Discover new music and pair it with amazing wine at Hawk Haven Vineyard’s Rootstock concert series! The sun setting behind the vineyard provides the perfect backdrop for a fun Friday night at Hawk Haven. Named for the essential part of the grape vine, Rootstock combines beautiful vineyard ambiance and intimate performances by world-class musicians. Grab a seat at one of our picnic tables or kick back on a blanket beside the vines. The show is about to start!
Rootstock Vineyard Concert Series is a feast for the senses, offering great music, stunning vineyard sunsets, and tasty food by some local food trucks and other vendors. Relax under the stars as you listen to live music from talented up-and-coming singer-songwriters and musicians on a stage built by our own wine maker.
Opening Act: 6pm-7pm
Main Act: 7pm-9:30pm
Rootstock 2017 (subject to change; lineup to be announced Memorial Day Weekend)
July 14, 2017
July 21, 2017
July 28, 2017
August 4, 2017
August 11, 2017
August 18, 2017
August 25, 2017
September 1, 2017
June 24, 2016 – Jeffrey Gaines
July 8, 2016 – De Tierra Caliente
July 22, 2016 – Black Horse Motel
August 5, 2016 – Bastard Sons of Captain Mey
August 19, 2016 – Terrance Simien
September 2, 2016 – Mutlu
Rootstock tickets will be on sale and available at the Hawk Haven tasting room, located at 600 South Railroad Avenue, or online shop.hawkhavenvineyard.com. Tickets will also be available the day of the event. Seating is first-come, first-serve. $5 per show or $10 at the door. Advanced purchase tickets are free for Wine Club Members (still $10 at the door).
What happens if it rains? The show must go on! Rest assured we will be watching the weather like hawks (get it? hawks!) and if there is an imminent threat of rain, we will rent a really big tent so that everyone can stay dry as they enjoy the music.
How do I get free tickets? Be a Wine Club Member! All Wine Club Members receive complimentary tickets to Rootstock if reserved in advance. Simply call the tasting room (609.846.7347) and let us know which date you’ll be attending and how many tickets you need. Then visit the Will-Call tent on the evening of the concert to get your wristbands.
I bought my tickets online, now what? Just visit the Will-Call tent on the evening of the concert to get your wristbands. Be sure to have your printed purchase confirmation and a photo ID when you do.
Can I bring my kids/dog? Although Rootstock mainly caters to the 21+ group, well-behaved children are allowed. Our vineyard picnic area is dog friendly, we just ask that you keep your dog on a leash and clean up after him/her.
JEFFREY GAINES – JUNE 24
Singer/songwriter and guitarist Jeffrey Gaines brought a unique, original voice to the sea of singer/songwriters that emerged in the 1990s. Born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Gaines studied drawing and painting as a child, but became interested in singing while in his teens, joining local cover bands and taking his cue from the recordings of musicians like John Lennon, David Bowie, Paul Weller, Ray Davies and Elvis Costello. After high school, Gaines was offered the singer slot for a New York rock & roll band, but turned it down to move to Philadelphia, where he signed with Chrysalis Records in 1990. His self-titled 1992 debut, featuring The Band’s Garth Hudson on saxophone, organ and accordion, drew critical praise from far and wide, and put him on the musical map as a sensitive folk-rock artist. Somewhat Slightly Dazed followed in 1994, and in 1998 Gaines returned with Galore. Always Be marked Gaines first release for the new millennium. Buy tickets to Jeffrey Gaines now.
DE TIERRA CALIENTE – JULY 8
A Latin party band whose music fills the air with bright colors and gets everybody up and dancing. Catchy melodies and unaffected lyrics fuse with Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms to inspire an irresistible North/South American party. Buy tickets to De Tierra Caliente now.
BLACK HORSE MOTEL – JULY 22
Philadelphia-based Americana band Black Horse Motel conjures a sound that draws on traditional folk roots, along with many other influences, and ties it together with unifying vocal harmonies. Songs are built on the foundations of folk music, but are elevated by an infectious blend of the traditional banjo and mandolin, with guitars, strings, drums and voices. The resulting sound is dexterous, rich, accessible and toe-tapping. Buy tickets to Black Horse Motel now.
BASTARD SONS OF CAPTAIN MEY – AUGUST 5
An electrician, a savvy college student, and a lawyer walk into the Mad Batter Restaurant at Carol Villa for open mic night and The Bastard Sons of Levon Helm were born. Self-described as “lost child men hailing from Cape May,” to their family, friends, and fans alike – Max Crowley, Chris Gillin-Schwartz, and Dylan O’Donnell seem to be anything but lost. Growing up in Cape May, NJ, this trio of extraordinary talent play a variety of instruments. They take turns in lead vocals and harmony, guitar and mandolin solos, and comical banter. Their home spun lyrics are vivid depiction of personal memoirs and life learned lessons. Buy tickets to the Bastard Sons of Captain Mey now.
TERRANCE SIMIEN – AUGUST 19
For nearly 30 years, GRAMMY award winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career. Simien is blessed with an extraordinary talent that expresses the deepest human emotions through the original instrument: The Voice. He takes his audiences on a multicultural tour of the world as the many countries he’s visited while on tour have informed his musical language. He creates a hypnotic blend of New Orleans funk-reggae-flavored-world-blues-American zydeco roots music that beckons you to your feet and into the groove. He has found a seamless and artful way to deliver his eclectic music as a relevant, evolving artist who is clearly rooted in Creole tradition. Well known for his legendary live performances, Simien also helped change the vocabulary for his genre by introducing complex vocal harmonies, diverse repertoire and carefully crafted high quality recordings. Buy tickets to Terrance Simien now.
MUTLU – SEPTEMBER 2
Mutlu is a soulful, singer-songwriter. A Philadelphia native and first-generation American of Turkish descent, Mutlu has already built a substantial fan base in his hometown, while winning widespread praise for his prior releases. He’s collaborated and toured extensively as a support act with legendary duo Daryl Hall & John Oates and holds the distinction of having made the most guest appearances on Daryl Hall’s acclaimed, award-winning TV/Internet show “Live From Daryl’s House”. He’s also gained considerable attention for his work with noted singer-songwriter Amos Lee, with whom he’s toured extensively as a support act and backup vocalist. He was the support act on the North American leg of Joe Jackson’s acclaimed “Rain” tour and has shared stages with the likes of Adele, Katy Perry, John Hiatt, Leon Russell, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Todd Rundgren, Shuggie Otis & many more. Born Mutlu Onaral, he grew up steeped in Philadelphia’s deep R&B traditions, eagerly absorbing the fundamentals of old-school soul music and incorporating it into his own musical persona. His local success led to a recording deal with Manhattan/EMI Records, which released his acclaimed 2008 debut album Livin’ It, produced by the late, great T-Bone Wolk, and featuring guest appearances by Daryl Hall, Amos Lee, G. Love and Raheem DeVaughn. His latest release is the Hypnotize EP which he co-produced with songwriter/producer Darius Amendolia. Buy tickets to Mutlu now.
OPENING ACTS – 6-7PM
Hevee Levee- June 24th, July 22nd, August 19th, September 2nd
Hevee Levee (pronounced Hev’ē Lev’ē) is a river of sound; sometimes muddy, sometimes so clear it reflects the clouds overhead. At the core is Gordon Vincent, singer/guitarist and Jon Thompson, guitarist/sax player. Both having played independently on national stages for years, together they produce a soulful-organic-gritty-groovy tapestry that they call Americana Soul – A New Classic. Drawing from influences like the Stones, Wilco, James Brown, Cat Power and Merle Haggard – nothing is off limits …or taboo. They are joined by local hero (and drummer) – Andy Reeves.
The Squares- August 5th
The Squares are a musical trio based in Cape May, New Jersey, where they perform at many local venues. They consist of Debra Suplee Donahue on vocals and nose flute, M.Q. Murphy on vocals and guitars (electric lead and acoustic), and J.M. Kearns on vocals and acoustic guitar. That’s a woman and two guys, for those of you keeping score. All three Squares sing lead and harmonies. Their sophisticated, tuneful repertoire includes cover tunes from Patsy Cline to the Beatles and beyond, anything from jazz to folk to pop to blues to “unplugged” rock. They also do many original songs written by Kearns or Murphy, which are as much in demand as their covers.