Michael Franti & Spearhead Rocking Napa Valley

Michael Franti and Spearhead have signed on to play the concert to help the community recover after last month’s 6.0 magnitude quake. Afrolicious and Napa’s own Grass Child will also perform.

The earthquake hit wine country early Aug. 24 and was centered six miles south of Napa.According to USA Today, 120 people were injured, including three in critical condition.

The Napa Valley Register reported the damage to area buildings included as many as half of all downtown businesses along first and second streets losing at least one window. The paper talked to merchants who had lost 75-80 percent of their inventory, including wine, antiques, olive oil and clothing.

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Rialto Theatre, Tucson, Ariz.

Presented by Rabobank and PG&E, the Napa Rocks! concert is set for Sept. 28 at Napa Valley Expo from noon to 5 p.m. Bring your appetite because the family-friendly shindig will have goodies from local area food drinks. Napa Valley vintners and local breweries will cover the beverage needs of folks 21+.

All of the money raised at the concert will be donated to the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund, which is assisting local residents and businesses affected by the disaster. Tickets are on sale now.

Along with the concert, several other events are planned as part of the Napa Valley Rocks weekend Sept. 25-28.

A handful of Napa Valley’s top chefs and vintners are putting on the ultimate wine and food evening dubbed “Nourish Napa.”  The Sept. 25 event at the Napa Valley Marriott also includes a silent and live auction and other surprises.  

The next evening you’re encouraged to support local businesses by shopping, strolling, savoring and sipping through downtown at “Napa Night Out.” Don’t miss the free community concert Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Park on Main Street between 2nd and 3rd streets.

French Girls and The Bell Boys are playing Silo’s Sept. 26 and donating 25 percent of proceeds to the Napa Valley Community Relief Fund via the Napa Valley Community Foundation. Grass Child and Kristen Van Dyke will be at the venue Sept. 27 and will also donate a quarter of ticket proceeds to the cause.   

Before attending the Napa Rocks! Concert, get your run on at the Napa Half Marathon Sept. 28 at 7 a.m. The Napa Half is donating 100 percent of the race’s net proceeds to the Napa Valley Community Support Fund.

The weekend concludes with the “Napa Valley Rocks! After Party At City Winery” Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. The lineup includes The Iron Heart, Davenport, Deadlies, The Buttercream Gang, and Pion 2 Zion.

The Napa Rocks! Coalition was created by BottleRock Napa Valley, Napa Valley Expo, Napa Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Napa Association.

For more information visit NapaValleyRocksWeekend.com.