The 20th annual Music Festival for Brain Health will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 14. This year’s festival, “Science & Sizzle,” features multiple Grammy-nominated musician Jewel, and the energetic blues, soul and rock sounds of Vintage Trouble.
“We are incredibly excited to reach our 20-year anniversary,” said Garen Staglin, president of One Mind Institute (or IMHRO) and co-chairman of One Mind. “We are bringing some talented and diverse musicians to the Napa Valley with our lineup of Jewel and Vintage Trouble. We are also pleased to say that we will have reached $200 million by the time of the 2014 festival, and are prepared to make additional and significant announcements during the festival. The momentum we have in raising awareness, reducing stigma and accelerating research is critically important in helping lead to cures and treatments for all brain disorders.”
The festival kicks off Saturday with the scientific symposium, featuring keynote speaker Eric Lander, Ph.D., founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project. Steven Hyman, M.D., Ph.D., incoming president of the Society for Neuroscience, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health and current director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, will moderate the symposium, which will also feature the 2014 Rising Star scientists, along with Vikaas Sohal, M.D., Ph.D., IMHRO assistant professor of psychiatry at UCSF, who will speak on his research into patterns of brain activity that might someday be used to stimulate the brain in ways that retrain the brain toward health. Admission to the Sept. 13 symposium only is free with prior registration.
The symposium is followed by a cult wine tasting paired with hors d’oeuvres prepared by chefs Ken Frank of Michelin rated La Toque in Napa, and Richard Reddington of celebrated Redd and Redd Wood in Yountville.
The day continues with a concert performance by Los Angeles’ rising star group Vintage Trouble. San Francisco Bay Area comic, radio, TV and film personality Bob Sarlatte is master of ceremonies.
Immediately following the concert, enjoy an exclusive Napa Valley feast under the stars at the VIP post-concert dinner by San Francisco chefs Jan Birnbaum of Epic Roadhouse, Mark Dommen of One Market and Staffan Terje of Perbacco, paired with Staglin Family Vineyard wines.
Sunday features the popular Food Truck Fest, followed by a performance by multiple Grammy Award-nominated musician Jewel, bringing her chart-topping hits to Yountville’s Lincoln Theater stage. KPIX San Francisco personality “The Foodie Chap,” Liam Maylem, emcees.
Scheduled to appear at this year’s festival are former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, co-chairman of One Mind, and Peter Chiarelli, general, U.S. Army (retired), CEO of One Mind.
Celebrating its 20-year milestone, the Music Festival for Brain Health is one of America’s most important fundraising events focusing on brain disorders, with a historical total, including grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, surpassing $175 million.
Last year alone, the event raised approximately $2.8 million to support the research to find cures for brain disorders. The 20th annual Music Festival for Brain Health benefits IMHRO, One Mind and the Tug McGraw Foundation, partnering to support research, education, treatment, and to fight the stigma surrounding brain disorders.
Festival passes and sponsorships are available at Music-Festival.org. Proceeds will benefit mental health research projects throughout the nation.