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Wente concerts bringing big names to Livermore Valley

Seal opens, Doobie Brothers close -- and plenty of hit-makers in between

Post Modern Juke Box is performing in the Concerts at Wente Vineyards in Livermore on July 25 along with The Tenors. (Photo courtesy of Wente)

Classic rock legends, country stars, Motown icons, modern favorites -- this year's Concerts at Wente Vineyards summer series is bringing the hits to Livermore wine country.

Marking its 33rd year, the Wente series opens next Friday (July 12) with Grammy Award-winning pop artist Seal, known for hits like "Kiss from a Rose," "Crazy" and his cover of "Fly Like an Eagle."

Opening weekend will continue with three top '80s performers in one concert next Saturday (July 13) -- Rick Springfield ("Jessie's Girl"), Greg Kihn Band ("The Breakup Song") and Tommy Tutone ("867-5309/Jenny").

Following next Sunday (July 14) will be country singer Randy Houser, playing his hits such as "Boots On," "How Country Feels" and "Anything Goes."

The series will continue with nine more shows throughout July, August and September.

There will be classic rock groups, with Styx (July 30), REO Speedwagon (Aug. 19) and The Doobie Brothers (Sept. 11).

Motown stars The Temptations and The Four Tops will team up for a combo concert on Aug. 6, as will blues/rock artist Boz Scaggs and R&B/soul singer Aaron Neville on Aug. 21, and Post Modern Juke Box and The Tenors on July 25.

Other more contemporary performers will include rockers Daughtry (Aug. 8), country singer Brett Eldredge (Aug. 20) and Grammy nominee Josh Groban (Sept. 6).

All of the shows will take place at the natural amphitheater at Wente Vineyards off Arroyo Road in Livermore, the nation's oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery.

Attendees can choose between traditional concert tickets, or opt for a dinner-with-concert ticket featuring a buffet-style meal. Additional upgrade options are available as well. Tickets can be purchased online through TicketMaster or by phone 800-745-3000. To learn more, visit www.wentevineyards.com.

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