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Big weekend in Napa starts at the Uptown Theatre

Napa rocks! Those of you who think otherwise need to check back and see what you are missing, because you are missing a lot. Yes, BottleRock has made a big splash and has certainly helped liven up the joint, but that is only for one weekend per year. The rest of the time, places like the Uptown Theatre keep the beat alive, hosting concerts and comedy events keeping natives and blow-ins alike entertained.

Uptown Theatre Napa
Kenneth Fish

Coming up in August, the Uptown has a particularly festive weekend planned that just so happens to coincide with the Blues, Brews, and BBQ fest that is taking place on Sunday, August 24 at First and Main, right in the middle of downtown Napa. On Friday, August 22, The Marshall Tucker Band, with special guest Moonalice, will be taking the stage to show you what 40 years of practice sounds like. The Marshall Tucker Band hasn’t just been around for the last forty years, they’ve been making albums, winning awards, and touring incessantly, and it shows. According to lead singer Doug Gray, “no matter how old we get, we can still rock your socks off” which is more than likely true since in the last four years they have released three albums, all of which have been well received and have kept diehard MTB fans happy.

Instead of going on about Moonalice, who just performed at BottleRock Napa Valley in May, I’ll just deliver you this little quote about their last Napa performance, which I think says it all:

According to Moonalice legend, Napa is the 100th largest city in California, but home to fine wine, tasty cannabis and beautiful music. As pictured in today's poster by the always amazing Wes Wilson and Alexandra Fischer, Moonalice is doing its best to provide beautiful music and great weed. Two out of three ain't bad. We leave the wine to all of you!!!

The Dan Band, known for its obscenity strewn renditions of female-performed pop songs will be performing the next evening, August 23, which should be a total hoot. Dan has made appearances in the movies Old School singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Lady" and Starsky & Hutch, in which he performed Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love" at a Bat Mitzvah, and The Hangover in which he performed "Candy Shop" and "Fame") in a wedding scene reminiscent of his appearance in Old School. In 2005, The Dan Band Live was released, and it gained lots of attention due to their expletive-heavy version of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," as well as their cover versions of "Lady" by Styx, "Milkshake" by Kelis, Toni Basil's "Mickey," and so many more.

Tickets for these nights of musical mastery can be purchased online at or by visiting the box office at Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third Street in Napa between the hours of 12 pm and 5 pm, Monday - Friday or Saturday 12 pm to 4 pm. Tickets for The Marshall Tucker Band with Moonalice are $25-$50, The Dan Band show with Iron Heart is general admission and will run you 30 bucks.

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