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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.

Food by:

Corralitos Pizza

FISHHOOK

SATURDAY MAY 25TH

5-8 PM

FISHHOOK

ROCK, $10 COVER

Fishhook is a high-energy classic rock dance band based out of Santa Cruz, California. They are one of the most entertaining bands in the area that includes the Central Coast and the greater SF Bay area.

Fishhook churns out the highest quality renditions of classic rock hits from the ’60s, ’70s, '80s, and beyond. Audience favorites include tunes by The Beatles, The Stones, The Cure, Tom Petty, The Cars, Cheap Trick, CCR, Aerosmith, The Clash, Queen, Sublime, Green Day, and much, much more.

Food by:

Mattia Pizza

JOINT CHIEFS

SUNDAY MAY 26TH

4-7 PM

JOINT CHIEFS

FUNK, SOULD, ROCK, $10 COVER

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.

Food by:

My Mom's Molé

NICK DANGER & THE LAVA LOUNGE

SATURDAY JUNE 1ST

5-8 PM

NICK DANGER & THE LAVA LOUNGE

ROCK, AMERICANA, $10 COVER

El Vaquero Winery is thrilled to announce a spectacular live music event featuring the renowned band, Nick Danger and the Lava Lounge, on Saturday June 1st from 5-8 PM. This event also serves as a Watsonville High School Alumni Reunion, Go Wildcats!


Hailing from Watsonville, California, this electrifying quartet comprises the immensely talented singer/songwriter Nick Danger, the extraordinary guitarist/vocalist Doug Pohorski, the post modern bass player Shep , and the powerhouse drummer/vocalist Skip Esch.

Having collaborated as The Dwellers since 1980, Danger, Doug, and Shep have honed their musical chemistry over decades of performing together. In 2021, they welcomed the incredibly skilled drummer Skip Esch into their ranks and renamed the band as the Lava Lounge. The evening will kick off with a spellbinding set of original music, penned by Danger himself, offering heartfelt reflections on the challenges and ironies of aging, the struggles faced by returning combat veterans, and the absurdities of social media.

Following the soul-stirring original set, The Lava Lounge will unleash two sets of high-energy dance music, promising an unforgettable experience. Audiences can groove to the sounds of '60s British Invasion hits from legends like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, and The Kinks. The journey will continue with a whirlwind of '70s rock classics from artists such as David Bowie, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and ZZ Top, keeping everyone on the dance floor all night long.

Food by:

S&B Food Truck

FUSE

SUNDAY JUNE 2ND

4-7 PM

FUSE

ROCK, $10 COVER

Don’t miss FUSE at El Vaquero Winery Sunday June 2nd from 4-7 pm.

FUSE is an excellent rock, blues and soul band made up of lead musicians from great local bands. FUSE includes - Don Caruth (Joint Chiefs), Ted Welty (SPUN, Loco, etc.), Rob Ouse (Locomotive Breath) and Ryan Price (Mokili Wa). FUSE is a great vehicle for these guys to cut loose and enjoy some of their favorite music outside of their standard gigs…and they do it so well!

From Bob: Fuse is readily one of the best 5 bands in Santa Cruz. Go ahead, challenge me on that. Last time they played El Vaquero they were averaging minute long standing ovations for each song in their last set. I see them every chance I get!

Food by:

TBD

SALSA NIGHT WITH FLOR DE CANA

FRIDAY JUNE 7TH

6-9 PM

SALSA NIGHT WITH FLOR DE CANA

SALSA, $10 COVER

Don’t miss Salsa Night with Flor de Cana, Friday June 7th from 6-9 pm at El Vaquero Winery, 2901 Freedom Blvd in Corralitos.

Flor de Cana, a septeto from Santa Cruz, CA plays high energy dance music, including Cuban Son, Colombian Cumbia and various other Caribbean styles. They blend the obscure with the known, old time with the new, keeping true to the roots while creating their own sound. The impressive rhythm section, composed of upright bass, guitar, cuban tres, button accordion, congas, bongo, timbales, maracas, guiro and bell, is sure to get you moving. On top of that impressive mix you have the high energy of the horn section w/ trumpet & saxophone. Last but not least is the lead vocal and choral harmonies. Add all that together and you have a sound that will inspire all audiences who want to see, hear and experience vibrant latin music. A Bailarrrrrrr!

Food by:

My Mom's Molé

DIRTY CELLO

SATURDAY JUNE 8TH

5-8 PM

DIRTY CELLO

ROCK & MUCH MORE, $10

Make reservations for the return of Dirty Cello SaturdayJune 8th, from 5-8pm at bit.ly/evwevents.

