Chateau Ste. Michelle announces Summer Concert Series lineup

By on March 21, 2015
Chateau Ste. Michelle's amphitheater will hold about 4,300 people in Woodinville, Washington.

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s summer outdoor concert amphitheater can hold about 4,300 music fans. (Photo courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle)

WOODINVILLE, Wash. — Chateau Ste. Michelle’s lineup for its 2015 Summer Concert Series includes several Pacific Northwest recording artists and two-night engagements by Harry Connick Jr., Jackson Browne, Mark Knopfler and Portland’s own Pink Martini.

Tickets to each of the 25 performance dates at the 4,300-seat Woodinville amphitheater are available starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 28 for in-person sales at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s wine shop and online at Ticketmaster.

The cost to see many of the acts starts at $39.50 for general admission, while reserved seating prices range from $59 to $99.50 for the likes of Knopfler and Connick Jr.

The series begins June 13 with a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, featuring narrator Garrison Keillor. The season ends Sept. 12 with the second evening performance by Knopler, former frontman of Dire Straits and considered one of the music industry’s most skilled guitarists.

Classic rock icon Steve Miller, a longtime Pacific Northwest resident, will perform with his band Aug. 7-8.

There’s a fair bit of diversity with this year’s lineup, including the June 19 alternative rock show by Smash Mouth, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Tonic and the Aug. 22 performance by rapper Michael Franti.

The Festival of Jazz returns July 25 with Portland-grown trumpeter Chris Botti and contemporary jazz figures Bob James, Earl Klugh and Morgan James. On July 26, the Wine Country Blues Festival is headlined by Taj Mahal, Blind Boys of Alabama, Charlie Musselwhite and Doug MacLeod.

September opens with a historic performance by 81-year-old Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on Thursday, Sept. 3.

This marks the 31st year for concerts at the estate built before Prohibition by Puget Sound lumber magnate Frederick Stimson. Ste. Michelle launched the concert series in 1974 — two years before building its French-styled chateau and two years after its inaugural planting of Cold Creek Vineyard overlooking the Columbia River in Eastern Washington.

Ste. Michelle warns those who exceed the ticket limit risk having their orders cancelled without notice by Ticketmaster. Also, sales at both the wine shop and via Ticketmaster carry a nonrefundable processing fee that applies to each ticket. Those sold at the wine shop cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.

2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle concert lineup

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“A Prairie Home Companion” featuring Garrison Keillor — June 13

Smash Mouth, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tonic — June 19

Chicago — June 20

Gregg Allman — July 3

Sheryl Crow — July 8

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band — July 11

Harry Connick, Jr. — July 18-19

John Fogerty — July 24

Festival of Jazz: Chris Botti, Bob James, Earl Klugh, Morgan James — July 25

Wine Country Blues Festival: Taj Mahal, Blind Boys of Alabama, Charlie Musselwhite, Doug MacLeod — July 26

Jackson Browne — Aug. 1-2

Brit Floyd: An amazing journey through five decades of Pink Floyd — Aug. 6

Steve Miller Band — Aug. 7-8

Michael Franti & Spearhead — Aug. 22

Chris Isaak — Aug. 23

Gipsy Kings Featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo — Aug. 28

Randy Newman — Aug. 29

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons — Sept. 3

Pink Martini — Sept. 4-5

Mark Knopfler — Sept. 11-12

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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