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Napa Valley Distillery launches monthly “Ritmo Latino” music nights

The Hollywood Room at the Napa Valley Distillery is joining the emergence of the Latin music scene in Napa Valley. On Jan. 20, the Distillery will host its first Ritmo Latino — Spanish Latin rhythm —  event. Banda Tamborazo Altera2 and Tamayo DJ are set to perform. 

The all-Oaxacan musician group from Petaluma, Banda Tamborazo Altera2, will open the night with traditional sounds of tamborazo – characterized by the use of brass instruments and is most closely related to the traditional sounds of Banda music. DJ Tamayo, a longtime Napa emcee, will feature salsa, cumbia, bachata, and merengue music. 

The production of the monthly Ritmo Latino at The Hollywood Room is symbolic of the culture shift that has been occurring in Napa for the last two years, said Hanzel Dingler, director of bar programs at The Hollywood Room and ArBaretum at the Napa Valley Distillery. 

“The cultural shift in Napa is happening. There have always been venues in Napa that catered to our community, but it was on the ‘down low,’ but us Latinos love to go out, party, and spend money,” said Dingler, who helped with the production of the event. 

Ritmo Latino nights will “have different genres of music; we’re thinking of doing rock and pop,” added Dingler. “We are not putting ourselves in a box, we are opening it up to anything, whatever the community wants.”

The Napa Valley Distillery is a home for local artists and writers where they can come and play, Dingler said. Ritmo Latino is no exception to that, local artists can perform and showcase their talents, he added. 

The Distillery produces small-batch production of spirits with vodka, gin and whiskey. The event will have a cocktail service throughout the night. 

Ritmo Latino begins at 8 p.m., and general admission tickets can be purchased on 

The Hollywood Room at The Napa Valley Distillery is at 2485 Stockton St., Napa. For more information, visit