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Jazz Festival At Ponte Winery in Temecula, California

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Jacobson Jumps, Abbuhl  Added
Local smooth jazz saxophonist Keith Jacobson, previously scheduled to perform at the Sunday brunch, will now be opening on Saturday evening. Taking Keith’s spot on Sunday is the talented James Abbuhl, a captivating jazz guitarist.

VIP Packages, Group Rates Now Available
Lotus Music Productions would like to remind everyone that VIP packages are available at a rate of $125 per person for a four-person group.  Benefits of this offer include private stage-close table seating, preferred parking directly at Ponte Family Estate Winery, and tableside wine service featuring chilled Ponte wine. We also have a Group Package rate for groups of eight or more - discounting $5 off the cost of each ticket.  A very limited number of these packages are available - call us at (951) 694-8733 to order yours today!

David Pack: The “Voice of Ambrosia”
One of music’s most distinctive voices, David Pack has won acclaim worldwide for both his insightful solo work and as the charismatic lead vocalist—and guitarist—for the celebrated progressive pop-rock group Ambrosia. As a songwriter, Pack’s compositions took the band to the top of the charts repeatedly, and have delivered hits for a diverse group of artists. As a record producer, he’s worked with many of the biggest names in music, his collective works selling over 30 million units.

Festival Food
Many have asked what dining options will be available at the event. In addition to the dinner packages, Ponte Winery will be serving Chef’s Choice a la carte options starting at $18.

Legendary Jefferson Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico will host the first annual Smooth Jazz & Music Festival at Ponte Family Estate Winery in Temecula October 27 through 29.   ( Legendary performances by David Pack, Ronnie,  and many others)

Craig Chaquico earned his reputation as lead guitarist for Jefferson Starship in the ‘70s (and the offshoot band Starship afterwards). Working with a wide range of musicians – Jerry Garcia, David Crosby, Carlos Santana, Commander Cody, and Tom Scott to name a few – Chaquico became a fixture in the California music scene. After Starship dissolved, he redirected his focus from rock to instrumental jazz and received a Grammy® nomination for Best New Age Album with 1994’s Acoustic Planet.   He has engaged and inspired two generations of pop music fans as the lead guitarist and most prolific principle songwriter for Jefferson Starship with 20 Gold Records combined between The Jefferson Starship and Jefferson Airplane, he was instrumental in making that combination one of the most successful bands in history.   Chaquico left the fast-paced pop world and reinvented himself as an award winning solo comtemporary instrumental artist. 

Chaquico brings his energy and virtuosity into play as the host of this year’s Smooth Jazz and Music Festival at Ponte Family Estate Winery in Temecula’s beautiful wine country. Set over three days from Friday October 27 through Sunday October 29 with two cool evenings and a sunny Sunday brunch, this festival will feature the finest in contemporary jazz, smooth jazz, and R&B with a cavalcade of chart-topping stars and up-and-coming local talent. Announcements on the festival’s artist lineup will begin in June.

The event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Loma Linda, which provides much-needed support for families of critically ill children. Its local beneficiary is the Imagination Workshop in Old Town Temecula, an outstanding hands-on science museum for children.

Tickets for this  exciting event are available now at the event’s web site, reservations recommended, and dinner packages available.  Gourmett food stations available on weekend of event.
www.temeculasmoothjazz.com or by phoning (951) 694-8733. Tickets will sell out early – buy yours today! 

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