The Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa Valley adds a third date on Friday, July 29

Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa Valley

*Due to overwhelming demand, the Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa Valley announces a third day of programming on friday july 29. With notable additions including Dinner (Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin and Kamasi Washington) and Snoop Doggthe third day also includes performances by Chaka Khan, Kamasi Washington, Madlib, Chris Dave & The Drumheadz, Kenny Garrett, Alex Isley, Domi & JD Beck, Kiefer & Amber (from Moonchild), Marcus Strickland Twi-Life and DJ Jahi Sundance.

Tickets for Friday start at $225 for general admission and $450 for VIP, and are on sale Thursday June 16 at 12:00 p.m. PT.

“Following the initial sold-out response to our two-day festival lineup within hours, we are thrilled to announce a third festival date for the Blue Note Jazz Festival, Napa,” says the director of programming and the talent buyer Alex Kurland.

Kurland continues, “This third date features a breathtaking and exclusive collaboration between Snoop Dogg and Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington and Terrace Martin as dinner. We have strived to present a pure concentration of greatness and culturally significant art – from legendary Chaka Kahn to jazz icon Kenny Garrett to prolific producer Madlib – we have extraordinary artists and creators adorning the waves of the festival inspired by the inspiration, the style the influence and the atmosphere of Robert Glasper.

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Robert Glasper - Getty Images
Robert Glasper – Getty Images

Announced alongside the Friday performances is the VIP Wine Train Platinum Experience. This exclusive experience will allow Platinum VIPs to travel to the festival in style in beautifully restored vintage 20th century Pullman cars. At $1,500 per person per day, VIPs will enjoy a 3-course gourmet brunch, complimentary wine and sparkling wine, and additional benefits including:

  • Access to the air-conditioned Platinum VIP Wine Train with reserved seats.
  • Exclusive Platinum VIP viewing platform on the Wine Train open top car, parked next to one of the stages.
  • Free premium wine tasting at Charles Krug Winery during the festival.
  • Free midday snacks.
  • Complimentary post-festival light meal with wine and sparkling wine, served on the wine train back to Napa.
  • Access to all VIP lounges, viewing platforms and restrooms on site
  • Full cash bar available – the Wine Train is the only area in the entire festival where guests are permitted to consume hard liquor and cocktails.

While tickets for Saturday and Sunday are sold out, an additional 70 weekend tickets are available exclusively for VIP Wine Train Platinum ticket holders. The wine train arrives daily at the festival site at 12:30 p.m. and leaves at 10:30 p.m. sharp. Tickets for the VIP Wine Train Platinum Experience go on sale Wednesday, June 22 at 12 p.m. PT.

Chaka Khan (Strength of a Woman concert-Atlanta) - Getty
Chaka Khan-Getty

The debut of Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa Valley marks the first Blue Note Jazz Festival presented as an outdoor, multi-day, multi-stage event. The uniquely intimate festival, with limited capacity, will showcase top talent at the historic Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, Calif., July 29-31.

Grammy Award-winning pianist, songwriter and multi-genre producer Robert Glasper serves as the festival’s artist-in-residence. Glasper residence, hosted by a comedian Dave Chappelleincludes special guest performances Dinner with Martin Terrace and Kamasi Washington, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Ledisi, D Smoke, Terrace Martin, and BJ the Chicago Kid.

“The response from ticket buyers and the music industry to our first multi-day outdoor Blue Note Jazz Festival has been overwhelming. This year’s festival is an excellent model for the future of Blue Note jazz festivals. Our network of Blue Note Jazz Club venues spans four continents. I plan to expand our festival to these markets and around the world,” said the chairman of Blue Note Entertainment Group. Steven Bensusan.

“Napa is especially important to us. Not only do we have a Blue Note Jazz Club in downtown Napa, but our partnership with Charles Krug Winery has expanded successfully. We’ve transitioned from our outdoor series during the pandemic to this new three-day festival experience supporting the entire winery property.

The Napa Valley outdoor weekend event represents a new audience experience for Blue Note fans by combining a more traditional festival-style event with local Napa Valley wine culture. The weekend will include food from renowned restaurants in the region, wine tasting experiences and other VIP additions.

During the pandemic, Blue Note Napa, operating in the valley for six years, partnered with Charles Krug Winery to present nearly 40 successful outdoor summer concerts at a time when few were offered. Charles Krug Winery, established in 1861 as Napa Valley’s first winery, is notable for its historical significance and character. Blue Note Napa’s successful partnership with the winery demonstrated that Charles Krug was a natural fit for the upcoming festival, which will now utilize the entire winery grounds for the July event.

Blue Note continues to present its popular annual Blue Note Jazz Festival, New York, with a range of performances throughout June at venues across New York City. A new Miami Beach pop-up festival took place for two weeks in June at the city’s North Beach Bandshell.

About Blue Note Entertainment Group
Founded in 1981, Blue Note Entertainment Group is a multifaceted entertainment company that owns, operates, licenses and/or programs Blue Note Jazz Clubs worldwide, including New York, NY; Tokyo, Japan; Milan, Italy; Waikiki, Hawaii; Beijing and Shanghai, China; Napa, California; and Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil. The company also owns and operates Sony Hall. Blue Note Entertainment Group presents shows outside of its club network. Blue Note Entertainment Group partners with Blue Note Records and Jazz Cruises to present Blue Note at Sea. The annual Blue Note Jazz Festival was established in 2011 and has since become New York’s largest jazz festival each June. Subsidiaries of Blue Note Entertainment Group include GRAMMY®-nominated label Half Note Records, whose catalog includes more than 50 tracks recorded live at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club, and Blue Note Travel and Management Group.

Willie J. Johnson