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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.

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This week in NapaLife

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Tannery Bend Beerworks open
O’Connell Family tasting room
Atlas Social space taken?
RadioShack on Trancas closing
Lodging news
Old Calistoga Hospital restoration
River Terrace Inn expansion
Calistoga Four Seasons financing
Mishewal Wappo mural
Music at Capp Heritage
Forno Piombo wood ovens in Napa
Spring equinox
News for the wine community
Bud break comes to Napa Valley
Napa digital summit
Optimizing mouthfeel and flavor
Current issues in harvest logistics
Put that Amazon box to good use
This week in Napa Valley
This week at JaM Cellars
Meatless Monday class
Hospitality & Restaurant Job Fair
Forgiveness workshop 
Jealous Zelig at at Blue Note
Locals Night at the Blue Note
Battle of the Valley basketball
Flavor! Napa Valley
Craig Haarmeyer at Cadet
Tommy Igoe Band at the Blue Note
Delphi Freeman Trio at Silo’s
Great Grape Study of Zinfandel
Ray Obiedo Group at Blue Note
Hop Talks: women behind the brew
Pop-Up Nuri at Cadet
California Artisan Cheese Festival
Wine tasting at Welcome Center
Bento Box at Bespoke
Under Twelve Buck A Bottle Tasting
Spring Outta Winter at Mustards
An Evening at the Cabaret
Lumberyard at Silo’s
Justin-Siena presents Sister Act
Music at Ca’ Momi
Dinner with chef Neela Paniz
Growing tomatoes
Wine tasting with Coup de Foudre
Amazing family weekend in Napa
Anastasia Aukeman at di Rosa
Art mystery book in Calistoga
Museum Magic Fundraiser
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washington
Satisfaction: Rolling Stones Tribute
Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi
C4INC at Silo’s
Juliane Band house concert
Peter Mondavi Jr. on the Wine train
Music Salon at Napa Design Center
U.S. Air Force Golden Wings
Cole Swings Cole
Future events
Secret of creating animated worlds
Hard Hats and Ole
Vines and Vibes with Michael Franti
Grand Ole Napa Valley Opry House
Youth Symphony Red Gala
Stone Bridge Hootenanny


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Silo's Club
  • Mar 23 Matt Jaffe 
  • Mar 24 Lumberyard
  • Mar 25 The Reunion – Fantasy Tribute to The Beatles
  • Mar 29 Mike Greensill
  • Mar 29 Audrey Moira Shimkas – Jazz Vocals
  • Mar 30 Jeff Oster 
  • Mar 31 Ridgeway Arts Presents Kari Ikonen
  • Apr 1 Fabulous Screwtops
  • Apr 7 The Boys of Summer – Tribute to The Eagles
  • Apr 8 Fleetwood Mask – The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
  • Apr 14 Obsidian Son
  • Apr 20 Robert Foley Band
  • Apr 21 8 Track Massacre
  • Apr 22 Total Recall 90’s
  • Apr 23 NVJS Presents Erik Jekabson String-tet
  • Apr 28 Secure The Sun
  • May 4 Shelby, Texas
  • May 13  Heartless – Premier Tribute to Heart
  • May 20 Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit
  • July 22 Forejour – Tribute to Foreigner & Journey

Silo's is at 530 Main St. in Napa. See

Blue Note Club
  • March 21 Locals Night with Jealous Zelig
  • March 22 Tommy Igoe Band
  • March 23-24 The Ray Obiedo Group
  • March 25 Bela Fleck and Abigail Washington
  • March 26-28 Kenny G
  • March 29 Davy Knowles
  • March 30-April 2 Diane Schuur
  • April 7-9 Ravi Coltrane
  • April 4-6 Laith Al-Saadi
  • April 12 Kellie Fuller & The Mike Greensill Quartet
  • April 13-16 Stanley Jordan Trio
  • April 18 Locals night Roem Baur
  • April 19-21 Bill Charlap Trio
  • April 22-23 Marc Ford & The Neptune Blues Club
  • April 25 Locals night Jelous Zelig
  • April 26 Tommy Igoe Band
  • April 27-30 Keiko Matsui
  • May 4-6 Pete Escovedo
  • May 7 Sandy Cressman
  • May 9  Locals night Roem Baur
  • May 10 Sherri Roberts
  • May 18-20 David Benoit Trio
  • May 23 Locals night Roem Baur
  • May 24 Napa County Watershed Symposium 8:30 a.m.
  • May 24 JJ Grey & Mofro, Kuinka
  • May 25 Alvon Johnson
  • May 28 Funk Revival
  • June 1-3 Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars: John Lee, Freddie Hendrix, Cyrus Chestnut & Tommy Campbell
  • June 12-14 Fred Hersch
  • July 13-15 Edwin McCain Trio
  • July 21-23 Andy McKee
  • July 29 Delta Rae
  • Aug. 25-27 Livingston Taylor
  • Sept. 20-21 Nicolas Bearde
  • Sept. 26 Michael Kaeshammer
The Blue Note is at 1030 Main St. in Napa.

