NAPA, CA. BottleRock Napa Valley is upon us. Napa Valley is preparing for another Memorial Day weekend full of killer performances, juicy wines, intoxicating cocktails and mouth-watering food. This year’s BottleRock NV Fest is three whole days of partying that rival Bourbon Street in February. Seriously.
For example, there’s the music. 2019’s BottleRock NV Fest boasts five main stages, not including the extra acoustic stages. Which begs the question, where to begin and how do you plan your day.
Friday festivities are already underway. So let’s check out Saturday.
Good news. The action packed line up this Saturday crackles with energy, especially if you arrive early. Saturday’s theme is – surprise! – Rock N’ Roll! Hail to the guitar! You’ll see and hear some fabulous, established bands plus seriously promising up-and-coming artists. A lot of those up and comers hit the stage at the noon hour. Our advice? Get up early, shake off the night before and get ready for day two!
Saturday bands/artists not to miss: Round 1
- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats: This band puts on one of the best live performances you will ever see in your life. Not kidding. Do not miss these guys. The crowd will be so into the set that you be totally freaked out, in a good way. Have something cold to drink because you’re going to be singing and dancing through the entire show. Singing is actually an understatement. You’ll be screaming your face off. Just like the rest of the crowd.
- Gary Clark Jr.: Grit, raw talent, and smoking guitar riffs…these are the things you will see with Gary Clark Jr. There is a strong blues base to this rocker. His new album is killer and his set is not to be missed. This show will blow you away. Booze pairing? Go for the straight tequila, but a really good tequila. Slow sip it, don’t shoot it.
- Sir Sly: Absolutely love this band! Their show promises to be part upbeat rock, part alt rock with a bit of techno dance party mixed in. The first time you hear them you might think it is Beck. And not just any Beck, Beck at his very best. For drinks, grab either a yummy Pinot noir or something in a can that you can easily dance with and not worry about spilling all over your neighbor.
Saturday bands/artists not to miss: Round 2
- Chevy Metal: If you’re a fan of the Foo Fighters, you probably bought tickets for Saturday specifically to see Chevy Metal. This is the 3rd appearance for Taylor Hawkins (once with the Footos and twice with Chevy Metal) at the BottleRock NV fest. Hands down, this show will rock. They are a self professed 70s dirt rock cover band playing deep cuts by Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Queen and the Rolling Stones. If you want them to play your party, they’ll do it for a million dollars. No wine here, tequila or bourbon only. Hard and loud.
- The Regrettes: Punk rock lives! This high energy show will have you bouncing through the entire show. If you’re lucky, they’ll play their cover of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Their track “California Friends” will be absolutely perfect as you rock out in the Napa Valley sun sippin’ on drinks from the Bourbon Bar. Bulleit sounds about right.
Saturday bands/artists not to miss: Round 3
- Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact: Do not miss this show. Rebecca Jade just oozes with talent and sex appeal. Add that she is competing with The Nightsweats for the coolest supporting band name. And voilà! You get a winning combination. This upbeat show will have you grooving in those dancing shoes. Think Sauvignon Blanc or a refreshing Rosé to pair with this show.
- The Blue Stones: These guys are good! They possess a sound that echoes of Black Keys, Jonny Lang and Jack White. This show will rock. Good old rock n’ roll. Don’t drink too much Friday night. You’ll want to get to the BottleRock NV fest at noon to see these guys on the Lagunitas stage. A little hair of the dog will get you through. Grab a beer or three. After all, you’ll be at the Lagunitas stage.
Saturday bands/artists not to miss: Round 4
- Elle King: Elle King gained popularity a few years ago with her addictive track “Ex’s and Oh’s.” King is much more than this single. Her unique vocal sound is a standout in a sea of female singers that tend to blur together. Her show will pair nicely with sparkling wine from Schramsberg or a fruity craft cocktail.
- Royal Jelly Jive: Just as the name seems to suggest, this will be full band with a big brass section. These light-hearted tunes and upbeat pace are just what the doctor ordered to get your body moving on day two. For drinks, go with either a craft cocktail or bubbles. Your only conflict will be choosing between Royal Jelly Jive and The Blue Stones. They both play at noon. Only you can decide if Royal Jelly is your jam.
- Slothrust: With a name like Slothrust, you might not know what to expect. This trio rocks! With vibes similar to Joan Jett and Florence + the Machine, this band will wow you with their performance. “Double Down” on a bold red wine for this one. Check out what the Prisoner Wine Co. is offering and get two.
- Magic City Hippies: Don’t let the name fool you. This is not a Grateful Dead, jam band wannabe. These guys have a cool sound that channels their inner Beck and Cake, but with a bit more of an old school rock n’ roll vibe. They’re playing at 5 p.m. on the Lagunitas Stage. Beer will certainly be available considering the stage they are on, but see if you can find something a little stronger. Even if only a stronger beer.
Official BottleRock NV Fest Saturday Aftershows
Saturday’s aftershow features Big Boi with special guests the Soul Rebels. The show is at 10 p.m. at the Jam Cellars Ballroom. Walking distance from the BottleRock NV fest site. Tickets start at $45 and get them here.
Tickets for BottleRock are sold out, but you can check the ticket exchange for any possible last minute tickets. BottleRock has teamed up with Lyte, a ticket exchange platform that allows fans to buy or exchange tickets for sold-out events. Fans still looking for sold out BottleRock passes can visit lyte.com/bottlerocknapavalley.