Gavin DeGraw with...

First things first, I’ll come clean right off the top: I was laaaaate to the game when it came to Gavin DeGraw. It’s not that he flew under my radar or I didn’t hear much about him; it’s much worse than all that. He was one of those artists who all my friends were obsessed [&hellip

Chris Cornell at...

When an artist requests that no one in a tiny, intimate venue like the Uptown Theatre be allowed to use technology of any kind (cameras, smartphones, etc), it makes sense. It means that everyone will be paying attention to the music they’re sharing with you, and there are no rude distractions. True, it makes my [&hellip

Crystal Bowersox at...

Once upon a time, teenagers in Napa (myself included, back in the 90s) used to complain that there was “nothing to do here.” These days, while I’m sure kids get bored no matter where they live, we certainly have more to do and far less to complain about in this fair valley. And how better [&hellip

Aaron Lewis at...

Forgive the obvious: I mean it when I say that for some of us, it really has been a while since we’ve heard much from Aaron Lewis. For me, for example: I didn’t know he’d been doing anything other than rocking with band Staind until I saw that he was coming to town. Having loved [&hellip

M. Ward at...

It didn’t take long for my friend Kerri (my date for this particular evening) to comment on M. Ward’s persona when his show got underway at the Uptown last month: “he’s a little cutie pie!” That he is, and so much more. For those who may not yet be familiar with Mr. Ward’s tunes, he’s [&hellip

Javier Colon at...

Let’s talk for a minute about NBC’s The Voice. Last April, when it premiered after much hype, I was really excited to check it out. For anyone who isn’t familiar, the premise of the show is that undiscovered musical talents audition for four current musicians, in hopes that their vocals alone will convince one (or [&hellip

Jonny Lang at...

Up until last week, it would have shocked me to learn how few people in my life have heard of the young blues guitar genius Jonny Lang. Because I’ve witnessed Jonny’s musical evolution (from 15-year-old phenom to critical darling to gospel musician) since the late 90s, it seems absurd to me that there would be [&hellip