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July 4th Paso Pops 2018 – New venue, new date, big hit!

July 10, 2018 (Paso Robles, Calif.) - Paso Pops 2018, sponsored by the Paderewski Festival, scored on July 4th at the Paso Robles Event Center with a record attendance of well over 4,000, including nearly 500 children under 12 admitted for free and another 150 students over 18 with tickets for just $10.  The “Pops” program, walk-around wine tasting, and lavish fireworks finale again proved to be a big draw for Central Coast residents, making it one of the county’s Independence Day celebrations of choice.

Popular pre-concert activities for children this year included carnival rides, funnel cakes and the “Symphony Petting Zoo” that provided a place to try out an instrument with a musician.  Adults were treated to a wine tasting with 22 premium Paso Robles Rhone Ranger wineries.  It was a big hit- maybe too big a hit - more space will be allocated for this popular Paso Pops feature next year!

The San Luis Obispo Symphony’s “Pops” show was a wonderful reflection of the county’s musical talent.  A special thank you is directed to their new conductor, Andrew Sewell, staff and musicians.  Paso Pops emcee Casey Biggs, did not disappoint, proving him to be the consummate professional, talented singer and performer who can now be beamed across town.

Financially, Paso Pops 2018 was a success due to major sponsors: Travel Paso, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Cass Vineyard & Winery, Kahootz Toys, DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Brokers, the 50-plus table sponsors who committed to the event and the 30-plus local businesses who contributed goods and services.

The new Paso Robles Event Center venue proved a great logistical solution with easy access and egress, set up and take down, pristine event spaces, and the support of PREC management and staff. 

And last, but by no means least, thanks go out to Paso Pops’ dedicated 160 local volunteers and 20 lead volunteers.  Without them, we could not have pulled off this event!

We are committed to the success of this annual Central Coast Independence Day tradition.  Check out www.pasopops.org for details to come and plans to make an even better 2019 Paso Pops.

Steve Cass

Chair, Paso Pops

A Paderewski Festival Event

 


Paderewski Festival Announces Paso Pops on July 4, 2018

Annual Event Moves to Paso Robles Event Center – Tickets On Sale – April 2

Live Music, Family-Friendly Activities and Fireworks!

February 27, 2018 (Paso Robles, Calif.) -- Paso Pops, the annual Paderewski Festival-sponsored patriotic concert and Independence Day celebration in Paso Robles combining wine, beer, food, family-friendly activities, live music and fireworks, will be held on Wednesday, July 4. The event moves to the Main Stage at the Paso Robles Event Center with a three-year agreement as part of this venue and date change. Tickets go on sale April 2.

Festival organizers are excited to announce title sponsor Travel Paso, the 501c6 organization dedicated to promoting tourism to Paso Robles, and returning sponsors Cass Winery and Firestone Walker Brewing Company. These community sponsors, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, are the foundation for the annual event that will be back for a third year.  

The program for the Independence Day show is under development but will continue the popular patriotic theme of the past last two years, headlined by the San Luis Obispo Symphony and its new conductor Andrew Sewell.  Paso Wineman Casey Biggs will be back to emcee Paso Pops. Additional new features include carnival rides for small children to enjoy before the show, along with shade and wind protection at the Paso Robles Event Center. 

Food trucks again will be available but guests may also bring picnics.  Wine and beer will be available for purchase; no outside alcohol will be permitted.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this spectacular event on July 4th – Independence Day,” said event founder Steve Cass.  “The new location brings some changes and also opportunities – we get to produce a live Symphony show and fireworks right in Paso Robles! The community support over the past two years has been remarkable and underscores the community’s desire for Paso Pops to be an on-going July 4th event.”

Tickets range again from $20 for General Admission in the Event Center’s bleacher seats (no blankets or chairs needed) to $3,500 for sponsored President tables that include wine tasting, gourmet buffet, wine and beer and VIP parking.  Vice President tables at $1,000 include wine tasting and VIP parking.  Discounts will again be provided to active and retired military with ID, students with ID and seniors over 60.  Up to two children 12 and under are free with paid adult General Admission.

Net proceeds from Paso Pops will benefit Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition and the Youth Cultural Exchange Program. 

To sponsor Paso Pops, contact Steve Cass at steve@casswines.com or 805 239-0873.  Additional Paso Pops information is available at www.pasopops.org. Information about Ignacy Jan Paderewski and the non-profit Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles can be found on the website www.paderewskifest.com


Paso Pops July 4 Celebration Partners with Paso’s Rhone Rangers

Red, White & Pink Rhone wines to be featured at the walk-around wine tasting

May 22, 2018 (Paso Robles, Calif.) – The Rhone Rangers, America’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to promoting American Rhone varietals, has partnered with Paso Pops – a patriotic-themed Independence Day celebration. More than 30 Paso Robles wineries will be pouring their top Rhone wines at the walk-around wine tasting during the July 4 event at the Paso Robles Event Center. 

President, Vice President and Speaker table ticket holders will have access to the walk-around wine tasting from 5 – 7:30pm. Guests may explore tasting old and new favorite red, white and pink wines complete with a commemorative Independence Day glass, as well as several other VIP benefits. “We are thrilled to highlight our Paso Robles Rhone Rangers on July 4th. Paso Pops is such a unique and special event for the entire community and we couldn’t be happier to be involved,” said Amy Butler, president of the Rhone Rangers Paso Robles Chapter[JP1] .

“The walk-around tasting is one of the marquee events of Paso Pops and having the Rhone Rangers as a partner elevates the day even more,” said Steve Cass, event founder, Cass Winery partner and Paso Robles Rhone Ranger member.

Tickets that include the walk-around wine tasting are now on sale and include: President, Vice President and Speaker. For tickets, and more info about the entire day’s festivities, please visit pasopops.org. Additional tickets on sale include General Admission and discounted General Admission (up to two children 12 and under are free with paid General Admission). Purchase tickets and make plans to spend July 4 in Paso Robles.

In addition to the Rhone Rangers, a special thanks to title sponsor Travel Paso, the 501c6 organization dedicated to promoting tourism to Paso Robles, and returning sponsors Cass Winery and Firestone Walker Brewing Company. These community sponsors, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, are the foundation for the third annual event. Net proceeds from Paso Pops will benefit Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition and the Youth Cultural Exchange Program.

To sponsor Paso Pops, contact Steve Cass at steve@casswines.com or 805 239-0873. Additional information about Paso Pops, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and the non-profit Paderewski Festival can be found at www.paderewskifest.com.

About Paso Pops: Paso Pops, the annual Paderewski Festival-sponsored patriotic concert and Independence Day celebration in Paso Robles combining wine, beer, food, family-friendly activities, live music and fireworks, will be held on Wednesday, July 4 at the Paso Robles Event Center.  Net proceeds from Paso Pops will benefit Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition and the Youth Cultural Exchange Program. www.pasopops.org

About Rhone Rangers: The Rhone Rangers are a group of roughly 150 wineries dedicated to making wines from the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France’s Rhone Valley.  These varieties range from the better-known Syrah and Viognier to the up-and-coming Grenache, Mourvèdre and Roussanne, to obscure (but delicious) grapes like Counoise and Picpoul.  To learn more, visit www.rhonerangers.org.