By Andrea McCann
---- — Zionsville’s music scene is expanding as more local establishments are featuring live music on a regular basis. In the Village, Cobblestone Grill, Hopwood Cellars Winery and Le Dolce Vita regularly offer a variety of musical acts, as does DC’s Pub in Anson.
Kelly Mills is a Village resident who enjoys taking advantage of living so close to businesses that provide live music for their patrons. She said she; her husband, Paul; and her mother, Donna Raines, like to walk to the downtown business district for dinner and music on Friday or Saturday evenings.
”It’s a really good way to end the work week,” Mills said, adding that live music makes the atmosphere more relaxed and feels less contrived than recorded music piped in over a loudspeaker. “It makes things more special.”
At Hopwood Cellars, she said, the atmosphere is warm and cozy, and Ron and Janet Hopwood are very welcoming.
“You can go in there once and they won’t forget it,” Mills said. “It’s very relaxing. A lot of people from the Village come in and out. We’ve met some nice people there we might not otherwise have met.”
Sometimes there’s just a vocalist performing, she continued, and sometimes just an instrumentalist. Patrons can request songs, and sometimes everybody sings along.
“It’s an intimate space, so it’s a different feeling than being in a big venue or somewhere with a big stage,” Mills explained. “They’re (the performers) right there with you. They interact with people in the winery.”
Having dinner on the patio at Cobblestone Grill when there’s live music lends ambiance, according to Mills.
“It adds something to a gathering to have live music like that,” she said.
Mills said she heard The Sad Sam Blues Band at the former Eagle Creek Coffee Co., now Le Dolce Vita.
“They were excellent,” she said. “I hope they come back somewhere in town because they were so good.”
Mills has been impressed with the variety of music in Zionsville establishments, as well as the level of talent and accomplishment of the musicians.
“It creates a different vibe no matter where it is,” she said. “Sometimes it’s original music; sometimes it’s covers; but it’s always fun.”
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