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LIVE BottleRock with Headliners Muse, Imagine Dragons and more

BottleRock Napa Valley, presented by JaM Cellars and traditionally held on Memorial Day weekend as “The First Taste of Summer”, will kick off (re)LIVE BottleRock, a weekly virtual series of past BottleRock performances and new musical and culinary programming on Saturday, May 23 at 3 pm PDT on YouTube Live. (re)LIVE BottleRock will feature a combination of favourite BottleRock headliners and artists, along with new one-of-a-kind culinary and celebrity mashups from home like one would experience on the infamous BottleRock Culinary Stage. (re)LIVE BottleRock is powered by Cisco System’s Webex.


Imagine Dragons, Muse, The Head and the Heart and Tash Sultana will kick off the series on Saturday, May 23, beginning at 3 pm PDT at YouTube Live. Fans can view each episode by subscribing to BottleRock’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/ BottleRockNapa, and will need to tune-in live as episodes will not be available to view after airing. The inaugural (re)LIVE BottleRock is hosted by Allison Hagendorf, the Global Head of Rock at Spotify and Liam Mayclem, KPIX’s Foodie Chap. 
There will be opportunities to donate and support two worthy charities during each show. Proceeds from the series will benefit Crew Nation and Napa Valley Food Bank. The Crew Nation fund was created to help support live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. The Napa Valley Food Bank provides a variety of nutritious food to low-income individuals, families, seniors and non-profit organizations throughout Napa County, for which demand has greatly increased during the pandemic.
Future (re)LIVE BottleRock episodes will continue to highlight past standout festival performances, plus a variety of new content featuring many of the musical and culinary stars that help make up the unique BottleRock Napa Valley experience. Each episode will air weekly on Fridays at 5 pm PT. 
The main BottleRock festival is postponed until October, so for now, fans can enjoy the virtual edition from their homes. 
For more information please visit www.bottlerocknapavalley.com

BOTTLEROCK NAPA VALLEY 2019 RELEASES A LIMITED NUMBER OF PRE-SALE PASSES…

Passes available on December 5 at 10 a.m. PST while supplies last
The 3-Day Music, Wine, Culinary and Craft Brew Festival takes place May 24 – 26, 2019
BottleRock Napa Valley 2019, presented by JaM Cellars, announces the release of holiday pre-sale 3-day General Admission, VIP, Skydeck and Platinum passes to the music, wine, culinary and craft brew festival, May 24 – 26, 2019 at the Napa Valley Expo. Pre-sale passes are limited and will be available on December 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. PST while supplies last.
Holiday pre-sale passes make great gifts for music, food and wine lovers. Passes will be available at BottleRockNapaValley.com. Now in its seventh year, BottleRock Napa Valley pairs the very best of the Napa Valley’s wine, food and craft brews with today’s biggest names in music.
3-Day General Admission Pass | $359
Anything but general, the general admission pass provides all that BottleRock is known for: 80+ bands on five music stages plus celebrity and chef mashups on the culinary stage with great sight lines throughout the venue. Tickets also include access to gourmet food from the Napa Valley’s finest chefs and restaurateurs, craft beer, specialty cocktails and dozens of wine cabanas where you can sip, savor and mingle with your favorite vintners making every festival-goer feel like a VIP. 3-day general admission pass holders also receive in-and-out privileges. Three days of world-class music combined with wine country living at its finest!
3-day VIP Pass | $799
For those BottleRockers who want more from their festival experience, the 3-day VIP Pass really cranks up the perks. VIP guests will have access to the VIP Village, an oasis featuring premium bars, expanded culinary offerings, comfy seats, shade, live acoustic performances on the VIP Acoustic stage, upgraded VIP-only restrooms and much more – all located adjacent to the JaM Cellars main stage. VIP ticket holders will also enjoy expanded views from viewing decks at the main and second stages, plus up-close prime viewing areas and shade at each stage, an easy access corridor between the JaM Cellars main stage and the second stage, separate fast lane festival entrances and exits and in-and-out privileges.
3-Day Skydeck Pass | $1599
Along with all of the VIP benefits, Skydeck pass holders have access to an exclusive, elevated viewing platform with unparalleled views of the main stage with spacious, shaded areas on the Skydeck located within the VIP village. Enjoy comfortable seating to see favorite musicians without leaving the Skydeck. Skydeck pass holders also receive all-inclusive beer, cocktails and wines at the Skydeck bars, and in-and-out privileges. There are a limited quantity of Skydeck passes.
3-Day Platinum Pass | $4250
For a refined festival experience that only Napa Valley can provide, Platinum ticket holders receive a one-of-a-kind ‘All Access’ pass to BottleRock Napa Valley.  Rub elbows with artists in special artist Meet & Greets (subject to availability).  Be face-to-face with some of the world’s top musicians with exclusive on-stage and front-row viewing areas – plus private viewing and bar at the Main Stage Soundboard!
Platinum guests receive exclusive access to the Platinum Lounge hosted by Estate Events by Meadowood, located next to the JaM Cellars main stage. The Platinum Lounge features complimentary daily signature dishes and gourmet bites, complimentary craft beer, artisanal cocktails prepared by Master Mixologists and world class wines selected and served by top Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine. Platinum guests are also invited to meet the winemakers and taste the wines of ultra-luxury producers Amuse Bouche, Coup de Foudre and Krug. Platinum benefits include all of the perks that come with the VIP and Skydeck ticket packages. Last but certainly not least, Platinum guests will receive easy access and entry to the festival through an exclusive Platinum entrance, private on-site parking plus all-day in-and-out privileges, reservation assistance for lodging and transportation, on-site concierge services, air-conditioned spaces, premium restrooms, lockers to store personal belongings and much more. Platinum passes are extremely limited, and provide the ultimate luxury festival experience.
About BottleRock Napa Valley
BottleRock Napa Valley features the world’s top musicians on five music stages plus the VIP Acoustic stage, along with the infamous BottleRock Culinary Stage showcasing one-of-a-kind culinary and celebrity mashups. Master Sommeliers, celebrity chefs and dozens of the region’s finest vintners, restaurateurs and brewers rub shoulders with guests in an intimate setting. BottleRock Napa Valley offers the best in wine, food and craft brews to complement the music and create an authentic wine country experience for festival guests. To keep up to date on festival pass availability and additional details about the festival, please visit www.bottlerocknapavalley.com and sign up to receive email notifications. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@BottleRockNapa, #BottleRock) and Instagram (@BottleRockNapa, #BottleRock).
About BottleRock Presents
BottleRock Presents produces premium events featuring live music, food and wine throughout California including BottleRock Napa Valley.
About JaM Cellars
JaM Cellars is all about easy-to-love, everyday wines. Made by Napa Valley vintners John and Michele (the “J“ and “ M“ in JaM), Butter Chardonnay, California Candy Dry Rosé, JaM Cabernet Sauvignon and Toast Sparkling are rich, bold and luscious, and live up to their names. Butter Chardonnay melts in your mouth, California Candy leaves you wanting more, JaM Cab brims with berries, and Toast Sparkling is a celebration in the glass. These wines are made for sharing with friends anytime—whether it’s a special occasion, everyday celebration, or at BottleRock Napa Valley presented by JaM Cellars, the JaM Cellars Ballroom, and the JaM Cellars wine and music studio in downtown Napa. Check out JaM Cellars on Facebook and Instagram @JaMCellars #JaMCellars and JaMCellars.com.
For more info on BottleRock Napa go to:  www.bottlerocknapavalley.com

