BottleRock Napa Valley 2016: The beauty and power of a music festival

BottleRock Napa Valley is a mere seven days away. This 3-day music, wine and food extravaganza will feature killer bands, luscious wine and mouth-watering food.

BottleRock Napa Valley. Jam Cellars Stage. Image: Greg Miller.

NAPA, Calif., May 20, 2016 – BottleRock Napa Valley is a mere seven days away. This three-day music, wine and food extravaganza will feature killer bands, luscious wine and mouth-watering food. BottleRock beautifully combines the arts of music, food and winemaking into a festival that arouses all your senses.

BottleRock Napa Valley. Image: Sherrie Perkovich
BottleRock Napa Valley. Image: Sherrie Perkovich

Sight: Your eyes will be treated to visions of blue skies, rolling vineyards, iconic Napa Valley wineries, and clarity of the fine wines you will be drinking. Find yourself mesmerized by the guitarists as they gracefully dance their fingers across the strings.

Sound: Your ears will rejoice, hearing all the melodies of BottleRock. Listen closely as the singers fill their lungs, exhaling their poetic lyrics while gasping for breath with each note sung. Listen closely to the sound of wine filling your glass and your joyous exaltation of the beverage you are enjoying.

Touch: Feel the weight of the wine glass in your hand, the tremendous mouthfeel that the wines possess and the amazing texture of the food you are eating. Feel the gentle caress of your partner’s hand in yours as you sway rhythmically in the warm sun.

Smell: Inhale the intoxicating fragrances of wine country, which, of course, include the wine. Take in the nuances of the expertly crafted juice in your glass. Try to distinguish one wine from the next. Is that dark cherries covered in mocha you are smelling? Perhaps a touch of cassis and earth? Savor the intoxicating aromas of the delicious morsels you will find from Napa Valley’s top restaurants.

Taste: Once you’ve inhaled the wine in your glass, note if it tastes as you expected it to taste, or if there is an unexpected surprise in the mid-palate or finish. How does that change once you’ve tasted the wine with one of the perfectly paired food dishes? The insanely tantalizing and unexpected culinary delights here will give new meaning to the term “festival food.”

BottleRock Napa Valley Soft White Sixties. Image: Sherrie Perkovich
BottleRock Napa Valley
Soft White Sixties.
Image: Sherrie Perkovich

The Music

Nothing reaches the depths of our souls quite like music. We have an ability to personalize a song so deeply that it can affect our very being. Eloquent lyricists, graceful piano players, gritty vocalist and weeping guitars reach into hearts and into our minds and connect with us in a way like no other.

A song can speak to the essence of whatever we are going through in our lives and we make it our own. We associate them with the happiest as well as the saddest times in our lives. The deepest of emotions we feel on this roller coaster of life can be felt and expressed through music. A song, just one song, has the ability to transport you through time and take you to a place in your life and it will feel as if it just happened yesterday.

As much as good artists have the ability to transport you through time and life, seemingly giving you advice and lending a friendly ear when you need someone to listen, seeing them live can be a very powerful experience, furthering the deep connection that we have with our musical heroes and (imaginary) best friends. The anticipation builds as you wait to see if your favorite artist will sing “your song.” Utter devastation sets in if he or she does not. But if he or she does, you will be in for one of the best experiences of your life.

BottleRock sets the stage beautifully, creating an easy environment in which to soak in the musical, vino and gastro genius of all the artists. The stage is set. The music, wine and food line up is waiting in anticipation of your arrival. Now all that is left is to visit the lovely Napa Valley and experience BottleRock.

BottleRock Napa Valley 2015. Awolnation electrifies the crowd. Image: Sherrie Perkovich
BottleRock Napa Valley 2015. Awolnation electrifies the crowd. Image: Sherrie Perkovich

Whom to See

One of the other wonderful things about a music festival is finding new music to connect with, thus beginning the journey of developing a relationship with the artists through new experiences.

