Fresh from appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson will headline the opening event of Live in the Vineyard’s concert series next week.

Open to the public for the first time, this Live in the Vineyard charity event will combine great music and fine wine at Napa Valley’s Raymond Vineyards.

Raymond Vineyards is partnering with Live in the Vineyard to present Hutchinson in performance with proceeds going to VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s mission to restore instrumental music education into our nation’s public schools.

Hutchinson has been named an AOL “About To Pop” artist, Yahoo! Who’s Next Artist, MSN “One To Watch” Artist and a “VH1 You Oughta Know” Artist.

His latest recording, “Moving Up, Living Down” — which will be released on April 17 — is the follow-up to his breakthrough debut, “Sounds Like This.” The first single, “Watching You Watch Him,” debuted on the season premiere of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” and was released in early February.

Hutchinson kicks off four days of music scheduled at several wineries and Napa’s Uptown Theater. Live in the Vineyard attendance has been limited to winners of radio station contests all across the country. The winners are invited to attend the music performance showcase which features established and break-out artists. On the bill next weekend are Jason Mraz, Daniel Powter and Richard Marx.

The event in Raymond Vineyards’ Crystal Cellar is the first time Live in the Vineyard has been open to area residents, other than sponsors.

Attendees can get in on silent auction that includes prizes such as a $1,500 gift certificate from the VH1 Save The Music Foundation board member John Varvatos, an exclusive handbag from Gwen Stefani’s “Lamb” collection, two tickets to Tiger Jam hosted by Tiger Woods in Las Vegas and exclusive wine experiences at Raymond Vineyards. All proceeds from the auction and a portion of the proceeds from the limited amount of $100 public tickets will support the Foundation’s mission to restore instrumental music education in our nation’s public schools.

All of Raymond Vineyards facilities and grounds will be on display so that guests can how Jean-Charles Boisset has transformed the winery into an array of unique experiences.

Tickets for the April 12 Eric Hutchinson performance are $100 and can be purchased at