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The Judd's Hill 8th Annual Hanukkah Hootenanny! | Latkes and libations rule the day at the Judd's Hill 8th Annual Hanukkah Hootenanny! on Sunday, December 8th, from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Judd's Hill Winery! Come share in the Hanukkah spirit at this annual fun-filled holiday extravaganza for ...| M O R E
Wednesday Night Ramble: Mike Schermer @ Historic Empress Theatre |
The North Bay All-Stars host a gathering of musical friends in the latest edition of The Wednesday Night Ramble at the historic Empress Theatre in downtown Vallejo. The All-Stars are Don Bassey on bass and vocals, Mike Emerson on keyboards, T Moran on drums, and Matt Silva on guitar.
"Mighty Mike Schermer is probably the best blues guitarist, singer and songwriter you've never heard of…and probably not for long!"
"Every time I play with him my booty hurts afterwards from him kicking it all night!"
Funky and authentic!"
Mighty Mike Schermer has been a fixture on the Bay Area Blues scene for over 20 years. In that span of time he has carved out a solid solo career, with two critically acclaimed CDs, an award winning single and thousands of performances at festivals and nightclubs the world over. He has also become the "go to guy" sideman for such heavyweights as Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite, Maria Muldaur, Howard Tate, Angela Strehli, Sista Monica, Shana Morrison and many, many more. Oh yes…we may be judged by the company we keep, but when the spotlight shines a solo artist also must be able to bring the goods all on his own.
Mighty Mike Schermer delivers on all fronts.
Charlie Lange of Bluebeat Music writes "…equally at ease with hard-ass blues or the spare necessities of vintage soul, Schermer steps forward with clever tunes, sturdy vocals and loads of great guitar!" Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal calls him "… one of the most extraordinary guitarists of the new generation."
Doug Houser @ Frida's Mexican Grill |
Douglas Houser is a retired Benicia high school physics and chemistry teacher of 33 years! Playing since age 15, his local career began in Benicia in 1983. He loves vacationing and golf, but doesn’t find much time with the 15 to 20 gigs he plays each month. He was a regular fixture at Compadres in Napa for many years, and now plays his enormous eclectic repertoire Thursday night at Frida's Mexican Grill!
A Rockapella Christmas @ Napa Valley Opera House |
The Napa Valley Children's Chorus, under the direction of Kim Markovich will perform in the Cafe Theatre at 7:30 pm.
Opening the show for Rockapella is American Canyon High School PDA (Public Display of A Cappella).
Rockapella is a group of five of the world’s most sophisticated and lasting pop vocal singers. A cappella has recently surged back into popularity through film and television, and Rockapella remains at the top of their game with original vocal arrangements and songs. USA Today summed up the lasting appeal like this: “The best musical instrument of all is the human voice – if you’ve seen Rockapella you know that’s the truth.
Pint Night: Atlas @ Billco's Billiards |
Atlas the band you don't want to miss!
It's back... Sierra Nevada Celebration ale this light hopped full spiced bodied ale is perfect for those cold winter night its red amber color is perfect to warm your insides and out. At only $4 a pint who could pass this beauty up? Contact: Billco's Billards
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
Cheating Daylight @ Silo's |
The award winning “band of brothers”, CHEATING DAYLIGHT, features two sets of brothers…the Crosson Brothers from Vacaville, CA and the Gill Brothers from Cobb, CA.
It has already been an incredible ride for these 5 young men, from Northern California! The journey began for Cheating Daylight in 2011, when they were presented with the 2011 POWER POP BAND of the YEAR award, at the L.A. Music Awards. The same year, they also received a “Best of 2011” nod, from Rainbo Records, for their first single, Photographs Don’t Lie. As the day dawned in 2012, the rock quintet released their first album, “ALL WE KNOW” to industry acclaim, and toured extensively with over 70 dates, across the United States.
In between touring and the studio, the band took time to hit the red carpets and accept multiple awards at prestigious music industry events. The Indie Music Fest named Cheating Daylight their 2012 INDIE ARTIST of the YEAR and the 22nd annual Los Angeles Music Awards honored the band as their 2012 ROCK ARTIST of the YEAR. School Jam USA’s annual “Best Teen Band in the USA” competition selected Cheating Daylight out of 100 semi-finalists, as one of the final “Great Eight” bands in America and brought them to Anaheim, CA, during the N.A.M.M. Convention. In a hotly contested Finals event, performed to a capacity crowd in Downtown Disney, judges awarded Cheating Daylight second place and named bassist Connor Gill the “Best Teenage Bass Guitarist” in the nationwide competition!