Visit or call 880-2300.

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (Upstairs Margrit Mondavi auditorium)

  • Apr 15 The Faultliners, Rainy Eyes
  • April 20 4/20
  • April 22-23 Marc Ford & The Neptune Blues Club

Opera House Ballroom, 1030 Main St. Napa. 880-2303

Uptown Theatre
  • Mar 25 Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones Tribute Show
  • Apr 1 Rufus Wainwright
  • April 7 & 8 Chris Isaak
  • April 20 Aaron Lewis
  • April 21 Melvin Seals & JGB
  • Apr 22 Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
  • April 23 Katchafire
  • Apr 28 David Crosby & Friends
  • Apr 30 Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank
  • May 5 Paramount's Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
  • June 2 Y&T
  • June 3 Los Lonely Boys
  • June 4 The Wailin' Jennys
  • June 15 Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' Band
  • June 17 – Comedian Kathy Griffin 
  • June 23 – Richard Marx
  • Aug 18 – Comedian Rodney Carrington 

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

  • March 24-26 and March 31-April 2 Justin-Siena Theatre presents Sister Act
  • April 4 The Naked Magicians
  • April 8 Brahams Requiem-Symphony gala and concert
  • April 11 Semi-Toned presents: Sing Theory
  • April 22 Diablo Ballet
  • April 29 Napa ValleyYouth Symphony’s Red Gala
  • April 30  For the Love of Music: Sonic Spring free community concert
  • May 4 Nonsense and Verse
  • May 14 LolliPOPS! concert
  • June 24 Willie K: A fundraiser for The Lest We Forget Foundation
  • June 25 Mostly Mozart
Get information and tickets at    or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
Napa Valley Music
  • April 23 Master Series: Dr. Roberto Gonzalez 7:30 p.m.
  • April 30 Bach to the Future with Napa Valley College Chorale directed by Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes 3 p.m.
  • May 5 Hot Jazz with NVC Jazz Ensemble directed by Brian Simpson 8 p.m.
  • May 7 Strings Sing Napa Valley College Orchestra directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.
  • May 21 Windspring North Bay Wind Ensemble directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.
Visit or call 256-7500.
Napa Valley Theater 

  • April 21-23 Emergence Theater Festival
Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season
  • April 21-May 7 Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison
  • June 2-18 Clue: The Musical with book by Peter DiPietro, music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci, lyrics by Tom Chiodo
  • Youth Summer Academy Show
Visit or call 266-6305.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center is at 1758 Industrial Way, Suite 208
in Napa.
Books by Paul Franson

The 2017 NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley

by Paul Franson
The NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley tells the stories behind the valley and its people, and learn everything from the best views in Napa Valley to why Napa Valley is the unique place it is.

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Spinning the Bottle Again

By Paul Franson and Harvey Posert

Spinning the Bottle Again contains strategies, tactics and case studies of wine  public relations. It’s a heavily updated and revised version of the seminal book on wine public relations, Spinning the Bottle.

Spinning the Bottle Again is a collection of theory, practical information and case studies about promoting wine, wineries and wine related issues.

Print version is $19.95 from Createspace, part of Amazon, at

Kindle version from $9.99.

Escapes to Paradise: Adventures and Misadventures in the Romantic Caribbean Sea

by Paul Franson

You may dream of buying a boat in the tropics, but you’d do well to read this book before you do.

Author and sailor Paul Franson has had some of the best times in his life on the varied islands of the West Indies, but he’s also had some experiences that he can be philosophical about only decades later.

The book also includes tales of other sailing adventures, a guide to sailing some popular islands, and a cookbook of Caribbean recipes.
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