The 22nd Annual Hands Across the Valley | The 22nd Annual Hands Across the Valley will take place on Saturday, August 8, from 5 to 10pm at the historic Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley. In its 21-year history, Hands Across the Valley has raised over ...| M O R E
MARTHA DAVIS AND THE MOTELS @ City Winery Napa |
Whether you were there when The Motels first burst onto the music scene, or are just discovering them now, 2014 became a year of rediscovery for this iconic artist, which saw more Motels shows than in any year since 1985. Martha began writing songs at the age of 15 and has always known that the songs she writes are her mark. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, she moved to Los Angeles in the early ‘70s, along with the first incarnation of The Motels. The band reformed in 1978 and was immediately signed to Capitol Records.
In 1982, the Motels released “All Four One.” The smash single “Only The Lonely” rocketed into the Top 10, immediately propelling the album to gold status and breaking The Motels wide open in the United States. The group dominated the music scene and was voted Best Performance for “Only The Lonely” at the 1982 American Music Awards.Her voice is unique, unmistakable and timeless – The Los Angeles Times’ Robert Hilburn called her “arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.” And about the Hollywood Bowl concert just a few months ago, The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Martha Davis, of the Motels, was still strong in voice and admirably delivered hits like 'Only The Lonely' and 'Suddenly Last Summer.'”
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.
Contact: Uva Trattoria
1040 Clinton Street, Napa
Stephen Stills (SOLD OUT) @ City Winery Napa |
Stephen Stills is one of rock music's most enduring figures with a career now spanning six decades, multiple solo works, and four hugely influential groups – Manassas, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN), and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY). He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice for Buffalo Springfield and CSN, is a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and is a BMI Music Icon (with CSN). As renowned for his instrumental virtuosity as for writing era-defining anthems including "For What It's Worth" and "Love The One You're With," Stills is ranked #28 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, calling his acoustic picking on "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" "a paragon of unplugged beauty." Three of Stills' albums are among Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Buffalo Springfield Again,Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Déjà Vu. In 2013, Stills released Carry On, a four-CD anthology capturing the remarkable scope of his career using 83 tracks (25 unreleased) to retrace the musical paths he's explored. Most recently, Stills toured with The Rides, his blues-rock trio with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg, behind their debut album Can't Get Enough. This year, he is on tour, solo and with Crosby, Stills & Nash. As hosts of the 2nd Light Up The Blues Concert in downtown Los Angeles, Stills and his wife Kristen recently helped raise over $320,000 to benefit Autism Speaks' research and advocacy efforts for families and individuals impacted by the disorder. Light Up The Blues, a documentary-style film recorded at last year's concert, is #2 on iTunes'Concert Films chart and is available now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/light-up-the-blues/id845025382 Contact:
All Jazzed Up! ~ Wednesdays with Mike Greensill @ Silo's |
No Cover! $6 Drink Specials!
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
Todd Rundgren Global Tour 2015 (2nd date added!) @ City Winery Napa |
The 25th solo studio album of his career, "GLOBAL", scheduled for release on April 7 in North America and April 6 in the rest of the world, is a stunning contemporary fusion of styles - rock, soul and EDM - which continues the tradition of boundary-breaking works from this visionary genius. Todd’s preternatural gift of melding the bold and the accessible is the hallmark of “GLOBAL” ’s finely crafted tracks.
Todd has been touring in the USA from April 10, winding up on June 10, and continuing in the UK/Europe in September/October. The stage production will be unlike anything Rundgren has mounted in the past: the singer/guitarist will be joined on stage by just two female vocalists and a DJ/keyboardist, and while Todd is keeping the details under wraps, he is promising that the show will be a “video and lighting spectacle to behold”.
