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Adam Hall's twilight concert brings soul to Upper Reach
It's been a big year between drinks at Upper Reach's Swan Valley twilight concerts for Adam Hall and the Soul Playboys. Since performing at the twilight concerts in 2018, Adam and US singing sensation Richard Jackson have recorded a new album Satisfied in Cuba with the Buena Vista Social Club.
They also spent four months touring Europe where they played at the massive music festivals in Mardi Gras, the Berlin Street Festival, the Munich Sessions Festival and the Georgetown Festival.
Adam Hall and the Soul Playboys will rock Upper Reach Winery on March 2.
Adam says recording in Cuba was one of the most amazing experiences he has had in his life - not just the recording, but being involved in Cuban culture and lifestyle. He says he got to relate the Cuban phrase, 'pura vida', meaning 'pure life', with the joy and beauty of music everywhere.
The plan for the coming year is to make it even bigger. And while the Upper Reach concerts may not be their biggest venue, Adam says the band loves coming back each year because it is so different.
The atmosphere is always friendly and casual at Upper Reach's twilight concerts.
He says there's a 'special vibe' to playing at Upper Reach, surrounded by the grape vines and performing to an intimate audience on the winery lawn. It's drawn him back each year for many of the 14 years the concerts have been running, and this year will be playing with the Soul Playboys on March 2.
He'll be performing again with the more jazz focussed line-up the Velvet Playboys on March 16, but for this concert, it is all about soul. Adam says the band really enjoy Upper Reach because it's not a formal concert with a seated audience, but a more relaxed feeling among the vines.
Adam Hall and his band return to Upper Reach each year because of the venue's 'special vibe'.
The band also love it because it's an audience that really gets involved and takes the opportunity to get up and dance on the grass. Adam thinks it's a great way to spend a summer evening.
Music includes songs from all-time greats such as Stevie Wonder, Prince and Michael Jackson and from performers like Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce from the more modern era. Expect songs like Superstition, No Diggity, Suit and Tie, Treasure and other soul classics.
Concert goers can bring their own picnic or enjoy the friendly ambiance of the winery's RiverBrook Restaurant.
As well as Adam Hall on trumpet and vocals, the band features Roy Martinez on bass and vocals, Kallan Sadler on keyboards and vocals, Mark Turner on guitar, sax and vocals and Bronton Ainsworth on drums. Concert-goers are invited to either bring their own picnic or they can book a two-course dinner at the RiverBrook Restaurant overlooking the concert. Tickets for dinner and the concert are $99.
General admittance tickets are $40 per person, $18 for five to 17-year-olds and free to children under four. Season tickets for all four of the Upper Reach twilight concerts during the summer are $120.
The Upper Reach cellar door will be open and selling its sparkling red, white and rose wine by the glass or by the bottle. There is no BYO. The concert starts at 6.30pm with gates opening at 5.45pm.