Festival Napa Valley: Sarah Chang in Concert @ Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater |
Piazzolla Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Superstar violinist and festival favorite Sarah Chang joins Festival Orchestra NAPA for a thrilling concert that includes The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by
the late, great Argentinean "new tango" composer Astor Piazzolla. Chang
performs the piece – a marvelous fusion of tango and classical music –
in an arrangement for solo violin and strings that quotes Vivaldi's
timeless Four Seasons.
"Her gifts are at a level so
removed from the rest of us that all we can do is feel the appropriate
awe and then wonder on the mysteries of nature," The New York Times wrote
about Chang, who made her New York Philharmonic debut at the age of 8
and over the last 25 years has performed with the world's greatest
orchestras and conductors.
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
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.
Chris Cain and The North Bay Allstars @ The HISTORIC Empress Theatre |
Chris Cain’s jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have
the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His
expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless
pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his
mother’s Greek ancestry and his father’s soulful black heritage. The
All-Stars are Don Bassey on bass and vocals, Mike Emerson on keyboards,
Matt Silva on guitar, Kevin Frazier on saxophone and vocals, and T Moran
Mike Annuzzi (Pop/Blues) @ Silos |
Mike Annuzzi is a Silicon Valley based singer/songwriter. With his pop/blues sound he displays his heartfelt songwriting talent at venues around the West Coast. Last summer, Mike was included at BottleRock Napa 2014 Music Festival along with headliners The Cure, Outkast, Eric Church and many more. He has also played The Mountain Winery in Saratoga with Los Lonely Boys.
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa
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!
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+
Babzmatazz! @ Silo's |
Featuring Barbara Long (two-time Gold Record recipient as vocalist for the jazz group Hiroshima), with a stellar ensemble, brings together their musical journeys in a celebration of friendship and love - with a soulful, smooth jazz vibe.
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main 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 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".
FOREJOUR pays tribute to the music of 80’s mega bands FOREIGNER & JOURNEY, recreating the soundtrack of a generation with stunning accuracy. Forejour’s set list includes the 20th century’s most down-loaded song, “Don’t Stop Believing”, as well as power ballads such as Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is”, and Journey’s “Faithfully”.
The Deadlies bring a bright blast of sound evolving from the California
surf scene and roadhouse honkytonks, and swing with free-wheelin’
references of the best of punk & rock – raw, real and FUN! The band
features entertaining vocalist and rippin’ guitarist, James Patrick
Regan, Napa Valley’s KVYN 99.3 FM “Good Morning, Bob!” radio host Bob
St. Laurent grooving the bass! The two and their drummer rebrand the
power-trio sound and are loaded for bear with chops and hooks making
them the Deadli-est of Surf bands.
Confiding narratives and striking melodies illustrate the songs of
Francesca Lee. Layered and lustrous, the music on her new full-length
release, The Pieces Left, radiates from an organic center colored by
electronic shadings and beats. As sonic light breaks through the opaque
mist of a dense soundscape, the sound mirrors the drama of her locale:
San Francisco, home to generations of visionaries. “Nothing is more
dreamlike than the adventure of walking in this city,” she says. “I look
out my window to see people in the street, a bus moving, a couple
fighting on the corner, a homeless man. The inspiration for the album
comes from what I visualize everyday.”
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:
The Gentlemen of Jazz @ Uva Trattoria |
The Gentlemen of Jazz, acoustic bassist Tom Shader and pianist Ross Gualco, perform elegant renditions of the "Great American Songbook" (Gershwin, Porter, Ellington, Jobim, etc.). Their extensive knowledge of the genre allows them to honor virtually any request while their musical virtuosity allows them to interpret these great classics with excitement and sensitivity.
Contact: Uva Trattoria
1040 Clinton Street, Napa
The Tuneriders @ Silo's |
Featuring lots of three part harmonies, acoustic &
Electric Blues, Rock, R&B, and Folk/Pop Styles, The Tuneriders are A professional
quartet that loves to perform high quality covers that bring back
memories of the marvelous music of the past...upbeat hits of the legendary vocal groups of the 60’s - 70s. Grammy award winning drummer MICHAEL HURWITZ will be firing up the TUNERIDERS on this special evening of music.