 

AUDRA MCDONALD’S VOCALS & THE SF SYMPHONY CAPTIVATE WITH STYLE

Written by Behnam Vadi
Photos by Autumn de Wilde

It may have felt like any other Friday night during a typical Winter-in-Summer eve in SF, but Davies Symphony Hall transformed into a house of worship, as the goddess, Audra McDonald, took the stage. On May 18, 2018, The SF Symphony hosted an outstanding ensemble to accompany the virtuosic vocalist with every seat occupied by boisterous attendees ranging from young millennials
to silver septuagenarians.

The night began with a huge congregation in front of will call and a labyrinthian line extending well down the block, giving the prelude to an event of epic proportions. Suspense continued to grow minute by minute, as thrilled groups of greeters and ushers lavished artfully decked out patrons with smiles and cordiality. After the assemblage took to their seats, small whispers roamed freely from aisle to aisle, in anticipation of the artist’s vocal showcase.

And then…the multi-award-winning performer took center stage like a mystical siren, captivating the audience more than any bells and whistles an effects team could ever conjure up. Fans showed their adoration with endless applause and unrestrained glee. From the opening number, “I am what I am”, Audra mesmerized the crowd with songs that truly touched the heart. She captivated patrons with her strong vocal range, deep vibrato, and extraordinary resonance, as well as affectionate audience interplay as in the sing-a-long version of “I Could Have Danced All Night”. The crescendo of the night came when she unleashed “Make Someone Happy” and “Climb Every Mountain”, taking the crowd to new soaring heights and wrapping her Great American Songbook showdown.

I fell more in love with her after I found out that she is a strong voice for the humane treatment of animals. With support from the animal kingdom, it’s no wonder why her aura filled the entire hall. She is a godsend and truly one to cherish!

FSHN REVIEW – OKEECHOBEE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018

Okeechobee Continues To Impress And Just Gets Better Each Year!

