Rockapella in Napa Days 2-3
Sunday-Monday, January 29-30, 2012
Napa Valley Opera House -- Napa, CA
Up at 6 am. For those of you paying attention from the prior post, that means that I had 4 hours of sleep. So I posted pictures to FB and stuff. When breakfast time came around, I had a yummy waffle and some other stuff that I can't remember because the waffle was so yummy. Then Jenn, Cindy and I headed out for some Napa goodness. Cindy had never been to Napa before, so I wanted to show her the big stuff for now, then we can do other stuff on future trips.
|Sher & Jenn at Castello di Amarosa|
During the tasting itself, Jenn and Cindy decided that they would be able to order enough wine for a free shipment if I could also contribute. This was not that difficult a decision for me here at the castle, because I did enjoy several of their wines. My favorite is the Il Passito, which I had tasted the last time I was there, and, of course, it is the most expensive bottle. But I love that stuff. I also ordered the Late Harvest Gewurtztraminer, the Il Raggio Del Sole (Muscat Canelli) and the Gewurtztraminer "Dry". I want to try their Reisling non-alcoholic grape juice some day.
We then drove to CIA/ Greystone to meet up with the non-wine drinkers for lunch. Since we were in Napa during California Restaurant month, I wanted to partake of the special menu, which was a prix fixe called "The Whole Hog". Most of my companions ordered the same, and Jenn got special stuff so that we could all taste other items on the menu. She's so generous, that Jenn! This is the restaurant that Jenn brought me to on a previous trip to Napa, and now I try to get others to dine there because I enjoy it so much. It was at this restaurant that I realized that I like foie gras. Mmmm... Anyway, there was so much food that most of us went into food comas. However, Cindy and I still wanted to shop in St. Helena, so we went into town while the others returned to the hotel for their naps.
|We can't believe we ate The Whole Hog|
Then I brought Cindy to the St.Helena Olive Oil Company. We enjoyed tasting the different vinegars, olive oils, salts, and some of the recipes that they made with the different ingredients they sell there. While we were browsing, I received a reminder on my phone that I needed to check in to my flight. The cell service was bad inside the building, so we walked outside. Then we noticed that the store would be closing at 5 pm, and felt very pressed for time, especially because my phone decided to go nutso at the time. So I called Jenn and asked her to check in for us. Meanwhile, Cindy went inside the store to tell Karen (the very nice person helping us) that we were outside checking in to our flights. She said that since we were there before 5pm, we could continue shopping. This was, of course, after Cindy started to hurriedly place everything that she needed on the counter as if she was in some shopping-in-5-minutes TV game show. It was quite funny. She asked if I thought that we could place our stuff together for the free shipping offer, and I said probably. She ended up getting to the minimum order all by herself, though! Karen told us that the bath items that used to be in the back room were now in their own store across the street, so we checked that out before we left. They had just closed, though. Oh, and at the Olive Oil Company, I finally bought the white truffle salt that I wanted, as well as basil EVOO, and a 19-year aged balsamic vinegar that was delicious and 50% off that day. They had a LOT of other stuff that I refrained from buying, lest I get more than I can use all by myself. Stuff like truffle honey and other salts and such. Yeah, you read that right: TRUFFLE HONEY. Karen had also given us copies of the recipes to make the stuff that was provided around the store for the tasting. While Karen was taking Cindy's information, we found out that the Sherry Vinegar that Cindy was buying was from Jerez, Spain. Jerez! Sherry! That's my name twice!! Perhaps I should buy that for myself sometime.
|Cindy and Karen at St. Helena Olive Oil Co|
We returned to the hotel and I visited Karla for a few minutes so that I could check out her room, which was not in the main part of the hotel. Oh, but it was spacious! She had a sitting area and for some reason, there was a sink in her closet, as well as in her bathroom. She decided that it was the shaving area. Not for her, but for guys. Then I went downstairs and had tea and cookies before getting ready for the night's show. Jenn was up by then, and was dealing with preparations for her grandmother's funeral. I didn't mention in my last post that her grandmother had passed away earlier in the week, but she didn't want to miss the Napa trip, especially since they didn't need her for everything, and she figured that Mama would not want her to stay home and be sad. We made a toast to Mama with our little cups of pea soup at the CIA. Anyway, she was being quite the trooper, and remembered to enjoy herself as much as possible. We met up with the rest of the posse, and drove to the Opera House.
