Although the year just started, music lovers will have plenty to look forward to this summer when it comes to music festivals. However, if you live in the Bay Area, you will have to spend a lot of travel time just to go to them. There is Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, but they require plane tickets to Nashville and Chicago-- or wheelbarrows of gas money for the super brave. Coachella is in California, but it is a nine-hour drive. How about something a little closer?
Thankfully, for those who live in Solano County, there is a big-name music festival that is only about 30 minutes away. It is called the BottleRock Napa Valley festival.
Now in its fifth year, BottleRock continues to present a 3-day weekend of gourmet food, wine and craft brew in the heart of the Napa Valley. Oh yeah, and there's music too. These aren't just small acts either. Some of the biggest names in music right now and of all time will be gracing the multiple stages.
To give off some perspective, last year's festival was headlined by Florence + the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Stevie Wonder. This year's show will continue to blend established acts with up-and-comers. The headliners this year happen to be three groups who have been packing stadiums and arenas for more than 40, 20 and 10 years respectively: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters and Maroon 5. They will all be rounded out by some other big names in indie rock, hip-hop, electronica, soul and even '90s alternative rock. This explosive lineup also includes Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Modest Mouse, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, The Roots, Silversun Pickups, Band of Horses, Fitz & the Tantrums, The Dirty Heads, Live, The Naked and Famous, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gavin DeGraw, House of Pain, Catfish & the Bottlemen, Saint Motel, The Strumbellas, AlunaGeorge, Mavis Staples, Ani DiFranco, Bishop Briggs, Warren G, Gnash, Judah & the Lion, The Barr Brothers and MANY more. (Did you know there is an act called Hibbity Dibbity? You do now.) For lovers of local orchestral music, the award-winning Napa Youth Symphony will also be on stage.
Dates and set times have not been announced for any of the bands.
However, BottleRock is not just about the music, man. Returning this year will be the Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage which will feature entertaining cooking demonstrations by not only renowned chefs but also musicians, actors, athletes and more. Details for this stage are still being worked out.
“We are very proud of this lineup. In addition to our amazing headliners, the lineup has something for everyone,” Dave Graham, CEO of BottleRock Napa Valley and Latitude 38 Entertainment, said in a statement. “It's exciting to see BottleRock develop, from the performers, to our wine and culinary programming, our layout…we make great strides each year to elevate the overall event. BottleRockers expect an amazing experience and we believe they will be very happy with all the upgrades we are planning for this year’s festival.”
The 2017 BottleRock Napa Valley festival will be held Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28 at the Napa Valley Expo, located at 575 3rd St. in Napa. Tickets start at $309 for three-day general admission, and three-day VIP passes start at $659. For more information, visit bottlerocknapavalley.com.