From Iceland to Italy, and all over the U.S., San Francisco based band Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues, rock, and Americana. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. El Vaquero Winery is excited to welcome down home blues and rock with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ Americana, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

"Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical." Oakland Magazine

"The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of “Purple Haze” is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman’s playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist." Good Times Santa Cruz​

“ Just wait for their rendition of Led Zepplin tunes!” … EVW Review

Food by:

l'Appitito Wood Fire Pizza

JOHN PRINE TRIBUTE

SUNDAY JUNE 9TH

4-7 PM

JOHN PRINE TRIBUTE

AMERICANA, $10

Presenting… “Diamonds in the Rough” A Tribute to the Music of John Prine

As the “Mark Twain of American songwriting,” John Prine was one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters of his generation. A master storyteller, his work is often witty and always heartfelt, frequently offering a sly but sincere reflection of his Midwestern roots, writing about the lives of ordinary people in a remarkable and perceptive way.

You are invited to spend an intimate evening with the acoustic duo “Diamonds in the Rough” featuring Jim Rosenberg and Paul Logan as they perform a sweeping assortment of John’s many masterpieces. From “Sam Stone” and “Illegal Smile” to “Summer’s End” and “When I Get to Heaven” as well as the in-between, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and most likely even reconsider just how you view this goofy ‘ol world we live in.

From Bob Prikazsky of El Vaquero Winery: If you are familiar with John Prine, you probably love his songwriting. I do. I’m just sorry I didn’t become familiar with John Prine till after he passed away during COVID. Otherwise unquestionably I would have seen him live. “Angel From Montgomery”, “In Spite of Ourselves”, and “When I get to Heaven” are some of my favorites. This evening with Jim Rosebnerg is the show I’ve been looking forward to the most this year. A nice collection of favorite great songs by John Prine are available at: https://www.audacy.com/national/music/gallery/the-top-7-songs-written-by-john-prine#that-s-the-way-the-world-goes-round-ck8ript9u005j3b62dre41qxm

Food by:

l'Appitito Wood Fire Pizza

MAK NOVA

FRIDAY JUNE 14TH

6-9 PM

MAK NOVA

HIP HOP, WORLD MUSIC , $10 COVER

Catch Mak Nova Friday June 14th 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.

Food by:

Tacos El Jesse

ANCESTREE

SATURDAY JUNE 15TH

5-8 PM

ANCESTREE

REGGAE, $10

Back in 2010, Christopher Carr and several other local musicians that would eventually make up local band Ancestree were just roommates. Everyone came from different backgrounds, but the one thing they had in common was a love for reggae music. It’s this connection that was the impetus for the band.

We have songs in multiple languages,” says bassist Carr. “We’ve always been trying to communicate how things are better when we can come together. It’s a message of unity.” We’re kind of a beautiful spectrum of cultures, backgrounds and identities.

We love Ancetree and are excited to see them back after too long a hiatus from El Vaquero Winery.

Food by:

Tacos El Jesse

SANTA CRUZ OPERA PRESENTS DIE FLEDERMAUS  - THE REVENGE OF THE BAT

WEDNEDAY JUNE 19TH

DOORS OPEN AT 6 PM, PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 7:00 PM

SANTA CRUZ OPERA PRESENTS DIE FLEDERMAUS - THE REVENGE OF THE BAT

OPERA

Santa Cruz Opera Project Presents
Die Fledermaus - The Revenge of the Bat

Wed June 19th, 2024 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM at EL VAQUERO WINERY, 95076

Step into the realm of Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus - The Revenge of the Bat, boasting a contemporary English adaptation designed exclusively for the Santa Cruz community! Immerse yourself in an interactive spectacle held at two local wineries, MJA Vineyards and El Vaquero, where the audience becomes part of the party. Included in your ticket price is a goody bag filled with surprises so you can sing, dance, and join in the party as the action unfolds.

So, be the final character in our show and prepare for a comedic escapade, as a lavish costume party transforms into a whirlwind of mistaken identities, wry social commentary, and the unveiling of secrets.

Arrive early! Doors open an hour before the show starts so you can grab a great seat and enjoy food and wine available for purchase.

LOCATION

EL VAQUERO WINERY
2901 FREEDOM BOULEVARD
CORRALITOS, 95076

PLEASE NOTE: This is a general admission event with no reserved seating. Please purchase tickets for attendance online from Santa Cruz Opera Projects at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/santacruzoperaproject

Food by:

TBD

RASQUACHE LIBERATION FRONT

SATURDAY JUNE 22ND

5-8 PM

RASQUACHE LIBERATION FRONT

SALSA, CUMBIA, $10 COVER

Make your reservations today for the upcoming Rasquache Liberation Front show at bit.ly/evwevents on Saturday June 22nd, from 5-8 pm.. Their last 2 shows at El Vaquero Winery have SOLD OUT.

