NAPA/NOLA: A Day of New Orleans Music and Food

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Aug 27 Sat
NAPA/NOLA: A Day of New Orleans Music and Food12:00 PM
Blue Note Napa at Charles Krug Winery

Blue Note Napa is bringing New Orleans to Napa! NAPA/NOLA is a mini festival of classic New Orleans music paired with classic Cajun grinds at the Charles Krug Winery, located in St. Helena, CA. This is a beautiful outdoor location on the grounds of Napa Valley’s Oldest Wine Estate.

Featuring Rebirth Brass Band, Raw Oyster Cult (members of The Radiators), Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (Wild Magnolias), John "Papa" Gros and DJ Harry Duncan.

Food purveyors will be announed closer to the show date!

This event is all GA Standing
VIP SECTION ADV $99 / DOS $110
GA SECTION ADV $59 / DOS $65

Virtual Tickets are sent to buyer's email within 5 days of event.


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BNNV LLC and its affiliates will follow all government COVID-19 health & safety guidelines in place at the time of the event. Our entry requirements are subject to change based on updated data including; infection rates, transmission data, variant changes, and any guideline updates from Federal, State or Local government agencies.
For CA State Guidelines, visit https://covid19.ca.gov
  •  There are currently no vaccination or negative-test policy requirements to attend our OUTDOOR concerts at Charles Krug Winery. We encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not already by visiting vaccines.gov.
  •  Masks are not required, but wearing a non-vented respirator, such as a N95, KN95, or KF94 is recommended whenever possible.
  • All tickets are pre-purchased and sent virtually within 5 days of the event, then scanned at check in for entry.
  • Event is Outside Rain or Shine 
  • General Admission Tickets: Standing
  • General Admission VIP Tickets: VIP entrance, VIP viewing area in front of stage (standing) and VIP table lounge off to side of stage.
  • Every patron must have a ticket. Prices are per ticket
  • Food and drinks are available for purchase with all major credit cards/cash
  • No Corkage or outside food/drink
  • No Professional Cameras
  • No Smoking
  • SERVICE ANIMALS ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS IN YOUR CAR. A service dog is an animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
  • Outdoor toilets
  • Ages 8+ No Babies
  • Outdoor Venue Address 2800 Main Street, St. Helena, CA
  • Tickets purchased from unofficial 3rd party outlets cannot be verified by our scanners. Please purchase directly through TicketWeb only.
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  • Outdoor Venue Address 2800 Main Street, St. Helena, CA
  • Visit Blue Note Napa website for more information
  • General Admission Chart

Leo Nocentelli

LEO NOCENTELLI, Master Guitarist, Composer and the creator and “Innovator of Syncopated Funk” composed one of the most internationally noted, GRAMMY® inducted songs, “CISSY STRUT” for the iconic and legendary Pioneers of funk THE  METERS . He is also a 2018 GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and a four time ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME nominee.
 
In addition to the many accomplishments and achievements, with and for THE METERS, Leo has performed, composed and recorded with such great and iconic artists, such as, ALLEN TOUSSAINT, PETER GABRIEL, PAUL McCARTNEY, PATTI LABELLE, BUN B, STANLEY CLARKE, JOE COCKER, RAMSEY LEWIS ZZ HILL, ALBERT KING, ETTA JAMES, HARRY CONNICK, JR., GEORGE DUKE, CYRIL NEVILLE, TROMBONE SHORTY and many, many more.
 
Leo Nocentelli is known as the “funkiest, fast- fingered guitar player of today and has been credited as one of the 50 top guitarists in the world of ALL TIME, as well as, the “MOST SAMPLED Guitarist EVER”  and has written more than 400 songs.
Leo in continuing to evolve his style with varied elements that cover blues, rock, rap, jazz and hip hop, but still considers himself mainly a funk musician
 
 Leo’s compositions and contributions has continued to evolve, with personal appearances on stages and TV shows alike including “Saturday Night Live”, along with the recognition and special guest invitation to perform live with THE ROOTS on The Tonight Show with JIMMY FALLON, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE., PAUL SHAFFER and the CBS ORCHESTRA on LATE NIGHT with DAVID LETTERMAN and ,  Leo has performed from coast to coast across the U.S., including appearances at the New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival, as well as, international tours, including Tokyo & Osaka, Japan, Sao Paulo, Brazil and other European spots and  LEO’S FUNK goes on and on and on.....
 
Now, after 50 years there has been a discovery of a lost treasure of songs by Leo that has produced the very Acoustic “Hit” album on the Light in the Attic record label titled “ANOTHER SIDE”.
 
