Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ironstone Adds Jason Mraz
to its Concert Lineup!

June 6th (next Saturday) tickets go on sale for Jason Mraz at Ironstone Vineyards Ampitheatre! Jason will be sharing the stage with Raphael Saadiq on Sunday, August 28th! There will be a special dinner package available with this show.

Ironstone Amphitheatre is a stunning outdoors facility is located in the historic Gold Rush town of Murphys in Calaveras County. Ironstone is right in the heart of the Sierra Foothills.

The five-tier, horseshoe-shaped amphitheatre has become a favorite amongst locals and travelers, who come to enjoy a variety of events in the amphitheatre, including the Ironstone Summer Concert Series, which features world class performers in one of the most unique and beautiful settings in the world.

The Amphitheatre is also home to the annual Concours d'Elegance car and club show and several other events throughout the year.

Here's the lineup for this summer!

Saturday, July 18: Michael McDonald -Boz Scaggs

Friday, July 24: The Moody Blues w/ special Guest Dave Mason

Friday, August 7: Alan Jackson

Sunday, August 16: Diana Krall w/ Dave Koz & Brian Culbertson Side By Side

Friday, August 28: Jason Mraz w/ Raphael Saadiq

Sunday, September 6: Chris Isaak w/ Brian Setzer & Nashvillains

Friday, September 18: Lynyrd Skynyrd w/ Los Lonely Boys

Saturday, September 19: Crosby, Stills & Nash

While you are there, enjoy Ironstone's tasting room and gourmet deli and visit neighboring wineries.

Did you know Ironstone Vineyards is also home to the pipe organ that used to be inside the Alhambra Theatre in Sacramento ?

The Robert Morton Theatre Organ was built in 1927 in Van Nuys, California, and was housed in the Alhambra Theatre in Sacramento, California. After the theatre closed its doors, the organ was removed and placed in the First Baptist Church in nearby Stockton.

When the church decided to remodel and dispose of the organ, Bob Hartzell purchased it to save the organ from being broken up and sold in pieces. He kept it until John Kautz obtained the organ for Ironstone Vineyards and designed the Alhambra Music Room especially to house it.

The organ itself, is a theatrical organ, meaning that it makes the specialized sounds used for old silent movies. The organ also has 14 ranks of pipes, each containing 61-97 pipes per rank. The organ is played on numerous occasions, including special concerts, private events and their Silent Movie Nights, which feature a buffet dinner and live accompaniment on the organ.

I recently stopped into the Towe Auto Museum and got a chance to hear such an organ during their silent movie night. I can't wait to head down to Ironstone to see a movie there.

Ironstone Vineyards
is one of the 10 largest family owned and operated wineries in the US. It features the Ironstone Vineyards, Christine Andrew, Leaping Horse and Sonoma Creek labels. The estate nestled in the beautiful Sierra Foothills town of Murphys, CA, includes a seven-story winery complex, award-winning gardens, gourmet delicatessen and tasting room, culinary center, jewelry shop and heritage museum.

For more info on the winery, the wines, or Ironstone's concert season, click here!

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