Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July 2: Spencer Day at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Staring into his own reflection backstage in his dressing room at the Napa Valley Opera House, Spencer Day couldn’t believe his luck. He’d flown in from L.A. that morning after being asked to open for Rufus Wainwright, and he, with only a guitarist as accompaniment, walked out onto the stage—and completely captivated the crowd. Day’s vocal style is swinging and easy but technically precise, not unlike Harry Connick Jr., and his songs are such enjoyable vignettes that being taken in by his charm and tenderness is as easy as watching an old Grace Kelly movie—“The Last Train to New Jersey” is a good place to start. Wainwright was great that night in Napa, but Day was the real discovery. He makes a return appearance to charm his new fans with a special CD release concert for his new album, Vagabond, on Thursday, July 2, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $30. 707.226.7372.Gabe Meline

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