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9th Anniversary Blues, Brews & BBQ

August 26th - Noon to 9 | Starring Tommy Castro & the Painkillers!

The name says it all – this is a feast of Blues music, micro-brewed beers and BBQ that you won’t want to miss. And this year, it’s better than ever – the free event now runs from Noon to 9 p.m. and stars Tommy Castro and the Painkillers.

Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played thousands of shows, packing dance floors, and always leaving them screaming for more. He has released 14 albums filled with original blues, soul and West Coast rock, each one standing alone. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.” In the words of Blues Revue, “Tommy Castro can do no wrong.”

While Tommy Castro and the Painkillers are more than enough reason to join the party, there’s more. Sharing the main stage with the headliners are Kat Cairns & Tattoo Blue, Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, and the Daniel Castro Band.

And that’s just one stage.

The Beer Garden stage kicks off with The Second Street Band, followed by Marshall Law and ending with an energetic performance by Andy Santana & The West Coast Players. And if you like your Blues with craft brewed beers, you’ll be right at home in the Beer Garden, sponsored by Blue Moon, Boston Beer, and Lagunitas. You will be able to taste over forty different, uniquely crafted beers, including Anchor, Ballast Point, Green Flash, Heretic, Hop Valley, Mendocino, Napa Smith, Ninkasi, Saint Archer, Seismic, and many more. Forty of them, to be exact.

Napa’s Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ will sponsor what has become one of the most popular entertainment aspects of the event – a rib eatin’ (that’s right – eatin’) contest that is a hunker down, all-you-can-eat challenge between otherwise refined Napa Valley folks. You’ll be surprised how fast a plate of ribs can disappear, and what a mess eating them can be.

You can enjoy plenty of BBQ the way most people will, without having to enter the contest. Choose from a dozen different styles: everything from ribs, pulled pork, chicken, oysters, shrimp, corn and more. Can’t eat another bite? There will be lots of sauces on hand to take home. Tell the family it’s your very own special blend – who’s going to know?

For the second time, Blues, Brews and BBQ is proud to feature a handful of select wines from the Bounty Hunter stable. Sourcing fruit from top vineyards throughout California, Broken Spur, Ridge Runner and Streamside all deliver where it counts…in the glass. What more is there to say? Napa Blues, Brews & BBQ will be the perfect way to spend the third Saturday in August. In the Oxbow Commons off McKinstry. Admission and parking are free. Ride your bicycle, and take advantage of free valet parking. For band start times and all other scheduling information, visit

Thank you to our sponsors: The Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ; Blue Moon, Lagunitas IPA and Sam Adams beers; Team Superstores; Bank of Napa; The City of Napa; Napa Valley Marketplace Magazine; KVON/KVYN; and Napa Bicycle Coalition. Without their generous support, the show would not be possible.



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