Last weekend, Live in the Vineyard (LitV) kicked off at 35,000 feet with a surprise concert by Green River Ordinance on a Southwest flight from Burbank to Oakland. Never mind the other music industry big-shots like Michelle Branch, Daughtry, O.A.R., SafetySuit, Martin Harley Band, Christina Perri, and Javier Colon seated on the plane or hanging out and playing in Napa over the weekend.
The wine industry is busy with harvest but it’s a three-day weekend for you, so why not a trip to the wine country for a little relaxation and celebration? September has been officially dubbed California Wine Month, so there’s a ton going on in general and many wineries will be having last minute Labor Day specials. Here are some notable deals and special events for those of you who haven’t yet decided how you want to celebrate another year of hard work.
If your summer plans include a jaunt to wine country the weekend of August 27th, you might consider taking off a bit early on Thursday. You'll avoid the Friday pains of the 101 bottleneck, yes, and you'll also arrive in time to catch the great Brian Wilson perform at the gorgeous Uptown Theatre in Downtown Napa on August 25th. The fact that Wilson rarely plays solo shows and that Pet Sounds is pretty much universally acclaimed as one of the best albums of all time make this an evening not to miss. Wilson will be playing some of his greatest hits (think "God Only Knows," "Don't Worry Baby" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice") as well as selections from his album Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin. ($65/$75.