Summer concerts return to Urban Vines, run through Sept. 5


Thursday night summer concerts at Urban Vines Winery and Brewery, 303 E. 161st Street, have returned after a brief hiatus due to noise ordinance issues.

The concerts returned July 25 and are from 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday night through Sept. 5.

The venue lost approximately 10 concerts while it went through a planned unit development process for approval to continue presenting the shows on the outdoor stage.

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“There was an update to our noise ordinance on our property to allow the concerts to happen, and that was the biggest issue, getting everybody OK with that on the city council and on the (advisory plan commission),” Urban Vines owner Noah Herron said. “We put up sound blankets for sound protection and are just making sure the hours we have the concerts were approved, the days we can have concerts, how many concerts we can have. We got that all approved and we are good to start having concerts now.”

Herron said he’s not disappointed the process was drawn out.

“It was really rainy this early summer and then super-hot, so it was nice to get started past that weather,” he said.

A sound specialist will work each concert to manage noise.

“There’s a sound specialist in charge of all the speakers at all of our concerts this year, so having somebody that knows what they’re doing really helps keep any type of noise down for our neighbors,” Herron said. “Our neighbors are customers, so we want to make sure any neighbors having issues with the sound are OK with what got approved.”

The venue also was approved to have food trucks. Jan’s Village Pizza typically sells pizza slices during concerts. Parking is $10 but admission is free. Herron encourages patrons to walk or ride bikes.

Solo artists perform indoors at the winery nearly every night Thursday through Sunday.

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 Remaining concerts this year

  • Aug. 8: The Bishops
  • Aug. 15: Wiscon’s Band
  • Aug. 22: Brother’s Footman
  • Aug. 29: My Yellow Rickshaw
  • Sept. 5: Jim Curry