WEST COAST BLUES SOCIETY Caravan of All Stars @ Downtown Joes |
The Bay Area Blues Society Caravan of All Stars is a powerhouse review put together to showcase some of the best blues and r’b musicians in the Bay Area. Put together by Ronnie Stewart of Vallejo, they have opened for and performed with such greats as Etta James, The Whispers, B.B. King, Booker T., Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, The O’Jays, Al Green, and Gladys Knight to name a few. Contact: Downtown Joe's
902 Main Street, Napa
Band of Horses - SOLD OUT! @ Uptown Theatre Napa |
Opening for Band Of Horses is The Wild Feathers – This show is SOLD OUT, Thank you!
Beginning with their first LP “Everything All The Time, Band of Horses have been a mainstay of indie rock for a decade with 4 studio albums in total, including 2010’s Grammy-nominated “Infinite Arms” and “Mirage Rock”, produced by the legendary Glyn Johns. Formed and led by singer and songwriter Ben Bridwell, the South Carolina-based band have given us many much-loved singles, including “The Funeral” and “No One’s Gonna Love You”, and have played globe-spanning headline tours as well as dates with greats like Pearl Jam and Neil Young. Next on the horizon, Band of Horses are releasing their highly-anticipated fifth studio album, “Why Are You OK”, co-produced by the band and Jason Lytle and executive produced by Rick Rubin.
Ben Bridwell, leader of Band of Horses since 2004, learned that the path to creative epiphany can start with staying home, looking inside, and letting childlike wonder flourish. After years of searching for inspiration outside—rocky shores, dense woods, desert plains—he has uncovered a new conduit by growing roots: being a husband and a father, and channeling the resulting sense of exploration, uncertainty, fear, love, and courage into his music. In the process, he has brought his true inner self to the outside, and found additional guidance from a new producer, an old mentor, and his beloved bandmates, resulting in the fifth full-length Band of Horses album, “Why Are You OK”.
Nashville's Sean McConnell w/special guest Andy Davis @ Silo's |
“From a very young age, I just knew that I was gonna spend my life making music,” Sean McConnell states. “I never really questioned it, so I just forged ahead and didn’t let anything stop me.”
Although his self-titled new Rounder album will serve as his introduction to many listeners, the personable young artist is actually a seasoned, distinctive songwriter and an experienced performer with a quartet of D.I.Y. indie releases to his credit. Having built a substantial grass-roots fan base through tireless touring and old-fashioned hard work, McConnell is primed for a mainstream breakthrough.
Sean McConnell demonstrates exactly why McConnell has already won such a devoted audience. He writes vivid, forthright, effortlessly catchy songs whose incisive melodic craft is matched by their resonant emotional insight. Such instantly memorable tunes as “Holy Days,” “Beautiful Rose,” “Bottom of the Sea” and “Best We’ve Ever Been” are both catchy and personally charged, conveying an unmistakable sense of personal experience while exploring universal truths.
“This record’s a bit of a step for me,” McConnell asserts. “It’s a real storyteller record, and it’s pretty autobiographical. I’m learning how to be more honest and understated in my writing, and I wanted to match that sonically and vocally. When I look at this collection of songs, I see a lot of nostalgia, and looking back on sacred moments. I’m kind of nostalgic and reflective by nature.”
McConnell recorded the album in his adopted hometown of Nashville with producers Jason Lehning and Ian Fitchuk, who also contributed keyboards and drums, respectively. The recording took place prior to McConnell signing with Rounder, with the artist financing the sessions himself.
“This project started,” he explains, “when I went to a cabin by myself for a week, with the intention of writing some songs. In that week, I wrote about half of the songs on the record, and I could see the thread of what this record was gonna be. That was exciting for me, because it normally takes me a year to find an album’s worth of songs that belong together. The whole recording process was really fun and liberating, and the energy in the studio was really positive.”
Songwriting and music-making have been a part of Sean McConnell’s life for as long as he can remember. “My mom was a singer and my dad was a guitar player and songwriter,” he notes. “They’d play in coffeehouses and I’d go along and watch them perform, and seeing that lifestyle showed me that music was an option. And seeing my dad painstakingly writing songs had a huge influence on me, and gave me license to feel like I could enter into that world.”
