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Just Me and Uncle Lar – May 17

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Pana singer/songwriters Don Buerk and Larry Warren will be joining us on May 17th. Please join us in giving them a warm welcome! As usual, feel free to bring your friends and your favorite snacks!

6-9 pm

We will have slushies available!

NO COVER

Blues Fest May 26

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We will be hosting our 10th Annual Blues Fest on MAY 26th from 12-8pm. Our line-up this year will feature the awesome Black Magic Johnson, William Marsala Blues Band, Mary Jo Curry and Kilborn Alley! Pauly’s BBQ will be selling their amazing BBQ creations to keep you satisfied through the whole event!

This event has a $10 per person cover charge which includes a souvenir Blues Fest wine glass. We are planning on holding the event outdoors so bring your lawn chairs, popup canopies and sunscreen.

COVER CHARGE IS CASH ONLY PLEASE!!!

**Coolers with water and snacks are allowed but will be inspected upon arrival**

For Blues Fest, the bands are:

Black Magic Johnson- 12-2

William Marsala Band 2-4

Mary Jo Curry 4-6

Kilborn Alley 6-8

Quick and Bradley – May 31

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Cleve Bradley & Larry Quick began performing together in 1995 with the highly successful country rock / classic rock band, “Midnight Special”.  With over 60 years combined in the business,  this semi-acoustic duo pride themselves on their vocal & harmony vocal precision as well as their technical guitar playing abilities. 

Music 6:00-9:00 pm

No Cover

Hooray For Homicide- June 1

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Act One takes place at a typical high school. Act Two takes place at the class reunion, twenty years later. Sometime in between, the principal has died – or has he been murdered? Who could have done it? The class jock, the class clown, the cheerleader? Or the person sitting beside you?

Our dinner theater events are a riot and will have you laughing all evening! Reservations are required and will be taken until one week prior to the show. Reservations can be made by calling 217-738-2323. Payment is due at the time of reservation. Seats have been known to sell out quickly so call us as soon as possible!

Tickets are $45 each and include a three course dinner and the performance. There are 8 seats per table but you are free to purchase as many or as few tickets as you need. If you make a reservation for a group of friends you will automatically be seated together; if members of your party make separate reservations, be sure to tell us you’d like to be seated with your friends.

Social time begins at 6:30pm and the dinner begins at 7pm with a plated salad. The first act begins as soon as the first course is complete. A buffet style dinner is served after the first act, giving you time to restock the wine at your table too! A plated dessert will be served near the end of the show.

The performances are created and performed by Upstage Productions, which has been producing interactive comedy murder mysteries since 1989, Upstage’s shows are a perfect blend of witty improvisation and legitimate mystery. They perform at a variety of locations all over the United States with a strong following wherever they perform, and have been doing shows at Willow Ridge Winery for over three years. Some of their fans have been to over fifty of their performances across the country! Don’t miss this terrific evening of comedy, mystery, and murder at Willow Ridge Winery!

Andy Reuter June 7

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Andy Rueter is a one man show fittingly called “The Only One”. His performances feature country music covering songs from the past to the present as well as original music. With over 25 years experience playing guitar and a deep love of music, Andy always gives a great performance!!

Bring your friends and some snacks and we’ll have the wine!

6-8 pm

No cover charge.

Smoke on the Ridge – June 8

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Willow Ridge Winery 1st Annual Smoke on the Ridge BBQ Cook-off. Our fist annual BBQ Cook off will also raise money for Saving Orphaned Animals in Shelbyville. We will have local celebrity judges – Mayor of Shelbyville Jeff Johnson, Penny Standerfer, from Saving Orphaned Animals in Shelbyville and JC Fultz from WAND-TV. I am including entry forms and rules for the event. Each team also needs to fill out a form for a permit from the Shelby County Health Dept. We have these forms at winery or we can email to you. There is no fee for permit. Food will be available from Pauly’s BBQ! We will have live music from 29 Junction from 1-4 pm and Swamp Donkey from 5-8pm

Brian and Matt June 15

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Matt & Brian :: 6:00-9:00pm
Music duo Brian Hunter and Matt Smegal will be here playing on Saturday June 15th with their beat-filled, acoustic covers of modern and classic country, 80’s pop and hair bands and current hits. Bring your friends and some snacks for great music and awesome wine!!

No cover charge.

Noah Williams – June 21

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Noah is a guitarist and vocalist for the band William Marsala that performed at this years Blues Festival. Noah will be here entertaining you with his solo act .He will be playing a variety of music!

No cover charge

Concordia

Concordia – June 22

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Raise your hand if you love Concordia!! We know you do and we are so excited to have them out to play on June 22nd! If the name Concordia is new to you, then you have to come see what all the fuss is about! Concordia puts a unique spin on songs you’ve heard from the last several decades and drops a few of their own original songs in there for fun!

2-5 pm
Concordia has not been at Willow Ridge since the birth of their 2nd child in Nov 2018. We plan to have a small baby shower to welcome them back and there will be cake available.  If you want to bring a card for them, that would be awesome too.
No cover charge

Buffett Night – July 5

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We are excited to be hosting another Buffett Event.

This years band will be the world famous Boat Drunks!

The Boat Drunks have performed from coast to coast with nearly every member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and have opened shows for Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys and Little Feat among many others.

Deb’s Catering of Altamont will be grilling out tasteful cheeseburgers, and other food, to subside your hunger while enjoying classic Buffett songs. We will be having Fireworks, at dusk, again this year (weather permitting). We have added additional parking and an outside bar to accommodate our guests to the best of our abilities. We will have a bus to transport people from parking to the winery. Come out and join us on Friday, July 5th for all the Buffett songs your heart desires. We look forward to seeing you all for great wine, music, and food!

**Coolers with water and snacks are allowed but will be inspected upon arrival, as outside alcohol is not allowed. IDs will be checked at the door. You must have a valid ID to get a wristband.**

***$10 cover charge***, cover charge is cash only.
Cover Charge Includes Wine glass for the first 1000 people.