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June 20, 2016

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NapaLife is the insider's guide to Napa Valley; this is only a taste of the whole newsletter. The weekly newsletter is published by insider Paul Franson.

NapaLife runs 12 to 20 pages each week including a list of almost everything happening in Napa Valley in the next week. It is e-mailed each Monday and an online version is also available. It costs only $1 per week, $50 per year.

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This week in NapaLife

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Two Birds One Stone open

Summer at Lucky Penny

Wildcat returning downtown

Chef Trevor Kunk leaving Press

Vine Trail update

Locals Day at the CIA

Uptown show and dinner package

Marriott unveils renovation

Entertainment and arts 

Festival Napa Valley Gala

Music in the Vineyards’ 22nd season

Music Festival for Brain Health

Classes for enthusiasts at the CIA

Small business classes

News for the wine community

County approves Walt Ranch

Gallo buys Orin Swift Cellars

This week in Napa Valley

This week at Cameo Cinema

French regional menu

Summer solstice party at Silverado

Lorenza at Cadet Wine Bar

Molinari on T.A.P.

Mike Greensill evening jazz at Silo’s

DoNapa Culinary Crawl

Great Grape Study - Cabernet Franc

Savoy: Justin Pyne & Friends at Silo’s

Musical Picnics in Lyman Park

Calistoga Concerts in the Park

O, Brother Where Art Thou? At Silo’s

St. Helena Farmers’ Market

Chef and Somm Dinner at Silverado

BBQ at Pair Off Pour Off Fridays

Coombsville Wines at Back Room

Napa City Nights

Italian Restaurant at V. Sattui

Groove Dragon at Silo’s

Eleven Eleven summer release party

Abuzz at Museum

Quintessa “IQ Series” wine program

Fleetwood Mask at Silo’s

Musicians’ performance workshop

Cool Tools for Home Cooks sale

Al Di Meola at the Uptown

Future events

Landmarks golf tournament

Spirituals at Festival del Sole



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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Uptown Theatre
June 26 – Al Di Meola
July 1 – Judy Collins
July 6 – Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
July 14 – Comedian Brian Regan
July 16 – Hotel California – A Salute to The Eagles
July 23 – Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
Aug. 11 – Ziggy Marley
Aug 23 – Band of Horses
Aug 30 – Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Sept. 3 – An Evening with Molly Ringwald   
Sept 16 – Art Garfunkel
Sept 17 – Get the Led Out – The American Led Zeppelin
Sept 23 – Iris DeMent and Loudon Wainwright III 
Sept 24 – Big Head Todd and the Monsters Present: Songs of Willie Dixon 
Oct 4 – The Gregg Allman Band 
Oct 5 – Ani DiFranco
Oct 10 – Colbie Caillat
Dec 1 – An Irish Christmas
Dec. 8 - Lewis Black 

Most shows are at 8 p.m. The Uptown Theatre is at 1350 Third St. in Napa. The box office phone is 259-0123 x 6 and website is

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater

June 26 Symphony Napa Valley presents Double Double

July 9 The Fab Four

July 30 La Santa Cecilia

Aug. 14 Dan Goodman Nonsense and Verse 

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Visit, or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center

Saturday, July 2: "Stars & Stripes & Songs & Such" with Dani Beem

Saturday, July 9: "Fly Me to the Moon" with Danielle DeBow and Michael Scott Wells

Saturday, July 16: "Miscast Napa"

Saturday, July 23: "The Big Broadcast of 1946" -

Most shops are at 8 p.m. and all cost $25. Drinks are available.


Long Meadow Ranch Bluegrass plus

Monday, July 4th Sierra Hull plus fireworks 

Saturday, Aug. 13 Fruition

Sunday, Aug. 21 The Brothers Comotose

Friday, Aug. 26 Trout Steak Revival

Saturday, Sept. 3 The Lil' Smokies at Native Sons Hall, St. Helena

Sunday, Oct. 2 LMR All-Star Big Band benefit concert for the Timothy W. Hall Foundation


Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, 738 Main St., St. Helena

Robert Mondavi Winery summer concert series


All the shows are on Saturdays:

July 2, American Authors with fireworks display the concert
July 9, Blues Traveler
July 23, Ingrid Michaelson
July 30, O.A.R.

