Live In The Vineyard 2017
What Is Live In The Vineyard?
If you haven't heard of Live In The Vineyard, I wouldn't be surprised. As it surpasses its 9th year in production, it continues to be considered the best "Private" music, wine and food festival that you cannot buy your way into....or can you? In 2015 Founder Bobbi Hach - Jacobs and her partner Claire Parr purchased Yountville Live, combining the LITV feel with a public festival synonymous with Food and Wine. So now technically you can buy into a "version" of LITV. The idea behind LITV was to bring the best of the music world together and feature it in conjunction with the best of the Napa Valley, but not everyone can get a ticket. In the most evil genius form she made it into a radio contest, so that people who truly LOVE the music can compete against everyone else who truly loves music and not compete for a ticket based on how much money is in your bank account - that's pretty rad and probably the least bougie thing that's ever happened in the Napa Valley. To attend LITV you literally need to ENTER TO WIN, online or through local radio promotions. Check out which radio stations participate HERE, or enter online HERE!
Day One: Grand Wine Tasting at The Westin Verasa and Main Stage Performances at Uptown Theater
I haven't attended LITV since 2011 and that was through a work event, so to be invited to attend all the events throughout the weekend was a total dream! It's one of those events that you know takes place every year, but like I mentioned in my first paragraph, it's pretty much impossible to attend without having some sort of "in," or winning a contest (I am the unluckiest when it comes to that stuff - so thank god for being a blogger).
We started out the weekend at the Grand Wine Tasting, hosted by The Westin Verasa. Over 25 local wineries and bites via Ken Frank of La Toque - yes please! What a great start to the weekend! After the tasting commenced we walked over to the Uptown Theater to hear all of the evenings acts: Lindsay Ell, Sara Evans, Julia Michaels, ZZ Ward, Haim and Joseph. I had never seen any of them live in concert, so that was an absolute treat. I had no idea how many songs Julia Michaels actually wrote for some of my favorite artists (she is personal favorite!) and Haim was so entertaining and amazing, I can see why everyone wants to be their BFF's. The best part was probably at the end when everyone got up and people were leaving, Sara Evans was finishing up and we made it to the front row and while filming for instagram she grabbed my hand and I got it on film - total fan girl moment! Those types of moments don't happen at big concerts with 1000's of people, not at all, especially with an artist like Sara Evans. Live in The Vineyard creates these one of kind experiences that I will remember forever!
Day Two: Sutter Home VIP Event and Main Stage Performances Uptown Theater
Day two offered a fierce lineup of male artists (in comparison to the all girl lineup the night before - Girl Power!)! We were treated to the musical talents of artists Keelan Donovan and Flagship, Magic Giant, Ocean Park Standoff, David Shaw and Zack Feinberg of The Revivalists and The All-American Rejects. I wasn't able to make it to see Leanne Rimes, but that definitely would have been a highlight for me. The best part of LITV is the unique mix of artists, some I used to listen to back in the day and then some I am hearing for the first time ever, like Temecula Road & Eric Paslay (two of my personal favs!).
Day Three: Artist In The Round Brunch at Peju Winery
Day three proved to be the best in my mind. We ended a wonderful weekend with brunch at Peju Province Winery and the most intimate concert series. Some of the best ACM artists sitting on a stage just five feet from the crowd and by crowd, were talking less than 80 people. It was a dream! We got to hear from Hunter Hayes, Eric Paslay, David Barnes and Temecula Road. They were SOOOOO good and I got a picture from Hunter Hayes they shared to his fan page, too cute! I always get spoiled by these types of experiences and then cannot go to regular concerts. Going to LITV is like sitting court-side at your very first NBA game. It ruins you for all other games where your a normal person in the 30th row of the upper level.
Thank you Live In The Vineyard for creating memories that will not soon be forgotten!