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    Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival Starts Summer Fun in Wine Country

    The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival announced the concert lineup of Lifehouse, Phil Vassar, Chris Cagle, Gloriana, Soul Asylum and Tonic for the event June 1-3, 2012.
    The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival kicks off Summer 2012 as it has for the past 29 years, with up to 20 Temecula Valley wineries, over 40 hot air balloons in dawn launches, chef demonstrations, food and wine pairing, food and beer pairing, hundreds of vendors featuring arts and crafts and souvenirs, plus concerts on two different stages. A three-day showcase of the Temecula Valley Wine Country's greatest assets, the Festival greets 40,000 guests annually at the Lake Skinner Recreation Area.
    Lifehouse, the L.A. based alternative rock band known most recently for their hit "All-In" will headline the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival on Saturday, June 2 of the three-day event.
    The band hit mainstream prominence in 2001 with the hit single "Hanging by a Moment" from their debut studio album, "No Name Face.” The single won a Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year, beating out Janet Jackson and Alicia Keys for the #1 Single of 2001.
    Lifehouse released the album "Smoke & Mirrors" in 2010 which spawned the hit song "Half Way Gone,” "All In" and "Falling In." The album was #2 on the Billboard Rock Album Charts for 2010.
    Country Friday at the Festival features Phil Vassar, Chris Cagle, and Gloriana in concert. A prolific songwriter and versatile performer, Vassar has recorded six albums. His debut album, “Phil Vassar," was released in early 2000 and produced five hit singles on the U.S. "Billboard" country singles charts and was certified gold in the United States. Hits include “Carlene,” “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Six-Pack Summer,” “American Child,” "That’s When I love You,” “In A Real Love,” “I’ll Take That as a Yes (The Hot Tub Song),” “Last Day of My Life,” and “Love is a Beautiful Thing.” Vassar's "Bye, Bye" earned Vassar his first American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award for Song of the Year, and in 1999 he was named ASCAP's Songwriter of the Year.
    John Waite, recently added to the schedule will headline the Wine Garden stage on Sunday, June 3.
    Waite, an English singer/songwriter first hit Billboard Charts in 1977 as the lead singer of The Babys with the hit "Everytime I Think of You." After a few hits the band broke up launching Waite into a successful solo career.
    Sunday will also feature the popular Freestyle Motocross Show featuring FMX game champions, Metal Mulisha teammates, and an international cast of dare devil riders. Riders who have performed in the past include Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Todd Potter, Taka, Ox-Jeff Cargola, Wes Agee, Ryan Hagy, Australian riders Jackson Strong and Robbie Alberg and Cito Vascas from Brazil. Riders for the 2012 show will be announced at a later date but the cast often includes a few surprises. Last year Metal Mulisha founder Brian Deegan came out to support the riders.
    Opening night, Friday evening June 1 is a crowd pleaser as families pour into the Festival in anticipation of the evening balloon “Glow”. A visual spectacle that coordinates the "flicker" of the hot air balloons' flames, with a musical beat, makes the hot air balloons appear to dance. Staying tethered to the ground, the giant colorful orbs delight young and old.
    Gates open at 3 p.m. Friday to an Arts and Crafts Faire, Kids Faire, exhibits, international food court, concerts on the main stage and wine tasting. For information visit www.tvbwf.com or call (951) 676-6713.
    For more information:
    Chris Cagle www.chriscagle.com
    Phil Vassar www. philvassar.com
    Lifehouse www.lifehousemusic.com
    Soul Asylum www.enterthesoulasylum.com
    Tonic www.tonic-online.com
    Festival www.tvbwf.com
    Temecula Wine Growers www.temeculawines.org
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