Sometimes we’re pretty thankful that the death of music sales means musicians have to tour constantly or they’ll have their cars repo’d, because you could pretty much see live music all weekend every weekend this summer, up and down the coast.
But one venue has a particularly diverse lineup in its summer series, Saratoga’s Mountain Winery. Two or three times a week between now and Labor Day, they will play host to some pretty spiffy acts — kicking off this Friday, June 7, with Hammer’s House Party (Oakland’s own MC Hammer with En Vogue and Tone Loc). Ziggy Marley plays a couple dates to follow, and then it keeps going: Dwight Yoakam, Foreigner — because how could they not? — Alanis Morissette, the Indigo Girls, tributes to Pink Floyd and ABBA, Common, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Pat Benatar, Yes, and The Temptations. You could take your parents to this 2,500-seat outdoor venue, but you could also take a first date (assuming they’re worth your time).
And yes, people don’t buy albums like they used to, but that doesn’t mean legacy acts don’t put out good stuff anymore. If you haven’t listened to Chaka Khan’s Hello Happiness — produced by none other than Stitch — you are definitely missing an hours-long endorphin rush. The Queen of Funk teams up with the admiral of blue-eyed soul himself, Michael McDonald on Tuesday, July 30.
Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga, 408-741-2822 or mountainwinery.com