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Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival returns for 3 days of music for every palate, May 30-June 1, 2014

Catch a ride Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Launch

Catch a ride Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Launch

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine festival returns for its thirty-first year in 2014 with a concert lineup good for any palate.

“Friday night (May 30, 2014)  includes country with Justin Moore, Frankie Ballard and Tim Charron,” stated Melody Brunsting, organizer of the event. “Saturday, May 31 will continue with 3 Doors Down, Gin Blossoms, Nelson and Access Royale Saturday Night at the main stage.”

Balloons at Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Launch

Balloons at Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Launch

The Wine Stage will also rock, on Sunday, June 1, with a special appearance from the popular hair-band, “Warrant” while Jimmy Fitzpatrick presents the Metal Mulisha Freestyle Motocross Demo at the Main Stage.

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Launch sky filled with balloons

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Launch sky filled with balloons

What is it about the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival that keeps people coming back year after year? “For 31 years the Festival has combined the valley’s assets into one weekend showcase of massive dawn hot air balloon launches, evening balloon glows (weather permitting), wine tasting from up to 20 wineries, and chef demonstrations that offer recipes while pairing with the valley’s premium wines.” Brunsting said. Of the food that is available, Food and Beer pairing events are becoming almost as popular as the wine. “The Craft Brews are used in the recipes at the Food and Beer Pairing event on Saturday, where guests receive recipes with their pairing experience.” Brunsting said.

About the Bands:

Country singer and ACM New Artist of the Year, Justin Moore headlines Friday night. His third album “Off the Beaten Path” was released in September 2013 and peaked at No.1. He has produced a string of hits including the sentimental favorite “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” (No.1 and gold record.)

Named Billboard’s “Top Country Artist of 2009,” the Arkansas native’s top 10 hits include “Small Town USA,” “Backwoods,” “Point At You,” “Till My Last Day” and “Bait A Hook.” Moore’s self-titled 2009 debut album was recognized by the New York Times as one of the best albums for that year. His music has been featured on the ABC drama “Nashville,” “Hannity & Colmes” and “NFL Rewind.”

Special guest Frankie Ballard has enjoyed 25 weeks on Billboard’s Country Charts with his hit “Helluva Life.” The lead song in his third album, “Sunshine & Whisky,” is Ballard’s first top 20 hit since he won Kenny Chesney’s “Next Big Star” for Michigan in 2008. Ballard has opened for Chesney, and has produced two other albums, with songs that broke the top 40 Country Charts. “Helluva Life,” however has had the best ride, peaking at No.9 on the charts. The song still sits and No.12.

Saturday Southern California Wine Country rocks with rock headliner 3 Doors Down. Known for their debut album and hit single “Kryptonite,” 3 Doors Down has sold over 16 million albums worldwide since “Kryptonite” launched them to fame.

“Kryptonite” was just one of many hits that evolved from their debut album “The Better Life.” The album sold six million copies and went platinum six times. 3 Doors Down furthered their success with the 2002 album “Away from the Sun,” which spawned the singles “When I’m Gone”, “The Road I’m On”, “Here Without You,” “Away from the Sun,” “Dangerous Game,” “Dead Love” and “Wasted Me.” “Here Without You” and “Away from the Sun” crossed over to Adult Contemporary charts as well as rock and alternative rock charts.

Also appearing Saturday is the Gin Blossoms, the alternative rock band from Tempe, Arizona. The Gin Blossoms will make their third appearance to the Festival fueled with their hits “Hey Jealousy,” “Follow You Down,” “Found Out About You,” and “Till I Hear It From You.”

Nelson, a band comprised of Ricky Nelson’s twin sons, Gunnar and Matthew Nelson will perform their “Ricky Nelson Remembered” Tribute Saturday. Considered an arena rock band, Nelson experienced huge success in the 90s with the debut album “After the Rain.” The album featured the No.1 hit “Can’t Live Without Your Love and Affection,” and also reached multi-platinum status. The twins also perform under the name of “Ricky Nelson Remembered.” The Nelsons have other stars in their genealogy with maternal grandparents football player and sports broadcaster Tom Harmon and actress Elyse Knox. Their maternal uncle is actor Mark Harmon.

Sunday’s musical headliner shifts to the Wine Stage, and includes rock band Warrant with Erik Turner. The hard rock band is known for their hit album “Cherry Pie,” and singles, “Down Boys,” “Sometimes She Cries,” and “Heaven.” “Heaven” reached No.1 in Rolling Stone and No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in a row.

The Festival highlights another part of the area’s culture – freestyle motocross. FMX champions like Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Brian Deegan and the Metal Mulisha team make the hillsides surrounding the Temecula Valley their training grounds.

Check http://www.tvbwf.com for scheduled times and activities or call (951) 676-6713.

Hot air balloon flights, tethers and evening glows are weather permitting only.

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

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