The beach will meet the vineyard when the Embers take to the stage at J. Wesley Vineyards on Saturday, July 5 from 7-10 pm. 
    “We have played at several vineyards throughout the state,” said Bobby Tomlinson, leader and drummer of the Embers. “They usually draw a big crowd.” Tomlinson added that the band has a strong connection with the Fayetteville area and started performing in the area in the early 60s.   {mosimage}
    Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the sweet mix of rhythm and blues of the Embers as they play on the vineyard’s lawn. Formed in 1958, the Embers have released17 albums and had numerous hits, and have manged to survive nearly 50 years of musical transition while continuing to take the stage as one of the most entertaining bands to ever perform. The group, from Raleigh, averages 300 dates per year ranging from Toronto to Florida and westward to California and Hawaii. The group has opened for the Rolling Stones, done commercials for Budweiser, played for the Olympics and President Clinton’s inauguration and created the soundtrack for endless summers. They were inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame and named North Carolina’s Official Musical Ambassadors of Good Will.  The members consist of Bobby Tomlinson, Jerry Tellier, Wayne Free, Stephen Pachuta, Debby Mac, David Dixon and John Ray.   
    Their brand new CD, The Show Must Go On, was produced by Charles Wallert and entails songs such as “You’re The Reason,” “Makin’ Love To You” and “This Heart.” The album exudes a strong message of love of life combined with vocal harmony and melody.     
     J. Wesley Vineyards has brought the spirit of winemaking back to Cumberland County. The family is growing three different varieties of muscadines. The summer concert series is designed to host good company and provide good food and fine wine.          
     Food, wine, beer and drinks will be available for purchase. J. Wesley Vineyards is located at 9340 Chickapee Drive in north Fayetteville. Ticket cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. There is a VIP section for $75. 
    For more information call 321-9463. 
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