Talk about fun – Downtown Napa’s newest event is a music crawl that features forty bands at thirty different venues, offering everything from classic guitar to classic rock, blues to bluegrass, and surf rock to songwriters. This one was born last year, and was so popular that it will be back three times this year.
Some events take a few years to gain any traction, and some are poplar from the get-go. Napa Live: Inside and Out, which begins its third season Sunday, July 8 from Noon to 6 p.m., is an example of an event that people loved from the first time it was held, three years ago.
And what’s not to love? Napa Live is a music crawl featuring thirty bands at twenty-five different venues, offering everything from Blues to bluegrass, rock and roll to reggae, and funk to fiddles. Some businesses will feature outdoor music, such as Riverhouse tasting room in the Riverfront Building, which will host Solid Air from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Just around the corner and playing at the same time at Silo’s will be Island of Black and White, one of last year’s most popular performers.
Or maybe you’d prefer to stretch out a blanket at Veterans Park and enjoy Roem Bauer from Noon to 3:00 p.m., or the Marshall Law Band from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Don’t think you’ll be sitting too long though – these are bands you’ll want to dance to. Dwight Murray plaza will feature Amber Snider and The Second Street Band, performing at the same respective times.
In the mood to crank it up? The Deadlies, who play high energy surf music, kick of the July 8 event at The Eye Works on Pearl Street. Call it surf music with a party attitude. Maybe you like classic rock and roll, which the Diamond T band will be pumping out at Yo Belle, as will Road 11 at Downtown Joe’s. Want to dial it down with something a little more refined? Thomas Shoebotham, noted pianist/cellist and Palo Alto Philharmonic conductor, will share the stage at Quent Cordair Fine Art, on First Street, with Stephen Siek: pianist, musicologist, and piano historian, and former professor of music at Wittenberg University. If that’s too far in the other direction, check out singer-songwriters Craig Corona at Beaded Nomad
on First or Kristen van Dyke at Cru @ The Annex in the Oxbow Public Market.
If you want to take a look at the whole summer schedule to see who is playing where and what kind of music they perform, Visit donapa.com for a complete listing of that info for each month. Whether you chose to pick one spot and stay all day or walk around and sample a little of everything, this is the event for you. Music crawls, such as this event and Porchfest, were born out of people’s desire to pick and chose what they wanted to hear, or just be exposed to a multitude of different sounds. Napa Live is just that kind of event.
Sponsored by Blue Moon and Lagunitas, Vasser Toyota/Chevrolet, Bank of Marin, Napa Valley Marketplace, The Napa Valley Register, and KVON/KVYN. Without their generous support, the event would not be possible. Check out the full music schedule at donapa.com. View it on your phone or pick up a schedule as you walk around. DoNapa.com