There are over 70 bands and artist performing at BottleRock this year. The greats, such as Stevie Wonder, Florence + The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz and Death Cab For Cutie are easy to target. However, this festival is an amazing opportunity to explore, connect and build new memories with…

Buddy Guy. Image:
Buddy Guy. Image:

Buddy Guy: undeniable blues legend and consummate showman, Buddy Guy will literally knock your socks off with his smooth lyrics, life-altering guitar and dynamic stage presence. Listen for “Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues,” “Stone Crazy,” “Skanky,” and “Worry Worry.” When:  6:30 p.m. Friday, Miner Family Winery Stage.

Fantastic Negrito: The Bay Area’s own Fantastic Negrito will woo the crowd with his showman style  reminiscent of Ray Charles, Janis Joplin and a little bit of James Brown all rolled up into one emotionally charged and explosive package. Listen for “Lost in a Crowd,” “An Honest Man” and “The Time Has Come.” When: 3 p.m. Friday, Miner Family Winery Stage.

Fantastic Negrito Woos the SF Crowd. Image: Sherrie Perkovich
Fantastic Negrito Woos the SF Crowd. Image: Sherrie Perkovich

Michael Franti & Spearhead: Franti has a well-deserved reputation for putting on incredible, high-energy shows. The band wants you to have a life altering experience and they take that to the highest level. “Music is sunshine…it gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.,” according to Franti. Listen for “Say Hey,” “Hey World” and “Life is Better With You.” When: 4:15 p.m. Friday, JaM Cellars Stage.

X Ambassadors: This New York quartet will take you on a nearly spiritual journey through their repertoire dealing with devastating heartbreak, irreplaceable friendships and the crazy road we call life. Listen for “Unsteady” to pull you into their restlessness with lyrics that will touch your soul. When: 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Midway Stage.

Ozomatli: They’ve been around for eight albums and several Grammys but still remain a bit of an unknown. This multi-talented and multi-cultural group seamlessly combines electronica with rock, Latin pop, jazz and deep house. Get those hips ready to sway ladies and gentlemen. When: 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Midway Stage.

Ozomatli. Image:
Ozomatli. Image:

Diego’s Umbrella: As stated perfectly on this ensemble’s BottleRock profile page, there are two kinds of people in this world: those who love Diego’s Umbrella and those who soon will. This San Francisco-based Gypsy Rock band will shred any existing notion of what Gypsy Rock is all about. Fun and upbeat, their music  will leave your breathless. When: 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Miner Family Winery Stage.

The Struts: This U.K. based breakout band has deeply been influenced by Queen with a dash of The Clash and pinch of The Rolling Stones rolled in. Lead singer Luke Spiller channels his inner Freddie Mercury in what promises to be a thrilling live performance. When: 2:45 p.m. Saturday, JaM Cellars Stage.

Silverado Pickups: These entertainers are literally a bunch of wine country cowboys that get together, drink killer wine and play good old folksy, bluegrassy tunes with a Napa Valley twist. Band members include Napa Valley wine Industry vets David Duncan of Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars, Jeff Gargiulo of Gargiulo Vineyards, Shane Soldinger of Silver Trident Winery, Dan Zepponi of Valley of The Moon, winemaker Tres Goetting of Robert Biale Vineyards and wine-industry adviser Paul Hoffman. When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Miner Family Winery Stage.

Silverado Pickups
Silverado Pickups

Moonalice: This psychedelic roots rock band is chock-full of seasoned musicians offering up a wide variety of backgrounds with combined experience ranging from artists like the Grateful Dead, John Lee Hooker and Bruce Hornsby. If you are a folksy, rocky, jam bandy sorta fan, then Moonalice is right up your substance-inspired alley. When:  8:45 p.m. Saturday, Miner Family Winery Stage.


Music lovers are always on the hunt to discover new music that moves them and helps them on their path. Music that answers this call is a little like an old friend who, no matter how much time has passed since you last spoke, keeps you company when you need a friend the most.

Are there artists that you are looking forward to seeing at BottleRock? Let us know who they are and we’ll check them out. @OutAboutSanFran

Tickets to this year’s festival are sold out. But there is a ticket exchange as well as aftershows you can still check out. Also check out BottleRock’s schedule builder APP as well as on its website to help you craft the perfect schedule for achieving your optimal festival experience.

BottleRock Napa Valley 2015. JJ Grey & MOFRO perform. Image: Greg Miller
BottleRock Napa Valley 2015. JJ Grey & MOFRO perform. Image: Greg Miller


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