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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

JOHN MICHAEL BAND

FRIDAY JULY 26TH

6-9 PM

JOHN MICHAEL BAND

ROCK, $10

Join us for the very popular SC based John Michael Band Friday JULY 26th, 6-9 pm.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, has performed since the age of four at various venues and festivals from California to Ireland. John is a chameleon on vocals, sounding just like the original artist of the many he covers so well and is also 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.

John will be surrounded by a set of great young musicians including Claire Valory (on vocals), Rebecca Kachman (a young aspiring shredder on lead guitar), Craig Underwood (on drums, also plays with Anthony Arya) and Chuck Pagano (on bass) and David Desilva (on Bass),

Reservations are highly recommended and available at bit.ly/evwevents. Cover charge at the door is $10. There will be award winning wine by Alex and great Michoacan cuisine by Cuevas Express.

Food by:

Cuevas Express

ALEX LUCERO BAND

SUNDAY JULY 28TH

4-7 PM

ALEX LUCERO BAND

SOUL, FUNK, ROCK, $10

Make your reservations at bit.ly/evwevents for the Alex Lucero Band at El Vaquero Winery Saturday July 27th, 5-8 pm starring the winner of the 2023 Good Times Best Local Solo Artist and Band award The Alex Lucero Band.

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 TBD food, $10 Cover, reservations are required at bit.ly/evwevents

Food by:

S&B Food Truck

SPUN

FRIDAY AUGUST 2ND

6-9 PM

SPUN

ROCK, $10

Make reservations for SPUN, Santa Cruz’s BEST 80s & 90s Rock Covers Band on Friday August 2nd from 6-9 pm at bit.ly/evwevents. They just opened Capitola’s 2024 Summer Twilights Concert series!

They are some of the best local musicians including fun front man Patrick Buon Sante, lead guitarist Ted Welty, bassist Daniel Vee Lewis and drummer Andy Ziker.

Hear and dance to the sound track of your life, including: Van Halen, Tom Petty, Sublime, CCR, ZZ Top, Rolling Stones, Ramones, Marshall Tucker Band, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many, many more.


$10 Cover, Reservations are recommended at bit.ly/evwevents, food vendor will be TBD, award winning wine by Alex.

Food by:

TBD

POI ROGERS WITH PATTI MAXINE

SATURDAY AUGUST 3RD

5-8 PM

POI ROGERS WITH PATTI MAXINE

HAWAIIAN, COUNTRY, AMERICANA, $10

Make reservations at bit.ly/evwevents to see POI Rogers and Patti Maxine Saturday August 3rd from 4 to 7 PM.

Somewhere in-between the tropical lounges of 1930s Los Angeles and the honky tonk beer joints of rural 1950s California, you'll find Poi Rogers. Hailing from Santa Cruz, CA, the duo performs original and vintage country & western swing, Hawaiian steel guitar ballads and cowboy tunes.

Gerard Egan and Carolyn Sills just won a 2024 Ameripolitan Award in Austin, TX, for Western Swing Group of the Year with their other group, The Carolyn Sills Combo. They are both inductees into the Sacramento Western Swing Hall of Fame, and Carolyn was named the Academy of Western Artists 2021 Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year. Poi Rogers features Gerard doubling on acoustic guitar and his 1954 Fender triple neck steel guitar with Carolyn on standup bass, their timeless harmonies anchoring the show. www.poirogers.com

Lap steel virtuoso and vocal stylist, Patti Maxine has become a household word in Santa Cruz area as well as Hawaiian circles. A musical Swiss army knife, she handles a variety of styles with ease, sliding gracefully from Hawaiian to swing, from R&B and rock, from blues to jazz and back again. She has played with countless bands, established and up-and-coming musicians and visiting Hawaiian players. Audiences love her incredible musicianship and unique vocal interpretation along with her comfortable and fun stage presence, and undeniable oneness with her music. She always leaves 'em wanting more.

Food by:

Off the Hook Sushi

ALEX LUCERO BAND

FRIDAY AUGUST 9TH

6-9 PM

ALEX LUCERO BAND

SOUL, FUNK, ROCK, $10

Make your reservations at bit.ly/evwevents for the Alex Lucero Band at El Vaquero Winery Friday August 9th, 6-9 pm starring the winner of the 2023 Good Times Best Local Solo Artist and Band award The Alex Lucero Band.

