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Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks on tap for Twisted Oak performance

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POSTED July 5, 2013 1:09 a.m.

VALLECITO — Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks are performing Saturday, July 13, as part of the Twisted Oak Folk Concert Series.

The concert takes place at the Twisted Oak Winery, 4280 Red Hill Road at Highway 4, in Vallecito. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $22 Twisted Few wine club members). Tickets are $30 at the gate, if available. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

For more info, or to purchase tickets call  209-736-9080 or go to twistedoak.com/concerts

“Just like many of our wines, Dan Hicks takes many different elements and fuses them into a new whole that is both tasty and fun,” said winery co-owner Jeff Stai. “Whether it’s folk, jazz, country, swing, bluegrass, pop, or even gypsy music, Dan Hicks makes it his own unique sound.”

A hot dinner will be available for purchase, along with Twisted Oak wine, brownies by Wren Catering, popcorn, and soft drinks. Concertgoers are welcome to bring their own picnics but no outside alcoholic beverages may be brought in.

Seating at Twisted Folk concerts is outdoor festival style, first-come, first-served – bring a low beach-type chair or a blanket. It’s on top of a hill and there is always an evening breeze – it can get a little chilly after dark.

Twisted Oak Winery is located in the foothills of Calaveras County, and specializes in wines made from Mediterranean varieties like Tempranillo, Viognier, and Petite Sirah. The concert venue, located at the winery in Vallecito, sits on a hilltop that commands a sweeping view of the Sierra and the surrounding foothills, presided over by a 350-year old California Blue Oak that graces the label of every wine we bottle.

Beginning as a drummer in the seminal 60’s San Francisco rock band The Charlatans, and continuing with his unique and legendary Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Hicks is widely acknowledged as one of the defining figures in American roots music. Having earned a reputation as a true original with his signature eclecticism and humor, Hicks continues to carve his way through a number of genres from proto-psychedelia to western swing and jazz, from tin pan alley to country blues — all the while cultivating his own unique sound.

The original Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks recorded five ground-breaking and Billboard-charting records for the Columbia, Blue Thumb and Warner Bros. labels. They toured worldwide, and Hicks appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine three times.

Throughout the 60s and 70s there was no one who sounded at all like Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, and remarkably, nearly 40 years later, there still isn’t.

This newest incarnation of Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks released the wildly successful Beatin’ the Heat in 2000, featuring collaborations with Bette Midler, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones and Brian Setzer. That release was followed by the live CD Alive & Lickin’ in 2001.

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