By the age of ten, he had become proficient on guitar and was writing his first songs. “I fell in love with the instrument first,” McConnell recalls. “Learning guitar gave me a feeling of uncharted territory laid out in front of me. And as I got better on guitar, the songs started to come naturally. At around the same time, we moved from Massachusetts to Georgia, and the first song I wrote was about the feeling of leaving the familiar and feeling lost in a new place. Music gave me a focus and became an emotional outlet for me.”
His supportive family background helped to instill the confidence and drive to pursue his muse early on. “I started playing in middle school, doing any gig I could get just to get my chops up,” he says. “By high school, I would be doing local gigs and really promoting them, bringing out a couple hundred kids to my shows a few times a month and starting to make a decent living at it. That made me think that maybe I could do this in other towns. So I started traveling around the southeast a little bit, and there was always enough progress to take things to the next level. While I was in college, I did a lot of college touring, just me driving all over the United States in a Toyota Corolla. It was hard work, but it showed me that I could do it.”
McConnell was just 15 when he self-released his first album, Faces, in 2000. Followed by 2001’s Here In The Lost and Found, 2004’s 200 Orange Street, 2006’s Cold Black Sky, 2007’s Tell The Truth, 2008’s The Walk Around EP, 2010’s Saints, Thieves and Liars, 2012’s Midland and the 2014 EP The B Side Session.
Having spent much of his life honing his craft and paying his dues, Sean McConnell is eager to launch the next chapter of his career.
“I kind of feel like I’ve been in a really long boot camp,” he concludes. “I’m really grateful for that, because I feel like I’ve gained enough experience to know the deal and be prepared for anything. I’m excited to see where the next part of the journey takes me.”
All Jazzed Up! ~ Mike Greensill @ Silo's |
Join us for an evening of music history, storytelling, and friendship with nationally acclaimed pianist Mike Greensill who brings his brand of up close and personal performances to the Silo's stage.
Immerse yourself in The Great American Songbook with classic tunes ranging from Gershwin to Fitzgerald and everything in between; and walk away with a swing in your step and a clearer insight into the history of American Songwriting.
After graduating in 1972 from Leeds College of Music in England, Mike toured Europe and the Far East and lived in Hong Kong for 4 years before finally settling into his adopted home, San Francisco, in 1977. Well known in his role as musical director to acclaimed vocalist Wesla Whitfield with whom he has recorded twenty albums, Mike is also resident piano player on Sedge Thomson's weekly Public Radio show to the world, "West Coast Live" - more info at wcl.org. Mike can also be caught playing jazz with his trio in many a Bay Area saloon and jazz club.
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa
Tom Duarte @ Uva Trattoria |
Jazz, Latin, Flamenco!
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.
GEORGE PRESENTS: KARAOKE WITH CLASS in the Tap Room @ Downtown Joe's |
Karaoke with George from Karaoke with Class!
Unlike many other karaoke
venues, this is more of a show atmosphere with you becoming a part of
the show. Singers are asked to keep the show moving and pull their
own weight because the show MUST GO ON ! This ain't your grandmother's
karaoke.... We call it "Speed Karaoke" that excites
the soul which helps us avoid the dreaded "dead air" between
songs as much as humanly possible.
Get up and sing with
us or get out of the way because our guests come from far and wide to
sing, dance, and party. More karaoke songs per hour than any other place
Here's some of what
you can expect :
All MP3 Karaoke selections
on computer for quick play.
songs and growing.....click
Names of the singers
in the rotation are on the big screen for your convenience.
Non-stop music and NO
No Contests and less KJ talk...
Great 600Watt Sound System with
Extensive Show Lighting
and Special Effects.
Wireless mics and vocal effects.
or unruly behavior allowed to protect our customers.
Contact: Downtown Joe's
902 Main Street, Napa
Hot House Blues with Kenya Baker @ Historic Empress Theatre |
Kenya Baker grew up in Oakland and has been a touring musician for most of his life. From 2006-2010, he toured internationally as lead guitarist for Grammy Award winner Joss Stone. Kenya began his career as a teenager touring on the gospel quartet circuit.Kenya is a multi-talented musician, composer and music producer. He has a gold album for his original song â€śTop of the Worldâ€ť (under the name Kenya Gruv) which is featured on the Menace II Society soundtrack, and a platinum album for his collaboration on â€śThe Revivalâ€ť by Tony!Toni!Tone!. He has worked with other notable artists including Tupac Shakur and Eric Benet. Get ready for some seriously danceable grooves and shredding guitar solos.
