Columbia Crest brings in Crystal Gayle, Buckinghams

By on June 16, 2016
Columbia Crest is near the Columbia River in Eastern Washington's Horse Heaven Hills.

The Columbia River can be seen in the distance beyond Columbia Crest near Paterson, Wash. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Crest)

PATERSON, Wash. – One of Washington’s largest wineries will play host to a weekend of live music amid the vines.

Columbia Crest will welcome The Buckinghams and Grammy winner Crystal Gayle on Aug. 19 and 20 for its Tunes, Wines & Vines concerts at its estate in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills overlooking the Columbia River.

Both shows are general admission seating on the winery lawn. Tickets are available for up to 1,000 patrons. Food will be available at the Columbia Crest tasting room or from local food trucks, and Columbia Crest wine will be for sale. Attendees may bring their own nonalcoholic beverages.

Columbia Crest is at 178810 Highway 221 in Paterson, a tiny community south of Prosser along the Columbia River. Columbia Crest is owned by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

On Friday, Aug. 19, The Buckinghams will perform beginning at 7 p.m. The Buckinghams formed in 1966 in Chicago, taking a name that would reflect the “British invasion” that was taking place at the time in the music world. Guitarists Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna, part of the original band, remain with the current iteration.

The Buckinghams became one of the country’s top acts the year after it formed, thanks to such hits as Kind of a Drag, Don’t You Care and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.

The band broke up in 1970 but got back together a decade later.

Tickets for The Buckinghams concert are $45.

Country star Crystal Gayle will perform Saturday, Aug. 20. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Gayle, is perhaps best known for her 1977 crossover hit Don’t it Make my Brown Eyes Blue, which earned her a Grammy in 1978. She also had 20 No. 1 country hits in the 1970s and ’80s.

Gayle is a younger sister to fellow singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn and a cousin to singer Patty Loveless. She has earned such awards as “Top Female Vocalist,” “Favorite Female Country Artist” and “Female Vocalist of the Year” from various country music organizations.

Known for hair that hangs nearly to the ground, Gayle was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” in 1983. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Tickets for the Crystal Gayle concert are $50. Available through Ticketmaster.

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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