Todd Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to front The Nazz, the quintessential 60s psychedelic pop group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut album “Runt”, but it was 1972's seminal “Something / Anything?” (on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer) that catapulted Todd into the limelight, prompting the media to dub him "Rock's New Wunderkind." This was followed by such landmark albums as “A Wizard, A True Star”, “Todd”, and “The Hermit Of Mink Hollow”. In 1974, Todd formed Utopia, who were on the cutting edge of progressive rock in the 70s, and developed into a very tidy power pop outfit in the 80s (as evidenced by such early MTV hits as "Set Me Free" and "Feet Don't Fail Me Now").As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist, Todd Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. Among his myriad of hits are "Hello It's Me", "I Saw the Light", "Can We Still be Friends", "We Gotta Get You A Woman", "Open My Eyes", and "Bang the Drum" (the latter a mainstay on ESPN and in television commercials).
Trio Soleá ~ Spanish/Latin Jazz @ Uva Trattoria |
(Spanish, Latin Jazz) Trio Soleá has been making beautiful guitar music in the wine country for more than 10 years. Ken Kunst and Bo Martin have helped make Trio Soleá a favorite for all kinds of events. They combine Flamenco guitar techniques with Latin rhythms to produce an elegant, exciting, and exotic music. Trio Soleá has performed at the Napa Opera House, The Mondavi Summer Concert Series, and numerous weddings and winery events. Their sound goes well with the wine country lifestyle, and they enjoy many happy customers.Recently moved to Napa, Sirirat Martin "el Bo" (Guitarist and Engineer) began playing guitar at the age of thirteen in Thailand, following in the footsteps of his brothers and uncle. He learned to play guitar by listening to records and studying various method books. After coming to the United States, he studied flamenco guitar with Augustine Rios, David Brewer and attended workshops given by Canitos, Chuscales and Jason McGuire. Prior to forming Trio Soleá with Ken, he performed in various local bands in Marin including his own trio. Considering himself a recording artist, he concentrates his talent on developing his writing, composing and engineering skills. Contact: www.uvatrattoria.com
1040 Clinton Street, Napa
Twang Ditty @ Pioneer Park, Calistoga Concerts in the Park |
Formed in the summer of 2007 in Sonoma County, Twang Ditty has since built a faithful following and reputation as one of the Bay Area's premiere traditional country bands. The group is made up of seasoned players who strive to keep classic country alive and honest, paying homage to the 50s, 60s & 70s; a time when pure, heartfelt vocals and sparkling guitar licks defined the genre. From tearful ballads to honkytonk to rockabilly, Twang Ditty covers the country landscape from Nashville to Bakersfield and everywhere in between.
Join us in Pioneer Park every Thursday, June 25 through August 27, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM for FREE concerts sponsored by Calistoga Beverage Company. Music genres vary weekly from Cajun to Rock n' Roll, Folk to Blues, and is fun for the entire family. Bring your picnic dinners, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy free concerts. Adult beverages can be enjoyed in the park as well.
Brian Coutch (Locals Thursday) @ Silos |
Vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, Brian is originally from Seattle, where momma bought him his first guitar. After moving to the Bay Area, Brian continued his musical quest as co-founder of Marin County R&R bands "Genuine Parts" & "INDUSTRIAL Cha Cha". INDUSTRIAL Cha Cha "ICC", enjoyed a 14 year run, sharing the stage with such notables as Average White Band, Wall Street, Pride & Joy, Zig Modelieste, Eric Martin and Kevin Russell. Brian was one of 4 vocalists in the band, as well as playing guitar & bass. Brian will feature some of his original music, as well as old favorites.
Gen Admission: $10
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
Napa City Nights Featuring Nuclear Blonde, Whitney Nichole Band & Sara Rodenburg @ Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater |
A Napa Valley Summer Tradition is back for 2015! Grab your blanket and picnic basket and head downtown this Friday for the kick off of the Napa Valley's best Summer concert series. This week's artists:
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.
Contact: Napa City
Veterans Memorial Park
Main Street, Downtown Napa Cost:
Nicky DePaola "Nicky D" @ Uva Trattoria |
Nicky DePaola aka.."Nicky D" Born & raised in "The Burg" and also spent 4 years in crosstown Antioch (75'78') where he had some Rock music influences, (Queen, J.Giles Band Areosmith just to name a few) then came back to the "Old School" Funk of Pittsburg ! to become a PHS Track Hall Of Famer! also a member OF THE 1980 NCS 4A Football Champions! (1st team ever from the DVAL to win it all!) There is so much to tell about this man's life in such a short Bio' the many up's and down's of life as all of us go through, the music Nicky D sing's tells alot of his story!