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Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

Joseph “Monk” Boudreaux is the oldest living Mardi Gras Indian Chief, the Elder of Elders in a tradition dating back to the 1800s. As such, he sees himself as the guardian of a spiritual discipline that involves gnostic customs and beliefs shared by members within the New Orleans Black community over the course of multiple generations. He is one of the best-known and loved local culture heroes, ​a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Award​ recipient, ​the subject of murals on city walls and documentaries about New Orleans, and the inspiration for characters in television dramas like the HBO series Treme. He comes by his status as a Mardi Gras Indian chief through bloodlines of both African and Native American ancestry​. ​

loodstains and Teardrops - Produced by Tab Benoit / Rueben Williams

Monk’s latest record is a dramatic example of how his method of singing as a Mardi Gras Big Chief can apply to other genres. The way he breaks up his lines, and the flow and spontaneity of his storytelling, makes as much sense in the context of Bloodstains and Teardrops as it does on his records with the Golden Eagles, his collaborations with Anders Osborne, Galactic, John Gros and 101 Runners, and unrecorded blues sets played with Johnny Sansone and John Fohl at the Voice of the Wetlands festival.

The record was inspired by Monk’s interest in reggae music, which has been demonstrated on several of his recordings over the years. “About six years ago, [manager] Rueben Williams and I got together, and he suggested we go to Jamaica and make a record,” said Monk. “When I got there, I found that Bob Marley had been a fan of mine for many years.”

Monk had never been to Jamaica before. He and Rueben went to Jamaica with guitarist Damon Fowler and spent a week looking around Kingston, driving up into the hills to see Bob Marley’s grave and recording with a reggae band and a toasting-style backup vocalist at Tad’s International Limited studio. The six songs Monk cut there reflected the inspiration he got from being in Jamaica and seeing the parallels to his New Orleans home. Back in Louisiana, co-producer Tab Benoit cut additional material at his studio to complete the album. But the lines between blues, swamp music and reggae become blurred as Monk develops his songs.

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John "Papa" Gros

“Sharing New Orleans with the world is my calling,” says pianist and organist John “Papa” Gros (pronounced grow). “That’s what I have been doing and that’s what I’ll do the rest of my life.”

For over three decades, Gros has brought his city’s celebratory culture to listeners around the globe. Gros mixes all the sounds of New Orleans – funk, trad jazz, brass band, blues  – and makes it his own signature gumbo. His new solo album Central City, shows Gros capturing New Orleans’ distinct feel-good charm with help from some of its’ most renowned players.

Gros began playing gigs when he was just fifteen years old but didn’t truly kick off his career until after graduating from Loyola in 1989 with a degree in French Horn performance. During the seminal years that followed, the young man cut his teeth as a solo performer on Bourbon Street while also developing a reputation as a formidable sideman. He backed up some of the biggest names in the Crescent City,: such as Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and guitarist Snooks Eaglin. Studying under mentors decades his senior, Gros absorbed a lifetime of lessons in only a few years and quickly became part of the direct lineage of New Orleans music.

Between 2000 and 2013, Gros began his transition into the spotlight by leading Papa Grows Funk, a highly revered group that mixed hard-hitting funk grooves with often unpredictable jazz spontaneity. The band released six critically-acclaimed studio albums, including Needle in the Groove, which was co-produced by New Orleans legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Allen Toussaint. The group’s weekly gigs at the world-famous Maple Leaf became a staple for both locals and tourists alike, eventually leading to Gros touring in far off countries like Japan and Brazil.

Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in 2005 caused Gros to reanalyze his role in the world.

“Before Katrina, I was simply a New Orleans musician, but after Katrina, I told my story of what New Orleans meant to me and why it is culturally significant to the world. It was at that point I became a New Orleans cultural ambassador, who happens to be a loudmouth, piano-playing, singer-songwriter.”

After Papa Grows Funk dissolved, Gros briefly returned to sideman work, playing organ for a series of all-star tributes to Dr. John and the Neville Brothers. The 2014 Dr. John tribute, The Music Mojo of Dr. John, was later released as a critically-acclaimed live album that featured Gros playing with Bruce Springsteen, Mavis Staples, Jason Isbell, and John Fogerty. More importantly for Gros, those tribute concerts allowed him to play alongside his two biggest influences: the Doctor and Art Neville, both of whom passed in 2019.

