** Vintner Vinyl ** Monday Nights **Featuring John Emmerich: Silverado Vineyards** @ 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.
**Featuring John Emmerich: Silverado Vineyards**!
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.
ALAN DOYLE: So Let's Go Tour @ City Winery Napa |
Alan Doyle, actor, producer, newlyminted bestselling author, and bestknown as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea these past 20+ years, is set to release his second solo album, So Let’s Go, on January 20. Title-track lead single So Let’s Go, is a rousing rallying cry that’s only further proof of Doyle’s ability to draw the listener under his banner. Equally adept at drawing a crowd, Doyle will be embarking on a North American tour upon album release. Made in collaboration with Thomas ‘Tawgs’ Salter (Lights, Walk Off The Earth), Jerrod Bettis (Adele, Serena Ryder), Gordie Sampson (Keith Urban, Willie Nelson), and Joe Zook (OneRepublic, Katy Perry), the album follows Doyle’s first solo outing, Boy On Bridge, released in 2012. “If there’s an over-arching theme on this record, it’s one of optimism…not that this is in contrast to my previous doomladen songs!” laughs Doyle, who says this album is freer than Boy On Bridge in the respect of being open to all influences.
“On my last solo record I wanted to explore musical backyards of friends of mine in different parts of the musical world. It was as much a physical as a musical journey away from home. On So Let’s Go, folks will hear much more stuff from my backyard and all the traditional and Celtic influences I grew up with, married with the most contemporary collaborators out there.” A non-traditional marriage for Doyle was writing his first book simultaneously with the album, the best-selling memoir Where I Belong, released last month.
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
Mari Mack is featured guest tonight, teaming up with the All-Stars for this 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, Matt Silva on guitar, and T Moran on drums.
Mari started singing as a toddler, indoctrinated with love for jazz and big band by her father; blues, rock and r&b from her older siblings. Before the age of 18, she was paying her dues, singing rock, r&b and blues in clubs all over the NY area. After a post-gig auto accident that totaled her car and left her without a scratch, she thanked her lucky stars and took it as a sign to make a change in her lifestyle. "I was very lonely, my family was fractured and my mom lived out in San Francisco, so I packed my bags and headed out west. I figured that I would just stay there for a few weeks and then head down to LA, but fate had other plans."
She's been in Northern California ever since, continuing to pay her dues, singing soul and blues in North Beach and all around the Bay Area - interspersed with day jobs and school. All attempts to "get out of the music business" have failed, but Mari always succeeds in moving people and making new fans.
As good as she sounds in recordings, you really don't get the full effect until you see her work her magic on stage.
"And OMG, Mari Mack torched the paint off the walls. Soooooo good." Deborah Grabien, (The Sound Field) Contact: Historic Empress Theatre
330 Virginia Street, Vallejo
General Admission: $7 - $9 at the door
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.
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 Morgan & The Emblems WITH JourneyDay & Jade Luvdae @ Silo's Napa |
From rock to pop; rockabilly & funk, even to swing...wunderkind Todd Morgan isn't only the 2014 Silo's Idol winner, but he and his group of musical cohorts 'The Emblems' have been wowing audiences far and wide. With a stage presence and showmanship that will take you by surprise, this pre-holiday encore performance will certainly blow your hair back!
Youthful, exuberant and beyond talented, this group, based out of the rolling foothills of Sacramento comes back to Napa for an evening of originals and covers that speak of classic rock influences from Jerry Lee Lewis to The Stray Cats...you'll even pick up a little 80's era Michael Jackson in there too!
530 Main Street, Napa
Dan & Margarita @ Uva Trattoria |
Margarita de Jesus understands what it is to have two cultures resonating within her. She was born in San Francisco, her parents were born in Mexico, and she sees the world with international eyes.
Margarita has always loved Latin Music, an influence from her father, who loved to sing and play his guitar.In order to pursue her passion and dream, Margarita retired from United Airlines, after a career of 26 years in customer service. She has been singing since she was three years old. She sings the songs she has always loved: romantic, adult contemporary, easy listening music, as well as the Latin Bolero standards.
Margarita also sings American Jazz Standard songs.
The Official Blues Brothers Revue! @ Uptown Theatre Napa |
The Official Blues Brothers Revue, presented by Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Musical Director Paul Shaffer, combines the comedy and hits from the original Blues Brothers movie and pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel, and soul music. Hear all of The Blues Brothers classics such as “Soul Man”, “Rubber Biscuit”, “Sweet Home Chicago”, “Rawhide” and “Gimme Some Lovin’” by Jake, Elwood and the band who hit the right balance of humor, music and mayhem in this upbeat and uplifting, concert performance that is fun for all ages.
