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Pinot dinner at Silver
Silver Trident Winery in Yountville, which hosts a Ralph
showcase and store, presents a Springtime Pinot Pop-up Dinner on May 30
from 6 until 9 p.m.
It is the release celebration for the winery’s 2013
Benevolent Dictator Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.
Chef Curtis DiFede from Oenotri will serve a four-course
dinner paired with four of the winery’s wines.
The cost is $195. RSVPs are required to 945-0311 or
The Silver Trident Tasting Home is at 6495 Washington
St. in Yountville.
For information, see www.SilverTridentWinery.com.
Taste of Howell Mountain
The 20th annual Taste of Howell Mountain will be on
Saturday, June 20 at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena.
The 35 Howell Mountain wineries pouring wine will be
joined by food
pairings and live music. Proceeds benefit the Howell Mountain Education
12-3 p.m. Walk-around wine tasting, food pairings,
silent auction, prizes and live music
3-5 p.m. More Howell Mountain wines, desserts and live
Buy tickets for $125 at www.HowellMountain.org,
Charles Krug Winery is at 2800 Main St. in St. Helena.
Golf 4 Girls on the Run
The first annual Golf 4 Girls on the Run will be held at
Eagle Vines Golf Club on June 1 at 1 p.m.
This is the first official fundraiser for Girls on the
& Solano. It includes auction items and a chance to win an instant
cellar of 50 bottles of wine from women winery owners or winemakers.
Golf 4 Girls on the Run will help empower young girls.
Girls on the
Run Napa & Solano raises money so all girls can participate, but
particularly those who are low income (77 percent) and ethnically
diverse (66 percent). More than 800 girls will participate at 40
schools throughout Napa and Solano Counties.
The golf ticket for $145 includes lunchbox, dinner and
silent auction and raffle. The dinner and award celebration only is $40.
Sponsorships are $165 to $5,000.
Call Girls on the Run Napa & Solano at 637-8909.
Oxbow School Riverside Picnic
Oxbow School will hold its annual Riverside Picnic and
support its scholarship fund on June 13 with a live performance by
Grammy-nominated Oxbow alum Matthew Santos with special guest Chihsuan
The event is from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit
search to find the event. Eventually, you may find where to buy tickets.
Oxbow School is at 530 3rd St. in Napa
Sparkling wine dinner at
Auberge du Soleil
Join Auberge du Soleil for an evening of sparkling wines
fresh, seasonal cuisine on Thursday, May 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The popularity of sparkling wine continues to grow
California is producing some of the finest. Executive chef Robert
Curry’s extensive knowledge of sparkling wine and food pairings will
make for an effervescent evening. The evening will showcase both New
and Old World sparkling wines to complement an array of chef tasting
The cost is $75.
Call 967-3147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to
buy tickets or visit www.aubergedusoleil.com.
Auberge du Soleil is at 180 Rutherford Hill Road in
Molly’s Angels Golf
Molly’s Angels 11th annual golf outing will be
Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Chardonnay Golf Club.
It is presented by Compadres and Ca’Momi Winery and
hosted by Giants alumni Vida Blue and Rich Murray:
For more information, call 224-8971 or visit
You can also pick up registration materials at Compadres
Kevin Spacey sings at
Festival del Sole Gala
Actor and singer Kevin Spacey will be the headline
Napa Valley Festival del Sole’s annual Festival Gala at Meadowood on
To buy passes or sponsor a table, contact Development
Manager Tessa Edwards at email@example.com or 346-5052, ext. 4.
Do it for the Love benefit
with Michael Franti
Michael Franti presents an intimate ‘on-stage’ dinner
performance on the eve of BottleRock on Thursday, May 28 to benefit the
Do it for the Love Foundation.
Do it for the Love Foundation brings people living with
life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges and wounded
veterans to live concerts.
The reception begins at 6:15 p.m. and dinner starts at 7
p.m. followed by a performance by Michael Franti.
Only 50 tickets will be sold at $1,000 per person, and
all proceeds will benefit the Do it for the Love Foundation.
Buy tickets at doitforthelove.eventbrite.com.
Guests will meet Franti an d get an insider preview of
the 2015 BottleRock festival.
