With a winning three-day formula that included great weather, a sold out attendance of over 120,000 people from all walks of life, top wineries, impressive food hosted by rockstar chefs and of course some of the World’s best artists, the 4th annual BottleRock Music & Arts festival soared to new heights, leaving little doubt that one of the Nation’s youngest music festivals has found its groove in Wine Country. It was clear from the time you stepped into the Napa Expo, which has hosted the festival since its inception, that things were far more organized, which immediately gave you a sense of ease that this was going to be an exceptional holiday weekend. Organizers, Latitude 38 Entertainment out did themselves with a great stage production, far more food options then previous years that included also a great food truck courtyard, more arts and exhibits and even though there was a larger attendance, there seemed to be more room to move around and breathe.
“BottleRock Napa Valley fans have proven that this is a must-attend event,” said Dave Graham CEO & co-founder of Latitude 38 Entertainment. “The fans are the reason why BottleRock is what it is today.”
Over three days and multiple stages, music fans were treated to incredible music with highlight’s from Fantastic Negrito, who brought his Oakland bluesy rock flare to the family stage, Michael Franti and his good vibe music on the Jams Cellar stage, followed with incredible hit fueled sets by superstars Lenny Kravitz and headliner Stevie Wonder who owned night one and drew one of the biggest crowds. Days two and three were no exception as the great weather continued, musical highlights belonged to Walk The Moon, The Struts, Bob Marley’s oldest offspring Ziggy Marley, Atlas Genius, Misterwives and ended on high notes with a magical performance by vocal powerhouse Florence + The Machine as a sea of eager fans swayed along. Of course the weekend wouldn’t be complete without Anthony Kiedis, Flea and company – the Red Hot Chili Peppers – who brought their A game, playing some of their biggest hits to a massive jam packed crowd that stretched out from the Jams Cellar stage all the way to the end of the park on closing out the festival and leaving fans cheering for more. Other festival highlights included the popular Williams – Sonoma Culinary stage that hosted daily cook-offs pairing celebrity chefs with musicians that included a rare appearance by, “Up In Smoke” comedians Cheech & Chong who cooked up smoked salmon with Chef Chris Cosentino, Chef Michael Voltaggio gave RHCP’s Chad Smith a first hand cooking lesson and a Vietnamese spring roll cook-off with Chef Charles Phan competing against members of Misterwive’s & X-Ambassadors.
Other attractions included local wineries and breweries on hand to showcase their newest selections, the silent disco which seems to get bigger each year, the elaborate VIP and platinum areas that included a tented lounge bar where major & local artists played acoustic stripped down sets and of course the location itself, which sits right smack in the heart of downtown Napa Valley, California, considered the Countries wine mecca.
All in all, BottleRock Napa delivered on all levels and fans made their appreciation known with screams and applause, as 2017 dates were announced on the jumbotrons (May 26, 27 & 28, 2017) and leaving everyone in anticipation of what BottleRock and Latitude 38 Entertainment has in store for next year!
For more information on BottleRock and tickets to the 2017 edition go to: www.bottlerocknapavalley.com