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Enjoy the wine and the music at local vineyard

As customers relax and enjoy the day Sunday, members of the Max Ray Trio entertain at the Alexis Bailly Vineyard. The trio was the first of the performers scheduled for Sunday afternoons this summer.

Free music entertainment is now part of summer Sunday afternoons at Alexis Bailly Vineyard, at 18200 Kirby Ave., just south of Hastings.

"Music in the Vineyard" is being held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays in July and August. The events are free to customers.

"We wanted to continue to make our atmosphere fun and different," said vineyard owner Nan Bailly. "I know a lot of musicians, and most of them are unemployed on a Sunday afternoon."

The vineyard continues to develop its park, adding a bocce ball area. There is room for people to enjoy a picnic, or just having a relaxed time, Bailly said.

"It is about creating an atmosphere," she said. "People, of course, are welcome to taste the wines and experience the taste," she said, "And sit underneath the trees here."

Bailly knows all of the musicians scheduled to perform in the next six weeks.

"My mother had a tremendous knowledge of jazz and developed, cultivated, a love of music in me," Bailly said. "We're making these fun afternoons - we will be making our sangria, which is light and refreshing for a hot day."

Bread, local artisan cheese, and salami are also available for purchase at the vineyard. Or guests can bring their own picnic.

The music series will be held rain or shine.

The schedule is as follows:

• Sunday, July 12: Bitter Roots. The music is described as acoustic jam rock with soul. Jeff Stetson and Ben Koostra live and create music in Seattle. Both have performed for many years.

The Bitter Roots music can best be described as soulful rock, guitar oriented and diverse, with vocal harmony and tight rhythms. All of the music the audience hears is recorded to analog tape without the aid of digital editing or auto tuning.

Stetson is the former leader of manSaveman, a Seattle rock group that recorded four full-length LPs between 2001 and 2006. He also played for the bands Chiseler and Into the March in his hometown of Missoula, Mont. Koostra has recently relocated to the Seattle area from abroad, having played and recorded with several bands during that time. He formerly played drums for Ein Helt and Silkworm.

• Sunday, July 26: Rod Gordon. This is the first of two afternoons with pianist Gordon. The performances feature the Rod Gordon Trio and the four "M's" - Monk, Mingus, Miles, and Misc.

• Sunday, Aug. 2: Gumption Trap. Gumption Trap is defined by Robert Pirsig in the book "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" as "during the process of fixing the machine things always come up, low quality things, from a dusted knuckle to an accidentally ruined 'irreplaceable' assembly. These drain off gumption, destroy enthusiasm and leave you so discouraged you want to forget the whole business."

Gumption Trap is also a folk/rock group out of Minneapolis that combines well-crafted lyrics with catchy guitar jams that bubble over with positive energy. Mixing originals, with covers and revved-up traditional tunes, the band consists of Owen Herman, Ryan Shortridge, and Brandon Henry.

• Sunday, Aug. 9: The Brass Messengers. The group is from Minneapolis and St. Paul, and their music is based on the gypsy brass styles of Romania. The group has added its own take on American country music, Latin American dance rhythms and Afro-pop.

• Sunday, Aug. 16: Brian Just Band. Original folk musician Brian Just's music has been called "disarming, yearning and unspeakably beautiful."

• Sunday, Aug. 23: Rod Gordon and Barb Mayer. This is the return engagement for Gordon, this time with jazz vocalist Barb Mayer.

Alexis Bailly Vineyard is located one mile south of Hastings. Take Highway 61 south to 170th Street. Turn right. The road turns into Kirby Avenue.