June 13 and 27: West Coast Live at Silo’s

The microphones are placed in clubs, on trains, on theater stages, on boats—wherever seems most interesting. The remote broadcasting equipment is plugged into the nearest power outlet. The guests include authors, magicians, museum directors, artists, actors, chefs, acrobats, directors, and almost always, the piano stylings of Mike Greensill. Hence, Sedge Thomson’s fantastic long-running radio series West Coast Live settles in for three weeks of broadcasts from Silo’s Jazz Club in downtown Napa—Greensill’s current stomping ground. Those who’ve never seen a live radio broadcast shouldn’t miss the exciting pacing and suspense, but it’s Thomson himself who probes interviewees with interesting, human questions and steers the conversation away from canned answers and press-release style interviews. Guests include blues artist John Nemeth, vegetarian author Deborah Madison, novelist Shawna Yang Ryan, author Annie Barrows, locals the Juliane Band, singer Kellie Fuller and folk act the Rhythm Angels plus many more on Saturday, June 13 and 27, at Silo’s. 530 Main St., Napa. 10am. $15-$18. 707.251.5833.Gabe Meline

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