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April 27, 2015

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This week in NapaLife

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Napa Farmers Market 

St. Helena Farmers’ Market

Calistoga Farmers’ Market

Goose & Gander adds chef Howard Ko

New chef at Uva Trattoria

Smoakville closed

Breakfast and brunch at The Q

Archetype adds happy hour

Torc begin a daily happy hour

Plant sale at Connolly Ranch

Cooking School spring restaurant

Charlie Palmer’s American Fare

News of the arts

BottleRock adds culinary stage

BottleRock and Chamber scholarships

Shakespeare moves upvalley

Senza adds Tesla chargers

Help Napa River Inn 

News for the wine community

CANVAS Hospitality Training

Vineyard Economics Seminar

Wine Industry Technology Symposium

This week in Napa Valley

Paniz at Silverado Cooking School

Paint + Wine + Dine at Tarla

This week at Cameo Cinema

Eldar Trio at City Winery

The Band Wagon at Opera House

Reception and art with Heidi Barrett

D.I.Y. Magic

Calder Wine at Cadet Wine Bar

Kevin Griffin at City Winery

Music this week at Uva Trattoria

Steve Earle at City Winery

Great Grape Study on Riesling

Tequila dinner with Asombroso

Rosé wine tasting at Back Room

Women for WineSense anniversary

St. Helena sidewalk sales

Cinco de Mayo Golf Classic

Wine Country Trucks at Jessel

Dinner music with Mads Tolling

Acoustic Pete Yorn at City Winery

Lorn Leber at River Terrace Inn

Last Resort at Silo’s

Locals Thursday with Mike Annuzzi

A night with Neela at Twenty Rows

Summer Trend & Trunk Event

Tom Duarte at La Condesa

Ruth Gerson at Silo’s

Rutherford Wine Experience

Kalos Kai Agathos at College

Mexican Flavors at Copperfield’s

Afternoon in the Vineyards

California Bookstore Day

Kentucky Derby at Long Meadow

Duckhorn Vineyards release party

Derby Day at Silverado Resort

NonSense Yountville at V Wine Cellar

Summer release at Benessere

Cinco de Mayo con Mi Sueño

Forever Young Benefit

Em Kay at River Terrace Inn

It’s a Grand Night for Singers

Silo’s Idol 2015

Garage Band 101 for Kids at Silo’s

Napa Valley Tour de Cure

The Elixir of Love

Andy McKee at City Winery

Future events (below)

New and notable American cheese

Top Drink Festival at the Museum

Oxbow Riverside Picnic Concert

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Music in Napa Valley (and nearby)

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City Winery at the Napa Valley Opera House

  • April 27 Eldar Trio
  • April 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “The Band Wagon“
  • April 29 Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra
  • April 30 Steve Earle & The Dukes
  • May 1 An Evening with Pete Yorn - You & Me Acoustic
  • May 3 Andy McKee    
  • May 7 Rivvrs with Anadel
  • May 8  Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell (sold out)
  • May 9 The David Bromberg Quintet
  • May 11 Rhiannon Giddens with Bhi Bhiman
  • May 13 Nellie McKay
  • May 14 Rebirth Brass Band 
  • May 16 Pine Hill Project
  • May 17 NVOH presents: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
  • 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 the Afternoon“
  • May 28 The Monophonics
  • May 29 Bottlerock After show with Los Lobos
  • May 30 Bottlerock After show with Chris Robinson Brotherhood
  • June 6 Robben Ford
  • June 9 Todd Lundgren
  • June 12 Gordon Lightfoot
  • June 13  The New Mastersounds +  On The Spot Trio
  • 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 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 9 Calexico
  • July 11 John Mayall
  • July 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Double Indemnity“
  • Aug. 6  Maria Muldaur's Way Past Midnight
  • Aug. 14 Marc Cohn plus Phil Cody
  • 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 Bradfrod'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 

  • May 1 The Boxmasters featuring Billy Bob Thornton
  • May 3 Los Lonely Boys
  • May 16 Comedian Hannibal Buress
  • May 17 The Mavericks
  • 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. in Napa. The box office phone is 259-0123 x 6 and website is  

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theate

  • May 31 Symphony Napa Valley presents Tango and Opera Sensations
  • June 10-11 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway
  • June 28 Symphony Napa Valley presents Viva Vivaldi!

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

  • May 1 Suitcase Full Of Swing NVC Jazz Ensemble
  • May 1-10 Kalos Kai Agathos by Jon Tracy           
  • May 3 Musical Mélange North Bay Wind Ensemble,
  • May 8 The Planets by Gustav Holst with the NVC Orchestra
  • May 9 Voice Recital
  • May 17 Candide (Concert Version)

Visit, or or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center

  • April 23-May 10 8 x 10: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays
  • 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.

  • 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

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.

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):
  • April 24: The Incognito Band – Food Truck Friday.
  • May 1: The Cork Pullers – Sonoma’s premier acoustic vocal band harmonizing Classic Rock with a little Country.
  • May 8: Sugar Foot – High-caliber R&B, rock, funk, dance, & groove music.
  • May 15: Chris Hanlin – Americana singer/songwriter.
  • 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.