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Dar Williams

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Nov 19 Sat
Dar Williams8:00 PM
JaM Cellars Ballroom at Margrit Mondavi Theatre

JaM Cellars Ballroom is located UPSTAIRS in the historic Napa Valley Opera House in Downtown Napa.

Each person does require a ticket for entry.
We welcome ages 8+ with children under 16 accompanied by an adult. No Babies.

HOUSE POLICIES*

  • Proof of FULL VACCINATION (must be 2 weeks past last dose) for all Ages 8+ plus your matching photo ID, is required for entry.
  • We will accept one of the following for venue entry: CDC Vaccination Card (or photo)  or a CA Digital Vaccine Card.
  • All ticket prices per person.
  • First come, first served in area purchased.
  • We recommend arriving early for best viewing point
Ticket Information:
This event is General Admission seating and is first come, first seated in the section purchased.
  • VIP Balcony Seating $59*
  • Gold Circle Floor Seating (First 5 Rows) $49
  • General Admission Floor Seating Advance $35*
*Does not include fees and taxes
Your tickets will be sent to you from TicketWeb to the email provided on your account. Please check your all your folders.

Print your PDF ticket(s) from your email and bring with you OR
  • Upon arrival, have your PDF ticket open on your smart device with your full brightness on. Your ticket should have a bar code on it. 
  • Tickets will not be at Will Call unless you were placed on a guest list.

Any special needs or accommodation requests, please call our Box Office for General Information and assistance if needed.

Ages 8+ with children under 16 accompanied by an adult.

No Refunds or Exchanges. No professional cameras or outside food and drink.

There is dining and bar service available downstairs for purchase if the show downstairs is not Sold Out and if there is seating available.

Due to the historic nature of the Ballroom, there are no bathrooms located upstairs. Facilities are located downstairs through the Blue Note Club and are accessible via stairs or the elevator.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the JaM Cellars Ballroom!

1030 Main Street, Napa CA 94559

Box Office: 707.880.2300
Wed-Sat, 2:30-9:00 pm, Sun 1 Hr before Doors & 30 mins after show begins

Dar Williams

Dar Williams’ lyrics contain bouquets of optimism, delivered on melodies alternating between beguiling lightness and understated gravity. Williams strongly believes that all of us possess our own power and ability to achieve, and she rejects the exceptionalism that encourages us to “admire that yonder star,” while making us feel small and insignificant; unworthy of shining on our own but hoping to catch enough distant light to inspire some tiny accomplishment. Williams has always been very interested in how to control our future and this album has to do with the fact that at some point, you just can’t.

Like everyone else, Williams spent 2020 in that state of non-control. She and longtime producer Stewart Lerman tracked most of the album, her 12th studio recording, in November of 2019. In late February of 2020, she cut the title tune in Woodstock with bassist Gail Ann Dorsey and Larry Campbell, who produced the track and played guitars, pedal steel and twangy baritone guitar. When told they had to postpone a mid-March mixing date, Campbell said he wasn’t feeling well anyway. Turns out he’d contracted a serious case of COVID-19. That was a clear sign that at some point, you have to meet life where it meets you …the common thread throughout that these songs, the willingness to meet life as it arrives.

Dar Williams was always in the right place at the right time for the success she’s had over a 25+-year career. She rose out of the vibrant mid-90’s Boston scene, inspired by the eclectic influences of alt-rockers, Berklee jazz musicians, slam poets, and folk artists, like Patty Griffith, Melissa Ferrick, the Throwing Muses, Vance Gilbert, and Jonatha Brooke. After a year of touring non-stop with her first album, The Honesty Room, in 1994, she was invited by Joan Baez to tour in Europe and The United States.

“Good and bad things happen, and it’s not necessarily a reward or indictment. I’ve just got to meet it.” Williams observes. “Like, I’m bringing my whole life to this moment; it will surprise me, challenge me, show me where I was wrong, even make a fool out of me, but my job is to show up and not take adversity personally. Real happiness doesn't have to feel like Snoopy dancing with Woodstock; it can just be knowing you have the resilience to meet whatever comes to you. I will call that a good life.”

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