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June 29, 2015

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Future events

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 Rio Grille.

Music in Napa Valley

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City Winery at the Napa Valley Opera House

  • June 16 World Party
  • June 17 Leftover Cuties plus Sam Outlaw
  • June 18 Bob Schneider
  • June 19 Marty Balin
  • June 20 Mike Doughty
  • June 22 Elaine Elias
  • June 23 Albert Lee & Cindy Cashdollar
  • June 24 Allen Stone plus Brynn Elliot
  • June 25 Frank Bey & Anthony Paule
  • June 26 George Winston
  • June 27 Rudy Colombini & The Unauthorized Rolling Stones
  • June 28 An Evening with Leo Kottke 
  • June 30 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: Witness for the Prosecution
  • 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 Indemnity“
  • 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  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 member at 260-1600 or

Uptown Theatre

  • July 17  Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
  • July 26  Soul Asylum and Meat Puppets
  • Aug 1  Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Aug 15 Jerry Jeff Walker
  • Aug 22 Casey Abrams
  • Sept 11 Comedian Eddie Izzard
  • Aug 29 Comedian Rodney Carrington
  • Sept 19  Comedian Steven Wright
  • Sept 27 Mavis Staples with Joan Osborne
  • Oct 3 Get The LED Out
  • Oct 1 Boz Scaggs
  • Oct 10  Chris Botti
  • Oct 30 Dave Davies of the KINKS
  • Nov 14  Comedian Kathleen Madigan
  • Nov 25  An Irish Christmas
  • Dec 2  Milk Carton Kids
  • May 5 David Sedaris (2016)

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 Theate

  • 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 
  • Amy Hanaiali'i July 10
  • Performance Lab Intensive Camp July 27- August 7
  • Speakeasy Series: Laura Noel July 31
  • Villalobos Brothers Aug. 15
  • Dan Goodman presents Nonsense and Verse Aug. 20
  • California Symphony Presents: Traditions New and Old December 21, 5pm
  • California Symphony Presents: A Grand Finale May 6, 2016

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Visit, or or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center

  • June 4-20 Cowgirls: The Musical
  • 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.

  • 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

Long Meadow Ranch summer concert series 

  • June 28 traditional country rhythm and bluegrass group Fruition
  • 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 Carpenters
  • 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 or call 963-4555.

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch is at 738 Main St. in St. Helena.

Robert Mondavi Winery concerts

  • July 4 The Wallflowers & Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  • July 11 Phillip Phillips
  • July 18 Lyle Lovett
  • July 25 Melissa Etheridge
  • Aug. 1 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Visit or call (888) 769-5299.

The Robert Mondavi Winery is at 7801 St. Helena Highway in Oakville.

Compadres' Sunday Summer Music Series  

4-7 p.m. each Sunday thru Labor Day Weekend,

  • 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 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 eedles
  • July 17: The Deadlies, 37th Parallel, Francesca Lee
  • July 24: Revolver, The Voltones, Grover Anderson
  • July 31: Nuclear Blonde, Whitney Nichole Band, Sara Rodenburg
  • 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 Costanza
  • Aug. 28: The Used Blues Band, Girls & Boys, Dawn Rose
  • Sept. 4: Brad Wilson, Funk Pickles, Doug Houser

Sebastiani summer music series

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):

  • 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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