Concert series returns to Vallecito winery

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat /

Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito will open its 2014 outdoor concert series with a performance by Sugar Hill recording artist Sarah Jarosz from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Advance tickets are $20, available until 3 p.m. Saturday or when sold out. If available, tickets will be available at the winery after 6:30 p.m. for $25.

Admission for children under 12 is $10. All proceeds from children's ticket sales will be donated to support science education in Calaveras County.

Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. at 4280 Red Hill Road, off Highway 4 west of Parrotts Ferry Road. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Since signing to Sugar Hill Records at age 16, Sarah Jarosz has barely stopped to catch her breath. Rolling Stone magazine compared her to Gillian Welch; Mojo labeled her a "newgrass prodigy" for her skills on banjo, guitar and mandolin; and the normally reserved New York Times hailed her as "one of acoustic music's finest talents," with songwriting chops to match her instrumental prowess.

She will be accompanied by cellist Nathaniel Smith and violinist Alex Hargreaves.

Hargreaves, of Corvallis, Ore., plays a variety of styles and has toured with David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Danilo Perez, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Darol Anger, among others.

He appears on all four of Jarosz's albums, "Song Up In Her Head," "Follow Me Down," "Live at the Troubadour" and "Build Me Up From Bones," which received two Grammy nominations.

Nathaniel Smith's mentors include Andres Diaz at the Innsbrook Institute, Carlton McCreery at the University of Alabama, jazz pianist Jimmy Jarret and guitarist Barry Leach. He also attended Mark O'Connor's Summer String Camps, where he performed with Rushad Eggelston, Natalie Hass, Darol Anger and a host of others in multiple genres.

Smith plays in many musical styles and may be seen as cellist, bassist and composer in various genres. He also performs regularly with Natalie MacMaster and Jeremy Kittel.

The next Twisted Oak concert, on Sunday, May 25, will star Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones plus special guests Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum. Future performers will include Peter Rowan, Tim O'Brien, Nina Gerber and Chris Webster and the John Jorgenson Quintet.

For more information, call 736-9080 or visit .

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