Events

A note about events:

Tasting by the pour will stop an hour before music begins; however, you may still enjoy wine by the glass, by the bottle, or tastings via 4 oz. taster bottles throughout the performance.

Please know that all tastings and music performances are outdoors on our patio and will be cancelled or rescheduled if it rains.  We have umbrellas and propane heaters to handle sunny and cool weather conditions. Please check this page and/or Facebook or Instagram for notices of rain events.

Do you want to perform at El Vaquero's Tasting Room? Fill out this form to apply.

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Friday, July 23

6-9 pm

Alex Lucero and Live Again

Soul & Funk

NEW SEATS OPEN!

Alex Lucero has an incredible set of pipes. His scruffy, soul aound will knock your socks off. Experience why this band was named runner up for best local band and Alex runner up for best local musician for 2021 by Good Times Magazine!

Food by:

Dos Hermanos Pupuseria

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Saturday, July 24

5-8 pm

Lauren Wahl with Bill Walker

Indie/Folk

El Vaquero Winery presents Indie singer-songwriter Lauren Wahl and friends, including Lyndsay Stone and the Jeremy Evans Trio. It'll be a day of great vocals, don't miss it!

Food by:

El Rey Leon

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Friday, July 30

6-9 pm

Concert Series Anniversary Show

Americana

Enjoy an evening of award-winning Americana and fun cover tunes from songwriter and KPIG DJ Michael Gaither. He'll be joined by His New Best Friends and guitar virtuoso Bill Walker, along with a special guest set of tunes from KPIG's morning DJ Ralph Anybody!

Michael has been hosting our Friday night music since July of 2020. To celebrate the anniversary, the band's set will be recorded, and some of the tunes will be included on Michael's upcoming album. Come on down - you can be on a record!

Food by:

My Mom's Mole

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Saturday, July 31

12-3 pm

Fundraiser Benefitting Santa Cruz Parkinson's Community

Comedy and Rock

This is NextStage Productions Fundraiser to benefit its Percussion Program for People Living with Parkinson’s. Musical performances by the Magical Mystery Troup playing your favorite Beatle's tunes, Ellen & Glenn reliving the 60s through songs, sultry and sassy songs by Valerie Arno, Patrick True voicing his inner Tom Petty, and a special presentation of a Sally Bookman-directed comedy play.

Food by:

El Rey Leon

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Saturday, July 31

5-8 pm

Comedy Outburst for Durst

Comedy

Four Comedy Heavyweights are coming together for a show to benefit the recovery of Bay Area Legendary Comedian Will Durst. All ticket sales, donations and 10% of wine sales will go directly to Will.

Tickets are $20 and available via EventBrite (link below). Paper Tickets are $20 are available at the winery for purchase in person.

Food by:

El Rey Leon

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Friday, August 6

6-9 pm

Michael Gaither with the Rayburn Brothers

Americana

Americana artist and KPIG DJ Michael Gaither hosts a night of Americana with the Rayburn Brothers. Michael will entertain you with award-winning and witty originals and fun cover tunes.

Michael's special guests will be a return visit by the Rayburn Brothers, best described as "“…equal parts Americana, rock, folk and country."

Eliza James, who sings harmony with both the Rayburns and Michael's bands, will join both artists for their sets, and the night will close with a fun musical collaboration by all.

Food by:

Dos Hermanos Pupuseria

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Saturday, August 7

5-8 pm

Ancestree

Reggae

Catch Ancestree's only performance scheduled in Santa Cruz County this August. Enjoy a summer evening grooving to this Roots Rock Reggae Band.

Enjoy some sweet reggae by our local guys, always a beautiful day!

Food by:

(TBA)

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Saturday, August 14

5-8 pm

Derek Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble

Folk

Derek Bodkin & the Hovering Breadcats Folk Ensemble will entertain us from 5-8 pm. They are an excellent Americana band with touches of Celtic and Jam music and great story telling. Every member of this band is a great musician and smiles from ear to ear when playing. Their music is upbeat and just plain fun. Don't miss out.

Food by:

Good Dogs

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Friday, August 20

6-9 pm

Christie McCarthy with Patti Maxine

Indie/Folk

Christie McCarthy has been called a songwriter's songwriter, and compared to the likes of Lucinda Williams, Carole King, Neil Young, Jackson Browne and the Indigo Girls.

Lap steel virtuoso and vocal stylist, Patti Maxine slides gracefully from Hawaiian to swing, from R&B and rock, from blues to jazz and back again. Audiences love her incredible musicianship and unique vocal interpretation along with her comfortable and fun stage presence.

Food by:

Dos Hermanos Pupuseria

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Saturday, August 21

5-8 pm

Luckless Pedestrians

Celtic

El Vaquero Winery welcomes back The Luckless Pedestrians. Local favorites, the Luckless Pedestrians, return with their fun, high-energy Celtic Music.

Food by:

(TBA)

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Friday, August 27

6-9 pm

Michael Gaither with Ginny Mitchell

Americana

Americana artist and KPIG DJ Michael Gaither hosts a night of music with the Ginny Mitchell. Michael will entertain you with award-winning and witty originals and fun cover tunes.

Ginny Mitchell’s music is a “rootsy” mix of Americana, folk and country.

“Ginny Mitchell was named Canadian New Artist of The Year. She is a wild rose with a beautiful voice. I once booked her as a solo act for Merle Haggard in Sacramento in front of a roomful of 900 Central Valley Cowboys … solo (although Merle’s guitar player could not resist joining her)… and she had them singing along on the second song .”
– Tom Miller, booker, Don Quixote’s International Folk & Acoustic Concert Series

Food by:

Cuevas Express

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Saturday, August 28

5-8 pm

Alex Lucero and Live Again

Soul & Funk

Alex Lucero has an incredible set of pipes. His scruffy, soul aound will knock your socks off. Experience why this band was named runner up for best local band and Alex runner up for best local musician for 2021 by Good Times Magazine!

Food by:

The Taco House