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An Evening with Grammy® Award Winner Jody Watley: Wine & Pride


Napa, CA (June 8, 2021) – Blue Note Napa is thrilled to present Grammy award-winning artist, Jody Watley on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at the iconic Charles Krug Winery.

Recently, The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) has announced Grammy award-winning artist and performer Jody Watley as its inaugural membership ambassador.

Jody Watley, singer/songwriter/producer/businesswoman, is one of the architects of 21st century pop. From her groundbreaking marriage of rap and R&B (1987’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim) to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre, Jody Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.

“We are ecstatic to be the venue of choice for her first live performance since the pandemic halted live music last year,” said Ken Tesler, owner, Blue Note Napa. “For such an iconic artist like Jody Watley to join us in our first wave of shows is really special for us. ”

Watley’s performance coincides with pride month (June), and Blue Note Napa will donate a portion of the ticket sales to the LGBTQ Connection Napa in support of NAPA PRIDE.

Tickets are available at bluenotenapa.com or ticketmaster.com. The Charles Krug Estate is located at 2800 Main St. in St Helena, Napa Valley, CA.

For more information, and a complete lineup of shows, please visit bluenotenapa.com.


Blue Note Napa opened in October of 2016 in the historic Napa Valley Opera House and is led by Managing Partner, Ken Tesler. The downtown Napa location is the only West Coast location of the famed Blue Note New York Jazz Club portfolio, consisting of nine Blue Note Jazz Clubs worldwide, located in New York, NY; Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan; Milan, Italy; Waikiki, Hawaii; Beijing, China; Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil and, of course, Napa, California. Blue Note Napa plays host to national touring artists like David Sanborn, Kenny G., and even special and private events for Pat Monohan, Foo Fighters, Live in the Vineyard, and more. Additionally, Blue Note Napa manages the JaM Cellars Ballroom and in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment produces the Oxbow RiverStage Concert Series. The Blue Note Napa has been voted “Best live music venue in the North Bay”, 2016/2017/2019/2020.


In 1943, Italian immigrants Cesare and Rosa Mondavi purchased the historic Charles Krug property, the oldest winery in the Napa Valley and longest-running tasting room in California. The brand was built on a foundation of family values, hard work and a European winemaking tradition; it remains a family-owned winery today, producing estate-driven, top of the line Napa Valley wines. The wineries are under the direction of Peter Mondavi Jr. and Marc Mondavi, who steward the family business passed to them by their father, legendary Napa Valley wine icon Peter Mondavi Sr.  The family is now proudly welcoming members of the fourth generation to the business, continuing a legacy started over 70 years ago and setting a foundation for generations to come. For additional information, please visit www.charleskrug.com/

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