Music is all around us--in the wind, the rain, and the weird sounds that children make. Listen to something that's actually been rehearsed with this GrouponLive deal to the 2nd Annual Rhythm, Wine, and Brews Fest featuring B. B. King at the Empire Polo Club on Saturday, February 23, at 2 p.m. For $85, you get one VIP admission package (up to a $175 value), which includes:
- VIP entrance and admission to the show
- Reserved seating with a custom logo captain's chair to take home
- Seven total tastings of wine and beer
- Souvenir tasting glass
- Free parking
- Free RWB poster
The event lasts from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m.
B. B. King has held the crown of King of the Blues for more than half a century, and nobody dreams of challenging his title. At the age of 87, he still plays 100 shows a year without missing a lick, influencing popular musicians and inspiring Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page to hang up their polka careers. In the world of 12-bar blues, where it’s hard to reinvent the wheel, King’s unique guitar playing reinvented the whole vehicle, vibrato shimmering through his knuckles, down into his fingertips, and into the strings of his signature Gibson hollow-body Lucille. His faithful instrument trusts him like the balloon-holding assistant of a knife thrower as he bends his strings past steel’s threshold—but never breaks them. Drawing from a repertoire of more than 60 albums, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Lifetime Achievement Grammy recipient hypnotizes audiences with his fret finesse, bellowing voice, and the sheer joy that beams from grin and grimace as he plays. As Carlos Santana once raved, “I can hear B. B. King with the sound off on a TV, just by looking at his face.” Other acts contributing to the afternoon soundtrack include the Twainian tunes of Americana singer, songwriter, and former pro boxer Paul Thorn, groove-laden world-music fusion from Penny Unniversity, and jazz blues courtesy of Alex A. and the Fermented.
B. B. King—“I Need You So” (Live 2011)
Ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older to taste beer or wine. Children younger than 12 are admitted for free. Check the frequently asked questions page for information about what to bring, what not to bring, and nearby accommodation.
Rhythm, Wine, and Brews Fest
On the rolling greens of the Empire Polo Club, the Rhythm, Wine, and Brews Fest unfolds for an afternoon of locally crafted libations and priceless rhythm and blues. Guests saunter into the white cabanas of the wine garden with souvenir glasses in hand, partaking in the fruits of local and national wineries, such as Smith & Hook and Fess Parker, underneath the shade of date palms. The scent of hops and barley drifts through the high-peaked tents of the beer-tasting pavilion, where more than 25 breweries, including Shipyard Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing, dispense their handcrafted suds. As daycationing denizens sniff, swish, and savor their beverages, the air buzzes with liquid rhythm and blues from a roster of roots artists.