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Adam Hall and the Soul Playboys at Upper Reach

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Twilight picnic, a glass of wine and stunning soul
Adam Hall is just a little addicted to the Swan Valley's Upper Reach winery.

He's been playing with various iterations of his band at their summer twilight concerts for years and this year, caps off the season with the last of four concerts, at Upper Reach on Saturday, March 17 playing with the Soul Playboys.

Hall kicked off the concert series which celebrates vintage each year, with the Velvet Playboys – a different line-up of musicians and a different sound to the Soul Playboys who will finish the year – and says he is really looking forward to the final concert of the season.

Upper Reach winnery, Adam Hall, Soul Playboys, Velvet Playboys, Riverbrook Restaurant, Swan Valley winery
Adam Hall and the Soul Playboys. Image supplied

While the Velvet Playboys leans towards jazz the Soul Playboys on March 17 will be very much focused on soul.

"I have an affinity for Upper Reach and have been playing there for years and its somewhere the band loves," Hall says.

"A lot of our concerts are sit-down kind of events, but this is among the vines, it's classy and relaxing and a great way to spend a summer evening.

"We love it because it's so different.

"And the audience really throw themselves into it with plenty of space to get up and dance on the grass."

Upper Reach, Adam Hall, Soul Playboys, Velvet Playboys
The picnic crowd and restaurant at Upper Reach. Image supplied.

The Soul Playboys feature music from the likes of vintage performers Stevie Wonder, Prince and Michael Jackson and the modern like Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce.

The repertoire including Supersition, No Diggity, Suit and Tie, Treasure other classics will have the Upper Reach crowd up and dancing on the grass.

Adam Hall and the Soul Playboys have headlined at festivals around the world including Blue Note (Osnabruck, Germany), Aachner Vieher (Cologne, Germany), Grand Blues Jam (Bergkamen, Germany), Vienna Blues Festival (Austria), Metropol (Vienna), Les Caveau de Augustins (Bayonne, France), Rockin Race Jamboree (Spain), Le Groot Verlof (Belgium), Benenwerk (Belgium), Red Ballroom (Berlin), Blue Note (Dresden), Bergmannstrassefest (Germany), Sultan Jazz Club (Singapore), Maritime Museum (Hong Kong), Hyatt (Hong Kong), United Exhange Square (Hong Kong) and the City Concert Hall (Hong Kong).

The band features Adam Hall on trumpet and vocals; Roy Martinez on bass and vocals; Kallan Sadler on keyboards and vocals; Mark Turner on guitar, sax and vocals; and Bronton Ainsworth on drums.

People attending the twilight concerts can either bring along their own picnic or eat at the recently renamed Riverbrook restaurant which is offering a two course dinner of a shared tasting plate as an entrée and a choice of main courses for $99, along with tickets to the concert.

Tickets for just the concert are $39 per person, $18 for five to 17-year-olds and free to children under four. The concert starts at 6.15pm with gates opening at 5.30pm.

Concert tickets are available from Upper Reach.

Upper Reach Winery is at 77 Memorial Avenue, Baskerville and is open every day from 11am to 5pm.

Riverbrook Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch every day from 9am.

The phone number for the cellar door is (08) 9296 0078 and for the restaurant is (08) 9296 3883.
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Why? A twilight concert with fabulous soul music set among the vines.
When: Doors open 5.30pm, concert starts 6.15pm
Phone: Cellar door 08 9296 0078, Riverbrook Restaurant 08 9296 3883
Where: Upper Reach Winery, 77 Memorial Avenue, Baskerville WA
Cost: $39 per person, $18 for five to 17-year-olds, children under four free. Dinner and concert $99.
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