MONDAY |NAPA VALLEY THIS WEEK on GOOD MORNING BOB @KVYN 99.3 THE VINE
TUESDAY| Live at the Oxbow..
WEDNESDAY|Arty Party Show...
THURSDAY | Blue Grass Jam...
FRIDAY | Live at the Oxbow...
Uke-A-Palooza at Oxbow! | Oxbow Public Market, along with Judd and Holly Finkelstein of Judd's Hill Winery present "Uke-A-Palooza at Oxbow", a special Polynesian evening on Friday, August 1, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the popular public market in downtown, Napa, CA. ...| M O R E
Full Chizel @ Silo's Napa |
Don’t let the instruments fool you! At first glance one might expect some languid folk music from an acoustic guitar, fiddle and percussion ensemble, but this trio packs a punch! Covering multiple genres of mostly 70s and 80s hits, with a few toe-tapping originals mixed in, Full Chizel is a group that lives up to its title and more!
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa
Ramble with Tommy Rox @ Historic Empress Theatre |
TOMMY ROX is considered by fans and peers alike as one of the most versatile musician / entertainers of the present day. As a performer he is outrageous! As a musician, he’s clearly a cut above. Tommy will be joined by theNorth Bay All-Stars and a few surprise guests! The All-Stars are Don Bassey on bass and vocals, Kevin Frazier on saxophone and vocals, Mike Emerson on keyboards, Matt Silva on guitar, and T Moran on drums. Contact: Historic Empress Theatre
330 Virginia Street, Vallejo
Ticket Price: $9 online – $11 at the door
David Grisman Residency: David Grisman Sextet @ City Winery Napa |
For nearly half a century, mandolinist / composer / bandleader / producer David Grisman has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. His musical range is wide and deep ó embracing many styles, genres and traditions. An acoustic pioneer and innovator, David forged a unique personal artistic path, skillfully combining elements of the great American music/art forms ó jazz and bluegrass with many international flavors and sensibilities to create his own distinctive idiom ó ìDawgî music (the nickname given him by Jerry Garcia.) ÝIn doing so, he ís inspired new generations of acoustic string musicians, while creating his own niche in contemporary music. Grisman discovered the mandolin as a teenager growing up in New Jersey, where he met and became a disciple of mandolinist/folklorist Ralph Rinzler. Despite warnings from his piano teacher that it wasn't a "real" instrument,ÝDavid learned to play the mandolin in the style of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music. He took it to Greenwich Village where he studied English at NYU, while immersed in the proliferating folk music scene of the early 1960s. In 1963 Grisman made his first recordings both as an artist (Even Dozen JugÝBand - Elektra) and producer (Red Allen, Frank Wakefield and the Kentuckians ‚ Folkways.) In 1966 Red Allen offered David his first job with an authentic bluegrass band, the Kentuckians. Grisman began composing original tunes and playing with other urban bluegrass contemporaries like Peter Rowan and Jerry Garcia, with whom he would later form Old & in the Way. Contact: City Winery Napa at the Historic Napa Valley Opera House
1030 Main Street
707.260.1600 email@example.com Cost:
VIP $45.00 Premier $40.00 Reserved $35.00
Le Hot Jazz @ Uva Trattoria |
Jazz with a French twist Le Jazz Hot duo featuring Isabelle Fontaine on vocals.
Isabelle Fontaine was born and raised in the French countryside with the voices of Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, and Yves Montand ringing in her ears. She originally had no intention of becoming a professional musician but when she started singing with a group of friends for fun, her talent was immediately recognized and her life took an unexpected turn. She spent the next twenty years singing and playing the snare drum to the jumping jive music of the 50’s throughout France, with detours to Spain and over the Alps to Switzerland. In 2004 she moved with her family to the Bay Area and has since become highly sought after not only as a vocalist but also as a rhythm guitar player. During this period, she developed an unconditional love for the Ladies and the Dukes of the Big Band Era and was eventually drawn to the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club of France. It wasn’t long before she picked up the guitar and applied her impeccable sense of rhythm to the stringed instrument.
Duarte's musical style is firmly based in traditional Latin music, while referencing elements of funk and jazz fusion. His playing remains beautiful and communicative throughout, reflecting a true sense of the gypsy spirit. In his solo acoustic playing, as well as in his searing electric solos, he plays with a passion that equally captivates the listener.
