Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

Beyoncé and Jay Z are On the Run, On HBO Tonight

My On The Run T-shirt from their stop
at the Rose Bowl.
Photo by Jenee Darden
This has been a great year for me in terms of live music. I’ve seen a range of performers from Jill Scott and Charlie Wilson to Mint Condtion (twice) and jazz artists Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis.

One of my favorite shows so far has been Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On The Run tour.  I had so much fun when I saw them at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena last month. They performed many of their hit songs going back to the ‘90s all the way to today.  I was on my feet damn near the whole night.

On The Run is a story of outlaws in love. Jay Z and Bey have different styles of music. But the way their songs were performed in order to tell a story was done masterfully.

I’m not crazy about videos on stage at concerts. I just want to hear people sing. However, the black and white videos in the show were beautiful. Again the sequence of the songs along with video told this story of romantic rebels perfectly.

I'm eagerly awaiting Bey and Jay Z
at the Rose Bowl. 


Of course the music was off the hook. Jay Z had us bobbing  Bey shows some cheek. But her looks ranged from sexy leotards to B-girl, to classy. By the way,  I really want Bey’s diamond-studded, mesh ski mask.
our heads and reciting his lyrics. And Beyoncé is a hell of a performer. Just her choreography alone, in heels, was beyond impressive. Her costumes were sexy.

The show was expensive but Bey and J made sure we got our money’s worth. For those of you who haven’t seen the show, you have the best seat in your house. Watch the On The Run Tour tonight on HBO. It's a recording of their Paris show.  Watch it with your girls or with your boo.  The concert made for a great date night, because the fellas at the Rose Bowl were digging Jay Z and the ladies were feeling Beyoncé.  It’s something for everyone. The music is banging. It's a show not to be missed. 

#OnTheRunHBO comes on tonight at 9pm.


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