It will occur on-stage at the BottleRock Second Stage at
the Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third Street in Napa.
in Napa Valley
for details on future events
City Winery at the Napa
- May 18 Asleep At The Wheel
- May 20 “Phantom” star Franc D’Ambrosio
- May 24 NVOH and Lucky Penny presents: “Lucky Penny
Presents Future Stars Singing Broadway Blockbusters” -
- May 26 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Love in
- May 28 The Monophonics
- May 29 Bottlerock After show with Los Lobos
- May 30 Bottlerock After show with Chris Robinson
- June 6 Robben Ford
- June 9 Todd Lundgren
- June 12 Gordon Lightfoot
- June 13 The New Mastersounds + On The
- June 16 World Party
- June 18 Bob Schneider
- June 19 Marty Balin
- June 20 Mike Doughty -
- June 22 Elaine Elias
- June 27 Rudy Colombini & The Unauthorized
- June 28 An Evening with Leo Kottke
- June 30 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Witness
- July 2 Active Child
- July 3 Jeff Austin Band July 9 Calexico
- July 5 Shuggie Otis
- July 8 Baby Boomer Comedy Show
- July 10 Karla Bonoff
- July 11 John Mayall
- July 17 Tainted Love
- July 18 Zap Mama
- July 24 10,000 Maniacs
- July 25 Wonder Bread 5
- July 28 NVOH presents Tuesday night flicks: “Double
- July 30 Todd Rundgren Global Tour (2nd date added)
- Aug. 6 Maria Muldaur's Way Past Midnight
- Aug. 14 Marc Cohn plus Phil Cody
- Aug 22 Eric Hutchinson
- Aug. 25 NVOH Present's Tuesday Night Flicks:
Hitchcock's “To Catch A Thief”
- Sept. 17 Donovan Frankenreiter
- Sept. 20 NVOH and Lucky Penny presents: “I’m the
Greatest future Star Musical Theatre Competition for Kids
- Oct. 18 A Very Special Solo
Evening with Joan Armatrading
- Oct. 25 NVOH and Terry Bradford present Terry
Bradford's Voice Studio Concert
Most events start at 8 p.m.
Buy concert tickets or get information on a becoming a
at 260-1600 or www.citywinery.com.
- May 24 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
- Aug 1 Mary Chapin Carpenter
- Aug. 15 Jerry Jeff Walker Napa Summer Camp
- Sept. 19 Comedian Steven Wright
- Oct. 10 Chris Botti
Most shows are at 8 p.m. The Uptown Theatre is at
1350 Third St.
Napa. The box office phone is 259-0123 x 6 and website is
Performing Arts Center
at Lincoln Theate
- Napa Regional Dance Company Presents: Images
May 23, 7pm
- NVPAC First Annual Golf Tournament
May 28, sold out
- May 31 Symphony Napa Valley with Michael
presents Tango and Opera
- The Silvertones June 5, 7pm
- June 10-11 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway sold out
- JuneLittle Feet- 2015 Recital June 14, 1pm
- Drama Boot Camp June 15-19
- Marnie Breckenridge performs "The Great American
Songbook" June 20, 7pm
- Symphony Napa Valley with Michael Guttman Viva
Vivaldi! June 28, 3pm
- Performance Lab Intensive Camp!
July 27- August 7
- California Symphony Presents: Traditions New and Old
December 21, 5pm
- California Symphony Presents: A Grand Finale May 6,
Get information and tickets at
www.lincolntheater.org or 944-9900.
Napa Valley College
Performing Arts Center
Visit www.musicnapavalley.org, www.napavalleytheater.org
www.shakespearenapavalley.org or call 256-7500.
Lucky Penny Community Arts
- June 4-20 Cowgirls:
- July-August Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Lucky Penny productions also appear at other venues
includinghave its ongoing Sunday series at the Napa Valley Opera
House once a month.
Summer converts at
Jamieson Ranch Winery
Jamieson Ranch Winery’s summer concert series returns
this year with an interesting variety of acts. Most are free, but
some require tickets.
- May 28 – “Kickoff to the Summer Concert” featuring
the Stone Foxes, 5:30 p.m. (Tickets required)
- June 13-14 – Napa Valley Jazz Getaway (Tickets
required in advance)
- June 27 – Jimi James Band, 1-4 p.m.
- July 4 –Howell Devine, 1-4 p.m.
- July 18 – Allen Stone (tickets required)
- Aug. 15 – Stu Tails, 1-4 p.m.
- Sept. 5 – Charlie Wade, 1-4 p.m.
- Sept. 15 – Big Blu Soul, 1-4 p.m.
- Sept. 19 – Loose Blues, 1-4 p.m.
Get details at www.jamiesonranch.com.
Long Meadow Ranch
summer concert series
- May 30 brunch with Brett Dennen
- June 28 traditional country rhythm and bluegrass
- July 19 Nashville’s The Travelin’ McCourys, sons of
bluegrass legend Del McCoury
- Aug. 16 Hot Buttered Rum, San Francisco’s own
postmodern string band
- Aug. 30 West Coast favorites and high-energy string
band The Brothers Comatose along with North Lake Tahoe’s Dead Winter
- Sept. 20 bluegrass The Infamous Stringdusters
- Oct. 4 LMR All-Star Big Band, a 20-player big band
drawn from an internationally accomplished group of musicians that has
played jazz across the world benefiting the Timothy Hall Foundation.
