Michael Franti

Michael Franti & Spearhead will perform Nov. 18 at Mondavi Winery.

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This is a calendar, but equally an honor roll of Napa Valley venues, promoters and artists who are pitching in for the relief of victims of the recent fires, an acknowledgement of the outpouring of local energy and generosity on behalf of the victims.

Earlier this week, BottleRock CEO Dave Graham talked about the response of the music community to the recent wildfires. “I think all of the outpouring of support via music is indicative of where Napa and the Napa Valley are today,” he said. “It wasn’t such an important part of our culture when I was growing up here in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Now it is.”

“It’s a very good thing,” Graham said. “Music has a healing effect on people, and music is stepping up in a good way for our community. It’s remarkable and beautiful to see.”

Upcoming fire relief events

— Blue Note hosts local artists this week

Blue Note presents local artists on four consecutive nights this week, each performance without cover charge and accepting fire relief donations at the door. The proceeds, along with partial proceeds from the menu, will be donated to the Redwood Credit Union’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund. Each performance begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). BlueNoteNapa.com.

Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Mister Completely, Davies Dukes Band and The Special Guests

Thursday, Nov. 2 – Roem Baur and Friends

Friday, Nov. 3 – David Ronconi

Saturday, Nov. 4 – Howell Mountain Boys, Jeffrey Johnson and Jealous Zelig

— Live in the Vineyard headliners at the Opera House

Live in the Vineyard and Blue Note Napa present stars of this weekend’s three-day festival for an evening of acoustic performances at the JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Margrit Mondavi Theater at the Opera House. The performers include AJR, Leann Rimes, Keelan Donovan, Alex Gaskarth, Morgan Saint, Welshly Arms, Ocean Park Standoff, ZZ Ward and The All American Rejects.

Friday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30). Tickets are $50. Proceeds go to the Redwood Credit Union’s Fire Relief Fund. BlueNoteNapa.com.

— Napa Strong concert

This concert is sold out but worth mentioning that Festival Napa Valley and Boisset Collection are presenting Wine Country Strong, a free concert and chef’s picnic at Lincoln Theater in Yountville on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. Artists include Ozomatli, The Silverado Pickups, Morris LeGrande and the Cosmos Percussion Ensemble.

Donations to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, Sonoma County Community Foundation Relief Fund and the Firefighter Relief Fund are encouraged. LincolnTheater.org.

— Band Together Bay Area

While this massive concert is not a Napa Valley happening per se, the BottleRock organization is an event sponsor and the Napa Valley Community Foundation is a funding partner. Artists include Metallica, Dave Matthews, G-Eazy, Dead & Company, Rancid and Raphael Saadiq. Thursday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m. AT&T Park, San Francisco. Tickets are $69.50—$595. BandTogetherBayArea.org.

— BottleRock presents at Mondavi Winery

Michael Franti & Spearhead headlined the 2014 earthquake benefit at Expo. They’ve made themselves available again for Napa, along with rockers Vintage Trouble on Saturday, Nov. 18, 1:30 p.m. at the Robert Mondavi Winery. Doors open at noon. Tickets are $50, all general admission. Proceeds will be donated to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. BottleRockNapaValley.com.

— BottleRock at Green Music Center

BottleRock Presents and the Francis Ford Coppola Winery bring Counting Crows with Brett Dennen opening at Green Music Center in Rohnert Park on Nov. 18. Proceeds will be donated to North Bay Fire Relief and to #NomaCares. Saturday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. (doors open 6 p.m.). Tickets are $50-$250. BottleRockNapaValley.com.

— BottleRock Presents Train at the Opera House

Train will perform at the JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Napa Valley Opera House. A support act will be announced shortly. Friday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.) Tickets are $99 (standing floor) and $249 (balcony). Proceeds will be donated to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. BottleRockNapaValley.com.

— Big band jazz mid-January at the Opera House

The Napa Valley Jazz Society, Blue Note Napa and the Napa Valley Opera House are planning a benefit concert for mid-January. Plans are being completed with a well-known jazz orchestra and prominent guest vocalists who will perform in the JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Opera House. One hundred percent of ticket sales will be donated for fire relief. Details and ticket sales will be available soon at nvjs.org.

Events to date

— Ten-hour locals concert at Billco’s

Local singer/songwriter Shelby Lanterman rounded up a few dozen musician friends and drew an all-day packed house at Billco’s Billiard and Darts on Sunday, Oct. 22. A combination of cover charges, beer sales, a raffle and an auction resulted in a donation of over $16,000 to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.

— Fire relief concert at Flora Springs

Flora Springs Winery and Vineyard hosted a benefit concert at The Room in St. Helena on Sunday, Oct. 29. The featured bands were Serf and James, Fellow Vessel, Sean Garvey, Mr. Kind and Miss Moonshine. All proceeds were donated to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.

— A week of generosity at Silo’s

Last week’s performers at Silo’s collectively generated nearly $3,000 for fire relief. The Second Street Band donated its proceeds to Napa Humane, while the Jeff Oster Group, Rudy Colombini & The Unauthorized Rolling Stones and the Fabulous Screwtops donated their proceeds to the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.

David Kerns is a Napa-based freelance journalist. You can view more of his work at DavidKerns.com.

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