In 2016, Gros returned to the spotlight yet again with his second solo album River’s On Fire, the much anticipated follow up to his 2004 debut Day’s End. Co-produced by Gros and Tracy Freeman (Harry Connick Jr, Rebirth Brass Band, Bonerama), the album’s fiery funk rock showed how Gros had matured as both a songwriter and bandleader. It firmly established Gros’ identity as a solo force.

Now, Gros is preparing to release Central City, his third solo album. The album is a collection of classic New Orleans songs, both new and old, filtered through his decades of dedication to his craft. The album features Gros’ feel good originals alongside his takes on beloved songs by Allen Toussaint, Lloyd Price, and John Prine. Joining Gros on the album are a who’s who in the keepers of the New Orleans tradition, including singer Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), drummer Herlin Riley (Wynton Marsalis), banjoist Don Vappie, guitarist Brian Stoltz (Neville Brothers), trumpeter Mark Braud (Harry Connick Jr.), trombonist Mark Mullins (Bonerama), clarinetist Tim Laughlin, and his former boss George Porter Jr. (Meters). Together, they perfectly exploit the similarities between New Orleans jazz and early rock ‘n’ roll on songs such as “Yeah Yeah Yeah” and “Personality.”

“I’m walking in the same path [as Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and Art Neville,]” explains Gros. “I’ve been following them my whole life. Now, they’re no longer in front of me. They’ve gotten off the path but the path is still very clear.”

Gros began playing gigs when he was just fifteen years old but didn’t truly kick off his career until after graduating from Loyola in 1989 with a degree in French Horn performance. During the seminal years that followed, the young man cut his teeth as a solo performer on Bourbon Street while also developing a reputation as a formidable sideman. He backed up some of the biggest names in the Crescent City,: such as Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and guitarist Snooks Eaglin. Studying under mentors decades his senior, Gros absorbed a lifetime of lessons in only a few years and quickly became part of the direct lineage of New Orleans music.

Between 2000 and 2013, Gros began his transition into the spotlight by leading Papa Grows Funk, a highly revered group that mixed hard-hitting funk grooves with often unpredictable jazz spontaneity. The band released six critically-acclaimed studio albums, including Needle in the Groove, which was co-produced by New Orleans legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Allen Toussaint. The group’s weekly gigs at the world-famous Maple Leaf became a staple for both locals and tourists alike, eventually leading to Gros touring in far off countries like Japan and Brazil.

Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in 2005 caused Gros to reanalyze his role in the world.

“Before Katrina, I was simply a New Orleans musician, but after Katrina, I told my story of what New Orleans meant to me and why it is culturally significant to the world. It was at that point I became a New Orleans cultural ambassador, who happens to be a loudmouth, piano-playing, singer-songwriter.”

After Papa Grows Funk dissolved, Gros briefly returned to sideman work, playing organ for a series of all-star tributes to Dr. John and the Neville Brothers. The 2014 Dr. John tribute, The Music Mojo of Dr. John, was later released as a critically-acclaimed live album that featured Gros playing with Bruce Springsteen, Mavis Staples, Jason Isbell, and John Fogerty. More importantly for Gros, those tribute concerts allowed him to play alongside his two biggest influences: the Doctor and Art Neville, both of whom passed in 2019.

In 2016, Gros returned to the spotlight yet again with his second solo album River’s On Fire, the much anticipated follow up to his 2004 debut Day’s End. Co-produced by Gros and Tracy Freeman (Harry Connick Jr, Rebirth Brass Band, Bonerama), the album’s fiery funk rock showed how Gros had matured as both a songwriter and bandleader. It firmly established Gros’ identity as a solo force.

Now, Gros is preparing to release Central City, his third solo album. The album is a collection of classic New Orleans songs, both new and old, filtered through his decades of dedication to his craft. The album features Gros’ feel good originals alongside his takes on beloved songs by Allen Toussaint, Lloyd Price, and John Prine. Joining Gros on the album are a who’s who in the keepers of the New Orleans tradition, including singer Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), drummer Herlin Riley (Wynton Marsalis), banjoist Don Vappie, guitarist Brian Stoltz (Neville Brothers), trumpeter Mark Braud (Harry Connick Jr.), trombonist Mark Mullins (Bonerama), clarinetist Tim Laughlin, and his former boss George Porter Jr. (Meters). Together, they perfectly exploit the similarities between New Orleans jazz and early rock ‘n’ roll on songs such as “Yeah Yeah Yeah” and “Personality.”

“I’m walking in the same path [as Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and Art Neville,]” explains Gros. “I’ve been following them my whole life. Now, they’re no longer in front of me. They’ve gotten off the path but the path is still very clear.”

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