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…

Fantastic Negrito Concert in Oakland was LIT

You must, you must, you MUST buy Fantastic Negrito's album The Last Days of Oakland.

Some of you may have heard of Fantastic Negrito when he beat out 7,000 people in a music contest for NPR. I saw him perform at a private party and he rocked the hell out of the stage. I went home and bought his album immediately. My friend bought his CD right there. Fantastic Negrito is a blend of blues, roots, punk and rock. He recently performed on Empire.

His new album The Last Days of Oakland is about gentrification, racism today and hardships of the working class. He performed live on Friday night for Oakland's monthly First Friday street fair. I rocked out. I get tired of songs about the club and womanizing. His lyrics have depth and many people can relate to what he's talking about.  I'm glad I got a photo with him before he really blows up.

I'll have some special news about Fantastic Negrito very soon. I'm excited!

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