Duo Gadjo @ Uva Trattoria |
New Orleans Jazz & French Cafe Music!
She was born in France. He was born in San Francisco. She listened to Piaf, Montant, and Trenet. He listened to Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters. She is Isabelle Fontaine He is Jeff Magidson. Together they are known as Duo Gadjo. Their music celebrates the union of two cultures, largely inspired by the sounds of the 20's and 30's, when jazz was the thing and Paris was the place to be. They accompany themselves on guitars, revisiting the American songbook Gypsy style. They also pay tribute to the music of New Orleans featuring Jeff on slide guitar and Isabelle on Washboard. They perform as a duo, trio (add upright bass,) or a quartet (add violin, or accordeon). Jeff and Isabelle are members of the band The Hot Club Of San Francisco.
RHYTHM DRIVERS + Blue Hand Band LIVE @ Downtown Joe's |
Walter Hand and the Blue Hand Band is back for another night of jamming out with their very own blend of unique blues music!
Walter Hand began his love for music at the age of ten when he won the elementary school talent show impersonating Jerry Lee Lewis with Great Balls of Fire. He bought his first Hohner harmonica at thirteen, and around the same time played saxophone with the school band. In school Walter learned the technical fundamentals of music theory, but at home with his harmonica is where he learned to express himself and really feel the music. In 1970, after two years in the army, Walter joined the choir at Contra Costa College, while taking voice training and singing with a barbershop quartet. Still playing his sax, Walter hooked up with good friend John Doukas, lead singer for the rock group Earthquake.
Contact: Downtown Joe's
902 Main Street, Napa
JourneyDay and Belle Mouraille - Local favorites! @ Silos |
Local favorites JourneyDay and Belle Mouraille love performing together! Powerhouse vocalist Belle Mouraille, accompanied by the smooth harmonies of JourneyDay, have wowed audiences with their unique arrangements of today's favorites and yesterday's hits.
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa
Uncorked At Oxbow |
Join Us and Uncork your talent! Local and visiting professional musicians & vocalists join us weekly to create a fun and festive evening of great award winning Ahnfeldt and Carducci Wines, and the best of popular and well known tunes. Guitars, keyboard, drums, mics on site or bring your own. Sign up to perform begins at 6pm. Come and get Uncorked With Us, "there's no place like Uncorked"! Contact: Uncorked at Oxbow
605 First Street, Napa
No Cover! 21+
Craig Corona Live @ River Terrace Inn |
While Craig is best known as a solo singer/songwriter, he alsotours as a one man jukebox of country, pop, and rock tunes from the 60’s,70’s, and 80’s, bringing people to their feet with the songs that definedan entire generation. Contact: River Terrace Inn
1600 Soscol Avenue, 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
Johnny Smith Live @ River Terrace Inn |
Join us for our live music series on the patio over-looking the Napa River and featuring some of the area's top talent. Johnny’s maturity as a musician is realized as his sultry, soulful voice weaves throughout songs reminiscent of sophisticated blues melded with upbeat rock tempos.
Artist Johnny Smith was born in Long Beach California in 1962. He began his musical life at a very young age. Born into a musical family, Johnny’s mother nurtured his vocal talents while his uncle and aunt, well known music icons Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett, provided musical mentoring and advice. But it was a televised performance of Elvis playing “Hound Dog” that truly inspired the 9 year old Smith to pick up the guitar and pursue a life of performance and by the age of 10, he was regularly invited to perform on stage with local professional musicians. Johnny eventually relocated to San Francisco and formed Alias Smith, a roots/rock influenced band which took first prize in a regional Battle of the Bands competition. Alias Smith’s debut CD by the same name garnered much praise, and helped the band to secure an 18 date tour throughout Sweden and Finland as well as stage performances alongside such reputable artists as The Beach Boys, Starship, Maria Muldaur, and Roger McGuinn to name a few.
