By editor, 06/20/2017 - 11:53


Paso Pops, the annual Paderewski Festival-sponsored patriotic-themed concert and Independence Day celebration in Paso Robles combining wine, beer, food, family-friendly activities, live music and fireworks will take place on Saturday, July 1 at the Paso Robles Horse Park.  The 2017 “Pops” program has been announced, with an important reminder to those planning to attend that the deadline for ticket purchases is June 29 – unless the event sells out earlier. No day-of tickets will be sold.

The San Luis Obispo Symphony, paired with Youth Symphony members, and led by Guest Conductor Christopher J. Woodruff will perform a 90-minute patriotic “Pops” program. Pieces to be performed will include: Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide”; Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody”; Ward/Dragon’s “America the Beautiful”; Gershwin/Bennett’s “Porgy and Bess: Symphonic Picture”; and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” set to a cannon fusillade with rousing fireworks finale.

Other planned highlights of the evening will be Military Honor Guard presentation, “Star-Spangled Banner” sung by Alodie Ayers with the Singing Hands Children’s Choir and Paso Robles High School Advanced Choir, and emcee Paso Wine Man Casey Biggs.  Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition Winners Jack Raventos and Sarah Girges will perform solos of Rachmaninoff’s “Prelude in g, Op 23 No. 5” and “Chopin/Liszt’s “The Maiden’s Wish”.

A debut Paso Pops performance by the Swing Dolls of Los Angeles will include performances of “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”, “Hold Tight”, “Salute to the Armed Forces” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” 

A new addition for Paso Pops 2017 is an after party featuring music by Rocky Montijo and the Mojitos immediately following Paso Pops and fireworks finale for patrons who wish to extend the evening and avoid after-event traffic. 

The main sponsors of Paso Pops 2017 are Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Travel Paso Robles Alliance, Allegretto Resort and Cass Winery.

Gates open at 4:00 PM.   A walk-around wine tasting featuring 40 local wineries will be open from 5-7:30 to adults purchasing reserved seating, while The San Luis Obispo Symphony Musical Petting Zoo and interactive arts activities organized by Studios on the Park and Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation will be provided for young families. Firestone Walker beer and a variety of wines from Paso Robles wine country will be available for purchase. Patrons are welcome to bring picnics, pre-order meals from Allegretto on Paso Pops’ website ticket page, or sample from a variety of the county’s caterers and food trucks that will be on hand.  Please, no outside alcohol.  For the safety of all, service animals only will be allowed.

Tickets range from $20 for General Patriot Mall admission up to $3,500 for sponsored President tables that include wine tasting, gourmet buffet, wine and beer and VIP parking.  Another sponsored table option includes Vice President at $1,000. Individual reserved seats include Speaker $75 and Diplomat $50.  All reserved seats have access to walk-around wine tasting. Parking on Airport Road within easy walking distance and shuttles is provided for Premium Patriot Mall $30 and General Patriot Mall $20 admission. For active and retired military with ID, students with ID, and seniors over 60, General Patriot Mall tickets are $15.   Up to two children 12 and under are free with paid General Patriot Mall admission.  

Net proceeds from Paso Pops will be distributed to the Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition and Student Cultural Exchange ProgramSan Luis Obispo Youth Symphony, Studios on the Park Youth Art Program and Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation .

To become a Paso Pops table sponsor, to purchase tickets, or for information about Ignacy Jan Paderewski and the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, visit www.pasopops.org or the Festival's website www.paderewskifest.com.  For individuals without web access, call 805-235-5409.

Volunteers are needed for this event and will receive a Paso Pops t-shirt, two volunteer Diplomat seats and access to the volunteer canteen area.  To register for a shift, volunteers should visit www.pasopops.org and check the volunteer link.