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Kudos to Managing Partner Ken Tesler and team at the Blue Note Napa as they firmly establish themselves as the best nightly live music venue in the Valley, and have become a huge hit among jazz aficionados throughout the Bay Area.

Their increasingly popular Tuesday “Locals Night” affair doubles as a showcase for talented local musicians and artists, and a free opportunity for residents to experience the venue, as admission price is waived when showing a local ID.

Weekends have hit a great stride in delivering on the club’s promise to “present a blend of the group’s quintessential Greenwich Village jazz club experience (intimate atmosphere that feels as if the performers are playing in your very own living room), sprinkled with wine country ambiance and local historic architecture of the nineteenth century Napa Valley Opera House.”

Personally, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to catch Chris Botti, Pete Escovedo, Lee Ritenour, Kenny G, Earl Klugh, Freddy Cole and Brian Culbertson, to name a few.

I’ve also made plans to join friends for the following upcoming shows — Eric Darius (March 9-10), Spyro Gyra (March 23-25), George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic (March 17 in JAM Cellars Ballroom), and one of my all-time jazz favorites, David Sanborn (April 18-20).

I’ll also be honest about the fact that I’ve yet to experience the Blue Note dining option as my pre-show routine typically includes visiting one of my many favorite locally-owned downtown restaurants, who also happen to be great supporters of the Napa Chamber.

Oenotri, Coles, Angele and TORC sit atop that great list of options. Desserts however are popular with my wife’s sweet tooth. Check out bluenotenapa.com for a complete calendar of events and I hope to see you there soon.

Blue Note Napa, Part II:

The jazz club is partnering with Operation Access Napa on a fundraising collaboration to assist locals in need of surgery or procedures who can’t afford to pay.

Operation Access Napa connects these patients with volunteer care providers willing to donate time, professional services/care and technologies to help low-income or uninsured patients in need – all at no cost.

The event is called “Out of the Ashes and Into the Blues.”

Ticket prices range from $100 to $300, and include a three-course dinner, soulful blues music and a fun night out for a great cause.

This event also celebrates the 25th anniversary of Operation Access. For more information and details, go to the events page at bluenotenapa.com.

NapaSport Dine+Drink:

I try not to use this space to outwardly request the support of the local community for one business over another. But because I’ve been aware of this very passionate “dream come true” story of this local husband-wife team, I’m going to make an exception.

Michael and Krista Galyen recently opened a unique space in the South Napa Century Center called NapaSport Dine+Drink, a 200-plus-seat multi-dimensional dining establishment that will serve as a local gathering place for sports enthusiasts, families, foodies, industry peers, special events/groups and visitors alike.

It’s a huge undertaking for the Galyens, who also added more than 70 new employees to their family.

Check it out and show we’re capable of not only helping dreams come true, but keeping them alive.

Thank you all in advance for your consideration, and for engaging, connecting and connecting with the Napa Chamber.

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Travis Stanley is the president and CEO of the Napa Chamber of Commerce. Call 226-7455 or visit napachamber.com.

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