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 TBD food, $10 Cover, reservations are required at bit.ly/evwevents

Food by:

TBD

WINE PARTY WITH JEFFERSON'S REVIVAL TRIBUTE TO CCR

SATURDAY AUGUST 10TH

5-8 PM, MUSIC 5:30-7:30 PM

WINE PARTY WITH JEFFERSON'S REVIVAL TRIBUTE TO CCR

ROCK, FREE FOR MEMBER AND 1 GUEST, $25 FOR OTHERS

August Wine Party with food, tasting of 16+ wines and music from Jefferson's Revival TRIBUTE to Creedence Clearwater Revival

Food by:

EL VAQUERO WINERY

WINE PARTY WITH SLOWCOAST (LAUREN WAHL & BILL WALKER)

SUNDAY AUGUST 11TH

4-7 PM, MUSIC 4:30-6:30 PM

WINE PARTY WITH SLOWCOAST (LAUREN WAHL & BILL WALKER)

ROCK, FREE FOR MEMBER AND 1 GUEST, $25 FOR OTHERS

August Wine Party with food, tasting of 16+ wines and music from SLOWCOAST (Lauren Wahl and Bill Walker)

Food by:

EL VAQUERO WINERY

SWEET VOODOO

SATURDAY AUGUST 24TH

5-8 PM

SWEET VOODOO

ROCK, $10

Make reservations at bit.ly/evwevents to welcome Sweet Voodoo back to El Vaquero Winery Saturday August 24TH from 5-8 pm.

Sweet VooDoo is a solid band of seasoned players bringing super danceable rock-n-funk-n-jams to the party. The voodoo that WE do will get you moving, grooving and singing along to a mix of epic hits and rare gems from the deep vault of all-time greats like Aretha, Hendrix, Zeppelin, Santana, Joplin, and many more. We’ll rock the house and tickle your funky bone with a tight rhythm section, a shredding guitarist, and a dynamic leading lady… come check out the show!

$10 Cover, Food by TBD, Award Winning Wines by Alex.

Food by:

TBD

FUSE

SUNDAY AUGUST 25TH

4-7 PM

FUSE

ROCK, $10

Make reservations at bit.ly/evwevents for FUSE at El Vaquero Winery Sunday August 25th from 4-7 pm.

If you like the Joint Chiefs, you’ll love FUSE! In addition to Don Caruth, the lead man from the Joint Chiefs, FUSE includes all star musicians Ted Welty (from 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!

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

Food by:

TBD

Dylan Rose Band

SATURDAY AUGUST 31ST

5-8 PM

Dylan Rose Band

ROCK, $10

Make reservations at bit.ly/evwevents to welcome back the Dylan Rose Band for an outdoor show Saturday 8/31 from 5-8 pm.

They are an amazing hard rocking band from Santa Cruz with shredding guitars and bass and three great vocalists. Alisha Ripatti covers vocals from Led Zeppelin to Heart with gusto! - 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!

The opening act is TBD.

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

Food by:

TBD

BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST

5-8 PM

BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH

COUNTRY, $10

Described by Rolling Stone as "pure Americana heart and soul", The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are the voice and vision of songwriter Mark Stuart. Since forming the band in 1995, he's performed with most every major artist in the Country and Americana music community. Stuart was personally given permission to use the band's name by Johnny Cash himself. He was also honored by the Man in Black with an invitation to record songs at Cash's own home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Two other iconic music legends, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, were also early believers who were instrumental in helping Stuart get his start.

Food by:

TBD

JOINT CHIEFS

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH

4-7 PM

JOINT CHIEFS

SOUL, FUNK, ROCK, $10

Please make reservations to welcome back The Joint Chiefs to El Vaquero Winery Sunday August 8th from 4-7 pm.

Bob: “ The Joint Chiefs are one of the two most popular bands in the Santa Cruz area and likely the most danceable band.”

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 OUTSIDE with food by TBD. We’ll have award winning wines by Alex. Cover is $10, reservations are highly recommended at bit.ly/evwevents.

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 others TBA

Food by:

TBD

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