Maureno Sandoval dances with her daughter Sarah Sandoval, 7 at the June 21 Friday Night Music Series.

The city let loose during the most recent Friday Night Music Series in Morgan Hill, where several hundred people showed up to the series – now in its second week – to listen and dance to live music, drink regional wines and taste local cuisine.
The series is from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night through August 30 at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center amphitheater.
Last Friday, the Gilroy- and Hollister-based group, Soul Kiss, grasped the crowd’s attention for the three-hour event which featured a variety of songs ranging from Latin to country. The band played songs from Bruno Mars and classics such as “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” and “What I Like About You.”
Couples, kids and singles danced all night to the band’s rhythmic jams.
Dennis Herrit and Denise Weyl said they showed up specifically to let loose, as “this is our second date, so we decided to come out and go dancing,” Weyl said.
The series features food from local restaurants each week. Crowds chowed down on Mediterranean grub from Odeum and frozen yogurt from the Swift Sweets mobile frozen yogurt truck.
Aver Family Winery, an 8-year-old winery owned and operated by John and Carolyn Aver, was the featured winery for June 21. John and Carolyn showcased bottles from their repertoire including “Exuberant” and “Faith,” which are named after the winery’s work philosophy. It flagship wine, “Blessings,” is a tribute to the winery’s near destruction from 2008 wildfires.
The Friday Night Music Series is organized by the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce. Each week its members including Leadership Morgan Hill, the Lions Club and Syndicated Solar set up booths, interact with attendees and showcase their products. The Chamber of Commerce also supplies tables and chairs for attendees to use during the series.
For more information on the Friday Night Music Series, including the full lineup, visit the Chamber’s website at

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