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Weekly event features musicians performing in a variety of styles throughout the summer

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Singer/songwriter Jesse Meader will perform at the Chehalem Tasting Room in July.

The Chehalem Tasting Room and Wine Bar has launched its summer concert series, which will run every Friday through August and feature different groups of musicians playing a variety of genres.

The series kicked off last week with Scott and Kayla Tecca, a father and daughter duo playing classic country and rock style music.

Michelle Kauffman, communications director for Stoller Wine Group, said the shows are "sure to satisfy all tastes," as well as attendees' palates.

"We'll have cheese and charcuterie boards plus select wines by the glass available for purchase," she said.

All told, the summer series will feature more than a dozen artists. Additionally, there will be a comedy show on June 30.

On Friday, singer and songwriter Anna Gilbert will perform at the tasting room. Based out of Portland, Gilbert has released five albums and has collaborated with several other artists. The show begins at 6 p.m. at the tasting room on 106 S. Center St.

Gilbert describes her music as "songs about life, love and loss." She characterizes the songs as "from the heart," with the hope she can "bring warmth, truth and sweetness into the heartbreak and sadness that affects us all."

On June 14, the tasting room will host Floating Pointe, an eclectic group performing acoustic music with viola, percussion and vocal harmonies. The group has played around Portland and the Northwest since the early 1990s. Floating Pointe has released two albums, which the band describes as "contrasting genres of music" ranging from acoustic to the sounds of a synth rock band.

On June 21, Tigers of Youth will perform. A group that largely performs as a duo and is fronted by Dave Wentz, a Baltimore native who moved to Portland to start a new music project. The group describes their sound as "high-energy beats, catchy melodies and earnest lyrics" that blend into "unique, passionate songwriting."

Tigers of Youth have released two albums and are playing throughout Oregon for the month of June.

The final show for June is Bossa PDX, a Portland-based band that plays tribute to the Bossa nova era of music, a style of Brazilian music developed in the 1950s and 1960s. Led by pianist Kerry Politzer, the group transcribed the arrangements of artists like Gilberto Gil, Roberto Menescal, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Joao Donato and Tom Jobim. In addition to piano, the group often includes vocals, saxophone or flute, guitar, bass and percussion.

June is capped off by the Winery Comedy Tour, a cross-country tour featuring comedians from New York City and Los Angeles. Unlike the concerts, this is not a free performance, as there is a $20 cover charge.

Kaufmann said this will be third year they host the concert series, but that this is the first year the tasting room has had concerts booked consistently every Friday night through the summer.

To kick off July, the tasting room will welcome the Eugene-based singer and songwriter Jesse Meade. He performs a mix of cover songs and originals with finger-style guitar playing. He was named the best solo performer by Eugene Weekly for the publication's Best of Eugene 2010-2011.

"We really try to book bands that are locally based as a means to help support our community in a different capacity," Kaufmann said. "But, they are not exclusively local bands. One is a California based artist on an Oregon tour. Another is out of Hood River. That said, the bulk of the band we secured for this summer series are recommended (by) locals that frequent our Chehalem Tasting Room."

She added that the concert is a great way for people to kick off their weekend and the venue is an ideal place for the community to gather in a casual setting.

She added that the wine bar has extended hours Fridays and Saturdays, which brings people back as well.

"What's fun about the concert series is that they draw in a different demographic of consumer that's looking for something fun to do alongside great wine and snacks," Kaufmann said. "We see people come just to see the musicians and have a good time, which is a great way for us to reach a new audience. Our guests are primarily Newberg/Yamhill County based, but we also have members who live in Portland that will come down to kick off their weekend. Others will stop in as they head out to the coast."

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