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BottleRock Napa: The First Taste of Summer

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BottleRock Napa kicks off the summer festival season with an exquisite selection of local and specialty food and drink vendors along side a unique music line-up. The music, food, wine & beer festival describes itself as the First Taste of Summer and will start the summer right with world renown headlining musicians such as Imagine Dragons, Robert Plant & No Doubt.

The music line-up truly offers a nice range of sounds from indie to electronica to hip-pop. On Friday, May 29–day 1 of the festival–we’re excited to hear from Foster the People & Cage the Elephant. Foster the People is an indie band based out of Los Angeles, CA, with Mark Foster, Jacob Fink & Mark Pontius making up the group. The band’s sound is truly unique dance-infused pop music in combination with Mark Foster’s vocals. Cage the Elephant is another American rock band originating from Bowling Green, Kentucky. Although Friday’s line-up primarily consists of indie bands there’s a lot of up-and-coming hip hop groups that will be playing earlier in the day such as Aer.

From indie to dance to funk, Saturday brings a diverse set of well known bands to check out. We’re looking forward to hearing from Passion Pit, Capital Cities & Lettuce. Passion Pit is an indie electronia band lead by lead singer, Michael Angelakos, who just debuted another single “Until We Can’t (Let Go)” off their third debut album, Kindred. Capital Cities is a band that has been taking time off from touring to work on a new album, so hopefully BottleRock Napa attendees can look forward to hearing new beats as well as their old hits like “Safe & Sound” and “One Minute More.”

The last day of the festival closes out with a powerhouse of main stream acts such as No Doubt, Snoop Dog, Awolnation & Echosmith. From indie to hip hop to rock, BottleRock Napa has one of the most diverse music line ups in California, making it a festival truly for anyone’s taste.

And the festival doesn’t just have good taste in music, but good taste in wine & beer. Organizers recently announced the culinary lineup and the addition of the Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage delivering a lineup of chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, sommeliers, craft brewers as well as musicians and celebrities. The Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage will be hosted by the Bay Area’s “Foodie Chap,” Liam Mayclem of KCBS, and will  be centrally located in the Whole Foods Restaurant Garden of the festival.

All festival attendees will enjoy a variety of foods featuring Japanese, Indian, Italian, Spanish, Mexican, American, Mediterranean, and Vietnamese cuisines. Many of the region’s best chefs, vintners, and breweries will also showcase their talents in the VIP areas and Platinum Lounge. Local wine vendors include Googecross and Aviary Vineyards. For beer, Blue Moon Brewing, Laguanitas Brewing & Crispin Cider is amongst some of BottleRock’s selections of brewing companies.

BottleRock Napa will take place May 29-31 at 575 3rd St, Napa. With such an unbeatable music and food lineup, the 1 hour drive will be well worth it. For more information, visit bottlerocknapa.com.

1-day GA tickets are $119 plus fees
1-day VIP tickets are $240 plus fees
3-day GA tickets are $275 (limited availability and will go up to $295 after) plus fees
3-day GA tickets are $595 (limited availability and will go up to $650 after) plus fees

Parking passes are $35 plus fees

Leave us a comment if you’re excited to see any of the same bands that we plan on scoping out at BottleRock Napa, we’d love to to hear about bands you’re stoked about!

About the author

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria is a music and arts contributor reporting on live events and festivals happening throughout California. She was born and raised in Sacramento and recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Design and minoring in Professional Writing. Her hobbies include browsing through fashion blogs, photography, listening to new music, thrift store shopping and going on weekend road trips. She's always down for an adventure and meeting new people.

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