Wishing to further his musical vision, Mr. Smith became a solo artist and released the album “Just a Man”. Johnny’s maturity as a musician is realized as his sultry, soulful voice weaves throughout songs reminiscent of sophisticated blues melded with upbeat rock tempos. The hit “Love Is like a Rock” became #1 on radio request lines, and the song “Fortune Teller” received honourable mention in the Napa Valley Music Festival Song Writers Competition. Johnny has won best performer 3 of 3 times at the Northern California Songwriters Association competition, and is a regular on live television and radio broadcasts. Through all of his successes, Smith has never lost “touch” with his roots and still performs on the original Martin D-35 that he’s been playing since age 12.
Johnny's Aunt Bonnie Bramlett co-wrote and performs , along with Johnny's cousin Bekka Bramlett, on "Never Even Thought About It", track number 5 on the 2009 album "Gentlemen X".
NAPA CITY NIGHTS: Jeff Campbell, Whitney Nicole & Pat Jordan Band |
Summer Concerts 2016
Friday Nights 6:30 - 10:00 pm
June 3rd - August 26th
Where Napa Makes Music!
Jeff Campbell 6:30pm
Whitney Nichole 7:15pm
Pat Jordan Band 8:15pm
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.
Jeff Campbell: Jeff’s onstage experiences have taken him to coast to coast countless times and have found him have found him sharing the stage with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead and opening for multiplatinum selling, multi-Grammy-winning band Train!
Recently selected as the winner of Guitar Center's National Singer Songwriter 2 Competition (http://guitarcenter.com/songwriter), Jeff Campbell just finished up a 4 song EP with 6 time Grammy Winning Producer John Shanks set for a fall 2013 release, with a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live slated as the release show.
Chuck Dauphin of Music News Nashville said Jeff's 2012 release 'Stop and Go' is "...an album that will leave you wanting more".
A Philadelphia native, Campbell moved to San Francisco in 2004 specifically for the newer Rock scene he had heard was developing. After a few years of trying to balance learning the West Coast Music Scene with his day job, the job was cast aside in favor of full time touring, writing and recording for a living.
Early 2012 saw the release of Campbell’s first-ever acoustic album, "Stop and Go". A live audio/video reproduction of the album was recorded and released later in 2012. Jeff has been touring the US to support these new releases since the fall of 2011. He will continue to do so throughout 2012 and beyond and will not stop until his piece of history is defined. He has played hundreds of shows in dozens of cities and continues to build a loyal following through live performances with personality everywhere he goes.
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.
Pat Jordan Band: Pat Jordan Band has grown into a powerful five-piece acoustic-rock band based in Northern California. With a sound carved from hundreds of live shows, and constant drive to evolve and progress, Pat Jordan Band has developed a devoted following spanning from coast to coast, and a style all their own.
There’s a place where sincerity and musical creativity meet, and it’s where Pat Jordan Band and its diverse members have made their home. After years of shows and parties, rehearsals and relentlessly fighting for every last opportunity to play and improve, the band has reached a high-note and is earning their exposure on a scene that could use their presence.
It is every musician's nightmare to have someone attempt to describe their sound... understanding this, it makes most sense to be brief. a Pat Jordan Band concert is more than just music. it's more than just a good time. it's seeing, and getting to know a man with a guitar, hearing his words, finding his melodies, and letting it take you over.
Contact: Napa City
Veterans Memorial Park
Main Street, Downtown Napa Cost:
Xstatic LIVE @ Downtown Joe's |
Bay area rockers XSTATIC have been playing bay area clubs, festivals, private parties, and weddings for over 25 years. The band specializes in playing classic rock hits from the 60ties thru 2000's. There fans have made them one of the favorite bay area rock cover bands. For danceable party rock you can't beat an XSTATIC show near you soon. Contact: Downtown Joe's
902 Main Street, Napa
The Powell Brothers from Houston! @ Silo's Napa |
Blake and Taylor Powell are multi-instrumentalists from Houston, TX. Both have worked as songwriters, producers, music directors and session players for more than 30 artists internationally. Influenced by predecessors and peers alike, this unique duo, draws on everything from pop and rock n roll to bluegrass and gypsy jazz.
