Jon Ward at Gather

Writen by: Hank Wethington

Posted on 27 April 2009

With a mix of vocals from Eddie Vedder and Johnny Cash, Jon Ward’s powerful vocals filled the small Arroyo Grande wine bar. Jon played a mix of soulful covers and heartfelt originals, like Man Down, a profound song of a man planning to trade in his family for a new one.WardatGather

At times, Jon barely needed an amp, his powerful voice more than enough to fill the room. At other times his bass vocals rumbled the table that my Peachy Canyon Zin sat on. If you get a chance, definitely check out Jon Ward, he often plays in North County, which is why it’s my first time listening to my x-coworker. It’s been my loss for missing him until now.

As for my Zin, it was served a tad cold, but quickly came to temp. A very smooth Zin, but with hints of cherry and pepper, but overall wasn’t too complex. My time at Gather was much nicer than opening night, but that should be expected given the crowded nature of opening night. It started as a small crowd of only 8-10, but grew to about 25. Gather luckily has plenty of seating which made my stay extremely enjoyable. I should also mention theKariGather acoustics were much better with the smaller crowd. I had no trouble hearing Jon’s lyrics and guitar. It’s a great location sitting in the village. I also had a chance to checkout their recently re-done outside deck. I think it’ll be a great location for some small shows during the beautiful Central Coast summer nights. If you like wine or local brews you should check it out.

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