Nightbeats: LeAnn Rimes leads big-name lineup at Napa Valley’s Live in the Vineyard

Singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes performs in concert at SugarHouse Casino on Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Philadelphia. (Owen Sweeney / Associated Press 2016)


LIVE IN THE VINEYARD UNPLUGGED: Before there was BottleRock, there was Live in the Vineyard.

This year’s impressive lineup features The All American Rejects, LeAnn Rimes, ZZ Ward, HAIM, Sara Evans, Julia Michaels, Eric Paslay, Lindsay Ell, Jessie James Decker, Dave Barnes, Gregory Darling, Ocean Park Standoff, David Shaw & Zack Feinberg of The Revivalists and Magic Giant.

For years, the only way to attend Live in the Vineyard, to see top recording artists in our little patch of Wine Country, was to win one of the select few coveted spots. I’m talking pop-up concerts at renowned wineries with big names here like Alanis Morissette in 2012 and Sarah McLachlan in 2014.

Concerts are always stripped down. There’s no fancy stage production, it’s up close, personal and gives attendees a one of a kind intimate experience. The coolest part about the series is concert tickets are free because you score tickets through sweepstakes.

Unfortunately, that generally means you can’t attend these shows no matter how much you love the artists if you weren’t selected or found out too late too apply.

Luckily, this year is a bit different. Live In The Vineyard and the Blue Note in Napa partnered together for an unplugged acoustic one-day festival on Nov. 3 to benefit The Redwood Credit Union’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund for those affected by the North Bay fires.

Keeping in tradition with the intimate Live In The Vineyard setting, the concert will be held in downtown Napa at the Jam Cellars Ballroom at Margrit Mondavi Theatre in the historic Napa Valley Opera House.

Maybe buying a ticket for this doesn’t sound as cool as winning one for free. But it’s good to know that the proceeds go to a good cause. Tickets are all general admission, too, which means you have a chance be up close to your favorite musicians.

If you’ve already won a ticket, it’s an extra chance to catch Leann Rimes, The All American Rejects, ZZ Ward and a special performance by Alex Gaskrath from All Time Low.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, Jam Cellars Ballroom At Margrit Mondavi, 1030 Main St, Napa. Admission: $50, Ages 8 and older only. Information:

THERE’S A DJ AT SNOOPY’S, CHARLIE BROWN! Couldn’t take your kids to catch the outdoor screening of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” on Oct. 27?

Well, you can still make it up to them by taking them to Snoopy’s Skate Party, a fun way for kids ages 12 to 15 to step on to the ice rink for a Saturday night skate party. The youth skate night lets kids hang with the Peanuts gang and take a few loops around the ice while they rock out to a live DJ. Admission includes skate rentals and there’s also a skate dinner upgrade available, which includes a bite from the Warm Puppy Cafe.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Admission: $10-$17.


IT’S A TRIPLE RAINBOW: Forming together at an open mic night in Santa Barbara, the Rainbow Girls kicked off a music career touring the U.S. and Europe as a rock ‘n’ roll band before switching their sound to folkier roots. Basically, live shows go one of two ways — they’re either one giant rock party with upbeat catchy dance songs like “The Naked Song” or chill hang out tunes with somber folky numbers like “No Girls Allowed.”

Catch the Sebastopol trio and enjoy a beer at HopMonk Sonoma.

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Sonoma. Admission: $10-$25. Information:

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