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa
(ALL AGES) $20 Gen Adm, ($14 Club Members) $25 @ the Door
Syria T Berry @ Silo's |
I do music of Van Morrison, James Taylor, Crosby. Stills and Nash, Smokey, Garth Brooks and Elvis.(to name a few). I have been the lead singer for the Fabulous PhDs for over 30 years. I have done two Tv commercials and have two CD's. "Very Berry" and a praise CD currently on iTunes and Amazon named "Hallelujah" (with wife Rita) Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa
Merle Haggard @ Uptown Theatre Napa |
The word "legend" usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Merle Haggard as an acknowledgment of his artistry and his standing as "the poet of the common man", and a tribute to his incredible commercial success and to the lasting mark he has made, not just on country music, but on American music as a whole.
His early years of pain and tribulation provided him with infinite raw material to be spun into the rich imagery that is now indelibly imprinted on the idiom. His days outside the law were woven into “Lonesome Fugitive,” “Sing Me Back Home” and “Branded Man,” his understanding of his mother’s torment led to “Mama Tried” and “Hungry Eyes” while his affinity for the hourly laborer produced such as “Workin’ Man Blues” and “5:01 Blues.”
Ultimately he has had scores of charted singles (mostly his own compositions), and his list of credits continued to grow:
to date he has written hundreds of songs, including the classics “Sing Me Back Home,” “Okie From Muskogee” and “Silver Wings,” among others.
over 40 of his singles have attained the Number One position in the major trade magazines.
the former “B” side, “Today I Started Loving You Again,” has been recorded by over 400 artists to date.
56 of his songs have received awards from BMI (47 country, 9 pop).
three of his songs have logged over a million plays (“Today I Started Loving You Again,” “Okie From Muskogee” and “Big City”).
he has released over 65 albums, most of which have charted in the major trades.
four of his albums have been certified gold.
he has been nominated 42 times for CMA awards, more than any other male country entertainer.
his honors from the major country music industry associations and trade publications include:
18 awards from the ACM, including Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year
six from the CMA, including Top Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year;
eight from Cash Box; four from Record World; and five from Music City News
he received Best Country Video in 1983 from the American Video Awards (“Are The Good Times Really Over”).
he landed a Grammy Award in 1984 for Best Male Country Vocal Performance (“That’s The Way Love Goes”).
he performed at the White House for Richard Nixon in ‘73 and also performed for Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s anniversary celebration at their “Western White House” ranch in California.
he was the first country artist ever to appear on the cover of Downbeat, one of the nation’s most influential Jazz publications
his music was part of the Apollo 16 mission to the moon, via a custom recording, specially requested by the crew.
he’s been in films, including a cameo appearance in the Clint Eastwood film Bronco Billy, and has had dramatic roles on several network TV productions.
Pink Martini - 10th Anniversary Benefit Performance @ Napa Valley Opera House |
In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun… but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old- fashioned pop – and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.
One year later, Lauderdale called China Forbes, a Harvard classmate who was living in New York City, and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together. Their first song “Sympathique” became an overnight sensation in France, was nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards, and to this day remains a mantra (“Je ne veux pas travailler” or “I don’t want to work”) for striking French workers. Says Lauderdale, “We’re very much an American band, but we spend a lot of time abroad and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America… the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the world… composed of people of every country, every language, every religion.”
Featuring 10-12 musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with more than 50 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, and the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Peppino D'Agostino w/ New West Guitar @ Silo's |
PEPPINO D’AGOSTINO doesn’t just play the guitar. He composes, arranges, collaborates, improvises and has even been known to sing a song here and there in both English and Italian. But what he does create on the guitar makes the difference between simply playing and truly making music apparent in the most wonderful ways.
D’Agostino has been hailed as “a guitarist’s guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine as well as “a giant of the acoustic guitar” (San Diego Reader), and holds many top guitar awards, but the San Francisco Chronicle encapsulated the essential difference that distinguishes D’Agostino’s music when it dubbed him “a poet.”
OPENING: NEW WEST GUITAR: Featuring Jeff Stein, John Storie and Perry Smith, New West has been making their mark as a fresh, cutting-edge guitar ensemble. Performing popular covers and original music, New West combines the acoustic and electric guitar to create their signature sound. Based in Los Angeles and New York, NW tours extensively throughout the United States giving concerts and masterclasses.
