Fiddles, Vittles & Vino, July 27 at Rock Ledge Ranch - photos
The Wielands of Mass Destruction (better
known as the WMD Bluegrass Band) sing a chorus during their performance on
the main stage at the 10th annual Fiddles, Vittles & Vino at the Rock Ledge
Ranch Historic Site July 27. The family band from Black Forest includes four
Wielands: Jon (middle, the dad); Wyatt (far left), age 14, on fiddle; Jackson
(second from left), age 16, on mandolin; and Luke (second from right), age 12, on
bass. Sam Wachtler (right), age 21, is a family friend who plays guitar in the band.
two sets during the six-hour event, as did Grass It up and Mark Gardner & Rex
Rideout, with the David Grisman FolkJazz Trio playing once as the closing act.
Dancers enjoy the music of the David Grisman
FolkJazz Trio, which was the closing band at Fiddles & Vittles. From left are
Grisman on mandolin, his 25-year-old son Sam on bass, and Jim Hurst on guitar.
A well-known California musician who was close with the late Jerry Garcia of the
Grateful Dead, Grisman was the biggest name act since Fiddles started as a Rock
Ledge fundraiser in 2005. The idea was to do something "really special" for the
annual event, music director/banjoist Mark Gardner said in his introduction for
Grisman's band. The event, which sets a limit of 1,200 tickets, sold out for the
fourth straight year. All proceeds go to Rock Ledge Ranch. Grisman's show took
place despite forecasts of heavy rain in that part of the evening. The rains held off
until the very end of the show.
The 10th annual Fiddles, Vittles & Vino
continued its tradition of having simultaneous music - on the main stage as well
as the somewhat more intimate Pergola stage on the back porch of the historic
Orchard House. LEFT: A baby gets an early exposure to bluegrass music,
performed by Grass It Up on the Pergola stage. Three of the five band members
July 27 can be seen. (The full band is in the photo that currently appears below the
link on the Pioneer home page.) ABOVE: Mark
Gardner and Rex Rideout perform on the Pergola stage. The area duo specialize in
Old West music. This was their third time performing at Fiddles. Gardner doubled
as the event emcee (and actually had "triple" duties, having previously lined up the
bands that would play, including himself and Rex).
With the music from the Pergola stage easily
audible at the nearby food/drink tents, Fiddles & Vittles attendees enjoy the
edibles, the setting and one another. The tents had assigned spaces for
different restaurants, wineries, breweries and liquor distributors. Others like them
were set up near
the main stage on the
Orchard House's front lawn. The liquids and edibles were donated to the event by
as a way of supporting the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. The
"Vittles & Vino" aspects were organized by Club Nine, a
volunteer consortium of area chefs who worked with
ranch staff and volunteers in developing the event concept over a decade ago and
continue to do so.
LEFT: Fiddles, Vittles & Vino attendees make
creative use of hula hoops that were set out to the east side of the main stage on
the Orchard House's front lawn. On the stage is the WMD Bluegrass Band.
ABOVE; Sam Grisman shares a moment of humor with guitarist Jim Hurst during
the David Grisman FolkJazz Trio's closing set on the main stage, while his dad
namesake David) concentrates on his playing.
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