Jessup Cellars “Art House Sessions” Goes Inside the Musical Mind for Summer 2014

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Jessup Cellars is excited to announce the launch of our Art House Sessions summer music series for 2014. The shows will take place on the second and fourth Saturdays of July and August 2014, with a bonus track (date) on September 13. Set in our Yountville Tasting Gallery with café-style seating, our intimate summer music series will explore the life of the musician by showcasing the absolute best in emerging singer-songwriters sharing their stories through both song and open dialogue. We’ll have bites available by some of Napa Valley’s tastiest food purveyors and special tasting flights. Ten percent of each evening’s wine sales will be allocated to support local, youth music programs. A special shout out to Hollywood’s famed Hotel Cafe for helping bring the best in emerging talent to Yountville!

Online Tickets Available First-Come, First-Serve

 General: $10 | Member Seating & Tasting Tickets $25 | VIP Seating & Tasting Tickets $35


Saturday, July 26 > Meet DRMS


Our second Art House Sessions features the SF Bay Area’s “Pop Noir” sensation DRMS (pronounced Dreams) as a pared-down, intimate trio. DRMS is a musical collaboration led by keyboardist Rob Shelton and fronted by Emily Ritz and Carly Bond. On this evening, they will perform as a trio with Rob on keys, Carly fronting on vocals, and Mark Clifford on vibraphone. The band has built its following and critical acclaim by melding multiple genres into what has been called “a pulsating rhythmic psychedelic pop juggernaut.” Their sound has also been described as, “What would happen if Billie Holiday was selected to perform in an electro-afro-pop infused band curated by David Lynch, with vibraphones.” Really? Sign us up!

And if you need more accolades…

“An incredibly cool mixture of jazz, pop, electronica, and some studio effects you likely haven’t heard before.”   ~ The Bay Bridged, Russell Jelinek

“Killer lyrics with the insinuating pulse of vibraphones.” ~ San Francisco Chronicle, Andrew Gilbert

“Of the vast wasteland that the Internet’s become, you can still find a few undiscovered gems if you look hard enough — and Dreams (DRMS) is a perfect example…” ~ MTV Hive, Mike Ayers

Saturday, August 9 > Meet Jesse Thomas


Jesse Thomas is a singer-songwriter from Kentucky. She moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and immediately took the stage at a series of local open mic nights. Her soulful sound and original songs caught the attention of producer Jim Roach, and led to him signing her to Red Parade Music Group. Thomas worked with Roach on her debut full-length, War Dancer, which peaked at number four on iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts and charted on Billboard at No.25 on “Heatseekers” and No.16 on the folk charts. Her second album, Burn The Boats was released in spring 2014.

Over the past several years, Jesse has developed a dedicated fan base around the country, and around the world through her YouTube channel, SXSW appearances on the Hotel Cafe stage, her iTunes “free single download” with over 120K downloads, and her week-long stint as Starbucks “Pick of the Week” artist with 2.1 million downloads.

Jesse’s songs have been featured on many TV shows including, Shameless, Hart Of Dixie, Degrassi, The Vampire Diaries, The Fosters, The Real L Words, Lying Game, and more. Her song “Falling Out Of View” will play over the end credits of Decoding Annie Parker, a movie set for a 2014 theatrical release.

She has opened for John Mayer, Owl City, Dawes, Brett Dennen, Lights, Tori Kelly, Meiko, and more.

Saturday, August 23 > Meet Holly Conlan


Holly’s latest album, The Sirens, is a departure from her previous work, building on the lush arrangements and piano-driven melodies of 2008’s Bird and 2010’s Fascinator. ELLE Magazine described one track, X Marks the Spot, as “…a rock influenced take on love’s wicked games, splayed with loud guitars and equally vibrant drums.” While LADYGUNN said of the record, “Conlan’s influences in pop, rock and folk have merged into sweet melodies and sentimental love songs.”

The music video for first single ‘Stay and Play’ premiered via Ladygunn TV and features actor David Anders (Vampire Diaries, Once Upon A Time, Heroes, Alias, Necessary Roughness).

A fixture of the famed Hotel Cafe music scene, Holly’s music has been featured on hit shows like ‘90210’, ‘One Tree Hill,’ ‘The Ghost Whisperer’ and ‘Privileged’ as well as films like ‘The Other Woman’ with Natalie Portman. Holly has toured nationally with three-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and has shared the stage with many notable performers including Laura Jansen, Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat and Butch Walker, among others. Holly was also part of the (2008) Hotel Cafe tour; with Holly’s song ‘You Are Goodbye’ being awarded the coveted ‘iTunes Single of the week’ spot.

Saturday, September 13 > Meet Chris Laterzo

Chris and Jeff

Chris Laterzo is a singer-songwriter and recording artist based in Los Angeles, California whose music evokes the spirit of the open road with its romantic lyrics and loping rhythms. Laterzo’s four albums blend varying degrees of folk, rock, and alt-country to create a unique style of song best described as American cowboy-rock.

Laterzo has toured both solo and with his band Buffalo Robe throughout the United States and parts of Western Europe. Laterzo is currently in the midst of recording his fifth album, with an expected release date of Summer 2014.

Chris has garnered solid album reviews, as well as airplay on both NPR and on indie radio. Performing Songwriter Magazine says, “Laterzo is first and foremost a gifted melodist with an ear for hooks that sink in more deeply with each listen.”


Saturday, July 12 > Meet Tyler Lyle


Our opening night showcased the talent of singer-songwriter, Tyler Lyle. The evening closed with a rousing standing ovation and a merchandise suitcase wiped clean of CDs!

Growing up, Tyler vowed never to go into music when he got older. “As a kid we were always taking family trips to Nashville so my dad could play the Bluebird Cafe or attend some songwriting symposium, and I resented the city for stealing my vacations away,” recalls the West Georgia native.

But at age 15, he haphazardly picked up his father’s guitar, quickly mastered a few chords, and soon started writing his own songs. In 2011 Lyle released his indie-folk debut “The Golden Age & The Silver Girl,” solely through Bandcamp — then re-released the top-five seller the following year to find it named one of the top 10 albums of 2012 on NPR’s World Cafe. 
In 2013, he was awarded the Abe Oleman Scholarship for songwriting presented by ASCAP and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and The Harold Adamson Award for Pop Music writing. He is currently at work on a new full-length album.

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