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Beach Boys rock winery with classic tunes

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By Molly Haines

\Despite dark skies and the threat of rain, fans came out strong for Elk Creek Winery’s popular summer concert series kick-off.

The series began Friday with a show by a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Beach Boys.

The group took the audience on a musical journey, performing hits that spanned their entire career, including “409,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Good Vibrations” and “Kokomo.”

General Manager of Elk Creek Winery Kristine Walker said about 1,400 attended the show.

“It was a pretty good turnout,” Walker said. “I think the rain probably kept some people away but overall it was good.”

Walker said she felt the summer concert series has continued to be a hit because of the winery’s atmosphere.

“I think people really like to see the big-name acts in their town,” Walker said. “They get to see them in a different way than a lot of people who see them in the big arenas. I think people enjoy the closeness of it.”

Walker said local food vendors were invited to set up shop at this year’s concert, including Snappy Tomato Pizza and Farmhouse Grill.

“I think they were very well-prepared and pleased with the turnout we had for them,” Walker said.

The second concert of the series will be held June 18 when country artist Blake Shelton rolls into town.

Tickets for the show are available at Elk Creek Winery and Ticketmaster.

Tickets range in price from $42 to $100.

Walker said for those who may not be able to attend the concerts there are other sources of entertainment at Elk Creek throughout the week.

“People can experience local musicians on Friday and Saturday nights,” Walker said. “We have a limited selection of wine at our outdoor concerts, and for those who visit the winery we have a bigger variety and they can get a tour of the facility.”