NAPA, CA. It’s Saturday, May 25. And we now find BottleRock Napa Valley – BRNV2019 – in full swing. Festival goers are already discovering the vast array of music, wine, cocktail, beer and food choices to be had this year. BRNV2019 offers five main performance stages, not including the extra two acoustic stages. All of which begs three big questions: Where and when to begin, what to consume and how do you plan your day.
Sunday at BRNV2019: Musical Overview
The Sunday lineup for BRNV2019 launches its action packed lineup of music and events early. Sunday’s musical theme this year is something new and something old as mixed with mass variety. For example, legends like Santana, Neil Young and Michael Franti share the day with up and comers like Shaed, The Alive, and Gang of Youths. That means festival goers will encounter an awesome array of musical genres and age ranges to choose from.
Regarding age ranges, the kids from The Alive are certainly the youngest (two 13 year olds and a 10 year old) featured performers at BRNV2019. On the other side of the equation, Santana clocks in at a youthful 71, and Neil Young keeps on rockin’ at 73.
In addition to these names, plenty of fabulous established bands and up and coming artists are scheduled to perform Sunday. You’ll want to check them out. A lot of the up and comers begin their sets around the noon hour. So plan to get up early, shake off the night before and get ready for Sunday!
Sunday bands/artists not to miss
- Santana: Nothing can be said about Santana that hasn’t already be said. He is a living legend and we’ll all be fortunate to have seen him perform live. If you’ve never seen him, don’t wait another moment to see him here at BottleRock Napa Valley. Drink tequila of course!
- Michael Franti & Spearhead: Franti is a staple at BottleRock. He’s one of the only people that has been at every BR. A California local, Franti’s feel good, high energy, love the world show will pick you up and give you a hug. For bubbly lovefest like this, only sparkling wine will do!
Sunday bands/artists not to miss, Round 2
- Bishop Briggs: If you don’t already know Bishop Briggs, get to know her at BRNV2019. Her music transcends genres, seamlessly blending pop, electronica and rock into her own defined sound. Briggs’ single “River” is absolutely beautiful. Her sound is as unique as her childhood, which she spent growing up in Japan, Hong Kong and LA. With the massive variety in her style, definitely go with a mixed craft cocktail to sip on during her set.
- Skylar Grey: Skyler Grey does it all. Songwriter, singer, performer and record producer. She’s collaborated with the likes of Eminem, X Ambassadors, Rihanna and so many others. Her single “Wreak Havoc” is so powerful. In pure contrast to that powerhouse single is her cover of “Stand By Me.” She’s part rocker, part hip-hop, part pop and 100% talented. Which means, don’t miss Grey’s show at this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley. She’s got a lot of layers. So go for a deep and complex red wine to enjoy during this show.
- Shaed: DC electro-pop trio Shaed continues to climb the charts with their breakout single “Trampoline. Their set should be full of energy and sick dance moves. Hopefully they’ll play ‘This Song Is Sick” – which they played to enormous crowds at this year’s Coachella and EDC Vegas. Rumor has it they will be releasing new music later this year, so perhaps BR will hear a sneak peak. This show will be buzzing with electricity, so pair sparkling wine. You’ll both be bubbly.
Sunday bands/artists not to miss, Round 3
- The Alive: These kids rock! A set of brothers and a good friend round out this threesome. Their combined age is 36. These boys have mad skills well beyond their years. This will be a heavy rock show. No popcorn and bubblegum here. It feels weird to offer a booze pairing when the band is made up of two 13 year olds and a 10 year old, but our parents drank in front of us at an embarrassing rate, so go with it. It’s BRNV2019.
- The Teskey Brothers: This Melbourne foursome channels their inner ’60s Motown beautifully. Adding their own modern rock spin, their tracks “Forever You and Me” and “Crying Shame” are stunners. Close your eyes and it will sound like Van Morrison is on stage with Otis Redding. In honor of this ensemble’s authentic ’60s sound, go for the mixed cocktails. Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour… whatever you can get. Sip, savor and sway.
- Gang of Youths: These young guys might surprise and delight the BottleRock crowd. This up-tempo show is reminiscent of old school U2 blended with JET. A five piece band from Sydney, Gang Of Youths drag the beauty out of everything from hell to high water. Debuting in 2013 with their smoldering single “‘Evangelists,” they were met with instant radio success. The beauty of love, the chaos and rapture of surviving against all odds – these are the elements that drive Gang of Youths. Try to pay attention to their lyrics as you are continually challenged by your BRNV2019 surroundings. Their music burns with the desperation of apocalypse. Just for the poetry, go for the Bullit.
Sunday bands/artists not to miss, wrap-up
- Turkuaz: Get ready for a good old fashioned funk dance party. It’s time to get down, get down. If you need a pick me up come Sunday, look no further than Turkuaz. You might not know how to pronounce their name, but it won’t matter. You’ll be Saturday night fevering through the entire show. If there is PBR in the can, go for it. Otherwise, Rosé.
- Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra: Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra will be the only pure jazz that you find at BRNV2019. To be honest, we’re not quite sure exactly how this crew will be received at a mostly rock and pop festival. But let’s see what happens. Variety, as we all should know, is the spice of life. Think Great Gatsby Jazz. Not sure if they make martinis or not at BRNV. But if so, that would be perfect. If not, Pinot Noir should work just fine.
Official BottleRock Aftershows
Sunday’s aftershow features Taylor Hawkins’ Chevy Metal. If you’re a fan of the Foo Fighters, you probably bought tickets already. This is the 3rd appearance for Taylor Hawkins (once with the Footos and twice with Chevy Metal). Hands down, this show will rock. They bill themselves as 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.
The aftershow is at 10 p.m. at the Jam Cellars Ballroom. Walking distance from BottleRock. Tickets start at $45. You can get them here.
Tickets for BottleRock Napa Valley are sold out. But don’t give up yet. You can check the ticket exchange for any possible last minute tickets. BottleRock 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 the Lyte site for more information.