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House Band Wines Invites You to Rootstock: The Great Gastronomic Wine, Street Food & Music Festival!

   Jun 20

House Band Wines Invites You to Rootstock: The Great Gastronomic Wine, Street Food & Music Festival!


LA’s Famed Hotel Cafe Artists Return to Rootstock with Repeat Performances
Jim Bianco and Holly Conlan, and Newcomers Jesse Thomas and Javier Dunn

Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square and executive producer Creative Furnace announced today the 2012 indie artist line up for Rootstock: The Great Gastronomic Wine, Street Food & Music Festival. The Rootstock Festival takes place Saturday, July 21st from 2pm to 6pm and will bring together fine wine and craft brew tasting, gourmet street foods, a Best Bites Competition hosted by Heather Irwin of Bite Club Eats, and live music from the Hotel Cafe Tour. Returning to the main stage is the fiercely independent and self-aware “loudmouth” Jim Bianco, whose songs “expose, embarrass and offend ex-girlfriends, future girlfriends, fellow singer/songwriters and, most notably, himself.” Joining Bianco are singer-songwriters Holly Conlan, Jesse Thomas and Javier Dunn.

A portion of the day’s proceeds benefit Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Shone Farm Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to manage, support and raise funds for the Shone Farm agricultural and educational facility. This includes the SRJC Shone Farm Winery, which makes and markets wine as an integral part of the instructional program at SRJC, and is now a member of The Wineyard cooperative in Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square. General admission is $45, with advance-discounted tickets available for $35 each at and $25 each directly at Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square merchants until July 6th. A small allotment of VIP experience tickets are available at $65 each.

“Along with the stellar indie talent, one of the main reasons we love teaming with Hotel Cafe is the camaraderie of the performances,” said Joel Quigley, co-producer of the Rootstock Festival. “Hotel Cafe isn’t just a venue in LA and a tour, they bring artists into their circle of talent to create a support network. These artists become close friends, who then collaborate and play together, which translates into their performances. Last year we saw our headliner playing mandolin and singing back up for our opening artist. This makes for a very unique, intimate, and special day of music.”

Los Angeles singer-songwriter and pianist Holly Conlan is a “surefooted indie-pop artist” who has shared the stage with the likes of Colbie Caillat, Katy Perry, Cary Brothers and Butch Walker. Conlan will take a break from recording her third studio album to join us in Sonoma wine country. Singer-songwriter Jesse Thomas is a “redheaded firecracker” from Kentucky, whose “whiskey soaked soul drips into every song she sings.” She’ll be performing songs from her recently released, first full-length album War Dancer. Javier Dunn, known equally for his awe-inspiring lyrics and guitar playing (he’s also lead guitarist for singer-songwriter and pianist sensation Sara Bareilles), will feature songs from his new EP Small Spaces.

Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square is home to a host of lifestyle businesses such as its three outstanding wineries with production facilities including D’Argenzio Winery, Krutz Family Cellars and Sheldon Wines, with The Wineyard cooperative tasting room featuring Albertina Wine Cellars, Atascadero Creek, Flocchini Wines, Jazz Cellars, and SRJC Shone Farm Winery. Heritage Public House is the new local gathering spot for live music, comedy, special events and a rotating beverage menu focused on California nano- and micro-brews including Ruth McGowan’s Craft Brews, as well as wines from The Wineyard next door. Squire Cigars, host of Rootstock’s VIP Cigar Tent, and The Barbery round out the line up of merchants at Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square. Other festival partners include TasteLive, CellarPass, House Band Wines, Rodney Strong Vineyards, 7×7 Wine Country, Sonoma County Tourism Bureau, Sonoma County Vintners, Grapebuddy, Jahn Art, and preferred lodging partner, the Flamingo Convention Resort & Spa.

The 2012 Rootstock Artisan Street Food Line Up
Along with a host of wineries and craft brews to whet the appetite, Rootstock’s artisan street food purveyors will satiate guests with a diversity of delicious dishes created from locally sourced ingredients by some of the region’s best street and market chefs. They will also compete in multiple categories to take home a Best Bites award, which includes the coveted Rootstock bumper stickers touting each award.

Chef Christopher Greenwald of Bay Laurel Culinary dishes up wine-friendly global comfort cuisine from his Gastro Shack cart.

Proprietor Jill Dorman of Street-eatz Mobile Kitchen delivers “flavors of the world” from her food truck.

Proprietor Alma Mendez of La Texanita Mobile combines authentic dishes from the occident of Mexico served from her food truck.

Chef John Franchetti of Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar will serve up a whole roasted suckling pig from its Chinese Smoker Box.

Proprietor Nellie Gamez of Nellie’s Oysters is firing up the grill to share her day-fresh oysters, which are a mainstay at local Sonoma County farmers’ markets.

Chef Gabe Nahas of Awful Falafel’s food truck is cooking up a menu of Lebanese cuisine such as falafel, shawarma, and roasted lamb.

Vendors and wineries wishing to present at Rootstock Festival may contact Joel Quigley at 707.495.0831 or email Sponsorships are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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