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa
Pint Night: The Last Resort @ Billco's Billiards |
Tonight's band will start at 8:30 pm, & don't let their name fool you... they rock! Introducing, THE LAST RESORT!
The band members were brought together in November of 2011 through the Napa School of Music Adult Garage Band Program. Thursday night practices and their first gig at Silo’s cemented a friendship and motivation to continue to share their love for rock and roll and the thrill of playing music. They share an eclectic range of musical influences and play a variety of classic and contemporary rock. The Last Resort is available for parties and events!
The pint special of the night is Firestone Walker Brewing Company's Easy Jack Summer Session IPA (4.5%ABV)! Live music performed by The Last Resort! Contact: Billco's
1234 3rd Street, Napa
Weekly Live Music...
Bluegrass Jam @ The Pizza Hut. Led by The CA Bluegrass association president Pat Calhoun, starts at 7
Thursday Night Drumming Circle with Art Cavagnaro at Napa Glass
The Kevin Russell Band "Cream Of Clapton" @ Historic Empress Theatre |
World-class guitarist/vocalist Kevin Russell brings his highly acclaimed Cream of Clapton show to the Empress. Music ranging from the early hits of Cream to Eric's modern-day radio classics are performed with passion and precision!
The Motor City born and raised Kevin Russell has a very unique blend of rock and soul. Kevin says: "It's a Motor City thing!" Kevin is a contemporary artist known in hip musical circles and by fans worldwide. He is a provocative player and his daring spirit is always apparent.
Moving to Hollywood to follow his dream, Kevin formed the now classic rock band 707. Scoring a couple of rock radio classics i.e. "I Could Be Good For You" and "Megaforce", 707 toured playing arenas throughout the 80's. Later in the 80's Kevin joined forces with Billy Kreutzman and Brent Midland (Grateful Dead) to form Kokomo. They played sold out show after sold out show all around the U.S.
Next Kevin got together with Stray Cats members Slim Jim Phantom & Lee Rocker .The band scored an MTV & rock radio favorite "Men Without Shame". Kevin and Clarence Clemons "The Big Man" became good pals in the Bay Area. They put a touring band together The Red Bank Rockers and hit the road. Playing too sold out crowds across the U.S. Their shows would often feature special guests like: Joe Walsh, Ringo, Bruce "The Boss", Jackson Brown, Jon Bon Jovi, Ritchie Sambora. etc.
Kevin also put together "The Keep" with Kiss drummer and longtime pal Peter Criss.(Kiss) During this period Kevin was also getting calls to play on other artists records ,films and TV such as; Whitesnake, Clarence Clemons, Sea Hags, F. Machine, Levi's 501 Blues, Murder In Greenwich, Fall Into Darkness, Weird Science, No Small Affair, Nightmare on Elm St. Pt III and IV and much more...
In the 90's Kevin concentrated on playing rock/blues and producing many other rock/blues records for artists which included; Steve Hunter (David Lee Roth), Pat Travers, Leslie West, Frank Marino, Rick Derringer, Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big/David Lee Roth), George Lynch (Dokken), Ritchie Kotzen (Poison), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy), Steve Lukather, (Toto) Stu Hamm Joe Satriani), , Rick Medlocke .
In 2007-2009 the smash Broadway hit show Jersey Boys came calling on Kevin’s talents. After completing over 600 shows with Jersey Boys, Kevin records and plays live shows constantly. Kevin has recorded well over a dozen solo records as well as two 707 releases.. "The best is still yet to come".
Contact: Historic Empress Theatre
330 Virginia Street, Vallejo
Ticket Price: $17 online – $20 at the door
Napa City Nights: Five AM + Whitney Nichole + Staci Frenes @ Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater |
In the heart of downtown Napa is the renovated Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater. Construction was completed in May 2008 as part of the Napa River Walk & flood control project. With Terraced seating areas, elegant lighting and beautiful views of the Napa River, the park is a unique venue for watching talented musicians and performers. Musical genres include Jazz, Rock, Country, World, Blues, Pop and Folk.
The Amphitheater is located along the Napa Riverwalk Promenade and is within easy walking distance from world class restaurants and distinctive shops. Nearby public transit and public parking make visiting the venue a breeze. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy free entertainment the whole family will enjoy.