Written by Elias Zouak
Photos by: Jonathan Ovadia

The Okeechobee Music & Arts festival continued its upward trend of improvement. They say third time is a charm and in just 3 short years, the Okeechobee experience has rooted itself as one of the best destination music festivals in the Country. With its combination of gorgeous scenery, constant melodic tunes, endless stages, chic fashion boutique stores, yoga, massage tents, as well as plenty of other little trinkets of fun, all added to the improved ambiance of the festival and its safe to say with a star-studded jam-packed lineup of artists on top and over 40,000 music lovers in attendance, OKCB 2018 was just stellar.

The Concert kicked off with an amazing lunar welcoming celebration, as Thursday night blessed early birds with a SPECIAL FULL MOON PARTY that lasted three hours ending at midnight and headlined by the exceptionally popular EDM artist Bassnectar. The beautiful colors of purple and LED lights on the stage added to the ambiance but were dim in comparison to the shining light of the powerful full moon illuminating not only the stage but festivalgoers in the audience as well. The Full Moon Party really set the mood and positive intentions for an amazing weekend ahead.

The best part about Okeechobee is that there actually was no best part! The variety of ways to spend your day & night was entirely up to the festivalgoer’s personal preferences. The Moonlight Oasis was the cultural epicenter of OMF; A perfect blend of creativity, art, and expression. The multifaceted music experience provided Chobee inhabitants with options of relaxing in an oasis or the freedom to roam freely and following the music playing to their liking on one of the stages. The beautiful tree’s long luscious greenery engulfed all areas around you in the area called, The Grove which was the center point for three different stages. Each OMF stage had a different name and theme, but all stressed the importance of living in the present moment. There was the BE Stage, where headlining artists Like Bassnectar, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, The Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, Halsey, Slightly Stupid & Khalid all had electrifying sets. The BE Stage emphasized the importance of ‘BE’ing at the moment and moving your body in uncontrollable ways to add to the timeless unforgettable memories etched permanently in your mind and spirit.

The NOW Stage showcased a ton of big names as well such as Grammatik, Zeds Dead, Big Gigantic, Sofi Tucker & Denzel Curry. The Now stage was more of an EDM based stage with all the vibrant flashing lights and performers and was perfect for those wanting to get their dance on and to just cut loose. Then there was the HERE Stage which hosted, alternative new school type, up and coming artists like Quinn XCII, Allah-Las, and Two Feet. The HERE stage had a lot of exhilarating music from live instruments that really blended well and catered to multiple music inhibitions.

The festival couldn’t have fallen on a better weekend, as the South Florida beautiful sunshine was strong at around 80 degrees during the day and was just perfect, as it suns glaze reflected over the Chobee waters on the specially made Aquachobee beach area, complete with real beach sand and a lake. It was a perfect oasis to leave the crowdedness and rush of the rest of the festival and to cool off by taking a nice swim or just relax in a shaded cabana and just let it all soak in. Your ears also were pleased as playing in the background were wonderful fun tunes from the many musical acts that performed at The Bamboo Beach Stage and really set a nice tropical mood which included, Chet Porter, Nerve, and Shallou to name a few. Aquachoobee radiated the ‘life is beautiful’ vibe and was definitely a highlight for many during the daytime sunny hours, but as nighttime rolled around there was a new stage that came to life. Jungle 51 was a stage that only operated from nightfall until the peak early morning and for good reason too. Jungle 51 was where human form and alien form became blurred and if there were any interplanetary visitors amongst the crowd this was where they felt most at home. You could witness giant flames erupting from the stage as well as lasers shooting across the skies, which drew you into the sounds blaring from the stage. The tropical tree forest also helped those who come alive in the nighttime hours to really awaken and get their groove on.

Okeechobee can also be applauded for offering up free water to fans and setting new trends and incentives to really help step up their commitments to staying green, by having multiple recycle and cleaning stations throughout the festival and offering up cool prizes that included passes to the 2019 edition for festivalgoers that traded in plastic and other recyclable items. Other highlights included the Pow Wow Jam session that has become a welcomed annual tradition at Okeechobee. Artists from The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan and Trombone Shorty to Joey BadA$$ and Big Gigantic played. The Roots also sat in as back up band and it was an all-star packed jam that just seemed to get better and better.

There is no doubt after such a tremendous weekend that can only be described as “Epic” that Okeechobee Music Festival will continue to be a staple for Florida music festivals for many years to come and due in part to its combination of providing more than just music. The entire experience will leave you feeling more thankful, appreciative of the current moment, and overall just happy to be alive! The artists performed left you with unforgettable memories, but the artists’ weren’t all to thank for Okeechobee’s complete package deal of gorgeous ambiance, arts, and fashion and all in a beautiful setting.

With all the craziness that the outside World dishes us with daily, let’s be thankful for one long weekend each year we have Okeechobee to enjoy, celebrate life and to get lost in the music and all that this amazing festival offers. We can only wonder what Okeechobee will offer South Floridians next year, but if 2018 was any indication, it’s going to be worth the wait!

For more info on Okeechobee Festival go to www.okeechobeefest.com