This time, I did not follow Jeff, and parked on the first floor of the parking structure. The theatre wasn't as full as the previous night, and Jenn, Karla and I were seated in the 2nd row on the right side of the aisle (which was really like the 1st row because there were no seats in front of us). I sat in the middle of the 3 of us this time, so that Jenn wouldn't feel so abused. Cindy, Jeff and Wendy were in the front row, also on the right side.
The show did not start late this time, so I guess everybody had their clothes. Bummer. ;) Scott, John, and Jeff were all wearing black shirts this time. (They were wearing silver the night before).
Dragging the Line
I like this one, especially at "Peace of mind."
And I'm already staring at Scott's pants.
George held Steve's microphone for him.
Scott said that they had a lovely room at the Holiday Inn Express. He also said that the guys saw a lot of "vineries" today, and turned around to ask which ones, discovering that he was alone on stage. "And they've left." Steve returned to the stage and said that one of the 4 that they went to was at Castello di Amarosa. We cheered. Scott asked the audience, "Is everyone liquored up? It always helps." When introducing the different vocal parts, he said that the "tenors are the white wine".
When George sang "Bangkok Heat", he sang it to me. That's me, baby: HOT! Yeah, right.
Got To Get You Into My Life
Steve wants to hold Cindy's hand. He told her so.
Just My Imagination/ Imagine
They paused a little after the first intro, and Geo smiled at John. Nice, John! Loved it.
Scott: "That's from our new CD, "Bang", which is miraculously available in the lobby, I've noticed." (For those of you keeping score, this little plug is courtesy of Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops).
Then Scott talked about finding Steve. "Steve came with so much chutzpah and gentility, kind of contradictory in terms."
California Sad-Eyed Girl
Scott advised that this song is on "Bang" and is really melancholy (or something else that I can't decipher from my notes--sorry). "When we sing that song in Southern California, coming from someone from Indiana who needed a 5-syllable phrase, I needed a sexy place. Turns out it's not really such a sexy area, San Bernardino, don't know how unsexy it is, though. But there's always a giggle. So thanks for showing some restraint."
Then Scott started comparing the guys to wine. JT said that Geo was a Pinot Noir. Scott asked, "Was that a racist comment?" Scott said that JT was the Mondavi of Spit. He then talked about the life in Napa among the wineries: "Maybe a few bucks here and there, making a substandard living, but you can eat." KP noticed that Jeff was wearing black socks. Then John said that he likes to call Scott "Jingle Legs Jones," to which Scott again asked, "Was that a racist comment?"
Scott talked about records, and described these old-school music items, saying "I wish you could have been there."
Steve and I sang to each other on the line "Fickle minded real live girl." HEY!
Rock the Boat
We were on Geo's "Do The Hustle" side, and we were getting so loud that he said, "Oh, you want it like that huh?" Scott calls his dance "The Mondavi".
Malibu Grand Prix
During all of the chaotic choreography, Steve backed into Scott. When the word "King" was sung, there was bowing. When the word "Queen" was sung, Scott curtsied. A certain protrusion on Steve's shirt distracted me. I'm just sayin'. At least it was the SHIRT!
Whomever was doing the spotlight was late. Did you not work the show last night?
I like how Scott blows on his imaginary gun at the end. (No, that is not a euphemism. Stop it!)
Scott talked about succumbing to the corporate bullies for a quick buck. This was met with applause, while JT cheered silently with his thumbs up. During the first Almond Joy commercial, their head movements were not in sync. Scott responded to the jolly laughter in the back of the audience: "Oh ho ho, Santa's here. It's off-season." George sang his "yummy milk chocolate" line to me. :) That's right, I'm yummy. I'm not used to Scott sweating so much on his forehead. John kept cracking up.