1985 was the first real "Gig" for Nicky and since that day in Feb of 85' over 4,800 events (Club's, Wedding's, Casino's Croprate...) (6) six CD project's from 96~06'. Singing "The National Anthem" at major sport event's (MLB~NASCAR) The past 25 years has been a blessing and joy! Nicky D Entertainment.....a true "Class Act"
Contact: Uva Trattoria
1040 Clinton Street, Napa
Foreverland: The Electrifying 14 piece tribute to Michael Jackson @ City Winery Napa |
About:When Foreverland took the stage for the first time one San Francisco night in June 2009, no one could have predicted that just two weeks later, Michael Jackson would pass away. But since that moment, Foreverland: The Electrifying 14-piece Tribute to Michael Jackson, has been leading a larger-than-life celebration of his musical legacy from coast to coast.A different kind of tribute band, you won’t see any impersonations here. Instead, Foreverland simply aims to honor and do justice to the music and spirit of the King of Pop. Throughout this truly unforgettable performance, die-hard fans will relive their favorite MJ moments, and younger crowds will rediscover the amazing music that remains timeless.The band has mesmerized audiences around the country with their one-of-a-kind performances of the music of Michael Jackson, and they continue to play to bigger and bigger crowds. Foreverland’s four dynamic vocalists, powerhouse rhythm section, and slamming horn section recreate hits like “I Want You Back,” “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Smooth Criminal,” and “Thriller” from the Jackson 5 era through the end of Michael’s incredible career with energy, groove, and force.Michael Jackson lives forever with Foreverland, as they carry out his mission to move audiences' hearts and dancing feet with music night after night. Contact:
Ralph Woodson Trio "Purple Haze" Hendrix Tribute @ Silo's |
Ralph Woodson certainly knows his Hendrix.He has studied his idol to the point of being able to play the guitar behind his back, and with his teeth. He has all of the recordings and videos, including the bootlegs, and if you ask him about anything Hendrix, you’ll walk away knowing more than you did before you started the conversation. Ralph’s a Hendrix authority, and it’s obvious when you see him perform.
Ralph formed the Ralph Woodson Experience in 2001, focusing on the Hendrix material that he grew up with and always loved. The Experience has gained a steady following in the Bay Area and knock people out wherever they go. Ralph’s showmanship and command of the Hendrix material is second to none. See it for yourself!
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa
Gen Admission: $20
Mary Chapin Carpenter at Uptown Theatre |
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will embark on a unique series of intimate, acoustic performances this summer. The tour marks Carpenter’s return to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in 2014. Carpenter will be joined on stage by longtime friends Jon Carroll (piano) and Austin Nevins (guitars).
Carpenter has spent the past year performing alongside world-renowned orchestras since the release of her debut orchestral album, Songs From the Movie (Zoë /Rounder), which was conducted and arranged by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza. Carpenter’s world debut orchestral concert took place on January 24 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In March, she performed two milestone concerts at New York’s Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Mr. Mendoza, and was joined by special guests Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Douglas, Tift Merritt and Aoife O’Donovan.
Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal.
The Uptown Theatre Napa is downtown’s ultimate destination for live entertainment. Nestled in the famed West End district, this stunningly restored art deco masterpiece from 1937 showcases only the finest acts in music and comedy. A historic landmark, the Uptown offers a phenomenal, intimate live show experience with world class sound and site lines. Distance from the last row to the stage is only 98 feet making every seat truly a great seat!The Uptown has played host to some of the biggest names in blues, rock, jazz, folk, and country entertainment; live music and comedy. Uptown Theatre is a must-see hot spot for anyone visiting Downtown Napa or looking for things to do in the Napa Valley!-
1350 Third Street
$65/50/35 Age: 12+ (under 16 with adult)
Steve Sage & Friends @ Silo's Napa |
Steve is best known for creating and sustaining the 'Rock, Rhythm & Blues' program at Diablo Valley College, a program that has helped groom many professional players over the past 20 years. Steve has degrees from Musicians Institute (GIT) 1983, and Cal State East Bay (Theory/Composition) 1993. He has taught at Diablo Valley College, the Musicians Institute (GIT), Skyline College, the Guitar Institute of London, Guitar Activity Center and San Francisco State University.
Steve brings to the stage a collective of current music students for a show of exceptional variety, energy and budding talent mixed with a collective of seasoned veteran performers from throughout the Bay Area!
Join us for this special matinee performance!
530 Main Street, Napa
Gen Admission: $15
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.
Contact: Uva Trattoria
1040 Clinton Street, Napa
Nate Lopez Trio @ Uva Trattoria |
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.
1040 Clinton Street
No Cover Charge
The 22nd Annual Hands Across the Valley at the historic Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley. In its 21-year history, Hands Across the Valley has raised over $2 million to benefit the Napa Valley’s safety-net food programs, including the Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, The Table, and a variety of other non-profit programs. Napa Valley chefs, vintners, celebrities and the community join hands to ensure no one goes hungry in the Napa Valley.
In addition to the walk around tasting featuring noted Valley chefs, restaurateurs and winemakers, Hands Across the Valley also offers a VIP Dinner provided by Chef Bob Hurley of Hurley’s Restaurant, silent and live auctions, plus the Valley’s best dance party under the stars with the sounds of the Bobby Joe Russell Band, featuring KTVU’s Joe Fonzi and Bob Sarlatte.
Tickets are $125 general admission. Reserved tables of ten are $2500, and VIP Sponsor tables are $5000. To purchase tickets, reserve a table or become a VIP Sponsor, visit www.handsacrossthevalley.com, or call 707-226-6136.
Charles Krug Winery
2800 Main St. in St. Helena, Napa Valley
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers LIVE @ The Uptown w/ Shauna Marshall of Nuclear Blonde |
“I’m always moving forward, going outside of my wheelhouse, listening to new music and incorporating new ideas,” says award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tommy Castro. “The contemporary blues scene is full of fresh, new sounds. It’s an exciting time.” Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues and will be performing at Uptown Theatre Napa this summer on Friday, July 17th. Tommy will be sharing his turbo-charged Alligator Records album, The Devil You Know, where Castro strips his music down to its raw essence as he rockets into the next phase of his storied career.
Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Tommy Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10. He came under the spell of Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield and other blues rock players early on. As he got older, Castro moved forward by investigating the past, falling in love with the blues guitar work of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James and singers like Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. By his late 20s he was playing in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands.
Castro joined Warner Brothers artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s. The much-loved band had a huge fan base and toured the U.S. constantly. He honed his chops with the group on the road for two years, performing live all across the country and sharing stages with major artists like Carla Thomas and Albert King. He formed The Tommy Castro Band in 1991 and won the Bay Area Music Award for Best Club Band in both 1993 and 1994. With his local fan base quickly expanding, he released his debut album in 1996 on Blind Pig. The album won the 1997 Bay Area Music Award for Outstanding Blues Album, and Castro also took the award for Outstanding Blues Musician that same year. He began touring nationally, picking up new fans everywhere he went.After years of playing guitar-driven blues and R&B backed by a tight horn section, Castro introduced The Painkillers live in 2012, creating a lean, mean four-piece lineup, with the drum chair now held by David Tucker. Fueled by Tommy’s voice and guitar plus bass, drums and keyboards, the band released the 45rpm single Greedy. Greedy quickly became one of Castro’s most-requested songs. An attention-grabbing video for Greedy has already received over 150,000 views on YouTube. The Chicago Sun-Times calls his music “fiery and soul-drenched.”
Castro views the harder-edged sound of The Painkillers as a natural extension of the music he’s been making since he was a teenager. “The Painkillers really get me back to my roots. It feels to me a lot more like it did when I first started playing with my friends as a kid. Bands were always just three or four guys playing for the fun of it,” Castro recalls. Now, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are pushing the music to another level.