Wayne Catania as “Jake” is an established and respected musician, actor, and creative writer with a career spanning four decades. In the late 1970’s, Wayne’s resemblance to the late, great John Belushi opened the door to showcasing his own formidable acting and musical talents onstage and onscreen. Joining ACTRA as a character actor, he was cast in numerous feature films, television shows, and international advertising campaigns. Wayne’s charismatic and animated physical style were instrumental in forming a persona that now complimented his achievements on the live music stage. All of this has culminated in the opportunity to be cast as Jake Blues in the Classic Blues Brothers Stage Show—a part that Wayne is very specifically qualified for and passionate about and which is, in reality, the pinnacle of his life’s work. Over the past fifteen years, Wayne Catania has been the face and personality of the immortal Jake Blues, touring the continental US and Canada with both Official Blues Brothers Revue. Wayne has recently worked with Kieron, Judy Belushi Pisano, and Anne Beatts (Saturday Night Live, Square Pegs) to write the pilot for a TV show based on the further adventures of Jake & Elwood Blues.
Kieron Lafferty as “Elwood Blues” began a career as a musician, playing in the Toronto blues/rock circuit where he gained a solid reputation for his soulful vocals and melodic harmonica lines. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Kieron Lafferty was influenced by legends like Sam & Dave, Credence Clearwater Revival, and The Doors who played at his fathers night club.
As an actor Kieron has had roles in a number of films including The Stem, by Alan Royal, and Synchronicity, a rockumentary by Bob Connolly. Venturing into musical theatre in 1998, Kieron joined the cast of the award winning Las Vegas show ‘Legends in Concert’ as Elwood Blues. The Blues Brothers act evolved beyond the Las Vegas show rooms and together with his stage partner Wayne Catania (Jake) they starred in the Blues Brothers Revival, a musical written by Victor Pisano and staged in Chicago in 2004. Since that time, their Blues Brothers act has toured extensively across the US, Canada and Australia, and they are currently touring in The Official Blues Brothers Revue produced by Judy Belushi Pisano and Dan Aykroyd, with Musical Director Paul Shaffer. In addition to his stage work, Kieron also puts his extremely versatile vocal ability to work in commercials, narration and animation.
Contact: Uptown Theatre Napa
1350 Third St., Napa
$45/$35/$20 Age: 12+ (under 16 with adult)
Ozomatli *STANDING ONLY!* @ Uptown Theatre Napa |
OZOMATLI Place in the Sun Biography PLACE IN THE SUN, the eighth album by multi-genre, multi-cultural Grammy winning band Ozomatli, takes the band’s street-party consciousness to new heights of eclecticism. Produced by the band and long-time friend, world renowned engineer Robert Carranza and featuring collaborations with the legendary Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart and Xandy Barry of WAX LTD, PLACE IN THE SUN is just the latest proof of the band’s relentless vitality. Shifting gears from electro-cumbia to garage rock, hip-hop, and Pérez Prado mambo, Ozomatli infuses a DJ party mix with dynamic live band chops and attitude. Bursting onto the L.A. stage with their first eponymously titled album in June 1998, Ozomatli capitalized on being the talk of the live music scene, particularly their show-stopping gigs at venues such as Dragonfly, Opium Den and The Viper Room. By 1999, they were touring with Carlos Santana and soon won a Grammy for 2001’s EMBRACE THE CHAOS and a Latin Grammy for 2004’s STREET SIGNS. After nearly twenty years together, having toured internationally, collaborated with the Boston and New York Pops orchestras, and served as Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department, Ozo’s more recent accomplishments have ranged from being the first band to be asked to give a musical talk at the TED Conference to their most recent album OZOMATLI PRESENTS OZOKIDZ. When they were formed, Ozomatli symbolized an emerging, multicultural Los Angeles.
Over the years Ozomatli has become the ultimate jam band, pulling together the strands of creativity into a unique rhythmic machine. And learning to live together, like the city they represent, has made their music even stronger. “We’ve worked hard to create a space for ourselves, our own place in the sun, so to speak,” said guitarist and composer Raúl Pacheco. “We’re coming out with this new record to remind people that we still care about making new music.”
