Great Basque Music, Wine at Winnemucca Party

Connoisseurs of fine Basque wine and aficionados of great Basque music won’t want to miss the Santa Rosa Basque Club‘s dinner party this Saturday Oct. 17 at the Winnemucca Convention Center.

Amuma Says No and Jean Flesher will be belting out the dance tunes during the 6th-annual Fall Gathering of Friends. The event will feature wines from the Basque Country and a silent auction, a home-cooked Basque dinner and, of course, great Basque dancing music.

The Boise-based Amuma Says No is known for its catchy mix of traditional and modern Basque dance music, as well as Basque-flavored folk and rock tunes. Its members are Jill Aldape, Dan Ansotegui, Sean Aucutt, Spencer Martin, Dave Manion, Rod Wray and T.J. Eriksen.

The group has recorded seven albums. Fans can connect with the band on Facebook. The band is also a recent recipient of a grant from the National Fund of Folk Culture, according to their Facebook page.

Accordionist Jean Flesher and his bands have provided great entertainment at many Basque festivals over the years. Flesher, who hails from Salt Lake City, plays a lively mix of traditional Basque music including fandangos and waltzes. He’s always a big hit wherever he and his group perform.

Winnemucca has long been known for its Basque culture. Several Basque restaurants offer a tasty array of fine Basque cooking.

The Santa Rosa Basque Club, based out of Paradise Valley, will begin its wine tasting and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and music. Tickets are $45 each or $320 for a table of eight.

The club has set up a Facebook page with details about the party. You can also call (775) 578-3533 or e-mail