Tickets are mostly $35 in advance. For tickets and more
information, visit www.longmeadowranch.com or call 963-4555.
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch is at 738 Main St. in St. Helena.
Robert Mondavi Winery
- July 4 The Wallflowers & Andrew McMahon in the
- July 11 Phillip Phillips
- July 18 Lyle Lovett
- July 25 Melissa Etheridge
- Aug. 1 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Visit www.robertmondaviwinery.com or call (888) 769-5299.
The Robert Mondavi Winery is at 7801 St. Helena Highway in Oakville.
Compadres' Sunday Summer
4-7 p.m. each Sunday thru Labor Day Weekend,
- May 24 – The Swinging Chads
- May 31 - The Nite Lites
- June 7 - Sweet Burgundy
- June 14 - Double Shot
- June 21 - The Greg Richmond Band
- June 28 - The Swinging Chads
Napa City Nights
Napa City Nights, a free summer concert series at Veterans Memorial
Park, returns to downtown starting June 5.
Each Friday night lineup includes three local bands, with music running
from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Bring a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy the shows.
This summer's lineup:
- June 5: The Pat Jordan Band, Flanelhed, Johnny Smith
- June 12: Second Line, Weekend at Bernies, Bruno Grossi
- June 19: No show
- June 26: The Bad Jones, C4INC, Rose Paradise
- July 3: No show
- July 10: Twice as Good, Shawna Lynn Band, The Pine
- July 17: The Deadlies, 37th Parallel, Francesca Lee
- July 24: Revolver, The Voltones, Grover Anderson
- July 31: Nuclear Blonde, Whitney Nichole Band, Sara
- Aug. 7: BeaufunK, Amber Snider Band, Trevor Lyon
- Aug. 14: Harvey & the Wallbangers, Skunk Funk,
Kristen Van Dyke
- Aug. 21: The Soul Section, Graveyard Boots, Vincent
- Aug. 28: The Used Blues Band, Girls & Boys, Dawn
- Sept. 4: Brad Wilson, Funk Pickles, Doug Houser
Sebastiani Vineyards features music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday
through Sept. 25.
They’ll also have food and wine for sale and the last Friday of the
month is Food Truck Friday in the parking lot with Pagan Pizza, Tips
Trips & Tri-Tip, Caribbean Spices, Got Ball Meatball Factory, Marks
the Spot and Seed on the Go.
Here’s the schedule (subject to change):
- May 22: Big Iron – Classic dancing, drinking,
sing-along Bakersfield-style honky-tonk.
- May 29: BackTrax – Dance to favorite covers from the
‘60s to the ‘90s. Food Truck Friday.
- June 5: Poyntlyss Sistars – Playing Rock, R&B,
Motown, and Pop through the decades.
- June 12: Rhett Hammer Blues Band – Playing Classic
Rock with soulful R&B.
- June 19: The Rolling Blackouts – One of Sebastopol’s
finest bands playing Classic R&B.
- June 26: Adam Traum and the Mosey Boys – Bluegrass,
country blues, rockabilly and folk styles. Food Truck Friday).
- July 3: The Cork Pullers – Sonoma’s premier acoustic
vocal band harmonizing Classic Rock with a little Country.
- July 10: BackTrax – Dance the night away to all your
favorite covers from the ‘60s to the ‘90s.
- July 17: Ten Foot Tone
- July 24: Jami Jamison Band
- July 31: Magic – A local favorite playing hits from
Motown. Food Truck Friday.
- Aug. 7: Big Iron – Classic dancing, drinking,
sing-along Bakersfield-style honky-tonk.
- Aug. 14: Rhett Hammer Blues Band – Playing Classic
Rock with soulful R&B.
- Aug. 21: The Incognito Band
- Aug. 28: Ten Foot Tone – Food Truck Friday.
- Sept. 4: Poyntlyss Sistars – Playing Rock, R&B,
Motown, and Pop through the decades.
- Sept. 11: Sugar Foot – High-caliber R&B, Rock,
Funk, Dance, & Groove music.
- Sept. 18: BackTrax – Dance the night away to all your
favorite covers from the 60’s to the 90’s.
- Sept. 25: The Rolling Blackouts – One of Sebastopol’s
finest bands playing Classic R&B. Food Truck Friday
Reservations are not required for these events and
there’s no cost to attend.
Sebastiani Vineyards is at 389 Fourth St. East in Sonoma.
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