Saturday Event

The Verde Valley Wine Festival will return to downtown Clarkdale in the Clarkdale Town Park, 1001 Main Street on Saturday, November 7, 2020, beginning at 11am for VIP Early Admission and Noon for General Admission. The festival concludes at 5pm. This is Northern Arizona’s premier Wine and Culinary festival of the year, presented by Four Eight Wineworks featuring wine and beer tastings, food, live music and family fun.

Depending on the level of access and amount of time you’d like to spend getting to know the Arizona wineries at this year’s Festival, we have an option for just about every wine lover’s budget. 

We have two tiers of tickets for Saturday:

  • General admission ($35 online; $45 the day of the event): Access to the Saturday Main Event November 7, from 12 – 5 pm. This includes a wine glass, 8 tastes of wine or any libation of your choice, food samplings and a chance to enjoy music, art and all the fun that the festival has to offer. 
  • VIP ticket ($125): This includes all that you get with the general admission ticket but as a bonus you get EARLY access to the Saturday Main Event, starting at 11 am, a VIP “swag bag”, access to the VIP lounge, and 10 wine tastings. This is all included with the purchase of the Platinum VIP Experience which covers the Friday night pre-festival live auction and celebration.

Musical Entertainment

Palo Brea

Palo Brea’s music is a mixture of pop, soul, and jazz, among other genres. “Crafty jazz-pop,” says Laura Berens with a laugh; she credits Holly Pyle (House of Stairs) for the description.

Palo Brea’s music is honest and raw. Daniel Byers’ musicianship drives placid, graceful moments into wondrous, ebullient climaxes.Connor Sample and Owen Ma are an ever-present support system. Berens’ voice is at all times tenacious, confident, and familiar, with a full spectrum of angst and triumph. Flow comes naturally to the quartet, and beauty and truth are well within their purview. They each know how to support, fill gaps, and let the other members breathe, and, of course, they are all marvelous soloists. Their rehearsals are full of laughter and joy, and yet their sound exhibits a maturity that suggests years of serious study and living.

What’s The Big Idea

Formed in 2012, “What’s The Big Idea” is a Phoenix-based modern Jazz trio consisting of Drummer David Drew, Bassist Josh Kneisel, and Pianist Michael Kleinschmidt.  Aside from traditional and contemporary jazz influences, “WTBI” transforms modern rock classics from Tool, Green Day and Pink Floyd into a modern jazz instrumental experience.

With a release in early 2017, “WTBI” performs 150+ events around the Phoenix area annually with residency venues including The Crescent Ballroom, The Clarendon Hotel, The Rhythm Room, The Phoenix Art Museum, The Cancer Support Group of Arizona, Four Eight Wineworks  and many others. They have also performed before Grammy Award winning “Rebirth Brass Band” in 2016.

House of Stairs

A jazz-based collective that draw from funk, soul and pop influences to create a distinct progressive soundscape.

Since summer 2014 House of Stairs have been careening through genres to discover their own metric trip hop in Phoenix, AZ. Inspired by the illusionary MC Escher, House of Stairs dissects harmony, rhythm and poetry to weave intense, deceptive and and often vulnerable aural tapestries. Phoenix New Times notes them as “One of the Hardest Working Bands in Phoenix,” relating their sound to “the ambient textures of Kid A-era Radiohead, while Pyle’s vocals most evoke Beth Gibbons of Portishead.”Although they’re most often found frequenting every corner of Phoenix, they sometimes tour neighboring Southwest states.