Making it's huge debut for the second year, Bottle Rock Music Festival took Napa by storm. Despite the major let down with the festival last year attendees weren't too sure of what to expect. Thanks to new management, Latitude 38 Entertainment, Bottle Rock is here to stay!
Latitude 38 Entertainment listened to the people and delivered. There were major renovations and changes this year to ensure everyone had a smooth sailing festival experience. Latitude 38 Entertainment was formed in 2013 by a group of driven individuals that have successfully merged the vision of music, food, with exceptional wine and history of Napa. David Graham, Justin Dragoo, Jason Scoggins, and Joe Fischer ahve created a vision to enhance Napa Valley's offerings and reputation as a world-class distination to live, play, and work. "BottleRock puts Napa on the map in a different way but in a good way says Graham. We really want to keep the uniqueness of Napa expressed throughout the festival by providing amazing food and wine and then enhance the festival further by marrying those two elements with world class music. And of course late May in Napa always has incredible weather to enjoy. Where else can you get all of that in one place?"
Each day of BottleRock delivered a variety of music to gather the attention of multiple generations. Day one composed of: Sublime with Rome, Moon Taxi, Mayor Hawthorne, Miner, TV on The Radio, The Cure and more. The Cure of course was crazy and a crowd favorite for the evening.
Thanks to Outkast, Day Two was a fully packed house! Also on the bill were Matt and Kim, Weezer, Third Eye Blind,Heart, De La Soul, Cracker, Smash Mouth, and more.
Matt and Kim is an indie pop duo that knows how to deliver a high energy performance to get the crowd going! The super cute duo engaged the crowd by throwing balloons, bouncy balls, and confetti throughout their set. "BottleRock has exactly what we needed, said Matt. I think we wrote this song particularly about today," Matt said before performing 'Daylight'. They performed a few favorites as well as their own renditions of a few R&B tunes such as 'Ignition' by R. Kelly. These crazy two even ended up attempting to 'walk on the crowd' while Kim twerks over festival attendees.
The crowd engaged their inner teen-self as Weezer and Third Eye Blind performed. Of course Outkast blew the night out of the ballpark. The high energy duo always had something fun to say prior to the song following. 'Roses' and 'Hey Ya' of course got the crowd going insane and jumping everywhere with anticipation on what else they were going to pull out of their sleeves! Sending the crowd off to hit the town for the after parties with high energy.
The third and final day of Bottlerock was sheer excellence. Eric Church, LL Cool J, The Fray, Barenaked Ladies, Deer Hunter, James Otto, The Oh Sees, David Pack, and others performed.
LL Cool J hit the stage and transported everyone at BottleRock back to the 90's. Around the Way Girl, Doin it Well, and Mama Said Knock You Out were a few favorites. Always the charmer and ultimate ladies man, LL Cool J pulled 10 women on stage with him while he handed them red roses. Eric Church closed the night by giving a great showcase of his range in talents. It wouldn't be an Eric Church performance without a little two-stepping in the crowd. Attendees were left in awe and utter silence as BottleRock came to a close.
"With BottleRock you are up and close to the music and there is no bad seat in the house, said Graham. Couple that with amazing weather, food, and wine BottleRock gives you an entirely different festival experience-it all works."
The food at BottleRock was anything but ordinary! From perfecting garlic fries to soulful food from New Orleans, there was something for everyone! "You can enjoy the music, the food is also a huge aspect, the weather is nice and people are more low key, said actress Erin Sanders. BottleRock just vibes with me more than any other festival."
Thanks to this years' sponsors: Coors Light, Toshiba, Sprint, Miner Winery, City Winery, Lagunitas, Anchor Brewing, Citi, Acura, Reyka, Red Bull, Whole Foods, Vita Coco, Cayman Jack, Pepsi, Camelbak, Jose Cuervo, Jack Daniels, Sailor Jerry, Kind, UBL, Guitar Center, Bohemian, SF Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, Spin, Pandora, Bottlenotes, Oxbow, Downtown Napa, Napa Sonoma, Wine Spectator, and more as well as Latitude 38 Entertainment for listening to concerns and essentially 'saving' BottleRock.