Get ready for an exhilarating night of dance as the Rasquache Liberation Front (RLF) graces the stage at El Vaquero, marking their secondt return since the unforgettable, sold-out August show. Brace yourself for dance floor liberation with the RLF’s soulful blend of salsa, cumbia, Tex-Mex, and original tunes, infused with a touch of blues.
Their second show included an unforgettable last set with special guest Mario Valenz, younger brother of Richie Valenz, including a roof-raising rendition of “La Bomba”.

With seasoned veterans who've shared stages with icons like Los Lobos and Willie Nelson, the RLF will captivate you with musical prowess, delivering soaring melodies, sweet harmonies, and infectious rhythms honed alongside musical legends. Drawing from a rich array of Latin influences including Buena Vista Social Club, Flaco Jimenez, Eddie Palmieri, and Fito Olivares, the RLF's unique sound blends seamlessly with rock and blues, forming an irresistible concoction of Chicano music. As a bonus, don't miss the RLF's preview of original tracks from their eagerly awaited album, produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.

Join us at El Vaquero for an unforgettable night with the irresistible energy of the RLF!

Food by:

TBD

SANTA CRUZ OPERA PRESENTS DIE FLEDERMAUS  - THE REVENGE OF THE BAT

SUNDAY JUNE 23RD

DOORS OPEN AT 4 PM, PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 5:00 PM

SANTA CRUZ OPERA PRESENTS DIE FLEDERMAUS - THE REVENGE OF THE BAT

OPERA

"Santa Cruz Opera Project Presents
Die Fledermaus - The Revenge of the Bat

Sun June 23rd, 2024 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM at EL VAQUERO WINERY, 95076

Step into the realm of Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus - The Revenge of the Bat, boasting a contemporary English adaptation designed exclusively for the Santa Cruz community! Immerse yourself in an interactive spectacle held at two local wineries, MJA Vineyards and El Vaquero, where the audience becomes part of the party. Included in your ticket price is a goody bag filled with surprises so you can sing, dance, and join in the party as the action unfolds.

So, be the final character in our show and prepare for a comedic escapade, as a lavish costume party transforms into a whirlwind of mistaken identities, wry social commentary, and the unveiling of secrets.

Arrive early! Doors open an hour before the show starts so you can grab a great seat and enjoy food and wine available for purchase.

LOCATION

EL VAQUERO WINERY
2901 FREEDOM BOULEVARD
CORRALITOS, 95076

PLEASE NOTE: This is a general admission event with no reserved seating. Please purchase tickets for attendance online from Santa Cruz Opera Projects at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/santacruzoperaproject
"

Food by:

SANTA CRUZ OPERA PRESENTS DIE FLEDERMAUS - THE REVENGE OF THE BAT

HANK & ELLA & THE FINE COUNTRY BAND

SATURDAY JUNE 29TH

5-8 PM

HANK & ELLA & THE FINE COUNTRY BAND

COUNTRY, $10 COVER

Join us in welcoming back Hank & Ella with The Fine Country Band to El Vaquero Winery Saturday June 29th from 5-8 pm.

“The Fine Country Band is THE country you need right now. The songs are great. The picking and playing is terrific, they cover the bases and they dress well too!”
… John Wesley Harding

A husband and wife duo who are well versed in vintage country and Americana, Hank and Ella bring The Fine Country Band along for an experience that will be sure to get you moving on the dance floor!

Food by:

Off the Hook Sushi

CAROLYN SILLS COMBO

SATURDAY JULY 6TH

5-8 PM

CAROLYN SILLS COMBO

COUNTRY, $10 COVER

We’re excited to welcome back the Carolyn Sills Combo Saturday July 6th from 5-8 pm.


“Listening to The Carolyn Sills Combo, you might do a double-take: Is this newly fashioned country music, or a long-lost 1950s or '60s band coming out of the ether? The Combo is indeed that good.' - Vintage Guitar Magazine, 2024.


The Carolyn Sills Combo was named the 2024 Ameripolitan Award Winner for Western Swing Group of the Year in February in Austin, TX. Their new album, On The Draw, features original roots music in their signature Combo style with twangy guitar, swooning steel and three part vocal harmonies, all strung together by Carolyn’s weird and witty songwriting. Featuring Gerard Egan on guitar/vocals, Sunshine Jackson on vocals/percussions, Charlie Joe Wallace on steel, Jimmy Norris on drums and Carolyn on bass/lead vocals, you can expect dancing, debauchery and doughnuts. www.carolynsills.com

Food by:

TBD

COMEDY WITH RICHARD STOCKTON, DAN ST PAUL AND TBD OTHERS

FRIDAY OCTOBER 4TH

7-9 PM

COMEDY WITH RICHARD STOCKTON, DAN ST PAUL AND TBD OTHERS

COMEDY, $15

COMEDY NIGHT AT EL VAQUERO WINERY WITH RICHARD STOCKTON, DAN ST PAUL AND TBD OTHERS

Food by:

TBD

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