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Napa Porchfest Music Spotlight: the Rhythm Cats

This danceable trio's been entertaining in Napa and beyond for more than 15 years; now you can hear them on a Sunday afternoon during Napa Porchfest, July 31.

One of Napa’s most popular and enduring roots-music groups has joined the line-up of musicians performing during , July 31: The Rhythm Cats, with their audience-pleasing blend of rockabilly, jump blues and swing.

This lively trio specializes in 20th-century classics by artists like Louis Jordan, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis – as well as Jim Croce, Lyle Lovett and even Pink Floyd.

Formed in 1995 by bassist Alan Parks and guitarist Jim Adamson, the band also includes lead guitarist and occasional trumpeter Mark Larson.

The Rhythm Cats are regular performers at the , and .

They’ve opened for Tower Of Power, America and Paul Revere and the Raiders and played the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee – the world's largest traditional jazz festival – as well as state fairs in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and even a Lindy-dancing competition.

On July 31, the trio will entertain from the porch of the at 411 Randolph St. during Napa Porchfest, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m.

The self-guided festival presents nearly 30 local bands, performing in some of the city’s most picturesque areas, including Alta Heights, Fuller Park, Old West Napa and the Alphabet Streets.

Sponsored by Napa County Landmarks and Napa Patch, Napa Porchfest brings together a diversity of music reflecting the city’s lively cultural communities.

On one porch a bluegrass band might be performing, while just down the street there’s a rousing concert of classical eight-hands piano works.

Folk, funk and blues are also part of the musical menu that includes the ; jazz accordionist ; guitar duo and more than two dozen other acts.

Free to all ages, Napa Porchfest encourages listeners to get out of their cars and stroll or cycle the city’s neighborhoods, enjoying the sounds of live music and the sights of historic homes from earlier times.

In the words of Napa architect, preservationist and City Council member Juliana Inman, “vernacular porches and homegrown music” make a perfect match.

So mark your calendars and join the fun as Napa celebrates its very first Porchfest, July 31. For more information, visit the Napa Porchfest Facebook page or click on the "Porchfest" tag below.

Tom Ontis July 05, 2011 at 03:51 PM
I'll be coming over for it.
Juliana Inman July 05, 2011 at 05:16 PM
The Rhythm Cats will be playing at 411 Randolph St. (the Inn on Randolph)! See you there.

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