Sipping lovely wine, munching on fire-roasted pizza while watching the sun set on the hillside covered in grapevines on a mild summer evening. What could be nicer? Well… how about a nice (and free!) concert to round out the night? That’s what happened when The Sextones came to Darcie Kent Vineyards.
In June we loved hearing The Novelists at Darcie Kent Vineyards, so when we first learned that The Sextones were coming, we made sure to block our calendars. We were interested in seeing the new layout, with the band performing on a flatbed truck and the audience on the back lawn. This provided a great vineyard background for the band and a cool, shady place for all of us to sit.
The new arrangement also meant that there was plenty of space for wine sales (yay!), beer sales by Altamont Beer Works, and wood fired pizza sales by Forno Di Sbarro. So many choices! We brought some comfortable lawn chairs (retired from their weekly soccer viewing duties) and a tiny table that was the envy of everyone around us.
Some Firepit Red, some potato and bacon pizza (it’s a good as it sounds), a bit of brie on a cracker, bring on the music!
The music did not disappoint! The Sextones ensemble was custom-fit for our tastes: a lead singer/guitarist, a bassist, drummer, saxophonist and trumpeter. You can see one of their recent videos here. Their jazz/funk themes made us think of Blood, Sweat and Tears and Tower of Power concerts from our youth. The music seemed to resonate with the entire crowd, regardless of age. Some listeners were moved to perform cartwheels, others danced under the stars.
Eventually the wine was gone, the pizza just a memory, and the band was wrapping their show. Time to leave this wonderful environment and return to reality. Cheers to everyone involved in putting on such a remarkable evening!
About the Author: John grills a mean steak and is always in the market for another wine fridge. Believes that if a winery has more than 10 employees, it's probably too big. Buys wine faster than he drinks it, but who cares?