Napa City Nights, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary bringing free live entertainment during the summer.

Between 700 -1000 people converge on Veteran’s Memorial Park Amphitheatre as their Friday night ritual from 6:30pm-10 p.m. with lawn chairs, blankets and picnics taking in local and regional Bay Area bands. Each week the genre of music changes with the final act of the night being more upbeat danceable music.

The volunteer crew consisting of Chris and Sue Chesbrough, Scott Meloney, Sarah Hall, Andrew Booher, Tracy Rohrer, Jeff Hammond, Ray Perez-Murillo, Sandy Schulze, Darren Schauer and other volunteers will be on hand beginning June 9 – August 19.

What started out as a fun idea has grown into a “Must Attend Family Event” according to Chris Chesbrough.

“We are all musicians and or lovers of music. That first year, 10 years ago, we pooled our resources for sound equipment, and contacted our musician friends to perform for free.”

Sue Chesbrough proudly points out that since year two, all bands get paid to perform.

“This year we heard from over 200 bands who submitted an electronic press kit for consideration,” says Chris. “Our committee has an extremely tough decision each year to make the final selection of 33 plus bands which we group together in a theme each night”. According to Sue Chesbrough, sponsorship and community support is what drives and is the lifeline of this free musical event. This year we are fortunate to have Jeremy Nickel Cellars as a presenting sponsor.

“Every year we start out from scratch and by the beginning of each season everything comes together and we’ve been able to raise enough money to keep this popular event going,” she said. “We are really excited that we are now a non-profit 501(c)(3) so all donations are tax deductible. It’s important for this event to continue to be a family friendly vibe,” added Sue. “After a long week, families can come to their favorite spot in the park, sit back and enjoy each other and good music. We also encourage people to visit downtown restaurants before the show, and you can also find food vendors at the event to accommodate families.”

Besides donations and financial support, the crew at Napa City Nights is always looking for volunteers for setup and tear down and interns who want to learn about staging and sound production. In recognition of their 10th anniversary, they will have available commemorative 10th Anniversary T-shirts.

NCN has a winning formula for each show which imitates the Bill Graham style. The opening act is usually an acoustic solo or duet act. Followed by an up and coming group with a high-energy group as the closing act.

“We love what we do and how the community reacts to it,” says Andrew Booher. “This Summer we are also pushing to be a zero-waste event.”

For more information about Napa City Nights go to or and like them on Facebook. Enjoy free WiFi while at the park.