John Hughes’ legendary 1987 film Pretty in Pink serves as inspiration for the musical Ignition , which explores the same themes of love and friendship that made the movie a classic of the coming-of-age genre. Ignition is an intimate concert experience that takes place in the intimate setting of the historic Circle Theatre, where audiences will get to experience the music of the film’s original cast, including Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Andrew McCarthy, Anthony Rapp, Lacey Chabert, Jennifer Coolidge, Andrew Bicknell, and Molly C. Quinn, in a brand new show, in a brand new way.
The world is now one of constant stimulation. The average person is now exposed to more stimuli than ever before—sights, sounds, touch, taste, smell—and our attention spans have become shorter, with more of our time being spent on one task. This means that for the majority of us, there is very little attention left over for listening to music or connecting with others. And so, in an age of hyper-stimulation and short attention spans, the intimate concert is one of the few ways we can create an environment where we can truly connect and share time with our friends and peers.
In place of huge musical crowds, intimate enhanced concert experiences are beginning to emerge.
A small group gathered in the heart of wine country to enjoy the sounds of GRAMMY® Award-nominated JP Saxe at an intimate, outdoor concert at a winery ranked number two most beautifully designed in the world by Architectural Digest, with wine from SLO County’s Winemaker Of The Year, Jordan Fiorentini.
The beautiful weather, coupled with the intimate event, which included a meet and greet with the artist, provided a relaxed and comfortable environment.
Guests were able to select songs and share anecdotes about how Saxe’s music has influenced their lives, including me, who walked down the aisle to his song “The Few Things” last month for my wedding. Saxe said that he intended to keep things nice for wine country, but that it was apparent from the music requests that visitors didn’t mind some cheeky vibes.
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88 Vines Entertainment organized the event, which was founded by Danny Cooper, who has over 30 years of expertise in both music and wine and was searching for ways to combine the two. The musician and the winery were promoted and marketed by 88 Vines Entertainment across the LA and OC metro regions, as well as SLO county.
“Our aim is to raise awareness of Epoch Estate Wines and Paso Robles wine region in general, as well as to assist in the promotion of the artist’s new album and forthcoming Fall tour,” Cooper says.
Field to Table Catering, a central coast business founded by Tracy Labastida in August 2013, catered the event. Labastida began his career in the produce fields before deciding to pursue a career in cuisine. To fulfill Labastida’s goal of utilizing fresh, local products to create wonderful, mouth-watering meals to match local events, the business maintains close connections with local farmers.
All of the Epoch Estate wines served at the event were made by Jordan Fiorentini, who was just awarded San Luis Obispo County’s Winemaker of the Year. Fiorentini is in charge of all wine and grape choices, as well as the winery’s day-to-day operations. Fiorentini, who is dedicated and not afraid to push the boundaries, adds a passionate and experienced attitude to Epoch wines and writes tasting notes to assist visitors match them with their meal. The event began with a welcoming glass of Rosé, and the tasting room was available all night for visitors to taste additional Epoch wines in addition to the meal.
JP Saxe entered the stage after the meet and greet and supper to begin the casual performance, which is appropriate to his style of lyrics, which always convey genuine sincerity.
“My favorite music has always been tunes that bring me closer to myself, and I want to create music like that. In order to accomplish so, I need to compose these songs as near to myself as possible. So it’s as if you can hear what I’m thinking,” the artist explains.
Saxe’s life has always centered around music, and despite abandoning the piano as a child, he returned to it to accompany his own singing. His songwriting career began with other musicians, but it took a turn when he began composing “The Few Things” while sitting at a piano. When he began narrating his own tales in his songs, he learnt to trust his instincts and to trust his own taste above everything else. Playing music for others was always a shifting goal for him, but playing music for himself touched so many people who could connect to the lyrics. Saxe sprang to prominence with his song “If The World Were Ending,” which featured Julia Michaels, and he continues to captivate audiences with songs that provide personal glimpses into his emotions.
You can keep up with JP Saxe on his website, jpsaxe.com/, and keep an eye on 88 Vines for other artists coming to Paso Robles: 88vines.com/.
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