Rhythmix Fetes Females

Courtesy photo  From left to right: Donna Viscuso, Jackeline Rago, Erika Luckett and Jan Martinelli of the band Wild Mango, performing this Saturday as part of Rhythmix Cultural Works’ Wine Women & Song. Not pictured: Michaelle Goerlitz and Susu Pampanin.

Rhythmix Fetes Females


Wine Women & Song fundraiser concert set for Saturday

Alameda’s destination for global arts and culture, Rhythmix Cultural Works, presents the third annual Wine, Women & Song Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event support free cultural arts education programs for local youth.

The festivities will spotlight women winemakers, musicians and artists, and will culminate in a concert from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring the one-night-only reunion of acclaimed Latin jazz fusion band Wild Mango. 

Other performers include taiko fusion ensemble Maze Daiko; funk, blues and rock singer-songwriter Tracy Blackman; and Rhythmix’s 2015 Golden Gear Award winner for Best Performing Artist Diana Rowan on harp.

From 3 to 5 p.m., participants will enjoy wine and food tastings in the Rhythmix courtyard, accompanied by live music, a salsa dance performance, a silent auction and wine raffle, and a panel discussion on women in the wine industry moderated by award-winning sommelier Traci Dutton, manager of the Culinary Institute of America’s Public Wine and Beverage Studies program.

“When it comes to women in the wine industry in this region, we have just a ton of talent,” says Dutton, named one of the top wine country sommeliers by Tasting Panel magazine. “I am so excited to hear from the panelists about their varied paths to success, as well as the opportunities they see women making in the field.”

For VIP ticket holders, additional reserve wines and exclusive food tastings will be served inside the K Gallery, where the exhibition Figure & Field will be on view. 

More information as well as VIP and general admission tickets are available at www.winewomensong.org.