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This week in NapaLife

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Auction Napa Valley returns!
BottleRock wows Napa
Cate & Co. end café, resumes sales
Fieldwork Brewing to open at Oxbow
New coffee bar at Healthquest
Barry Martin selected as Arts Hero
New great lawn tasting at Hall
Music at RaeSet.
More summer music in Napa Valley
Calistoga Concerts in the Park
Summer Sundays at Goose & Gander
Farmstead Friday music
News for the wine community
Wine Spectator Learning Center
CANVAS hospitality show v
Barbara Howell Shafer
Donn Chappellet
This week in Napa Valley
Memorial Day observations
This week at Cameo Cinema
French regional dinner
Napa Tuesday Farmers’ Market
Annual State of the Arts
Mike Greensill plays evening jazz
Syria T. Berry solo at Silo’s
Free live music at Napa Valley restaurants and bars this week
Coffee House series with Evie Ladin
Dagueneau wines at Back Room
St. Helena Farmers’ Market
Napa Cigars’ anniversary party
Sebastian Junger at the Uptown
Mississippi Ramblers at Silo’s
Latin nights at Ca’ Momi Osteria
Napa Saturday Farmers’ Market
Napa e-waste collection
Class on rose care
Blend it with Yannick
It’s a Grand Night for Singers
Steelin' Dan music of Steely Dan
Napa Live: Inside and Out
Jensen Beach at Bookmine on Pearl
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Day for the Queen benefit
Oxbow Public Market Fork It Over


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Uptown Theatre

BottleRock Presents:

  • Sunday May 29 - Robert DeLong
  • Monday May 30 - Rodrigo y Gabriela
June 3 – Author Sebastian Junger
June 12 – Who’s Bad – A
tribute to Michael Jackson and Prince
June 17 - Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues
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
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
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 9 Brian Culbertson's Jazz Getaway Jazz Legend Night

June 10 Brian Culbertson's Jazz Getaway Funk night

June 12 Little Feet - 2016 Recital

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

Lucky Penny productions also appear at other venues its ongoing Sunday series at the Napa Valley Opera House once a month.

June 12 Lucky Shorts Short Story Celebration

Revenge Of The Space Pandas (or Binky Rudich and the Two Speed Clock )

Youth Academy Summer 2016 Production


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.

Sign up at

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 3 The Bonedrivers, N2L and Fred Brennan
June 10 Twice as Good, Grover Anderson and Journey Day & Belle
June 17 Rosetown Soul, Delphi Freeman and Bruno Grossi
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 2, Evie Ladin Band
•    June 9, Kith & Kin
•    June 16, Lowatters
•    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:

•    May 29: Jonny Fittipaldi & Friends – soulful R&B
•    June 5: STAX City - classic Memphis sounds, horns and all
•    June 12: Greg Richmond Band, with Tia Carroll - straight-ahead blues and R&B singer/entertainer.
•    June 19 (Father’s Day): Sweet Burgundy  
•    June 26: Double Shot – mix of rock and country rock standards

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 5 Lonesome Locomotive

June 12 Kenya B Trio

June 19 Free Peoples

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 3: Misisipi Mike

June 10: James Patrick Regan

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 - 1308 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

Books by Paul Franson

The 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.
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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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