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Uncle Bonsai in concert at Twisted Oak
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VALLECITO — Twisted Oak Winery’s next concert on Friday, July 5, features the hilarious folk artists Uncle Bonsai.

Twisted Oak Winery is at 4280 Red Hill Road and Highway 4 in Vallecito. Gates sopen at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance ($18 Twisted Few wine club members), or $25 at the gate, if available.

Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

For more info, or to purchase tickets:  209-736-9080,

“If you've ever had a mother or father, son or daughter, dog, cat, baby, in-laws… you'll laugh til your sides hurt!” said winery co-owner Mary Stai. “Everyone can relate to the humor in Uncle Bonsai’s songs.”

Anniversary dinners are also special at Twisted Oak Winery, this time featuring pork shoulder slow-roasted in our underground pit barbecue, grilled Smart Chicken, black bean and corn salad, and a refreshing feta-watermelon salad. All of this deliciousness will be available for purchase, along with yummy Twisted Oak wine, popcorn, and soft drinks. Concertgoers are welcome to bring their own picnics but we ask that no outside alcoholic beverages 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. We’re on top of a hill and there is always an evening breeze – it can get a little chilly after dark so please plan ahead.

Seattle folk-pop legends Uncle Bonsai “perform funny original songs whose exquisite musical detail and subtle needling wit attain a level of craft not often seen in pop”, according to the New York Times.

Bonsai’s songs often champion the underdog, the odd man out, the dejected and despised, the “rounded up unpopulars” — in one’s own family, in society, and even more broadly, sadly enough, in the universe.

The band launched in the early '80's, opening shows for Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainright III, Bonnie Raitt, 10,000 Maniacs, and co-billing with They Might Be Giants and The Bobs, among others, somewhat mystifying record label categorization.