SUMMER'S FIRST BIG PARTY IS HERE - The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival is this weekend and they've announced that LIVE’S EdKowalczyk has been added to the show and will perform on the main stage at 5:30 pm on Saturday, June 2 performing all the hits including “Lightning Crashes,” “I Alone,” “All Over You,” “Selling The Drama” and more. The entire lineup includes Lifehouse, Phil Vassar, Chris Cagle, Gloriana, Soul Asylum and John Waite.
A new foodie event has been added giving guests tips on cooking with premium beer and how to pair beer with foods. Food pairing events include four courses each paired with a beverage, plus chef demonstrations and recipes, pairing tips. Food and Beer pairing includes cuisine from The American Culinary Federation. Wine and Food Pairing includes gold and silver medal winning wineries with paired with cuisine from local executive chefs preparing Italian, California Cuisine, Cajun and fine pastry desserts.
Opening night, Friday June 1, 3 p.m. is a crowd pleaser as families pour into the Festival in anticipation of the evening balloon “Glow” at 8:30 p.m. A visual spectacle that coordinates the "flicker" of the hot air balloon flame, with a musical beat, makes the hot air balloons appear to dance. Staying tethered to the ground, the giant colorful orbs delight young and old. This is repeated Saturday evening, June 2.
Country Friday at the Festival features Phil Vassar, Chris Cagle, and Gloriana in concert. A prolific songwriter and versatile performer, Vassar has recorded six albums. His debut album, “Phil Vassar," was released in early 2000 and produced five hit singles on the U.S. "Billboard" country singles charts and was certified gold in the United States. Hits include “Carlene,” “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Six-Pack Summer,” “American Child,” "That’s When I love You,” “In A Real Love,” “I’ll Take That as a Yes (The Hot Tub Song),” “Last Day of My Life,” and “Love is a Beautiful Thing.”
Chris Cagle hit the country charts in 2000 with the hit single “My Love Goes On and On" from his 2001 debut album "Play It Loud." The first album had two more hits "Laredo" and "I Breathe In. I Breathe Out." Since then his hits include “Chicks Dig It,” "What a Beautiful Day," "Miss Me Baby," “What Kinda Gone," and “Got My Country On” .
In 2010, Gloriana won the Academy of Country Music’s Award for Top New Vocal Group and was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for “Choice Country Group.” The best-selling debut country act of 2009, Gloriana debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and #3 on the Top 200 chart. The album spawned the hit single “Wild At Heart.” The group has a new album "A Thousand Miles Left Behind" due to be released this summer. The single “(Kissed You) Good Night” from the album is climbing the country charts.
Lifehouse, the L.A. based alternative rock band known most recently for their hit "All-In" will headline the Festival on Saturday, June 2 of the three-day event. The Main Stage is sponsored by Pechanga Resort and Casino.The band hit mainstream prominence in 2001 with the hit single "Hanging by a Moment" from their debut studio album, "No Name Face.” The single won a Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year, beating out Janet Jackson and Alicia Keys for the #1 Single of 2001.
Lifehouse released the album "Smoke & Mirrors" in 2010 which spawned the hit song "Half Way Gone,” "All In" and "Falling In." The album was #2 on the Billboard Rock Album Charts for 2010. Combined album sales are over five-million and Lifehouse singles have sold over three-million copies online including #1 hits "Hanging by a Moment" and "You and Me." Lifehouse singles "First Time,“ “Whatever It Takes," and "Broken" have also achieved major chart and sales success. The band's hits maintain chart positions on iTunes, years after their initial release and their video streams are at 70 million and counting.
The Festival's Rockin' Saturday lineup includes Soul Asylum. Formed in 1983 in Minneapolis, MN, Soul Asylum has maintained their reputation for honest, heartfelt rock from their beginnings through their commercially successful days on A&M and Columbia Records (where they scored a Grammy for the monster hit single "Runaway Train").
Get the entire stage schedule, and wine stage schedule at www.temeculacalifornia.com
John Waite headlines the Wine Garden stage on Sunday, June 3. Waite, an English singer/songwriter first hit Billboard Charts in 1977 as the lead singer of The Babys with the hit "Everytime I Think of You." After a few hits the band broke up launching Waite into a successful solo career. On September 22, 1984, he found himself at number one on the hit parade with “Missing You.” The song topped the international charts. Twenty years on, this classic remains a radio staple around the globe.
Sunday will also feature The Metal Mulisha FMX Show featuring freestyle motocross champions, Metal Mulisha teammates, and an international cast of dare devil riders. Riders who have performed in the past include Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Todd Potter, Taka, Ox-Jeff Cargola, Wes Agee, Ryan Hagy, Australian riders Jackson Strong and Robbie Alberg and Cito Vascas from Brazil. There are always surprise guests at this show. Last year Metal Mulisha founder Brian Deegan came out to support the riders.
Check out theBrewens Empire Trolley and RIDEBOB.com for rides to the Festival. Both are offering shuttle service. Bob's buses pick up at 14 Southern Californian Von's stores and empiretrolley.com has pickups in the Temecula Valley.
Wine tasting from 20 plus wineries is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with reserved wine tasting packages also offered. Cost for standard is $15 with 6 tastes and souvenir glass. Reserved is $25 with six tastes and larger souvenir glass. The event is sponsored by the County of Riverside and the City of Temecula. Tickets and reserved packages are still available at www.TVBWF.com for Friday and Saturday's evening concerts. For information visit www.tvbwf.com
For more information:
Chris Cagle www.chriscagle.com
Phil Vassar www. philvassar.com
Soul Asylum www.enterthesoulasylum.com
Temecula Wine Growers www.temeculawines.org