This upcoming weekend marks the finale of the 9th Annual Winterfest Live on the Vine. For the past five weeks, the North and South Forks have collaborated in putting together this extended wine, arts and music festival branching out with weekend events and concerts at numerous area wineries, vineyards and eateries.
If you’ve missed the past four weeks of shows, this is your last chance to hear some live music and be a part of Winterfest before it’s over.
On Thursday, March 17, Russian-born Jazz trumpeter Alex Sipiagin will be performing at Bay Burger in Sag Harbor form 7–9 p.m. Sipiagin came to the U.S. in 1991 and has since recorded 14 albums and performed with the Gil Evans Trio, the Mingus Big Band and many more.
The same night, singer and folk musician Judy Collins will perform Irish music at Suffolk Theater for St. Patrick’s Day. Collins rose to fame in the 1960s folk scene with her hits “Both Sides, Now” and “Send in the Clouds.” She has performed with Stephen Stills and has recorded her own renditions of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Keeping up the Irish theme, on Friday, March 18, the Dinny Keg Acoustic Duo will perform at the Hotel Indigo in Riverhead. Originally from Ireland, the Dinny Keg Acoustic Duo perform covers of U2, Coldplay and the Rolling Stones. The band maintains their Irish roots in any song they play.
Saturday, March 19 is a day full of acts and events. Starting at 12:30 p.m., Raphael Winery in Peconic will be hosting a wine tasting and pairing. There guests will learn how to properly pair four particular wines with dishes. Tickets are $25.
At 2 p.m., Coffee Pot Cellars will be hosting a sneak peek of their 2013 Meritage wine.
Later, on Saturday night, Dave March will be returning to the Hotel Indigo’s Bistro 72. March is a local singer-songwriter and bass player, who founded the critically acclaimed folk rock band Miles to Dayton. He will be playing 7–10 p.m.
The Keith Maguire Duo will be playing the same time at True North Fork Craft Bar & Bistro in Wading River. Maguire has opened for several big acts such as Uncle Kracker and Men at Work. He is known for his poignant and inspiring lyrics and his incredible vocal ability.
In Riverhead from 7–11 p.m., Irish rock band Bangers and Mash will play the Hotel Indigo Ballroom at their St. Patrick’s Day party. Bangers and Mash formed in 2003 and are known for their wild shows. Perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
At 8 p.m. the duo Lluis Capdevilla and Keenan Zach will play at Harmony Vineyards in St. James.
Meanwhile, Winterfest’s closing party is at Suffolk Theater where legendary band Jefferson Starship will perform. Formed in the early 1970s as a spawn of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship still tour after reuniting back in 1992. They recently lost founding member Paul Kantner in January, but still tour with the remaining members.
On Sunday, March 20, the Bryan Carter Trio will perform their smooth jazz at Bedell Vineyards in Peconic, 1–3 p.m.
At 2 p.m. Randy Jackson will be playing a solo show at Coffee Pot Cellars. Jackson is known for heading the hard rock band Zebra in the 1980s. He remains a Long Island icon by frequently appearing and performing year-round.
At 2:30 p.m., Winterfest concludes a blind wine tasting at Palmer Vineyard on Sound Avenue in Riverhead.