Blues Traveler headlining an evening that featured local wines, paellas
and West Bay as a strong supporting cast. The event this year returns
Friday, August 5 at the former Clinch Park Zoo site in TC, and with
vocalist Steve Perry taking the stage, it is certain to be a sell-out
Now this particular Steve Perry is with the Cherry Poppin Daddies, the
best-selling swing band, whose smash hit album Zoot Suit Riot sold over
two million copies in the U.S. and spent 53 weeks on the Billboard charts,
helping to usher in the swing dance craze to a new generation.
The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Porterhouse Productions are
teaming up to produce what now has become the summer culinary and music
event of the year in Northern Michigan, said Cal Ledbetter, events
manager with Brown Paper Tickets. Last years inaugural festival sold
out, attracting close to 2,000 attendees. Because of space constraints
tickets are limited again this year and we are encouraging people to get
tickets in advance.
The Paella in the Park concept came from Sam Porter of Porterhouse
The Wineries of Old Mission came to me looking to do something unique in
Traverse City and I presented the idea of doing a big paella (pronounced
pie-AY-ya) event, said Porter. Paella is a peasant-style Spanish dish
with rice and typically various meats. I got the idea because I grew up
eating paella as a result of my father traveling to Spain where it is
popular and we ended up having paella every Sunday with family.
Paella in the Park will feature the seven wineries of Old Mission
Peninsula paired with seven regional chefs who will prepare Spanish
paellas on-site. Each winery hosts a station featuring three 36 pans in
which chefs cook paella using wines from the vintner and fresh local
Chefs representing various local restaurants will prepare their own
unique takes on paella, said Porter. Festival attendees will have the
opportunity to converse with local chefs about the art of making paella,
as well as enjoy food and wine at each station.
Porter has built a series of events in the region by incorporating local
food, wines and beers with entertainment. Paella in the Park will also
feature Michigan-based Afro-Cuban band Grupo Aye and Philadelphia-based
roots rockers Hoots & Hellmouth as opening acts.
Grupo Aye specializes in a grooving, danceable sound that mixes salsa,
Latin jazz, bachata and merengue influences. Hoots & Hellmouth has won
over audiences with their blistering foot-stompers and tight three-part
harmonies. Headliners Cherry Poppin Daddies along with a few surprises
will cap off the night.
A FEW SURPRISES
This evening flows nicely between the food, wine and the music. Plus we
will have a few surprises that will be unveiled that night, said Porter.
It is going to be an impressive site having the Cherry Poppin Daddies at
sunset on the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay with their high energy
show that will draw everyone into their music. I expect a lot of dancing
from people of all ages that night.
The Cherry Poppin Daddies were the first band to ever have a neo-swing
album crack the Top 40 on the Billboard 200. Rolling Stone magazine
declared them the leaders of the swing revival, and even after hitting
it big 15 years ago (they took a few years off from 2000-04) they still
averaged 300 shows a year, traveling internationally as headliners with
major music festivals.
Tickets to Paella in the Park, which will be held in conjunction with
Friday Night Live and Traverse Citys Annual Downtown Street Sale, are on
sale now at www.brownpapertickets.com/. Tickets are $41 in advance or $46
at the door (the additional $1 per ticket will benefit Traverse Citys Bay
Front Parks) and include a commemorative wine glass, (5) 2 oz. wine pours,
(3) 4 oz. servings of paella and all entertainment. Additional food and
wine tickets will be available for purchase at the event. This event is
open to ages 21+, no exceptions. Festival proceeds will benefit local
non-profits Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Bay Front Parks. For
info on Porterhouse Productions check out www.porterhouseproductions.com
-- to learn more about the wineries of Old Mission go to