Festival, Clackamas County Fairgrounds. Canby, Oregon.
June 20 and 21: Wheeler Crab Festival, Wheeler’s waterfront park. Crab feast will be served by the Sea Shack. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by Nehalem Bay Winery. Live music and arts and crafts booths will be featured. 503-368-9463.
June 20th: Juneteenth Reggae festival at Nehalem Bay Winery. Music starts at 6 p.m. $5 admission, food and beverages available for purchase. Featuring Earl and the Reggae All Stars.
July 4th: Free BBQ at Nehalem Bay Winery, with live music. Band is TBA, starts around 2 p.m. after the parade in Manzanita.
July 17 and 18: Nehalem Bay Winery appears at Seaside Bike Fest downtown Seaside,
August 15: Bluegrass BBQ at Nehalem Bay Winery. Bands and info TBA.
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