Blue Note Napa Reopens in November with Lineup of Local and Touring Stars

After 20 long months, with hundreds of performances postponed by the Covid pandemic, Blue Note Napa will celebrate its reopening in November with a concert lineup of jazz greats and a newly renovated look.

The downtown Napa jazz club has been closed since March 2020, the onset of the pandemic and subsequent shutdown. In the interim, Blue Note Napa staged an outdoor concert series outdoors at Charles Krug Winery featuring the likes of Dave Koz, Los Lobos, Pink Martini, Taj Mahal and Chris Botti among many others.

Now, with indoor events returning to the region, Blue Note Napa, located on the first floor of the Napa Valley Opera House, is ready to reopen its doors in downtown Napa and welcome back live music lovers from the Napa Valley and beyond.

Wanting to open with a local touch after all this time, Blue Note hosts special pre-opening show on Thursday, Nov. 11, featuring Napa locals and Bay Area favorites, vocalist Kellie Fuller and the Mike Greensill Trio.

Following that performance, Blue Note presents two nights featuring smooth jazz great Eric Darius on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12–13.

On November 19, the club welcomes the Django Festival All-Stars, featuring Samson Schmitt, Pierre Blanchard, Ludovic Beier, Doudou Cuillerier, and Antonio Licusati. Other confirmed events include Blood, Sweat and Tears preforming on Dec. 3–5, and a New Year’s week run with a regular Blue Note performer, Kenny G, playing December 30, 31 and January 1.

The iconic club will also unveil some exciting modifications after renovations to the club’s main areas. The remodeling allows Blue Note Napa to offer additional seating options and an elevated viewing area inside of the club.

“First and foremost, I cannot thank the local community enough for their overwhelming and continued support through the past 20 months,” Ken Tesler, Managing Director of Blue Note Napa, says in a statement. “Honestly, we would not be re-opening if not for Napa’s emotional support, people holding on to tickets and buying more through-out the pandemic,”

Most event dates feature two shows per night, and dinner, wine, beer and cocktails are available for purchase throughout the evening.

Due to the intimate size of the club, ticket purchase in advance is strongly recommended. All attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated to enjoy the performance.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this lineup from Eric to Kenny G, and we are especially happy to have Kellie and Mike back to the Blue Note stage for the first night back at our club,” Tesler says. “They are the perfect act to celebrate our grand reopening as we thank the community for continuing to support not only Blue Note Napa, but live music in the Napa Valley.”

Blue Note Napa is located at 1030 Main St., Napa. Tickets to shows can be purchased at Bluenotenapa.com or by calling the Box Office at 707.880.2300.

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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