The Napa Valley Film Festival Presents A Sneak Preview of New Short Films in the Park | The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is proud to feature a sneak preview of new short films in the Yountville Community Park on Friday, September 26. Films will unspool at dusk. Admission is free. | M O R E
Raul Midón w/ GABY MORENO @ City Winery Napa |
Raul Midón Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music’s most distinctive and searching voices. His guitar playing is a syncopated, flamenco- and jazz-infused wonder in which bass, harmony and melodic lines fly from the fretboard in a way that seems to belie the fact that all the music is being produced by just two hands. If that weren’t enough, Midón busts out his improvisational mouth-horn technique, in which he creates a bebop “trumpet” solo entirely with his lips. It’s the sort of performance that led the Huffington Post to describe how “he plays with such freedom and joy that his hands smile.” Billboard called him, simply and aptly, “a virtuoso.” Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me. Midón’s forthcoming album, his eighth, sees the singer-guitarist adding producer-engineer to his portfolio of talents, with special computer software for the blind enabling him to engineer sessions on his own in his home studio. Along with some of the most venturesome solo music of his career, this project includes collaborations with soul icon Bill Withers, R&B singer-songwriter Lizz Wright, Cameroonian jazz bassist Richard Bona and young pop duo the Bailen Bros. The album will also include a turn by four-time Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves.
Vintner Vinyl * Monday Nights @ City Winery Napa |
ANNOUNCING: The Launch of CW Napa’s Vintner Vinyl series!
Join us at 6:30p for a complimentary tasting. Additionally enjoy specials on other delicious wines that we offer by the bottle.
Starting Monday, August 11th, come see some of Napa’s favorite vintners show their stuff behind the bar – and the turntable! We’ll listen to their favorite tunes and serve up their delicious wines. Every week promises complimentary tap wine samples and specials on bottled wines from the featured vintner – and, of course, the charms of the vintners themselves! Support them by swinging by for tune & a glass of wine anytime after 6:30p every Monday.
NVOH PRESENTS, TUESDAY NIGHT FLICKS: Sunset Boulevard @ City Winery Napa |
SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
Directed by Billy Wilder
Gloria Swanson gives a career-defining performance as faded silent screen star Norma Desmond in director Billy Wilder's dark and masterful film classic Sunset Boulevard. William Holden is Joe Gillis the young down-on-his-luck screenwriter whom Norma drafts to help provide her with a workable script for her planned return to the modern-day screen. Erich von Stroheim is Max von Mayerling Norma's devoted servant and chauffeur who harbors a few personal revelations of his own. Hollywood has never taken a more ominous compelling or electrifying look at Hollywood than in this brilliant Oscar-®-winning tour de force that still mesmerizes with its witty sardonic script unforgettable cast and provocative storyline. The exceptional cast also includes Nancy Olson Fred Clark Lloyd Gough Jack Webb and -- as themselves -- Cecil B. DeMille Hedda Hopper Buster Keaton Anna Q. Nilsson and H.B. Warner. 110 minutes Contact: City Winery Napa at the Historic Napa Valley Opera House
1030 Main Street
707.260.1600 firstname.lastname@example.org Cost:
Wednesday Night Ramble: Johnny Rawls @ Historic Empress Theatre |
Wednesday Night Ramble! Mississippi native Johnny Rawls brings his rolicking take on the Blues when he joins the North Bay All-Stars 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.
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
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
Robert Earl Keen w/ Doug Seegers @ City Winery Napa |
It's not always easy to sum up a career — let alone a life's ambition — so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen's calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words — the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night ("and the party never ends!") — just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it's the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.
Now three-decades on from the release of his debut album — with well over a dozen other records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead — Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever. And as for accruing recognition, well, he's done alright on that front, too; from his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene, he's blazed a peer, critic, and fan-lauded trail that's earned him living-legend (not to mention pioneer) status in the Americana music world. And though the Houston native has never worn his Texas heart on his sleeve, he's long been regarded as one of the Lone Star State's finest (not to mention top-drawing) true singer-songwriters. He was still a relative unknown in 1989 when his second studio album, West Textures, was released — especially on the triple bill he shared at the time touring with legends Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark — but once fellow Texas icon Joe Ely recorded both "The Road Goes on Forever" and "Whenever Kindness Fails" on his 1993 album, Love and Danger, the secret was out on Keen's credentials as a songwriter's songwriter. By the end of the decade, Keen was a veritable household name in Texas, headlining a millennial New Year's Eve celebration in Austin that drew an estimated 200,000 people. A dozen years later, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame along with the late, great Van Zandt and his old college buddy, Lyle Lovett.
The middle child of a geologist father and an attorney mother, Keen was weaned on classic rock (in particular, the psychedelic blues trio Cream) and his older brother's Willie Nelson records — but it was his younger sister's downtown Houston celebrity status as a "world-champion foosball player" that exposed him to the area's acoustic folk scene. By the time he started working on his English degree at Texas A&M, he was teaching himself guitar and setting his poetic musings to song. That in turn led to a college fling with a bluegrass ensemble (featuring his childhood friend Bryan Duckworth, who would continue to play fiddle with Keen well into the '90s) and front-porch picking parties with fellow Aggie Lovett at Keen's rental house — salad days captured in spirit on the Keen/Lovett co-write, "The Front Porch Song," which both artists would eventually record on their respective debut albums.
While Lovett's self-titled debut was released on major-label Curb Records, Keen took the road less travelled, self-financing and producing 1984's No Kinda Dancer and leasing it to the independent label Rounder Records, which issued it on its Philo imprint. "It was difficult, because I didn't know what I was doing ... I literally opened up the phonebook and looked for studios," Keen recalls. "I basically put it all together through brute force and ignorance, but I was shocked with how well it worked out and very happy with it. We had a release party at Butch Hancock's Dixie Bar and Bustop, and Lyle and Nanci Griffith and a lot of those people who were a part of the Austin folkie scene came out."
Keen himself had already started to make quite a name for himself on that scene, thanks to four years of constant regional gigging and winning the Kerrville Folk Festival's prestigious New Folk songwriting competition in 1983. After his debut's release, he began touring more and more outside of the state lines, eventually moving to Nashville in 1986. Keen's stint in Music City, U.S.A., lasted just under two years, but he returned to Texas armed with a publishing deal, a new label (another indie, Sugar Hill), and a national booking agent. He closed the decade with 1988's The Live Album and the following year's West Textures, the album that marked the debut of "The Road Goes on Forever" and, not inconsequently, kicked his career into high gear.
With hindsight, Keen admits he no idea at the time of writing it that his song about a couple of ill-fated lovers running afoul of the law would have the legs it did, but he readily points to the forward thinking of DJ Steve Coffman of San Antonio radio station KRIO for helping to start the fire. "He talked the station into doing sort of a free-form programing format, basically anything he liked, which turned out to be some Texas music along with a lot of cool sort of pop music," he says. "So all of a sudden, I heard my song back-to-back with the Sheryl Crow song that was popular at the time, and that was the first time that I really felt like I was a real part of the music business, despite having been in it already for a pretty long time. And right after that, I went to a show in San Antonio and there were 1,500 people there — whereas up to that point I'd been playing to, max, maybe 150. That was the real ah-hah moment for me that really got me going and kept me going, because before that I'd been doing this for eight or 10 years and had a lot of rejection but very little success."
After that, though, success came in spades. Although he continued to steer clear of the Garth Brooks-dominated waters of the country mainstream, the perfect storm of Keen's literate songcraft, razor wit and killer band (more on that in a bit) stirred up a grassroots sensation in Texas not seen since the '70s heyday of maverick "outlaw country" upstarts Willie, Waylon, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Armed with two more albums (1993's A Bigger Piece of Sky and '94's Gringo Honeymoon) brimming with instant classics like "Corpus Christi Bay," "Whenever Kindness Fails," "Gringo Honeymoon," "Dreadful Selfish Crime" and "Merry Christmas From the Family," he began packing dancehalls, roadhouses, theaters, and festival grounds with diverse crowds of rowdy college kids, serious singer-songwriter fans and plenty of folks who, like Keen himself, had been around the Texas music scene long enough to remember Willie's earliest 4th of July Picnics. And the phenomenon was not confined to the Texas state lines. Famed producer and pedal steel ace Lloyd Maines (Joe Ely, Terry Allen) helped Keen and his band bottle lighting on 1996's No. 2 Live Dinner, a next-best-thing-to-being-there concert document that remains one of Keen's best-selling albums, and the burgeoning alt-country scene (bolstered by AAA radio stations across the country and magazines like No Depression) embraced Keen as one of its prime movers. In the wake of albums like 1997's Picnic and '98's Walking Distance (both released on major-label Arista), one would have been hard-pressed to tell the difference between a rabid Robert Earl Keen crowd at Texas' legendary Gruene Hall and those at New York City joints like Tramps and the Bowery Ballroom. Little wonder, then, that when the songwriter-revering "Americana" style was officially recognized by the industry 1998, Keen was the genre's first artist to be featured on the cover of the radio trade magazine Gavin.
The '90s may have been a boom period for Keen, but his momentum hasn't ebbed a bit since the turn of the century — nor has his pursuit of continued growth as a writer and artist. If anything, his output from the last decade has been marked by some of the most adventurous music of his career. "Wild Wind," an unforgettable highlight from Gravitational Forces, his Gurf Morlic-produced 2001 debut for the Nashville-based Americana label Lost Highway, captured the character (and characters) of a small Texas town with a cinematic eye reminiscent of The Last Picture Show; but the album's title track also found Keen wryly experimenting with spacey, beatnik jazz. For the freewheelin', freak-flag-flying Farm Fresh Onions (2003, Audium/Koch), Keen and producer Rich Brotherton (his longtime guitarist) took the band into the proverbial garage to knock out their most rocking set of songs to date — most notably the psychedelic rave-up of the title track. Brotherton also produced the more rootsy but equally playful What I Really Mean (2005, E1 Music), but Lloyd Maines was back at the helm for 2009's eclectic The Rose Hotel and 2011's spirited Ready for Confetti (both released by Lost Highway). The later was especially well received by fans and critics alike, with AllMusic's Thom Jurek raving, "Ready for Confetti is, without question, Keen's most inspired and focused project in nearly 20 years."
As for what they'll be working on next, well, Keen's fans probably won't have to wait very long. Despite the fact that 2014 will mark the 30th anniversary of his first album, No Kinda Dancer, Keen's primary focus remains — as ever — more on the road still ahead than the road behind him.
Opening Artist: Doug Seegers
Peter "Pete" Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and activist. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene", which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental causes. Contact: City Winery Napa at the Historic Napa Valley Opera House
1030 Main Street
707.260.1600 email@example.com Cost:
VIP $40.00 Premier $35.00 Reserved $30.00
Leo Kottke @ City Winery Napa |
Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11.
After adding a love for the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt to the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps, Kottke joined the Navy underage, to be underwater, and eventually lost some hearing shooting at lightbulbs in the Atlantic while serving on the USS Halfbeak, a diesel submarine.
Kottke had previously entered college at the U of Missouri, dropping out after a year to hitchhike across the country to South Carolina, then to New London and into the Navy, with his twelve string. “The trip was not something I enjoyed,” he has said, “I was broke and met too many interesting people.”
Discharged in 1964, he settled in the Twin Cities area and became a fixture at Minneapolis’ Scholar Coffeehouse, which had been home to Bob Dylan and John Koerner. He issued his 1968 recording debut LP Twelve String Blues, recorded on a Viking quarter-inch tape recorder, for the Scholar’s tiny Oblivion label. (The label released one other LP by The Langston Hughes Memorial Eclectic Jazz Band.)
After sending tapes to guitarist John Fahey, Kottke was signed to Fahey’s Takoma label, releasing what has come to be called the Armadillo record. Fahey and his manager Denny Bruce soon secured a production deal for Kottke with Capitol Records.
Kottke’s 1971 major-label debut, “Mudlark,” positioned him somewhat uneasily in the singer/songwriter vein, despite his own wishes to remain an instrumental performer. Still, despite arguments with label heads as well as with Bruce, Kottke flourished during his tenure on Capitol, as records like 1972′s “Greenhouse” and 1973′s live “My Feet Are Smiling” and “Ice Water” found him branching out with guest musicians and honing his guitar technique.
With 1975′s Chewing Pine, Kottke reached the U.S. Top 30 for the second time; he also gained an international following thanks to his continuing tours in Europe and Australia.
His collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, “Clone,” caught audiences’ attention in 2002. Kottke and Gordon followed with a recording in the Bahamas called “Sixty Six Steps,” produced by Leo’s old friend and Prince producer David Z.
Kottke has been awarded two Grammy nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.
Contact: Uptown Theatre Napa
1350 Third St., Napa
VIP $40.00 Premier $35.00 Reserved $30.00
Robert "Hollywood" Jenkins Trio @ Silo's Napa |
Robert "Hollywood" Jenkins has been well known as a prolific San Francisco Bay area Guitarist, Vocalist and band leader for several years. Hollywood first became interested in music when he was sixteen years old, growing up in Bartlesville, Ok. He would sneak into the local Twenty Gents night club and watch a band called Ronnie and the Miracles play blues. At that time, as he watched the band's performance, Hollywood thought that playing in a band was the coolest thing that you could ever do! He moved to San Diego, CA and started a band, Hollywood’s band opened for the legendary James Brown at the Convention Center. Thereafter, Hollywood moved to Oakland, California, in 1977, where he landed his first local gig with the Brummels Band. Soon after, Hollywood played as a side man for many musicians like the Monterey Blues Festival with Beverly Stovall, The Oakland Convention Center backing John Lee Hooker and at Yoshi’s Lounge with Ricardo Scales. Additionally, He has performed with Jimmy McCracklin, Kenny Neal, Zakiya Hooker, among others.
Hollywood was featured at the KCSM Jazz on the Hill Festival, Polk Street Blues Festival, Guest performer on KGO News Talk Radio 810 AM. Recently Hollywood Jenkins recorded a song called Hey Baby with Blues great Jimmy McCracklin to be soon released on a Major Nation wide Record Label.
Hollywood received critical acclaim in the Oakland Tribune and San Mateo County Times, newspapers, for his performance at the Alameda County fair, July 2006. Hollywood played at the Russell City Blues Festival,Hayward, the Black Diamond Blues Festival. Hollywood performs at the famous Lou’s pier 47, on Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, CA.
Hollywood’s style has been influenced by many guitarists such as B B King, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Wes Montgomery, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Hollywood was voted “New Blues Artist of 2007“, by the Bay Area Blues Society and most recently played Guitar on Blues Legend’s Jimmy McCracklin’s Recording of “Hey Baby”. Hollywood's own CD: Robert “Hollywood” Jenkins, which airs on KPOO Radio 89.5 FM and KPFA 94.1 FM is available on Itunes, Amazon.com etc. He still believes that performing music is the coolest thing that you could ever do!
Collaboration Jazz Groove Fusion @ Uva Trattoria |
Collaboration Jazz Band is a unique fusion of musical styles as well as musicians. In Collaboration we see four uniquely talented Sonoma County musician friends from widely varied backgrounds coming together to mix a blend of jazz, African, Brazilian, pop, and more. You’ll want to get these cool dudes for your next hot summer event! Contact: Uva Trattoria
1040 Clinton 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
Johnny Smith Group @ Silos |
You'll definitely be entertained by one of the most outstanding voices in the Bay Area and beyond as he delivers a host of original rock, blues and reggae songs, as well as classic covers, and Jazz Standards.
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
Silos Jazz Club
(707) 251.5833 Cost:
The Charles Wheal Band @ Downtown Joe's Brewery |
Charles Wheal & his band play some of the highest quality traditional blues and roots music on the scene today, and have been winning fans since 2006, when he left Mark Hummel's band to focus on his own music.
Huey Lewis calls Wheal's finger pickin' guitar style "a special delight!"
In his live performances as well as his recordings, the authentic arrangements are delivered by veteran performers playing with passion, focus and flawless musicianship.
Contact: Downtown Joe's
902 Main Street, Napa
Jack Pollard & Dan Daniels Party of 3 @ Uva Trattoria |
As an entertainer and a showman, Jack brings a lifetime of experience to the stage. His silky baritone and impeccable vocal interpretation brings to life a repertoire of songs which span decades of hits from the 30's to the 80's. His shows encompass; Jazz, Blues and R and B to bring you a varied palette of song with something to please everyone. During his career, Jack has shared the stage with B.B. King, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations.
Contact: Uva Trattoria
1040 Clinton Street, Napa
Justin Townes Earle w/ American Aquarium @ City Winery Napa |
After two and a half years, Justin Townes Earle will release his sixth studio album (and first ever on Vagrant Records). Entitled Single Mothers, the record will be released nationwide on September 9th, 2014 and Justin will be on the road in the US throughout September and early October.
Single Mothers is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana.