Elk Creek kicks off summer concert series

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By Molly Haines

The Elk Creek Vineyards Concert Series is back with returning artists as well as some new.

The concert series has been a part of Owen County culture since 2007. Acts like country music superstar Sarah Evans, blues artist Buddy Guy and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra have preformed at Elk Creek’s outdoor amphitheater.

The concert series kicked off Saturday night with A1A: The Official Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band. The band has performed at Elk Creek each season since the series began.

Rebekka Seigel, who is in charge of the concert series, said the winery tries to bring in artists who Owen County citizens will enjoy.

“We have a promoter who takes part in finding artists to play each year,” Seigel said.

The owner, Curtis Sigretto, makes the final decision, according to Seigel. “Curtis selects groups that he thinks will go over well in Owen County.”

Seigel said the concert series has made improvements since its beginning in 2007.

“Our caliber of performers has changed and we’re having more concerts this season than we ever have before,” Seigel said.

Seigel said the complete lineup for this season has not yet been set in stone, but they are expecting their biggest show to be country artist Darius Rucker. Rucker is set to perform July 17.

Other artists who are set to take the stage this season include Buddy Guy on June 13, Motown group Pocket Change on July 3, country artist Justin Moore on July 13, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra featuring songs of the ‘70s on Aug. 15 and legendary R&B group The Temptations on Sept. 12.

General admission tickets are available for each show as well as a VIP ticket. Those who purchase a VIP ticket will be seated on the winery patio and will receive a plate dinner. Ticket prices vary depending on the artist.

Tickets for each concert can be purchased at Elk Creek Winery, www.ticketmaster.com or Kroger Ticketmaster locations.

Elk Creek’s outdoor amphitheater holds 5,000 people. All concerts are “rain or shine” and there is no restriction on ages that may attend. No coolers or picnic baskets are allowed.

Seigel said Elk Creek Vineyards strives to put Owen County on the map.

“We work very hard to provide people a good product,” Seigel said. “We’re creating a ‘Kentucky Proud’ product and putting Owen County on the map.”