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Dance until sunset to the Latin-American beat of Nueva Salsa
Swan Valley winery Upper Reach kicks off its 15th summer season of twilight concerts to celebrate vintage with high energy salsa band Nueva Salsa. The concert, the first of four to be held over the summer, will be on Saturday, February 2.
The Latin American sound with its Cuban and New York salsa, cha cha, mambos and bombas is geared to get an audience up and dancing.
Kick up your heels to the Latin-American sounds of Nueva Salsa at Upper Reach Winery.
And dance the audience did last year when Nueva Salsa played at the winery, kicking off their shoes to get up and dance on the grassy swathe moving to the band's infectious rhythms. The high-quality nine-piece band featuring electrifying horns, an infectious beat, stunning vocals and glorious bass that will take audiences to Cuba.
Created mainly by Cubans and Puerto Ricans in New York during the 1960s the music style blends the sound of Spanish guitar and African and Cuban percussion. Upper Reach audiences love Nueva Salsa's powerful performances and they are always a favourite at the summer concerts.
The sun sets over Upper Reach Winery as the crowd dances to the Latin-American sounds of Nueva Salsa.
The band features the vocal talents of Adolfo Chavez and has Marty Pervan on trumpet and trombone, Kieran Hurley on trombone, Alex Boyd on saxophone, Gabriel Fatin on keyboards and piano, Kate Pass on bass, Steve Richter on timbales, Iain Robbie on bongos and Adam Monk on congas.
Each of the Upper Reach concerts is an intimate affair and make for a perfect occasion to gather some friends together to enjoy a summer evening on a blanket on the lawn with your own picnic basket and then enjoy the music of Nueva Salsa.
Alternatively, visitors can enjoy a two-course meal at RiverBrook Restaurant which overlooks the band performing on the stage just outside the restaurant for $99 including dinner and concert ticket.
Concert goers can bring their own picnic or enjoy the friendly ambiance of the winery's RiverBrook restaurant.
With 14 years of twilight concerts behind them, Upper Reach owner Laura Pearse says the concerts have become very popular and are often booked out so it is worth booking early. General admission tickets are $40 with free admission for children under four and $18 for five to 17-year-olds. There are general admission season passes available to all four concerts for $120 per person.
The cellar door at Upper Reach will be open for concert goers to buy wines, including sparkling, reds, whites and roses either by the bottle or by the glass.
Upper Reach is at 77 Memorial Avenue, Baskerville and is open every day from 11am to 5pm.