Weekend at a Winery: Temecula Wine Country Concerts, Music in the Air


TEMECULA, CA – Summer has arrived in the Temecula Valley wine country, and with it comes stellar sunsets, cooling Pacific Ocean breezes and a plethora of summer concerts, thanks to local producer Robert Walker and Hayday Productions.

Murrieta resident, business owner, and musician, Walker has assembled another stellar lineup of tribute bands to bring back those ’80s feelings against the backdrop of some of the wine country’s most scenic vistas at three separate locations.

Each winery and tribute band is perfectly paired to create an experience that will be remembered and keep you coming back.

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Each of the three cellars, which serves as a backdrop for tribute bands, offers something special for concertgoers. The rolling hills of Temecula and sunsets from Mount Palomar Winery and Bel Vino Winery bring expansive flavor while the intimate western setting of Longshadow Ranch Winery creates an inviting and comfortable atmosphere.

Mount Palomar Winery captivates with one of the best locations for outdoor concerts and events when it comes to views and sunsets. (Ashley Ludwig/Picture).

What you need to know about each show:

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The VIP tables for each show are in the center of the dance floor. They sold out steadily as the authentic tribute bands gained a steady following.

When you go, food is available, and wine and beer are usually available for purchase at each event. Feel free to pack a basket with your favorite snacks and maybe pack a blanket if the night gets chilly.

Buy tickets online in advance for two-for-one discounts and visit all the shows for a great sampling of live music, views and excellent local wines. (Schedules and ticket information are below).

The appeal of Tribute groups:

Why tribute bands?

Tribute bands, or artists who stay true to the original artists, are a staple in wine country. Residents and visitors flock to wine country on weekends all summer long to drink a little from the Fountain of Youth: sounds of live performances from familiar tribute artists, helping us all rekindle a bit of our past.

The artists are true to their roots, to the songs and to the original artists who performed them.

Dead Man’s Party performs at a Heyday Productions show at Mount Palomar Winery in fall 2021. (Ashley Ludwig/ Photo)

Each artist attempts to recreate the visual and auditory stylizations and draw viewers into their performances, opening the door to the past while paying homage to the present.

Heyday 2022 Summer Concert Series:

On Friday, the series kicks off at Bel Vino Winery with three ’80s new wave classics: homages to The Cure, Duran Duran and The Smiths.

Awesome 80’s! – New Wave Fest Kicks Off Summer With Tribute Bands To The Cure, Duran

Duran and the Smiths. “The Cured” tribute band is one of the top Cure tribute bands in the country. Their playlist includes some of their greatest hits like “Pictures of You”, “Friday I’m in Love”, “A Forest”, “Just Like Heaven” and many more. The Cured have played over 250 shows in the United States and around the world.

The Arena is the first Duran Duran tribute band to tour the United States and abroad, providing an authentic Duran Duran experience for concertgoers. The band plays hits like “Save A Prayer”, “Ordinary World”, “The Reflex”, “Rio” and more.

Headmasters: Tribute to The Smiths celebrates the music of one of England’s greatest rock bands by playing hits like ‘How Soon Is Now’, ‘Big Mouth Strikes Again’, ‘Ask’ and ‘This Charming Man’, for to name a few. This live concert will pay tribute to these iconic and influential bands of the 80s on Friday, June 17 at Bel Vino Winery, 33515 Rancho California Road, Temecula.

How to get tickets for the Awesome 80s show at Mont Palomar.

Concerts on the intimate Longshadow Ranch Winery stage often lead to dancing. (Ashley Ludwig/Patch Photo).

Then the series goes to Longshadow Ranch Vineyard June 24. Come for the stylizations of Desperado, a tribute to the Eagles. Longshadow Ranch Winery is located at 39847 Calle Contento, Temecula.

Desperado, the ultimate Eagles tribute concert, featuring five lead vocalists and instrumentalists. This group includes members who have played with the Eagles Don Felder, JD Souther and Chris Farmer who is currently the keyboardist/bass player/vocalist for Eagle’s solo project Timothy B. Schmit. Desperado performs the Billboard #1 songs, “Heartache Tonight”, “Hotel California”, “New Kid in Town”, “One of These Nights”, “Best of My Love”, while performing the guitar parts and the track rhythmic to perfection. Desperado challenges listeners to tell the difference.

How to Get Desperado Concert Tickets at www.heyday.com online.

While waiting for the show, the sunsets at Mount Palomar Winery are often breathtaking. (Ashley Ludwig/Patch Photo).

The third concert of the summer series returns to Mount Palomar Friday, July 15, 33820 Rancho California Road.

If you like Stray Cats, you’ll fall in love with Slim Jim Ghost with special guests The Forty Nineteens.

Slim Jim Phantom has established himself as a true rock ‘n’ roll icon. From legendary Stray Cats with hits like “Rock This Town”, “Stray Cat Strut”, “Sexy and 17” and “Runaway Boys”, they share their love of the 50s rockabilly movement.

The Forty Nineteens, a local favorite, perform a good mix of popular covers and their own radio-tested originals to complete the evening.

Get tickets to the Slim Jim Phantom show at Mount Palomar Winery in advance.

If you like the series, Murrieta jumps into the game with a tribute to the Beatles as 4 Lads From Liverpool perform a free concert in the park on July 23. This is a free concert at Town Square Park in Murrieta – see for details on what to bring, including chairs and blankets.

The Wine Country Concert Series continues on Friday, August 5 at Mount Palomar Vineyard to capture both those amazing sunsets and Travel to the United States, a tribute to the 70s and 80s favorite, Journey. A true tribute band is seamless and unrecognizable from the original, and the band claims that Steve Perry hired their lead singer to do vocal work on his solo album.

They will play classic hits such as “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Open Arms”, “Separate Ways”, “Any Way You Want it”.

Here’s how to get your tickets to the Journey USA show at Mount Palomar Winery early.

It’s back to Bel Vino vineyard Friday, August 26 with Illusion by Stevie Nicks has been called the most authentic tribute to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac to date.

The band features the best of Fleetwood Mac as well as specially selected songs from the solo career of Stevie Nicks. Songs include “The Chain”, “Go Your Own Way”, “Landslide”, “Rhiannon” and other top hits. Purchase your VIP table or general admission tickets

General admission and VIP tickets to Stevie Nicks Illusion are available at Heyday.com.

Concert goers can also enjoy hearing Walker play, an artist himself.

Walker performs regularly at Teakwoods and searches for her hits on Spotify, including hits such as “Nowhere Girl” and “She’s Only Happy In The Sun”.

If you fell in love with the tribute series by the end of the summer, don’t worry. The Heyday concert series continues in the fall to pay tribute to Bruno Mars, Selena, Queen, and more.

What you need to know about each show:

Doors open at 6 p.m. and performances end at 10 p.m.

Tickets are $35 per person if purchased in advance online or $40 at the door.

Bring your own chairs. Food is available for purchase0. VIP seats and tables are available for purchase online.

Find a full list of upcoming concerts and buy tickets at www.heyday.com, or for questions, call or text (760) 716-6295.

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