Five A.M.: In January 2014 contemporary rock band, Five A.M., traveled to LA to start on their newest album with producer John Fields. The multi-platinum producer has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business from rock bands like Switchfoot, Jimmy Eat World, Lifehouse and Goo Goo Dolls, to chart-dominating pop acts like the Jonas Brothers, Pink and Miley Cyrus. With Fields at the helm, fans will be hearing the best of what Five A.M. has to offer.
The new material and refined sound is augmented with the addition of keyboard extraordinaire Jimmy Donaghy, who has become a permanent fixture as Five A.M.'s 6th member. Jimmy's approach to the songs give Five A.M. a fresh dynamic. Musically influenced by artists such as U2, Matchbox Twenty, Snow Patrol, and Foo Fighters, Five Am craft a dynamic, powerful brand of alternative rock that relies on a contrast between anthemic choruses and moody verses.
Five A.M. has an energetic live set ready to move new listeners and long time fans alike. "We love playing shows, we love writing music, we love playing in a band together, this is it- this is why we do It." This energy is apparent at every show, drawing the audience in to share the joy of playing in a rock band.
Whitney Nichole: At her core, Whitney Nichole is a humble, approachable, sweet young woman, whose music is truly an extension of her warm personality. Every live performance is genuine, heartfelt and intimate. “I try to tell stories with my music which invoke raw emotions that people of all different ages, backgrounds and situations can experience,” she says. With distinguished piano parts, clever hooks, powerful chord progressions, moving lyrics, and belted vocals, it’s clear that this female singer/songwriters melodic pop is heavily influenced by rock, country and soul.
Following the success of her 2010 EP Will It Grow, Whitney teamed up with producer Adam Rossi (Megan Slankard, Luce, Brad Wolfe) who brings her piano playing and singing to life on her debut full-length album 100 Strong, placing her among the likes of Sara Bareilles, Adele and Ingrid Michaelson. Released independently on March 8, 2011, 100 Strong is a vessel to travel and explore this artist’s story and spirit.
While in college studying law and policy at Yale (Class of 2005), Whitney was a member of two of the College’s premiere a cappella groups, Whim ‘n Rhythm and Mixed Company, releasing 3 albums between them. Following graduation, she soon quit her job, assembled a band, and hit the NYC scene. “I played every hole in the wall I could, including a strip club,” says Whitney. After tackling NYC, Whitney moved back to California, explored the West Coast and landed in San Francisco. Since then she’s won songwriting competitions in San Francisco as well as an honorable mention for her song “Hard Enough” in the West Coast Songwriters International Song Competition.
Staci Frenes: Singer/songwriter and self-taught musician Staci Frenes has immersed herself in writing to uncover and make sense of the mysteries and chaos of life. From the tender age of 12, music has been the unmistakable key to her salvation and self-discovery. Not a matter of happenstance or something she just fell into, but one deliberate decision after another to cultivate songs and stories into something strong and beautiful and brave.
It’s rarely been easy. Being an independent artist is an all-guts, no-glory proposition. With every new effort comes the challenge of connecting and marketing and improving your craft. But eight records in, this UC-Berkeley graduate and former English teacher has enjoyed successes she hadn’t dared to dream.
Her acoustic folk-pop songs have inspired not only audiences at her concerts all over the country, but millions of viewers on major network shows such as The Biggest Loser, America’s Next Top Model, One Life To Live, All My Children, Nashville and Summerland, as well as in nationally released feature films, a feat many label artists aspire to but never achieve. Her song, Miracle Baby has been licensed heavily by hospitals, charity organizations and small businesses. National-level corporations such as The Gap and American Airlines have also featured Staci’s music. And, perhaps as rewarding as creating music, Staci’s role as a spokesperson for World Vision has brought her great joy.
Contact: Napa City
Veterans Memorial Park
Main Street, Downtown Napa Cost:
Chris Smither @ City Winery Napa |
Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original.
Still On the Levee, to be released on July 22, 2014 is a career-spanning retrospective
double CD. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates, The Motivators, Still On the Levee plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. The record highlights the vast catalog of an American music master.
Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Chris is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a 'one-man band to the bone!’ Chris melds the guitar styles of his two major influences, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature sound. His music continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers.
'Link Of Chain', a tribute album of Chris Smither originals with stellar versions by Dave Alvin, Tim O'Brien, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Ritter, Loudon Wainwright III, Jorma Kaukonen, Eilen Jewell and others will be released on September 16, 2014.
“Smither, a folk-blues singer-songwriter admired and covered by vocalists such as Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris, grew up in New Orleans and told illuminating stories about trying to be a solo cat in a saxophone and trombone city in the Sixties – learning from Lightnin' Hopkins records and the New Orleans-based bluesman Babe Stovall – then running with fellow New Dylans like Townes Van Zandt.” David Fricke, Rolling
Stone, May 1, 2014 Contact: City Winery Napa at the Historic Napa Valley Opera House
1030 Main Street
707.260.1600 firstname.lastname@example.org Cost:
VIP $30.00 Premier $25.00 Reserved $20.00
The Leaner Meaner Tour: Lisa Lampanelli @ Uptown Theatre Napa |
Lisa Lampanelli is known as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. This equal opportunity offender is a regular on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows, and she has appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Good Morning America.” She was also a member of the cast of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” Season 5 cementing her rise as she joined 17 other celebrities on the newest season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” This fifth installment of the show, with the largest-ever lineup of famous faces competing for charities of their choice, was a ratings bonanza for NBC.
In 2009, Lisa entered the ranks of comic greats and premiered her first ever one-hour HBO comedy special, “Long Live the Queen,” to tremendous ratings. That same year, her autobiography, “Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks,” hit bookstores to critical acclaim. Lisa is well-known for her many Comedy Central and Friars Club roasts. She has lambasted Jeff Foxworthy, Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff, Betty White, Donald Trump and Flavor Flav to name a few. Plus she was honored to serve as roastmaster on the Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy. Lisa’s second one-hour special, “Dirty Girl,” was nominated for a Grammy Award for 2007′s Best Comedy Album of the Year. In 2012, Lisa was thrilled to be cast as Aunt Josie in the highly anticipated feature film debut from “Sopranos” creator David Chase entitled, “Not Fade Away,” starring James Gandolfini. Lisa also stars as a series regular on “Bounty Hunters,” CMT’s first-ever animated show. Currently, Lisa is making a departure from her signature “insult” comedy with her first developmental theater production, Fat Girl Interrupted, to show a side of Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean that few would guess exists. Contact: Uptown Theatre Napa
1350 Third St., Napa
$75/$55/$45 Age: 18 & over (mature content)
Bob Simmons @ Uva Trattoria |
Guitarist/vocalist Bob Simmons plays a wide range of music from R&B and oldies to Hawaiian-style ballads and more. He sounds a little like Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Larry Graham and Nat King Cole. Like these artists, he delivers a very soulful vocal style in a wide variety of musical genres. Contact: Uva Trattoria
1040 Clinton Street, Napa
Darrell Edwards Heavy Weather Band @ Silo's Napa |
Step out of the cold and warm up with FUNKIN, neo-soul rhythm and blues..!
Darrell Edwards re-established The Darrell Edwards "HEAVY WEATHER BAND" in 2009, and established IBDWE Entertainment Company in late 2010.
Darrell Edwards Heavy Weather Band is again promoting his music live on stage while offering his original music in his new EP entitled "IN MY Heart"! The bands main focus and theme is to play "Music for Life," touching on the duality of playing music to inspire and enliven audiences and performing until they absolutely can no longer.
Some of their most memorable performances were the 2013 Wounded Warriors Benefit at Wooden Valley Winery, the Winter Hawk Winery Summer Fest, Solano County Fair 2013, which all three launched them into the top 10 performing bands on ReverbNation Charts. Finally, the 2013 “Pink Benefit Concert” held in Fairfield CA, which funded on-going cancer research. Performing mainly R&B, neo-soul, and blues.
Darrell and his band mates have shared the stage with Tony Lindsey (11 Grammys / Lead Singer for Carlos Santana), Skyler Jett (Past Lead Singer of the Commodores), Rich Stevens (Original Singer Tower of Power), and Tom Politzer (Saxophonist Tower Of Power).
