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Craig Smith

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association.

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Downtown Napa’s music crawl, featuring 40 bands at 35 locations, is Sunday, June 4 from noon to 6 p.m.

This one has it all, from classic guitar to classic rock, blues to bluegrass, and surf rock to songwriters.

Last year was the seminal event, and was so popular that it will be back three Sundays this year, including Sept. 3 and Oct. 1. Some folks called it a nice segue from BottleRock to a local-centric happening.

If you’re looking for a little country flavor ala Graham Parsons, listen to the LoWatters at Ca’Momi.

Cajun more your style? Gator Nation will be in Dwight Murray Plaza. Try jazzy pop with Jealous Zelig at the Oxbow Public Market.

Want to hear a really tight, blues three-piece? The Cincinnati Ambassadors will serve it up for you at Back Room Wines.

Best part about it?

It’s all free, and it’s all local bands. Check out the day’s happenings by visiting donapa.com to print a schedule, or to view it on your phone as you walk around.

Credit for booking the acts goes to Thea Witsil, owner of Wildcat Clothing, at 810 Randolph St.

Wildcat is hosting the VKs at the June 4 Napa Live.

“There are so many good musicians right here in our own backyard,” she said. “Everybody is jazzed about this event and the chance to play.”

And speaking of BottleRock, if you can’t make it be sure and check out their website for all of the pre- and post-events. They’ve lined up an entire weekend of great entertainment. Switching gears to a more low-key Napa Live the following week will be just the ticket.

Sponsored by Blue Moon and Lagunitas, Team Superstores, Bank of Napa, Napa Valley Marketplace, The Napa Valley Register, and KVON/KVYN. Without their generous support, the event would not be possible.

And on that note…

The David Benoit Trio plays two shows a night at the Blue Note, tonight and tomorrow.

Benoit was bitten by the jazz bug after watching a Charlie Brown special on television and listening to the music of Vince Guaraldi in 1965.

“I was already a fan of the comic strip,” he says, “but when I heard that jazz piano trio, that was the defining moment when I decided that I wanted to play like Vince Guaraldi.”

Trust me – he does.

Speaking of BottleRock…

BottleRock and Sirius XM/Alt Nation present Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas and Dreamers, May 26 at Silo’s.

Have you been to a Silo’s show? They consistently book great music in an intimate and easy to enjoy venue.

Go hungry and have a salad, like the Hail Caesar or the Salad Bowl; an appetizer, maybe Macho Nachos or On Silent Wings; or go for an entrée like The Chicken Dance or Cheese Burger in Paradise.

Makes me salivate just writing about it.

Check out the Silo’s website, pick a show, and try them out.

See you downtown!

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association. Reach him at 257-0322 or craig@donapa.com.

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