The Walla Walla Valley is quickly becoming known for many things other than its traditional sweet onions and wheat fields. The growing wine industry and the increase in the number of downtown tasting rooms have brought a bevy of musical accompaniment. Especially in the summer time, Walla Walla is rarely short of a good musical event.
This weekend, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Wee Willy's Music Enterprise in cooperation with Sapolil Cellars and Locati Cellars will host Rockin' the Lowboy, an outdoor musical festival. The event will feature 10 musical groups playing on a low trailer with risers on each end until -- the lowboy-- late in the evening. The event is being billed as "10 bands, 1 lowboy." The festival will take place at 1106 Sapolil Road, and guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. The weather on Saturday is predicted to reach the mid 90s and attendees can look forward to clear, sunny skies.
Wee Willy's is a non-profit organization, and a portion of the proceeds will be dedicated to promoting local performers and helping young people from Walla Walla get involved with music.
Abigail Schwerin of Sapolil Cellars said, "This event offers far more acts than any other music event in our region. We are literally presenting 10 music acts in one single day. We have gathered all the hottest bands from this region all in one absolutely stellar outside venue."
An eclectic mix of performers -- one performing each hour -- will perform.
"There will be a lot of original music," Schwerin said. "There's going to be everything from solo blues artists, to folk, funk and punk, culminating with the headliner, Pappa Frita and The Hot Mustard -- a four-piece gritty, funky, rock band presenting original rock tunes, which are peppered with Motown grooves and dirty blues riffs."
Schwerin went on to describe some of the other entertainment Rockin' the Lowboy will feature as the evening progresses, including some musical acts not usually associated with your average winery event.
"In addition, we will also be presenting a street dance group, B Boy Flex & Crew," she said. "Street break dancing demonstrations will be presented between music acts, starting around 5 p.m., and we will be offering wine from Locati Cellars and Sapolil Cellars, too."
Other drinks will be available, including sangria, beer and hard liquor.
"We are really thrilled to put on this event," Schwerin said. "We are especially excited to get all of the talented young musicians from Walla Walla at one single event."
Live musical events are quickly becoming a staple part of Sapolil Cellars' day-to-day business.
"I always tell people, you can't present as much live music as we do without absolutely loving the music itself," Schwerin said. "Not only do we love and appreciate the music, we actively try to encourage and support new musicians. It was a natural for us to become involved with an organization that will give back to the musical community and encourage new musicians."