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The Music Festival for Mental Health is an amazingly fun and inspiring outpouring of generosity for brain health research. Proceeds fund research to better understand, diagnose, treat and prevent severe brain diseases and injuries.

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Brain science, wine and cuisine meet Country and Soul! The 19th Annual Music Festival for Mental Health will take place on September 7-8, 2013 at Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford in the Napa Valley, California. You are invited to learn about brain disorder research while tasting fine wine, enjoying culinary delights, and dancing like there’s no tomorrow. This year’s Festival is co-hosted by IMHRO, One Mind and the Tug McGraw Foundation.

The Weekend Schedule


Saturday, September 7

FREE Scientific Symposium: 12:00 noon

The symposium will teach you about of-the-minute brain science with talks by scientists and audience Q&A sessions. The talks will include:

  • keynote by Sophia Vinogradov, M.D., Vice Chair of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry: “New Tools to Improve Brain Functioning in Psychiatric Illness: Neuroplasticity-Based Treatments and Beyond”.
  • Introductions by IMHRO/Janssen Rising Star Research Award winners Philip Corlett, Ph.D., and Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D., to their cutting-edge proposals toward treating mental illness.
  • Opportunities to ask your own questions of the scientist speakers.

Cave Reception and Wine Tasting: 2:00-3:30 pm

Experience exquisite hors d’oeuvres by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Chef Nai Kang Kuan of Morimoto Napa Restaurant, while sampling over 70 superstar wines from around the world.

Concert in the Vineyard with Allen Stone: 4:00-5:30 pm

Experience the high-energy R&B and soul sounds of Allen Stone. USA Today states Stone is a “pitch-perfect powerhouse” and The New York TImes has likened his socially conscious music to that of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers. But the 25-year-old singer-songwriter from the tiny backwoods town of Chewelah, Washington just sees himself as “a hippie with soul.” Noted Bay Area comedian, radio and televsion celebrity Bob Sarlatte emcees.


Sunday, September 8

Food Truck Fest: 1:00-3:00 pm

Hosted by Baseball Tonight’s John Kruk

Once in a lifetime experience at the Staglin Family Vineyard where Gourmet Food Trucks will pair up with the wines of Napa Valley and select breweries.

Concert in the Vineyard with Superstar Tim McGraw: 3:30 pm

In his record-shattering career, Tim McGraw has sold over 40 million albums, and dominated the charts with 33 Number One singles. Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has won three Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 12 Country Music Association Awards, and 10 American Music Awards, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as The Blind Side, Country Strong, and Friday Night Lights—as well as hosting Saturday Night Live, a rare honor for a singer in any genre. Tim is the honorary chair of the Tug McGraw Foundation.


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