May 20, 2011
2,000-capacity concert venue coming to Old Sugar Mill

A 2,000-capacity venue will debut in June at the Old Sugar Mill, a Clarksburg facility that hosts seven tasting rooms for regional wineries. The concert venue will host a four-show series, that kicks off June 19 with a show featuring country music star Randy Travis. Other shows include a bluesy bill with Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, a concert with '70s rockers Cheap Trick on Sept. 16, and one more show to be announced for August.

The owners of the Old Sugar Mill are partnering with Richter Entertainment Group, which operates the Ironstone Amphitheatre at Ironstone Vineyards in Calaveras county, to bring this concert venue to the Sacramento Delta. The Old Sugar Mill will hold its concerts on a lawn area and include a food court and beverage pavilion. All concerts at the Old Sugar Mill will end by 11 p.m. and a traffic plan has been worked out with Yolo County, said Mary Tye, marketing manager for the Old Sugar Mill.

"We came up with a plan that will bring maximum enjoyment and as little impact as possible," said Tye. "We're the closest wine destination to Sacramento, literally 20 minutes from downtown. We have seven wineries now and over 100 wines, and music and wine go hand in hand. We want people to come to Clarksburg and have a good time."

Wineries hosting concert series have become increasingly prominent throughout California, from the Ironstone Amphitheatre to the Mountain Winery concert series in Saratoga, to summer concerts at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa.

Some neighboring wineries in Clarksburg are welcoming the Old Sugar Mill's new concert venue.

"Anything that gives Clarksburg a little more name recognition is outstanding," said Jody Bogle VanDePol of Bogle Winery, and a Clarksburg resident. "We're excited and it'll also be nice to have concerts close by and then be able to ride our bikes home."

For more information, visit Old Sugar Mill Concerts.

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