Comedy with Matt Kirshen and Mary Van Note @ Historic Empress Theatre |
AUGUST COMEDY – Headliner Matt Kirshen’s precision wit has earned him an impressive reputation on the international comedy circuit. Most recently his appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Paul Provenza’s Green Room, and as a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing has earned him a whole new host of fans in the United States and a surprising number of other countries worldwide. Mary Van Note is a comedian of the weird variety. She is the creator and star of the award-winning Independent Film Channel web series The Mary Van Note Show: Gavin Really Wants Me. She is a SF Weekly Masterminds grant recipient, a seven-time SF Sketchfest performer, and an Andy Kaufman Award Semi-Finalist. The San Francisco Bay Guardian called her a “Zine-Queen Comedian” as she regularly makes zines, crafts and mini-comics. Her specialties are stick-figures and cross-stitch.The evening will be hosted by Matt Gubser.
Ca' Momi Osteria hosts: The LoWatters |
Late night is happening at Ca’ Momi. Stop in at Ca' Momi Osteria in Downtown Napa Friday and Saturday nights this winter for live music from some of the Bay Area's best artists. Enjoy a late-night menu including hot from the oven certified Pizza Napoletana, cicchhetti, salads, piadine, all-natural cocktails, wines and organic house-made beer. 10 pm to Midnight Friday and Saturday nights.
Band Bio: Bolinas singer songwriting partners Ethan Okamura and Steve Trivelpiece, teaming up with Jason Loeks on acoustic bass and backing vocals make up this Northern California acoustic trio . The LoWatters sound ranges from the high lonesome twang to the low down dirty roots. Contact: http://camomiosteria.com/">Ca' Momi
1141 1st Street, Napa
Lyndsey Elm from THE VOICE! [TWO SHOWS} @ Silo's |
Coming off her time on Season 9 of NBC's hit, The Voice, Lyndsey Elm is more than ready to take the exposure she has been given and use it to produce music that will resonate with people. Heartfelt originals & cool takes on covers, Lyndsey's live show takes you on a ride! She considers her genre to be pop soul, acoustic singer/songwriter with a surprising soulful twist, but she also loves to blend various musical styles together for constant evolution as an artist. With a genuine heart and a tenacious spirit, you can bet that this is just the beginning for Lyndsey Elm.
Nate Lopez 8 String Guitar @ Napa River Terrace Inn |
Nate Lopez plays a custom electric 8-string hybrid bass/guitar and an acoustic 7
string guitar weekly at local festivals, restaurants, and wineries. Nate can
also be seen performing with Maria Jameau as part of Blue Brazil. Nate has been
playing all over California for over a decade at many venues including recently
Earthfest L.A., Winter NAMM, The Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz, Laguna Beach Jazz
and Art Festival, Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, Reno Jazz festival, and
countless Wineries. He has also been a featured artist on radio stations KRSH,
KBBF, and KGGV.
Nate studied Jazz and Classical music at Solano College,
then went on to study North Indian Classical Music at the Ali Akbar College of
music. Over the years, Nate has acquired a broad array of musical interests
and skills, and is always exploring different sounds and experiences.
Juke Joint Band @ Uva Trattoria |
Juke Joint is an experienced six-piece “horn” band playing Memphis Soul and R&B, a shimmering, sultry and funky style produced in the 1960s and 1970s at Stax and Hi Records in Memphis, Tennessee, featuring soulful vocals, dynamic horn lines, tasteful guitar, and a driving beat by the drums and bass. We flavor ours with some blues harp as well!
Juke Joint plays the music of James Brown, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, Sam & Dave, Al Green, Cannonball Adderly, Horace Silver, Little Milton, Louis Jordan, Albert Collins, Muddy Waters and many, many more Soul, R&B, Blues and Jazz greats!
Smokin' Joe + Steelhead - Three on a Match @ Uva Trattoria |
Groove to the blues of Smokin' Joe Herrschaft, a Sonoma songwriter, vocalist and harmonica player, and Paul "Steelhead" Christopolous on National slide guitar, as they play original and traditional Delta blues!
Together since 2006, they have covered many genres and artists, as well as producing original songs. Some material that they have been known to cover is that of (early) Howlin Wolf, Rolling Stones, Mississippi John Hurt, Bob Dylan and Sonny Boy Williamson. Although primarily a duo, the team has been known to beef up the roster with a drummer and/or bass player on occasion!