Concert to benefit Cayucos Pier set for Saturday

The Fresno BeeJune 18, 2014 

A second concert to raise money for the damaged Cayucos Pier will feature surfing legend and musician Tom Curren on Saturday.

Curren will head a list of musicians slated to perform at The Cayucos Benefit Concert and Festivities II, sponsored by SLO Brew and Liberty School Wines. The concert, also supported by numerous local businesses, civic groups and residents, will raise money for the Cayucos Pier, which requires $2 million in repair work, and Front Street, which also required repairs.

A previous concert, held last November, raised $40,000.

Saturday's concert will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. at the pier. Other acts scheduled to perform include the Tumbleweed Wanderers, the Julian Temple Band, Prixima Parada, Joe Koenig, Shane Stoneman, Bucket Busters and more.

In addition to the beach concert, Front Street will host to a variety of concessionaires, including a beer and wine garden, a variety of food and arts vendors.

Brightman cancels concert at Vina Robles

A broken ankle has forced soprano Sarah Brightman to cancel her upcoming concert at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles.

Brightman was slated to perform Aug. 8 at the concert venue on the grounds of Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery. However, Brightman said in a news release, she's decided to cancel her August tour dates in the United States.

Jessica Puchli of Nederlander Concerts said refunds will be available "at the point of purchase" for those who have already purchased tickets.

Brightman is the second performer to cancel a Vina Robles concert in recent months.

In May, Nederlander Concerts announced that controversial rocker Ted Nugent's July 13 concert had been canceled due to "unforeseen circumstances."

The concert promoter has yet to announce replacement acts for either date.

Summer wine festivals

Three major wine festivals are planned in San Luis Obispo County this summer, with events ranging from tastings and food pairings to dinner at Hearst Castle:

-- The first event for wine enthusiasts is the 24th annual Roll Out the Barrels, set for this weekend.

The annual festival usually draws about 2,400 participants each year, said Heather Muran, executive director for the San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association, which organizes the event.

Ticket holders will have a two-day passport to more than 20 participating wineries for special deals on wines, food and live entertainment. Roughly 1,400 people buy the passports each year, Muran said.

The weekend will culminate in the Summer Krush concert featuring Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson and Mary Lambert.

-- The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival is June 28 from 4-8 p.m.

More than 70 Central Coast wineries will participate in the festival, now in its 19th year, said festival chairman Barbie Butz. About 2,000 people show up each year to participate and enjoy the festival's live music, tastings, culinary pairings and artist showcases.

Because of the location next to the new rotunda and bandstand, Butz describes the festival as "an event in a Norman Rockwell painting."

Many of the proceeds for the festival go to help the Charles Paddock Zoo with improvements, as well as other projects in Atascadero, such as installing an antique clock in the Sunken Gardens near City Hall, Butz said.

For more information, visit atascaderowinefestival.org.

-- One of the longest running wine events in the county is the 29th annual Central Coast Wine Classic, set for July 10-13. The Wine Classic's Barrel Tasting in Avila Beach and Hearst Castle Dinner are scheduled for July 10, with several special events July 11.

For a full schedule of events, visit centralcoastwineclassic.org.

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