Theater! Music! Dance! Art!

Let them entertain you! While Eden Vale Inn B&B is nestled in the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada foothills, many performances and art walks are literally minutes away from us, every month of the year. Here are three areas full of performers.

Classical and other music near Eden Vale Inn B&BThe Harris Center / Three Stages.   For world-class dance, music, and performances, the new, top-notch Harris Center is only 20 minutes away from Eden Vale Inn and has it all. It hosts an excellent variety of shows. The 2014 season features large productions like the Blue Man Group, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Alladin. Music performers come from around the world. Music includes rock and roll, country musicians like Roseanne Cash, and musical groups from around the world. If you like classical music, you’ll enjoy the choral and orchestral performances including Branford Marsalis and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Dance performances near Eden Vale Inn B&BMovement fans are in for a treat as well. Be amazed by acrobats from China, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia, Ballet Folklórico de México, and more. The theater also puts on talks, small plays, and recitals. If you visit Eden Vale Inn during winter, you can be treated to a Cowboy Christmas, an Irish Christmas, a Pops’ Chorale, and of course the Nutcracker – performed by the Moscow Classical Ballet.

Downtown Placerville, California 3d Saturday Art Walk, near Eden Vale Inn B&BAlso nearby is Historic Downtown Placerville. Many of their restaurants, wine bars, and brewpubs have live weekend music during the summer months, and through the year. Main Street becomes a center for the arts every third Saturday for its Art Walks, some of which are pedestrian festivals. Placerville’s Imagination Theater 2014 lineup includes a dramatic “Snow White,” and a musical performance of “Oliver!”

Old Coloma Theatre melodrama, near Eden Vale Inn B&BColoma and Lotus. For the closest, most interactive, super-live theater, try the Olde Coloma Theatre. It is one of the few places in the nation to see melodrama. The audience is literally given foil balls to throw at the villain who at the end of each show exclaims, “Curses, foiled again!” The original plays have no “fourth wall” and witty heckling is encouraged. Seriously, the actors want you to talk back during the show! Where else does that happen? Loads of fun. If you want to listen to live music, Coloma and Lotus eateries offer many choices in the summertime, and the towns host September’s superb American River Music Festival.

Eden Vale Inn B&B Breakfast

Come to Eden Vale Inn Bed and Breakfast for a relaxing getaway in beautiful nature. And know that terrific entertainment and dining options are just down the road – contact us for more information.

We always love to hear about your outings over our fabulous breakfasts! 

American River Music Festival 8th Year in Lotus and Coloma, California

American River Music Festival - Coloma Lotus CaliforniaIf you love amazingly good live music, and love to discover performers, come to Lotus and Coloma September 12-14, 2014. In its 8th year, the American River Music Festival has a diverse music line-up with fresh, new music. Some of the 33 shows feature artists who are “tried and true” like Laura Love and Greg Brown. Many other superbly talented acts are just waiting for you to fall in love with them — the three sisters of Baskery, the Whitewater Ramble band, and many more. Matt Semonsen, festival coordinator, works hard all year to share what he loves: “My personal joy is listening to really interesting, fun, danceable music that I’ve never heard before.”

American River Music Festival - Coloma Lotus CaliforniaAnd they do it big! The entire town becomes a music festival. The main stage is along the river in Lotus, with shade and grass for barefoot dancing. Great music, food and beverages, fun kids’ activities, and a refreshing swimming hole at the South Fork American River make this a fine main location. Adding to it, the whole Coloma-Lotus community helps with the superbly organized festival by presenting small performances at local cafes and restaurants, hosting musicians, and providing a whitewater rafting trip on Saturday morning. The hospitality in town is fantastic, and most of the people you will see staffing the Festival are local volunteers who also love the great music all weekend.

How to describe the music? Well, people get creative. How about “Brontosaurus Funk,” “High Octane Dance Grass,” or Matt’s favorite term this year, “RokJamBluRoots!” All of it is live, fresh, and friendly, on the big stage and the smaller venues all through town, morning, day and night. Saturday has a jammy, rocking funky sound, and Sunday has more of a folk, grass, country sound. A little something for everyone. Click here to listen to the playlist: 2014 American River Music Festival Performers.

American River Music Festival - Coloma Lotus CaliforniaGood news – the Festival provides shuttles between the musical venues both day and night, making it easy to get to your choice of performers and musical workshops. Our guests at Eden Vale Inn love that they can just drive a few miles, park, and enjoy the whole day without having to drive around town. If you do like to stretch your legs, many locations are a pleasant walk away from each other, along or across the river.

American River Music Festival - Coloma Lotus CaliforniaIf you can, come early! The Friday night kickoff is one of the festival’s most loved events: the Musician Showcase. Ten performers compete for judges, and the two winners get to perform on the Main Stage on the weekend. Competitors come from the local Sierra Foothills Gold Country area, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles. Go and root for your favorites, and get a great preview of the music to come on the weekend.

American River Music Festival - Coloma Lotus CaliforniaThere are several opportunities over the weekend to make music as well as listen to it. Jump in the “Join-Ins” and play a ukulele, practice harmony, and belt out the words to well-known cover songs at the Saturday night Sing-Along Dance!

American River Music Festival tickets can be bought for one day or for the whole weekend. Contact us to discuss your options, and come get your Brontosaurus Funk on!

Fountain Plaza Courtyard Music

Would you like to stay at Edenvale for a romantic weekend, but don’t know what to do with your Saturday afternoon? You might be surprised at all Placerville has to offer. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you are well aware of our active, bustling community that is the home of Edenvale Inn. Besides our numerous festivals, we also have ongoing events throughout the summer. One of my favorites is Music in the Courtyard. Local bands come to perform for us at the Fountain Plaza Courtyard on historic Main Street. You can hear these talented musicians play every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm all of June through October. If you’re interested, here’s the lineup:

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Events: Wine and Music Eden Vale Inn B&B Coloma, CA David Girard

Memorial Weekend stay at Eden Vale Inn Bed and Breakfast and  Wine and Music at nearby David Girard Vineyard
May 30, Chicago Tribute Authority
David Girard Vineyard is  starting off ther concert season with Chicago Tribute Authority,  the only American rock band to chart the Top 40 in five consecutive decades – the greatest hit-making band of the last 45 years!  Join us on a non-stop musical journey that includes many of Chicago’s greatest hits and a few you may have missed!..The concert will be held at the shady hilltop amphitheater overlooking the vineyards…The event area opens at 6PM. The band Crystal Image will open at 6:30 and CTA begins at 7:30PM. Low beach chairs are welcome at the outer circle only… Tickets (if available) will be $35.00 on day of event and at the door…

Beth Sogaard Catering will be selling food at the event beginning at 6PM.  Sierra Rizing will sell dessert at the event beginning at 7:00PM.