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Lounge event mixes music, wine

Inexpensive booze and free music.

That’s the shorthand description for Rock ‘n Roll Wine’s Friday night event called “Rock ‘n Roll Wine Tasting Room and Sound Bar” in the Hostile Grape lounge at the M Resort.

It’s a marriage between the music of emerging artists and the wine that best represents their sound, says Rock ‘n Roll Wine co-founder Chris Hammond.

Local reggae-infused R&B band Haleamano is scheduled to play Nov. 4. While the band does its two sets, people can drink wine that tastes “light and fruity with a high acidity.” Something you might want to sip on the beach, Hammond says.

They started the event in April because “there’s a void in Las Vegas of emerging artists and places for emerging artists to play,” Hammond says. “Vegas features already well-known names. Our goal is to introduce people to artists who we think will be well-known names in a year or two.”

Admission is free. There is a complimentary wine tasting during the evening, but it’s not unlimited; each glass of wine thereafter costs $7 to $12 a glass. Other libations, beer and liquor, start at $3.

Most acts come from Los Angeles and Las Vegas and cover a wide range of genres, from reggae to pop music. Later in November, Verona, a band from L.A., is scheduled to perform. MTV called the group one of the “greatest unsigned bands,” Hammond says.

Doors open at 5 p.m. The complimentary tasting is from 6 to 8 p.m. An acoustic guitar player performs until the featured act takes the stage at 8 p.m.

For more information, visit rnrwine.comtastingroom.html.

— By SONYA PADGETT

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