On Saturday, October 7, a new type of music festival takes place just north of Los Angeles, the inaugural Santa Barbara Polo and Wine Festival. This unique event brings together a collection of artists, athletes, and wineries for an exciting day of music, sports, and drinks. Organized by Josh Elion of Castle Field Entertainment, the affair is a way to “bring together three aspects of a community and introduce people to the game of polo, new local wineries, and incredible musicians.” Not having spent too much time in the Santa Barbara area, I am looking forward to experiencing and tasting some of what the city has to offer. That goes double for polo, something I’ve never played or seen in real life. As for the music, that’s more up my alley and I have to say, it looks to be a really good mix of upcoming and established acts with Angelou kicking things off and Macy Gray headlining. I’m particularly looking forward to Durand Jones, whose soulful voice reminds me of the great R&B singers of the sixties. Overall, the line-up will be light and breezy, the kind you could find yourself dancing to or relaxing on a lazy Sunday afternoon; the perfect complement to the day’s activities. I can almost imagine it now, a glass of wine in one hand, listening to LP perform, as the perfect California sun sets against the ocean.
The festival is presented by KCRW and is a 21 and over event. Those interested in going but can’t attend an all-night affair this one’s for you, as the day’s festivities are scheduled to be over by 7:30 p.m.; enough time to still grab that nice dinner or get ready for a night out in the city. For tickets and more information head over to: http://sbpoloandwine.com.