Bottlerock Continues to Ignite Napa Valley for the Second Year In A Row
By Tamara Gorman Strasser
Photography by Rey Del Fierro
If you build it, they will come. What an appealing concept – create a music festival in wine country where guests can go wine-tasting and sample some of the region’s best restaurants in between musical acts. Last year’s inaugural BottleRock Napa Valley with its amazing lineup was an artistic success, but a financial disaster. Then Napa entrepreneur David Graham and Latitude 38 Entertainment intervened to rescue the event. The result was this year’s successful reboot with notable headliners such as The Cure, Outkast, Weezer, Eric Church, Sublime with Rome, and Heart. The event had something for everyone, was simple to navigate and featured fantastic wine and food from Napa eateries.
With four stages, great music played constantly. On Friday night, the Cure played a two-and-a-half hour set in what was first of only a handful of scheduled U.S. shows they’ll play in 2014. Robert Smith sounded just as sweet and captivating as he always did with nostalgic hits like “Just Like Heaven.” On Saturday night, Outkast brought BottleRock to a tremendous climax for thousands of people in the Expo’s field and may have been the festival’s loudest.
Other highlights were Smash Mouth who rocked the house, while lead singer Steve Harwell was cursing Third Eye Blind—who was playing at the same time on the main stage. Power pop rock band Gin Blossoms brought smiles to the crowd with 90’s hits like “Follow You Down.” And Heart too – wow. Ann Wilson still sounds incredible. Weezer had a great moment when the sound cut out, and the crowd gleefully took over the singing to set opener “My Name is Jonas.” And Sacramento’s Autumn Sky made the most of a great opportunity, playing a well-received set early on Saturday.
Overall, the festival was a success, and like a great wine…it’s only going to get better each year.
About BottleRock Napa Valley
BottleRock Napa Valley delivers the best in wine and food from many of the finest vintners and chefs in wine country, providing a music, wine and culinary festival experience second to none reflecting the world-class hospitality for which the region is famous. A percentage of food and beverage sales will benefit the Troops Direct and Napa Valley Youth Symphony.
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