Category: Wine Country Events

The Sound of Music in Wine Country

Those who have read my BottleRock post from earlier this summer (http://bookerandbutler.com/bottlerock-2015-keep-on-rockin/) know I’m a live music lover. Options for big name acts coming to Napa and Sonoma are robust, and there is a rich history full of vintage acts.

A few weekends ago at the Robert Mondavi Winery’s annual summer concert series, we saw Trombone Shorty and his Orleans Avenue band…a fun mix of jazz, funk and hip hop hailing from New Orleans. This was my 3rd concert as part of the Mondavi music series over the last 10 years; previously we saw Dave Brubeck and Aimee Mann. So how does that show for musical diversity? This annual series at the winery just wrapped up its 46th year of hosting various musical acts. Margrit Mondavi, widow of founder Robert Mondavi, gave a heartwarming intro to the night, the eve of her 90th birthday! My favorite line was when she said, “wine is good for you. In moderation.” If I am standing in front of an audience on my 90th birthday then bring on the wine– in moderation! Read on…

BottleRock 2015–Keep on Rockin’

Hats off to Latitude 38 Entertainment, the group behind the 3rd annual BottleRock music festival that took place last weekend in Napa. I’ve attended all 3 years and I must say this year the experience was outstanding. Sure year one blew us all away with performances by the Black Keys and Kings of Leon, but we all learned about the debacle of no one being paid and the festival went bankrupt. Last year a knight in shining armor swooped in and saved the day, when David Graham and his partners took over, paid off debts and brought us the Cure and Outkast. This year they took it up a notch in all ways. 120,000 festivalgoers attended over the 3 –day event. The devastating earthquake of last summer was actually a good thing as three large buildings on the fairgrounds were so badly damaged; they were demolished, leaving more open space and room for better festival flow. Read on…