Saturday, July 31, 2010

Napa City Nights - 2010



In the heart of any city is a "Downtown". There was even a popular song written about it because it is so special. For years now, I have been lucky enough to be a part of creating music in the heart of Napa even when it was merely an idea to have a fantastic outdoor amphitheater. Sure, back then, it was fun to play in the tiny gazebo at Veteran's Park and there were a few cars that would honk as they drove by and waved in support... and I remember feeling excited to hear of the big amphitheater plans and thought "hey that would be neat". Flash forward a few years and no longer are musicians playing to a few park benches full of gleeful listeners, now we are a part of something much greater. Massive amphitheater concerts with children dancing (please keep them away from the speakers though for the preservation of their hearing). People even dress up their pets to join in the fun. It is full on family fun for all ages with a professional sound crew who work hard at doing what they do best... putting on one heck of a show! (Every Friday throughout the summer)

There was a sea of happy faces surrounding the stage at Napa City Nights and many were recognizable to us in some way or another. Playin a show like this can be somewhat like showing up at your own birthday party or the scene in the movie "Titanic" when Rose walks through the ballroom and everybody she's known in life and loves is standing there smiling and cheering at her. It can be very surreal and dream-like. You never know who you might see...

My only regret from this show was wearing my seemingly cool rock star pleather pants simply because I lost a few pounds and could "finally" fit into them. This jolt of enthusiasm overshadowed whether they actually looked flattering or not. My style watchdog pointed out later that I should never wear them again (I didn't know I had one either). The pants self-destructed at the end of the show magically splitting right down the middle in a "wardrobe malfunction" thankfully and now I will never have to deal with them again. Hey not everyone can be Olivia Newton John in Grease (note to self)!

I even saw my old high school teacher and anytime I see someone from that era of my life I remember how much of a handful I was and how much music has helped me grow as a person. Back then music and theater was a great outlet for me as is for any youth (troubled or otherwise). Though I was self-conscious about my speckled past, my former teacher didn't seem to recall what a pain I was (or who I was at all) so that made me feel a lot better.

All and all, I believe our band put on our best show ever! The sound crew was great and we were lucky enough to get a recording of the show.

We are grateful to again have been a part of the Napa City Nights Concerts and would like to thank the crew as well as the City of Napa.

Click here to see our video from Napa City Nights

Photos by Samantha Madnick - http://www.samanthaphotos.com/

For more info on Napa City Nights - www.napacitynights.com

Other performers that day include: Johhny Smith and Whitney Nichole.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Music News

Hello Friends,

I just wanted to let you know about our upcoming show this Friday, July 30 from 7:15 pm to 8:00 pm in Napa at the

NAPA CITY NIGHTS CONCERT!

In the heart of downtown Napa is the renovated Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater. Construction was completed in May 2008 as part of the Napa River Walk & flood control project. With Terraced seating areas, elegant lighting and beautiful views of the Napa River, the park is a unique venue for watching talented musicians and performers. Musical genres include Jazz, Rock, Country, World, Blues, Pop and Folk.


The Amphitheater is located along the Napa Riverwalk Promenade and is within easy walking distance from world class restaurants and distinctive shops. Nearby public transit and public parking make visiting the venue a breeze. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy free entertainment the whole family will enjoy.

MUSIC IS FROM 6-10PM WITH THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS:

Whitney Nichol - Acoustic

Johnny Smith - Rock / Blues

Our Band will be performing at 7:15pm (sharp).

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Glen Cove Marina 2010

What an amazing Marina adventure! Our band barely traveled a few miles to be transported into an island-esq oasis full of beauty and good times. One band after another made their way onto white, canopy-covered stage with surrounded by soft, feathery trees swaying almost in time to the music around them.

This year, there were a lot of great vendor booths to visit which made for an exciting experience for those in search of treasures.

Though we started slight later than was scheduled (Due to the sheer volume of musical acts), we took to the stage with gusto right as the weather cooled to perfection.

Mama Bear "Diana Wallis" joined us in a couple of tunes. Check it out!

Our very enthusiastic audience gave stellar performances themselves with applause and dancing (we finally have the dance video we always wanted - click here). Thank you, thank you everyone and especially to the Glen Cove Marina folks and Richard Freedman at The Vallejo Times Herald for another great festival!

video

You can see more videos here :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Music News

Hello Friends,



I just wanted to let you know about our upcoming show this Saturday, July 17 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm in Vallejo at the
GLEN COVE MARINA'S 3rd ANNUAL JAZZ, ART, & WINE FESTIVAL!

Glen Cove Marina is hosting their 3rd annual Jazz, Arts, & Wine Festival! Entry, parking, and music is free! Food and drinks are available for purchase, along with wine tastings. The Humane society will be doing pet adoptions, the Benicia Outrigger canoe club will be giving free rides, Coast Guard Auxiliary will be doing vessel safety checks, local artists and vendors set up tables to sell their work, all while live bands entertain guests on our West lawn! Come join the FUN!



Our Band will be performing at 4pm.



-Amber