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa
Gen Admission: $17-20]
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.
Dr. John & The Nite Trippers @ Uptown Theatre Napa |
The legendary Dr. John is a six-time GRAMMY Award-winning musician
and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as
the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon
in American culture. He’s on a roll with his band The Nite Trippers,
headlining a string of US and international dates which are earning rave
reviews from critics including David Fricke of Rolling Stone. Career
accolades are also pouring in: Dr. John just won Best Blues Artist from
Jazz FM and he helped to induct What a Wonderful World at the 2015
Songwriters’ Hall of Fame gala. This summer’s tour includes both Nite
Tripper gigs featuring classic Dr. John hits reaching all the way back
to his legendary album Babylon, to special Ske-Dat-De-Dat shows performing his critically acclaimed Louis Armstrong tribute album.
The album has earned rave reviews thanks in large part to Dr. John’s
musical director and album co-producer and arranger Sarah Morrow, a
visionary in her own right who has played trombone with legends
including Ray Charles and Bootsy Collins. Special album guests including
Bonnie Raitt, Arturo Sandoval and The Blind Boys of Alabama helped Dr.
John pay tribute to hometown hero Satch.
Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch (Proper Records/Concord Records)
debuted at #1 this fall on Billboard Magazine’s Jazz Chart and landed on
Best Albums of 2014 lists. Dr. John says of his Ske-Dat-De-Dat’s
inspiration: “Louis Armstrong was the most famous guy who ever came out
of my neighborhood. So it was special to me when he came to me in a
dream and said: ‘Do my music, but do it your way.”
Contact: Uptown Theatre Napa
1350 Third St., Napa
$40/$65 Age: 12 & over (under 16 must be with adult)
8 Track Massacre - 2 show night! @ Silo's |
8 Track Massacre formed in Sacramento around a common love for the music of the 1980's! With a setlist built on the music of Duran Duran, The Cure, The Cars, Billy Idol, Depeche Mode, etc! Get that hairspray and neon out and put on your dancing shoes!
An elderly couple stands precariously on the railing of a 17-floor balcony… two teenagers unknowingly choose a murder scene for their parking date, and a young man throws off the shackles of a bullish culture. These are just a sample of the scenes in which you’ll find yourself imme...rsed when you listen to The Novelists. Equally comfortable acoustic or electric, The Novelists showcase cliffhanger storytelling, multiple lead singers, and their signature four-part harmonies.
In 2013, they debuted The Novelists Book Club, a music subscription giving fans two original releases each month. In March 2014, they released Book One, the first of two albums chosen from the Book Club material. In addition to a headlining gig at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, The Novelists have become a mainstay on the West Coast festival, college and house concert circuits. They’ve shared the stage with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, John Prine, and Daryl Stuermer (Genesis).
Ingrid Michaelson with special guest Nick Fradiani @ Robert Mondavi Winery Summer Concert Series |
For nearly five decades, Robert Mondavi Winery has hosted legendary artists for our annual Summer Concert Series. Ingrid Michaelson writes dreamy, pensive-but-poppy songs that connects with millions. Her music taps into universal themes like self-doubt, betrayal, and of course love, but her spirit is fiercely indie.
Born in New York City and raised by her mother, a sculptor, and her father, a classical composer, Ingrid Michaelson has artistry in her DNA. At four she began taking piano lessons but it wasn't until after she graduated college with a degree in musical theatre and was touring the country in a theater troupe that she began to write the dreamy, pensive-but-poppy songs that would connect with millions. Her music taps into universal themes like self-doubt, betrayal, and of course love, but her spirit is fiercely indie; all of Ingrid's music is released on the label she founded, Cabin 24 Records which has sold one million albums and over 8 million singles to date.
