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EVENTS

This is for event reservations. To make a reservation for a tasting, please click here.

TASTING ROOM HOURS

  • Thursdays from 5 - 9 pm with Trivia starting at 7:00 pm

  • Fridays from 3 - 6 pm, open till 9 pm when we have music

  • Saturdays from 12 - 5 pm, open till 9 pm when we have music

  • Sundays from 12 - 5 pm, open till 9 pm when we have music

Well-behaved dogs on leashes and children are welcome! You may also bring outside food or non-alcoholic drinks. Outside alcoholic drinks are not allowed. Whenever the tasting room is open food will be available from local food truck or pop up food vendors or pizza delivery to your table.

A NOTE ABOUT EVENTS:

During events you may enjoy wine by the glass or by the bottle.  We're happy to recommend wines and provide a splash for you to taste to help you select a wine.

Please know that all tastings and music performances during the winter season are held with limited seating indoors with electric heaters and outdoors under our 20' x 30' tent with patio heaters.  So there's no need to be concerned about rain or cold weather cancellations.  Customers are encouraged to click the "Make a Reservation" button above to make reservations. El Vaquero values musicians. We give 100% of cover charges to the musicians and it's critical that you help us avoid allocating seats to customers that don't show up.  So please, please call us at (831) 607-8118 promptly if your reservation plans change.  Thank you. 

 

We advertise our events extensively on Instagram and Facebook so please like and follow us on those apps to stay up to date.  You may also sign up to receive our weekly email with a  description of events for the next 2 weeks. Just click on the "Home" menu item above.

THURSDAY TRIVIA WITH MICHAEL GAITHER

EVERY THURSDAY

7:00 PM

THURSDAY TRIVIA WITH MICHAEL GAITHER

TRIVIA, NO COVER

Trivia

Please join us for a fun Thursday Evening of Trivia, Pizza, Wine and good friends. KPIG DJ and Americana Songwriter/Musician hosts this weekly event starting at 7 PM each Thursday evening. Typically 60-80 regulars and newcomers join us for the fun and chance to win one of 3 bottles of wine. There’s no cost to play and no need to make a reservation,

The topic and associated hints are posted each week on the Instagram and Facebook accounts of El Vaquero Winery and Michael Gaither. The game consists of 20 questions associated with the topic for the week. Five are video questions and five are audio questions. If you are confident of your answers for the video and/or audio questions you can play Double or Nothing. Michael may even perform a couple of live songs!

Pizza can be ordered by texting Corralitos pizza and delivered to your table about 40 minutes later. The winery hours Thursday are 5-9 pm.

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Corralitos Pizza

JOHN MICHAEL BAND

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23RD

6-9 PM

JOHN MICHAEL BAND

ROCK, $10 COVER

Born in Dublin, Ireland, has performed since the age of four at various venues and festivals from California to Ireland. He is an extremely versatile vocalist, can sound just like the original artist he is covering and is a performer of many genres and styles of music. He does have a distinct style of his own, and is well versed in Rock, R&B, Blues, Funk, Celtic, Sinatra and Opera. His bands include many talented and stellar musicians.

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My Mom's Mole

FEBRUARY WINE CLUB PICKUP PARTY

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24TH-25th

5-8 PM ON SAT / 4-7 PM ON SUN

FEBRUARY WINE CLUB PICKUP PARTY

FREE EVENT FOR MEMBERS

RSVP now for our February Wine Club Pickup Party! This event is free for all members with one guest each. Additional guests may attend for $25 admission (refunded if you join the club). Click the link below or visit bit.ly/evwfeb24 to let us know you're coming!

We will have live music, tasting of all of our wines, and a complimentary buffet! We can't wait to see you there!

The Surf Creeps will be playing on Saturday. They specialize in Surf Music, Rockabilly, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

Mary Ellen and Thom Duell will be playing on Sunday. Mary Ellen is considered to be one of the most popular and diverse female vocalists in the Bay Area. Known for her powerful and emotional delivery and for her pure, versatile sound, Mary Ellen is a vocal force to be reckoned with.

Food by:

Us

DYLAN ROSE BAND

SATURDAY MARCH 2ND

5-8 PM

DYLAN ROSE BAND

ROCK, $10 COVER

Make reservations for the Dylan Rose Band Saturday March 2nd, 5-8 pm at El Vaquero Winery at bit.ly/evwevents

They are an amazing hard rocking band from Santa Cruz with shredding guitars and bass and three great vocalists. - Bob Prikazsky (EVW Reviews)

Led by guitarist/vocalist Dylan Rose, this band features vocalist Alisha Ripatti, Keith Wieland on drums, David DeSilva on bass, and Jocelyn Olson on keyboards. Rooted in the Santa Cruz music scene, this talented lineup can traverse rock, blues, soul, funk, and everything in between. Be ready for a rock and roll show!

This show will also feature an opening solo acoustic act with Billy Reese. Billy is an up and coming singer and multi-instrumentalist playing an eclectic mix of country, folk, americana, rock and blues. He has spent the past 5 years touring with various bands throughout the Pacific Northwest and California, and is now settled back in his hometown and quickly becoming a staple in the Santa Cruz music scene.

We’ll have award winning wines by Alex and food to be announced. Cover is $10, reservations are highly recommended at bit.ly/evwevents

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TBA

BEACH COWBOYS

FRIDAY MARCH 8TH

6-9 PM

BEACH COWBOYS

ROCK, $10 COVER

Make reservations at bit.ly/evwevents for the return of The Beach Cowboys to El Vaquero Winery Friday March 8th from 6-9 pm.

Sammy Roye formed the Santa Cruz Beach Cowboys in 1998. They are a great bluesy Rock & Roll band. Super vocals, fabulous horns, and musicianship. Sammy's (the bass player) first lesson was with Jerry Garcia. Not your ordinary cover band but will keep you dancing all night long. Rock on.