John told us that wife Christina is in the audience. This was the first time she'd ever seen The Rock outside Florida, and her first time in California. (Yes, I know that she saw them sing on the cruise, but maybe JKB had forgotten about that). "Where are you, baby?!" She was in the balcony. "Man, you guys know about wine here." He talked about taking a tour of the winery, and learning about patience, waiting 2 years to make a bottle of wine. And regarding what he learned about the land, "you guys are number one." Ahh, Napa. I agree, JKB.
Then John walked into the audience to pick someone to sing to. SonofaBITCH, I am NOT kidding, he picked the person in Wendy's night-before seat. O.M.G. Wendy and I were incredulous that this had happened again.
Jaime from nearby Vallejo, CA was the lucky girl of the night. Scott: "What do you do in Filet-o?" What?! Then he asked if she wanted to sing "Stand By Me" with them, and she responded with, "Can I just dance?"
Ain't Too Proud to Beg
She was running away from Scott and his butt-dance. Run TOWARDS him, Jaime! He patted John on the shoulder as he begged her. Oh, Jaime, so shy.
George started to say, "When I was 10 years old..." and both Jenn and I simultaneously said in Dolby Stereo, "Uh-Oh." He ignored us. "My dad said, 'George, it's OK, cause the ladies like it when you drop it." (I think).
Scott was still chewing whatever when they got the cue to get back on stage. As usual.
O.M.G. Have you ever had George sing to you from the stage? You have? Have you ever heard him use your name in the song that he was singing while he sang to you from the stage? Well, my posse and I can now say that he sang our names! Seriously! During the place where he would ask for the lady's name/number/sign, instead, he sang, "I'm here for Jenny, Sherry, Karla, Wendy, Jeff. I said your name." And Jenn didn't realize he said her name. Jeff didn't realize his name was said either. I don't know where they were that they couldn't hear their own names, but I heard mine!!! I can now no longer hear that song without inserting my name. Which George sang. From the stage. Oh. My. Geo.
After that, I thought I could calm down. But no. Then they sang...
I love this song. I don't know who talked about Captain Morgan, and drinking responsibly. It must have been Scott because he's wacky like that. I've got the choreography down on this song, and I love it! Of course, now when I'm in front of my computer, I have no idea how it goes, but I had it down that night.
He sang "from Napa to Rome". Yay! Then Scott dropped out. Did he forget the words? What was up with that?
JT wiggled his fingers during his solo.
Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Ay Ay Ay Ay!!! I can't hear that song without picturing Steve and Geo doing that in the NVOH greeting area last year after the show.
Up On The Roof/Wonderful World
Scott gave the pitch and Geo looked at him. "Is that too high? I don't want to hurt you." "Don't know much about geography" -- Scott sang as he smiled at me. Then I mouthed "shoop shoop shoo be doo" at Steve while he sang that part and caught me. During Scott's pause at the end of the song, he sucked up lots of air.
MEET AND GREET
|Christina & Sher|
|Sher & Laura|
|Sweet Wine Lovers|
|If El saw this, would he say, "F the Shrimp!"?|
|Fred & Sher have their souls stolen|
|Sher & Stage Batman|
|Sher & The Movie Star|
|He sang my name!!!|
After we said our goodbyes to the Pella, we went to In-N-Out at the drive-thru. As always, I was on a major Rockapella high, and told the In-N-Out guy about the concert, and that I hadn't had a drink in at least 12 hours. I don't know why my friends thought that wasn't impressive. I mean, I'm in Napa, I'm happy, and I'm NOT drunk? What's that about? The guy was amused, though, I think, and I told him to ask the people in the car behind me about the concert. (No, not strangers. The other part of the Posse). We took our food to KP's room (except for Jenn, whom wasn't feeling well), and debriefed as we enjoyed our burgers.
|Cindy, Sher & Bananaman in hotel courtyard|
|Bananaman & The Bear|
Then we made our way back to SMF to see Spider Bunny before taking our flights home.
|Does whatever a SpiderBunny does|
What a great weekend that was! Thank you, PellaPosse, for the wonderful time! Thank you, Rockapella for all of the musical and personal goodness. I'm in serious withdrawal as I write this, so look for a couple of extra Rockapella-related things on this blog until I get to write another Rockapella Trip report.
|The Pella Posse at the Facts of Life house|