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Diana Ross (8/14)

Villa Montalvo Garden Theatre

15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga; 408.961.5800; www.montalvo.org

Tickets: Ticketmaster 408.998.TIXS

Don't Miss: Calle 54, Omara Portuondo, Keali'I Reichel, Isley Brothers, Dave Koz and Friends, Earth, Wind and Fire, Celia Cruz, Diana Ross

Comments: Imagine running a lemonade stand, and then a huge Country Time plant sets up shop next door. The Country Time plant can pay double for the lemons and sugar, and starts attracting customers and distributors. What do you do? You don't get sour. Villa Montalvo and Mountain Winery compete for acts, that's no secret, but MW has Clear Channel's backing bucks. Nonprofit Montalvo has responded by adding a solid lineup of winery regulars like David Benoit, Dave Koz and Ramsey Lewis, and soul artists the Isley Brothers, Diana Ross and Earth, Wind and Fire. There are a couple of clunkers--The Guess Who? Ambrosia?--but they don't detract from an otherwise solid schedule under David and Goliath conditions. The preconcert dinner package with Spago is even more tantalizing.

SPF Factor: 8

Guitars and Saxes 6/6-7

Wynton Marsalis 6/12

Calle 54 6/16

Omara Portuondo 6/23 (Front Lawn)

The Guess Who 6/26

Greg Brown and Iris Dement 6/27

Judy Collins 6/28

Bruce Hornsby 6/30-7/1

Shaun Colvin 7/7 (Front Lawn)

The Chieftains 7/10

Keali'I Reichel 7/11

Craig Chaquico, Chris Botti 7/12

Hiroshima/Strunz & Farah 7/19

Ambrosia 7/21

Kenny Loggins 7/23-24

Natalie Cole 7/28-29

Isley Brothers 7/31

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 8/1

David Sandborn 8/2

Dave Koz and Friends 8/4 (Front Lawn)

Sweet Honey in the Rock 8/9

Boney James 8/11

Diana Ross 8/14

Brubeck Quartet 8/18

David Benoit 8/22

Joan Baez 8/23

Dwight Yoakam 8/27

Diane Shuur/Taylor Eigsti 8/29

Earth, Wind and Fire 9/5-6

Al Jarreau 9/8

Janis Ian 9/12 (Carriage House)

Trout Fishing in America 9/13 (Carriage House)

Nickel Creek 9/15

Etta James 9/19

Ramsey Lewis/Nancy Wilson 9/20

Celia Cruz 9/21 (Front Lawn)

Ali Akbar Khan 9/22

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