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Napa City Nights
Napa City Nights is a free concert series held every Friday night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. during the summer in the Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater  in downtown Napa.

June 24 Renee Wilson, Dylan Black Project and Maddy Hudson
July 1 Girls & Boys, The Grain Band and Jessica Martindale
July 8 Jimmy Smith Band, Ordinary Sons and Shelby Lanterman
July 15 The Dr. D Band, Pacific Standard and Rose Paradise
July 22 Fourjour, The Deadlies and Francesca Lee
July 29 The Bad Jones, C4INC and Anthony Presti
Aug. 5 Sweet Hayah, Amber Snider Band and Vincent Costanza
Aug. 12 Soul Section and Napa School of Music
Aug. 19 The Billy Martini Show, Skunk Funk and James Patrick Regan
Aug. 26 The Pat Jordan Band, Whitney Nichole Band and Jeff Campbell


Silo’s Coffee House series

Silo’s Coffee House series will feature folk and bluegrass from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays. The June Coffeehouse schedule:

•    June 23 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?
•    June 30, Howell Mountain Boys

The cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the door and includes coffee and dessert. I assume you can buy wine, beer and cocktails if you don’t want to imbibe caffeine at night…

For information visit or call 251-5833.

Silo’s is at 530 Main St. in Napa.

Compadres’ Music on the River

Compadres’ annual Music on the River starts Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and continues from 4 to 7 p.m. every Sunday until Labor Day weekend. Here are the next month’s offerings:

June 26: Double Shot – mix of rock and country rock standards

July 3 - Nitelites 

July 10 - The Full Tilt Band, featuring Donna Spitzer

July 17 - Davies-Dukes Band

July 24 - Greg Richmond Band

July 31 - Johnny Fittipaldi and Friends

Compadres Rio Grille is at 505 Lincoln Ave. in Napa. Call 253-1111.

Goose & Gander summer Sundays on the patio

1-4 p.m. in the garden patio with no cover charge.

June 26 The Good Bad Band

July 3 Marty O’Reilly

July 10 Dixie Giants

July 17 the Sextones

July 24 Derek Irving and His Combo

July 31 Reservoir Days

Aug. 7 P.A. Furnace

Aug. 14 Kenya B trio

Aug. 21 Brad Parsons Band

Aug. 28 Worlds Finest

Sept. 4 Ordinary Sons

1245 Spring Street in St. Helena

Farmstead Friday music

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch features a local artist at our restaurant's outdoor bar every Friday evening for live bluegrass, classic rock and folk music.  The music starts at 6 p.m., following happy hour, and food and drinks are for sale.

June 17: Lisa-Marie Johnston

June 24: Misisipi Mike

July 1: James Patrick Regan

July 8: Lisa-Marie Johnston

July 15: Sow Belly Trio

July 22: UltraFaux

July 29: Misisipi Mike

Aug. 5: Misisipi Mike

Aug. 12: Lisa-Marie Johnston

Aug. 19: Smorgy

Aug. 26: Sow Belly Trio

Sept. 2: Kyle O'Brien

Calistoga Concerts in the Park

Thursday Nights 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Pioneer Park at1308 Cedar St. in Calistoga

June 23  Kingsborough classic-soulful rock n’ roll

June 30  Rosetown Soul Soul and R&B Revue is a 7 piece "Blues Brothers" inspired event band

July 7 Swing 7 swing band plays swing, jazz, Latin and R&B

July 14 Wild Catahoulas Cajun/ Zydeco band

July 21 Twice as Good with father-and-son Native American Paul and Rich Steward Blues Duo

July 28 The Vivants bluegrass, old-time country and sister-harmonies.

Aug. 4 Poor Man's Whiskey fusion of bluegrass/old time, southern rock and old school jam

Aug. 11 Saint Ashbury Jeremy Cozakas and Ashley Mitchell walk a thin line between alt country and contemporary rock.

Aug. 18 Decades material that spans from the '40s to today.

Aug. 25 Boys of Summer

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