The August 25 Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite show at Maryhill Winery will be the last concert at the beautiful 4,000-seat amphitheater as the winery, one of Washington state’s largest, has decided to discontinue future summer concerts after 2018.
“We invite everyone to come enjoy Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite on their brilliant ‘No Mercy In This Land’ tour,” said Craig Leuthold, who owns Maryhill Winery with his wife, Vicki. “It will be a wonderful, blues-infused show, and a great send-off as we discontinue future summer concerts at Maryhill Winery.”
Explained Leuthold about the decision: “The dynamics of the concert business have changed significantly since we started this series 15 years ago. There are a lot more outdoor venues and casinos all competing for great musical talent. Our wine business continues to grow aggressively, and we need to concentrate our efforts on our core business of producing and selling high-quality wines.”
Maryhill Winery last year opened a new tasting room in Spokane, Wash., located at Kendall Yards on the north bank of the Spokane River, which has been highly successful.
“We want to thank all our fans and supporters and encourage anyone who enjoys—or hasn’t seen—our concerts at Maryhill’s amphitheater to do so in August,” continued Leuthold. “Maryhill Winery offers top-quality artists, an expansive outdoor lawn, panoramic views of the area’s breathtaking landscape, excellent food and wine, and great views from every seat.”
The winery will continue to support local music in the Columbia River Gorge, and its Terrace Music series will continue at its popular vine-covered terrace every summer weekend. Leuthold says the winery is contemplating future use of the amphitheater space.