Praised as “sharp and refined” by the Seattle Times, New West Guitar Group infuses its latest disc "Big City" with its signature blend of laid-back virtuosity and expert arrangements that “sometimes verge on the orchestral” (All Music Guide).
Firmly rooted in classic jazz, the trio’s versatility as both players and composers has given them a reputation as pioneers in the realm of guitar ensemble repertoire. Acoustic Guitar Magazine has praised the group for its ability to shift seamlessly “from chamber-like elegance and fragile introspection to exhilarating swing and gritty blues.” www.newwestguitar.com Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa
(ALL AGES) $25 Gen Adm, $30 Reserved Seating ($18 Club Members)
The Wailin’ Jennys @ Uptown Theatre Napa |
The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound.
Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Moody and Mehta along with New York-based Masse continue to create some of the most exciting music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances.
In 2004, The Wailin’ Jennys released their first full-length album 40 Days to great critical acclaim, netting a 2005 Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Bolstered by their frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, The Jennys exploded onto the roots music scene, performing at packed venues across the Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world.
The Jennys’ sophomore album, 2006’s Firecracker, served as a powerful follow-up to their career-making debut. Artistically, the record found The Jennys stepping out of the folk realm and into the world of alt-country, pop and rock. Garnering much attention, it was nominated for a Juno Award and won a 2007 Folk Alliance Award for Contemporary Release of the Year. Firecracker had legs, spending over 56 weeks on the Billboard charts.
The trio’s 2009 release, Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House, also spent over a year on the Billboard bluegrass charts. That landmark live album bottled the lightning of The Jennys’ live performances with show-stopping harmonies, impressive instrumental prowess, breathtaking songs and, of course, witty stage banter.
For their latest album, 2011’s Juno-winning Bright Morning Stars, The Wailin’ Jennys joined the ranks of Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris and recorded with award-winning producer Mark Howard. Co-produced by frequent Jennys collaborator and Juno Award-nominated David Travers-Smith, the album combines fresh and innovative sounds with the band’s signature harmonies — a perfect mix of Americana, pop and traditional folk that is destined to be a modern classic.
Although known primarily as an acoustic outfit, The Wailin’ Jennys have a diverse musical background that has shaped their musical sensibilities. Soprano Ruth Moody (vocals, guitar, accordion, banjo, bodhrán) is a classically trained vocalist and pianist with a burgeoning solo career. She made a splash in 2010 with the Juno-nominated The Garden which was followed up with 2013’s gorgeousThese Wilder Things. She’s an accomplished, versatile singer of traditional and Celtic music and as the former lead singer of Juno-nominated roots band Scruj MacDuhk. Mezzo Nicky Mehta (vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums, ukulele), a classically trained dancer raised on ’70s a.m. radio and heavily influenced by alternative pop, was nominated for a Canadian Indie Music Award for her striking debut solo album, 2002’s Weather Vane. In July 2009 she became the proud mother to twin boys, Beck and Finn. Alto Heather Masse (vocals, upright bass) is a Jazz Voice graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, who has performed in Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings and is a regular guest on A Prairie Home Companion. She has also toured with her own band, supporting her 2009 Red House release Bird Song. Her latest, 2013’s Lock My Heart, is is an inspired album of jazz standards and originals with legendary pianist Dick Hyman.
With their varying backgrounds, each of the Jennys is unique in their individual expression. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound — all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three.
Contact: Uptown Theatre Napa
1350 Third St., Napa
$28 ADV / $32 DOS Age: 12 & Over (under 16 must be w/ adult)
NVJS Presents: Mike Greensill Quartet @ Silo's |
Piano player MIke Greensill, who’s singing more often himself these days, will pay tribute to those unique talents, the “singing pianists.” He’ll chose songs that stretch from Fat’s Waller’s “I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby”, to Nat “King” Cole’s “Straighten Up and Fly Right”, to Mose Allison’s “Your Mind Is On Vacation”, to Jimmy Rowles’ masterpiece, “The Ballad of Thelonious Monk.” Plus a repertoire from such talents as Bobby Short, Shirley Horn, Ray Charles, Dave Frishberg, Bob Dorough and Charles Brown.
Mike Greensill, piano & vocals Brad Buethe, guitar Bob Kenmotsu, tenor sax John Wiitala, bass
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa