Uptown Theatre, Napa
Sheila Groves-Tracey of Notable Talent was instrumental in launching and establishing the Uptown Theatre in Napa. Hired to open the venue in 2009 and on board until the fall of 2013, she handled all aspects of the business including mission statement, business licenses, logo, website design, bar and food menus, hiring personnel. local business neighbor outreach and other start-up requirements. She oversaw all staffing, publicity, advertising, promotions and marketing as well as box office and customer relations. Sheila also handled talent buying including negotiations with agents and managers, contract review, advancing with tour managers, and all other aspects of running the show. Under Sheila's reign, the Uptown Theatre was successful at getting press in such settings as Entertainment Tonight, LA Times, New York Times, Sunset Magazine, and San Francisco Chronicle Datebook. Such varied acts as Beck, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Devo, Joan Rivers, Dana Carvey, Cyndi Lauper, Ryan Adams, Jeff Beck, Snoop Dog, The Pixies, Brian Wilson, Seth Meyers, Ron White and many more played the room. The Uptown Theatre, was instrumental in the revitalization of downtown Napa which in 2009 had mostly empty storefronts. Today it boasts many new restaurants, hotels, shops and other thriving businesses.
McNear's Mystic Theatre
Notable Talent takes great pride in having booked the talent for The Mystic Theatre from 1994-2009. This award winning theatre, which featured top name touring artists, was continually voted Best Nightclub in Sonoma County by the Press Democrat, The Bohemian and the Pacific Sun newspapers. Such acts as Van Morrison, Train, Ben Harper, Colbie Callait, John Hiatt, Cake, Emmylou Harris, Dr. John, Huey Lewis and the News, and Chris Isaak have played the room.
Twin Oaks Tavern
In 2013, Sheila Groves-Tracey, along with her sister, purchased the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove. For the next three years she operated all aspects of the business which included a full bar, restaurant and live music seven nights a week. Sheila managed staff, dealt with customer services, created and updated menus and managed building maintenance. She negotiated with bands, handled contracts, and launched successful marketing, advertising and promotional campaigns and, as a jack-of-all trades, tended bar and waitressed as needed. Sheila and her sister successfully turned a run-down roadhouse into a “must go to” honky tonk venue in Sonoma County
Notable Talent was the buyer for the award winning New George's Nightclub in San Rafael from 1987 to 1994. During those years the club hosted such acts as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Carlos Santana, Los Lobos, The Grateful Dead, Melissa Etheridge and many more. This relatively small venue (300 capacity) was the hot spot for known acts and many came just to hang out and sit in with whomever was on stage. Members of superstar bands of the era such as Journey, Huey Lewis and the News and Night Ranger were often seen on the stage. The Grateful Dead chose New George's as it's location to film the video "Hell in a Bucket". Winner of Best Venue in the Pacific Sun and Marin IJ was an annual occurrence during the "Notable Talent" years.