In the past year, Ingrid has vaulted from overachieving indie-pop sweetheart to a bona-fide pop star. Her fifth studio album, Lights Out (Cabin 24/Mom+Pop), was her highest charting debut yet, bowing at No. 4 upon its release and building on the successful debuts of her two previous records, Human Again (No. 5), in 2012 and Everybody (No. 18), released in 2009. Lights Out's debut single "Girls Chase Boys" spent 20 weeks on Billboard's Top 100, became her first Top 40 hit and introduced her to a whole new audience.
Ingrid is currently working on writing & producing her own sitcom, recording her next studio album, and writing songs for film.
Robert Mondavi Winery has four different ticket levels available during our concert season: General Admission where Guests provide their own low beach chair or blanket to sit on the lawn; Patio Seating where A small section on our patio located adjacent to our Vineyard Room where we provide you a regular chair; Reserve Tickets, A small intimate section of the lawn in front of the stage where we provide a low beach chair; and Dinner Tickets which includes dining at the edge of the To Kalon vineyard including a a stand up wine reception in our cellar.
Festival Napa Valley's Opera Gala @ Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater |
Conductor Carlo Ponti and the Festival Orchestra NAPA are joined by two of opera's most exciting young stars – tenor Michael Fabiano and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard – for an unforgettable night of arias and duets.
Fabiano, whom the San Francisco Chronicle called "the hardest working opera singer in show business" and a singer "with a muscular and mellifluous tenor voice," has earned raves for his performances at major houses like the Met and San Francisco Opera, where last month he starred in the title role of Verdi's Don Carlo.
Praised by The New York Times for her "consistently gorgeous tone and elegant demeanor," Isabel Leonard has wowed critics and audiences from New York to Vienna. She won a 2013 Grammy Award for Thomas Adès' opera The Tempest.
Justin Diaz @ Uva Trattoria |
From his earliest years, Justin sang along, and it quickly became evident that he had a big voice and a keen musical ear. His musical reach expanded to the trumpet, drums, piano, ukulele and guitar, and by his teens he was writing and composing his own music. His smooth vocals made him a local favorite, destined to be the next American Idol sweetheart, but fame wasn't what he was after.
At 18, Justin pursued the deeper things in life, and moved to Japan and the UK to study. Upon graduation, he traveled extensively, and by age 24, Justin had visited 50+ countries and 49 states in his own way: slowly and curiously, staying in the homes of strangers that were destined to become good friends, savoring sunsets, and sharing truthful conversations over good wine.
In 2014, Justin returned to the Napa Valley to share his talents and stories. He currently performs on a variety of stages - from lounges, wineries and breweries, to weddings and dementia wards - and serves as a music therapist for the elderly. Justin also continues to travel widely as he pursues simplicity and substance through the medium of music.
HIS SOULFUL VOCALS BREATHE LIFE INTO DECADES OF CLASSICS AND ORIGINALS, AND BRINGS CLASS AND WHIMSY TO LOUNGES, TASTING ROOMS, WEDDINGS, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
Contact: Uva Trattoria
1040 Clinton Street, Napa
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
Le Hot Jazz @ Uva Trattoria |
Jazz with a French twist Le Jazz Hot duo featuring Isabelle Fontaine on vocals.
Isabelle Fontaine was born and raised in the French countryside with the voices of Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, and Yves Montand ringing in her ears. She originally had no intention of becoming a professional musician but when she started singing with a group of friends for fun, her talent was immediately recognized and her life took an unexpected turn. She spent the next twenty years singing and playing the snare drum to the jumping jive music of the 50’s throughout France, with detours to Spain and over the Alps to Switzerland. In 2004 she moved with her family to the Bay Area and has since become highly sought after not only as a vocalist but also as a rhythm guitar player. During this period, she developed an unconditional love for the Ladies and the Dukes of the Big Band Era and was eventually drawn to the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club of France. It wasn’t long before she picked up the guitar and applied her impeccable sense of rhythm to the stringed instrument.