A recurring theme of PLACE IN THE SUN is how the band has learned to deal with life’s responsibilities, struggles, and raising a modern family. (Asdru) Sierra says “Brighter” was written to convey the importance of showing his kids the way through rough patches in life. In fact, the collaboration with Stewart came as a result of the two experiencing fatherhood together. “We met about 12 years ago-- our kids were in the same preschool--and we’ve been friends ever since.” Sierra and Pacheco in particular both feel strongly about balancing parenthood with the rigors of recording and being on the road. Sierra says he wrote the breezy ballad “Only Love” for his wife, who stood by him through their years of marriage.
“This album is about growth, as a man, and a father,” said Sierra. “But we’re still striving for that world sound, the real touch with Latin, and hip-hop and everything else we’re doing.” One of the album’s most powerful songs, “Burn It Down,” offers a significant clue to the band’s past, present and future. Evoking Ozo’s stubborn idealism, the song suggests that battles can be won or lost, but sometimes the best thing is to let it all go and start fresh. “The idea behind that song is that sometimes there’s a point where you just have to burn it down, let it go and move on,” said Pacheco. “The tune was inspired by North African guitarists like Omar Moktar Bombino and it’s the liveliest track on the album. The Band in a room with the record button on!” The title track, “Place in the Sun,” is a garage-rock homage that pushed them all to think about what the band has accomplished. “I thought, what does it really mean to create your space in this world?” Pacheco asked, and together, the band found the answer. “For us it means the work it takes, the struggle it takes and the joy we had once we got it.”
Parlor Tricks - Industrial Ragtime WITH The Royal Deuces @ Silo's Napa |
Parlor Tricks does for Ragtime & Stomp what Led Zeppelin did for the theramin, what Lady GaGa did for bubbles...it's vaudevillian in its delivery, dark and soaring at once.
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa
MARTIN SEXTON with BROTHERS MCCANN @ City Winery Napa |
MARTIN SEXTON MIX TAPE TOUR!
Remember that mix tape your friend made you way back when - the one that's etched in your soul? Martin Sexton's new album Mix Tape of the Open Road is that musical cross-country trip, blazing through all territories of style, as you cruise through time and place. This record is a charm bracelet of twelve gems all strung together with the golden thread of what Rolling Stone calls his "soul marinated voice." Sexton will perform tunes from Mix Tape as well as your favorite Martin classics on this tour.
Bernard Anderson and The Old School @ Uva Trattoria |
Playing smoking hot blues and R&B, the band boasts a strong repertoire of blues, soulful R&B, fast-paced swing and jump blues styles and even a little zydeco for the Cajun two-steppers.
This high energy 4-piece band is comprised of seasoned world-class
musicians, two of whom (including Bernard) were named West Coast Blues
Musicians of the Year by the Bay Area Blues Society. The band boasts a
strong repertoire of blues, soulful R&B, fast-paced swing & jump blues
styles, and even a little zydeco for the Cajun 2-steppers.
The band is led by the dynamic Bernard Anderson on tenor and
baritone saxophone and lead vocals. Bernard has been compared favorably
with the great Jr. Walker (and The All-Stars).
Recently named West Coast Blues
Saxophone player of the year by the Bay Area Blues Society, he has toured
worldwide with the likes of Charles Brown, Taj Mahal, Lowell Fulsom,
Mary Wells, John Handy, Carla Thomas, Faye Carol, Sonny Rhodes, Jimmy
McKracklin, Maxine Howard, Al Wilson, Joe Henderson, Johnny Talbert
and Frankie Lee. In 1997, Bernard was featured on his own album, "Yes
There Is A Doctor In The House".
As an in-demand session player,
Bernard has recorded albums with Queen Ida, Taj Mahal, Sonny Rhodes,
Maxine Howard, Johnny Talbert and Beverly Stovall.
Dakila WITH Acoustigroove @ Silo's Napa |
The legendary 1970's Latin rock band that made its glorious return to the stage at the 2013 Voices of Latin Rock were the hit of the show. Dakila lives on and you can't miss this Latin Groove band that took the city and their fans to a new high.
When we think about Latin Rock, we usually imagine Hispanic or South American artists. However, San Francisco is a diverse city that it is not surprising to find a group that performs music other than their own. For the group Dakila, mixing the latin beat with Filipino flair worked well for them.
I am David Bustamante, one of the original members of Dakila. After many years of requests by different organizations and fans to bring the music of Dakila back, I respectfully felt compelled to bring the band back together. This website is to help promote our upcoming performances, to connect with our fans and supporters of it's music worldwide that began in 1971.
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa