The Beach Boys ready for the band’s 50th Anniversary Tour.

The signs of summer in Seattle are a little different than elsewhere in the country. Sun, warmth? Nah. It’s not until people start talking about boating, iced coffee, taking off their boots, and outdoor concerts and films that you really know the season is coming. And one of the highlights every summer is the Chateau Ste. Michelle concert series, where you can pull up a lawn chair, enjoy a bottle of the winery’s best, and shamelessly indulge in feel-good music.

The 2012 lineup doesn’t disappoint. The high point is an evening with the Beach Boys as part of the band’s 50th Anniversary Tour, but that’s really just the start. Want a dose of classic rock? John Fogerty, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and the Steve Miller Band can accommodate. Need some bluegrass? Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers or Alison Krauss have banjo, will travel.

All that and the Blondie–Devo double bill hasn’t even come up yet. We’re getting excited.

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 2012 summer concert lineup:

June 16 John Fogerty ($45–$70)
July 6 The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue with Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, and Michael McDonald ($50–$80)
July 7 Steve Miller Band ($50–$90)
July 13 The Beach Boys ($70–$125)
July 14 Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band ($58–$100)
July 15 Lyle Lovett and His Large Band ($48–$78)
July 20 Earth, Wind, and Fire ($51–$101)
July 22 Chris Isaak / Shawn Colvin ($45–$70)
July 24 Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers / Emmylou Harris ($50–$80)
Aug 4 Alison Krauss and Union Station / Jerry Douglas ($45–$65)
Sept 1 Diana Krall / Denzal Sinclaire ($50–$100)
Sept 7 Blondie / Devo ($50–$95)
Sept 8 & 9 Bonnie Raitt / Mavis Staples ($50–$80)
Sept 14 Crosby, Stills, and Nash ($51–$81)
Sept 15 Chicago ($50–90)
Sept 16 Huey Lewis and the News ($45–$65)

Tickets for the winery’s 2012 summer concert series go on sale this Saturday, April 28, at 10am at ticketmaster.com, at the Chateau Ste. Michelle wine shop, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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