We’ll have award winning wines by Alex and delicious good by Off The Hook Sushi, $10 Cover, reservations are highly recommended at bit.ly/evwevents.

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Off The Hook Sushi

JEFFREY HALFORD AND THE HEALERS

SATURDAY MARCH 9TH

5-8 PM

JEFFREY HALFORD AND THE HEALERS

AMERICANA, $10 COVER

Make reservations at bit.ly/evwevents for the return of El Vaquero’s favorite Americana/Swamp Music/Blues Band - Jeffrey Halford & The Healers Saturday March 9th from 5-8 pm.

These guys are so good that:
Their albums are reviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine
Bill Wyman of the ROLLING STONES requested they record ?Mississippi Flyer”, a song Billy Wyman wrote
Nashville Scene said "Halford, one of the best slide players on the planet".
Every fall they play 11-20 gigs in Germany, The Netherlands and Berlin where there newest "Soul Crusader" release hit #1 on the EuroAmericana Charts.
Their percussionist Adam Rossi plays the keyboards and drums…simultaneously!
Jeffrey Halford and the Healers are regularly played on KPIG with such songs as Walk to the River, Elvis Shot The Television, Mexico, Dead Man’s Hand and many, many more.
They are regulars at El Vaquero Winery and always deliver a great time

So come on out and discover one of your next favorite bands !

Food by:

TBA

THE JOINT CHIEFS

SATURDAY MARCH 16TH

5-8 PM

THE JOINT CHIEFS

FUNK, ROCK, $10 COVER

Please make reservations at bit.ly/evwevents to welcome back The Joint Chiefs to El Vaquero Winery Sunday March 16th from 4-7 pm.

The Joint Chiefs are one of the most versatile and exciting dance bands currently performing on the Northern California music scene. Since their inception in 1990, The Joint Chiefs have built a loyal following based on their live performances as well as their wide range of styles and influences.

Their sound fuses elements of funk, acid jazz and classic R&B with their own signature groove. The result is a dance party of infectious grooves.

Since members of the band were raised on 70’s funk, the band is able to capture the real funk feel that all other bands try to imitate.

With a repertoire of over 200 songs and a history of 100s of performances in the Bay Area’s most popular venues, The Joint Chiefs play everything from low volume instrumental jazz to full blown dance crazed funk.

Show will be INSIDE with food to be announced. We’ll have award winning wines by Alex. Cover is $10, reservations are highly recommended at bit.ly/evwevents.

#aptos #capitola #santacruz #watsonville #corralitos #gilroy #soquel
#wine #winetasting #music #livemusic #funkmusic #food #foodtruck

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TO BE ANNOUNCED

ALEX LUCERO BAND WITH THE MINERTONES (from Donegal, Ireland)

ST. PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL SUNDAY MARCH 17TH

5-8 PM

ALEX LUCERO BAND WITH THE MINERTONES (from Donegal, Ireland)

ROCK, SOULD, AMERICANA, $10 COVER

Make your reservations NOW at bit.ly/evwevents for a Special St Patrick’s Day (Sunday March 17th from 5-8 pm) celebration at El Vaquero Winery starring the winner of the 2023 Good Times Best Local Solo Artist and Band award Alex Lucero and Live Again Band and their good friends The Minertones from Donegal Ireland.

Alex Lucero might have grown up in “The Cowboy Capital of The World”, but don’t let that fool you. Despite being brought up in a very “country” esque environment in small town Oakdale, Ca, Alex actually grew up listening almost exclusively to the soulful music of the 60’s & 70’s. Artists such as Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison and Stevie Wonder have played a huge part in his musical influences and overall feel. Alex Lucero & The Live Again Band have received incredible response across Northern California being played regularly on multiple radio stations and on permanent rotation on the well known KPIG 107 “oink” 5.

We’ll have award winning wines by Alex and a St. Patrick’s Day inspired menu with Fish and Chips and Shepards pie by the Pesce Veggie, $10 Cover, reservations are required at bit.ly/evwevents

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SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY MENU BY THE PESCE VEGGIE

LOCOMOTIVE BREATH UNPLUGGED

SATURDAY MARCH 23RD

6-9 PM

LOCOMOTIVE BREATH UNPLUGGED

ROCK, $10 COVER

Don’t miss an UNPLUGGED SHOW of Locomotive Breath Saturday March 23rd at El Vaquero Winery from 6-9 pm.

A tribute to an era, 1967-1976, LOCOMOTIVE BREATH is a classic rock band covering some of the greatest iconic rock bands, including Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Who and more!

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TBA

MAK NOVA

FRIDAY MAY 3RD

6-9 PM

MAK NOVA

HIP-HOP,POP,RAP, AFRO-FUNK, $10 COVER

Catch Mak Nova Friday May 3rd from 6-9 pm at her debut performance at El Vaquero Winery. Reservations are available at bit.ly/evwevents.
Mak Nova is an enigmatic rapper/singer/producer based out of Santa Cruz, CA. In 2023 she won Best Musician of the year at the Nexties; the most prestigious award show in Santa Cruz. Her mission is to use her music and live performances to empower and inspire everyone she comes into contact with. With her fiery delivery, reflective lyrics, and soul stirring stage presence, she draws her audience in and invites them to embody their highest potential.
We’ll have award winning wines by Alex and food to be announced, $10 Cover, reservations are recommended at bit.ly/evwevents

#aptos #capitola #santacruz #watsonville #corralitos #gilroy #soquel
#wine #winetasting #music #livemusic #foodtruck #food #hip-hop #rap #afro-funk

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TO BE ANNOUNCED

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