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Peaceful Bend hosting First Friday Concerts – PHOTO GALLERY

Peaceful Bend Winery hosted its first First Friday Concert event last weekend. The house concert-style events combine two great things: gourmet food and live acoustic music in an intimate setting.

Clyde Gill, owner of the winery in Steelville, said he had selfish reasons for wanting to start the First Friday Concert series: He wants to hear the music. While the vineyard hosts live music and open mic events on a regular basis, according to Gill, there’s usually a lot of conversation going on. “I can’t always hear the music, and the First Friday Concerts are more of a house concert atmosphere,” he said. The audience is encouraged to remain quiet during the show and to hear the music being played. Unlike other music events hosted at the winery, tickets must be purchased for entry to the First Friday shows.

Last Friday night’s concert, the first in the series, featured the country, bluegrass and folk tunes of Blake Korte (dobro, mountain dulcimer, guitar) and Lukas Simpson (mandolin, banjo, guitar, harmonica). The buffet meal that preceded the music was prepared by chef August Rolufs, and it included braised chicken, smoked pork shoulder, roasted garlic potato salad, a house salad and carrot cake dessert.

First Friday Concerts are being scheduled at Peaceful Bend on the first Friday night of the month. The Burney Sisters will perform at the First Friday Concert on May 3. Ticket information is available through the Peaceful Bend Winery’s Facebook page.

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