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa
(ALL AGES) BLUES: (ALL AGES) $15 Adv Gen Adm, $20 Reserved Seating, ($10 Club Members reserved)
Matt Costa with Rivvrs to Open @ City Winery Napa |
When Matt Costa first started writing for his fourth full-length album, he envisioned the end result as a stripped-down selection of rootsy folk songs. But once he plunged into the songwriting process something much more grandiose and sonically adventurous began to emerge. Soon Costa found himself in the midst of a highly unanticipated yet deeply expansive evolution of artistry as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. “The songs started morphing and twisting and taking on a more mystic sound,” says Costa, “and at the same time I began opening up my sense of what’s possible with melody.” Thanks to his resculpting those songs with elaborate yet naturalistic instrumentation and some boldly inventive merging of disparate musical styles—as well as decamping to Glasgow to record with longtime Belle & Sebastian/Mogwai cohort Tony Doogan and an illustrious ensemble of Scottish musicians—the new self-titled release proves to be Costa’s most ambitious and magnetic album to date.
Opening artist: Rivvrs
Rivvrs is a singer/songwriter based in San Francisco, California. With an eclectic blend of folk, pop, and elements of soul, Rivvrs blurs the lines of traditional genres; often drawing comparisons to such artists as Ray Lamontagne, Paul Simon, and Jackie Greene.
With a tamed rasp that hovers between a soft whisper and a booming roar, Rivvrs regularly performs around the San Francisco Bay Area; recently opening multiple dates in Napa during Jewel's 'Greatest Hits' tour.
Rivvrs was featured on NBC's "About a Boy" on April 1, 2014. His debut EP "Hold On" will be released on August 15, 2014. The single "I Will Follow You" is available digitally everywhere.
Rick Stevens Anniversary Show W/ Love Power +Suspects of Soul @ City Winery Napa |
Rick has been singing since the age of four, and started his professional singing career as a teenager. Rick's soulful vocals helped put the Bay Area band "Tower of Power" on the charts in the early 1970's, with such songs as "Sparkling in the Sand" and fan favorite "You're Still a Young Man".
ANNOUNCING RICK'S NEW BAND!
"Rick Stevens & Love Power"
OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCING,"Rick Stevens & Love Power"! After auditioning a number of great Bay Area musicians, the members of Rick's new band will include these excellent artists: Julius Melendez, trumpet;Manny Melchor, tenor sax; Tony Abena, bari sax; Gabriel Del Rosario, bass; Johnny De la Cruz, guitar; Ace Olfre, keys, and Amado Tuazon, drums.
The inspiration for the name of the band...God is love and Rick came from the Tower of Power.
Opening act: Suspects of Soul
Slick, Funky, and dripping with Soul. Since forming in 2011, the quartet of guitarist Jason Stewart, drummer Marc Carmi Smith, bassist Stacy Starkweather and super soulful Saxophonist Herman Wilson have been perfecting their delicious blend of soul-jazz. The quartet combines elements of jazz, blues, and soul with some of the funkiest grooves you've heard. The music reaches yours ears, invigorates your mind, shakes your soul, and then leaves your body through every limb. Always funky, it's genuine music for your soul.
Bob Castell Blanch @ Uva Trattoria |
Bob Castell-Blanch has worked as a professional guitarist for over twenty-five years throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The electric and acoustic guitar along with a computerized soundtrack is at the heart of the music he performs. He uses the latest technologies to record and mix these sound tracks to a computer format, which he plays back through a small sound system during performances. This results in giving the live performance a quality rivaling anything played on the "smooth jazz" radio channels today.
His style of music ranges from light jazz to standard jazz to R&B by artists such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Benson, Carlos Santana, the Rippingtons, Sting, Toni Braxton, The Yellow Jackets, Whitney Houston, Miles Davis, Earth Wind & Fire, plus some of his own original material. He successfully blends his electric and acoustic guitars to create an atmosphere that is pleasing to audiences ranging from a cocktail environment and extending to that of a concert setting. Bob Castell-Blanch has recorded and performed with such artist as Narada Michael Walden, Sister Sledge, Stacy Lattisaw, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., Carl Carlton, Ammi Stewart, Wayne Wallace, The PHDS and many others. He currently is actively involved in production work and song writing in his recording studio at his home as well as performing live throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.