Friday, April 19, 2024

Brews and Tunes: Live Music Around the Historic Triangle this Weekend

The 1619 Wine Pavilion hosts live music on Fridays and Sundays from spring through the fall. (Courtesy of Williamsburg Winery)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Winery needs no introduction. For decades the vintners there have put Virginia wines on the map by turning out quality and sought after wines in seemingly endless variety. On top of that feat, the Gabriel Archer Tavern routinely serves original fine dining board of fare that changes with the season.

However, what might not be quite as well known is that the Winery has a wonderfully space for musicians to play acoustic sets while patrons sip on vino and take in the post card like view of the vineyard.

We sat down with the Winery’s Tasting Room Manager Debi Kidney to find out what makes the 1619 Wine Pavilion a great place to listen to music.

Here are some quick facts about the Pavilion

Q: What makes this venue unique?

A: One thing is that we have wine. Some of the best wine in the state. The venue itself overlooks the vineyard. If you sit upstairs you can see the entire place. It is also right next to the restaurant, so you can order food there and bring it over to the Pavilion and listen to music while you enjoy the wine and delicious food.

Q: What is the ideal genre to play the Pavilion?

A: We usually book solo acts. Sometimes duos or trios. We don’t have a lot of space for them to use amplification out there, so they need to be able to project without a lot of speakers and other amplification.

Q: Are there any acts scheduled to play that you are particularly excited about?

A: We have several musicians that have never played here before. There is Junior Wilson who is more a blues act as our first show this Friday. Then there is Paul Norfleet who does covers and originals. Also, there is Scott Varney. He is just good. A crowd pleaser. I am looking forward to hearing him again.

For more information on the 1619 Wine Pavilion, please check out the website.

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