Mixtape: Local Musicians at Eleven Upcoming Bay Area Music Festivals

Download: Mixtape: Local Musicians at Eleven Upcoming Bay Area Music Festivals (Podcast #429) This episode first ran on KQED.org. With the debut of the Blurry Vision Fest in Oakland earlier this month, and Bottlerock Napa Valley and Carnaval San Francisco taking place this weekend, music festival season is officially underway in the Bay Area. This mixtape features music from Bay Area bands performing at festivals around the region in the next several months. Outside Lands may be the biggest summer music festival around -- with a 2018 lineup notable for the overdue inclusion of female headliners and a ton of [...]

The Bay Abridged: May 25 – June 7

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of the Bay Area concert scene. Myra Flynn at Hotel Utah (SF) May 26. Even after seeing 31 bands in 3 days at BottleRock, Myra Flynn's beautiful voice still echoes in my ears from her intimate set at Hotel Utah. Soulful, heart-soaked ballads filled the tiny club as she belted out [...]

Photos: The incredible sights, sounds and fans of the 2016 BottleRock Napa Valley festival

Florence + The Machine (photo: Jon Ching) This Memorial day brought the still-young-but-rising-quickly 4th annual BottleRock Napa Valley music festival to the North Bay.  The festival boasted a wide variety of acts across decades of beloved artists as well as rising local and independent bands.  Here is our collection of outstanding photos from our photographer Jon Ching who captured a ton of the festival's energy, the many bands that performed and a great three-day weekend of celebration as a summer of music and festivals begins in the Bay Area. Day 1: Lenny Kravitz, Fantastic Negrito, Grouplove, the Orwells, and more Day [...]

Bottlerock Napa Valley 2016 lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, and more to perform

2016 has only just begun stretching its limbs, yet festival season is already off to a hectic start. Last evening saw Coachella release their latest lineup — a real doozy featuring the return of both LCD Soundsystem and Guns N’ Roses, as well as the first US performance by The Last Shadow Puppets and the first live concert by Sia in half a decade, among other notable acts. Bottlerock Napa Valley, the weekend-long culinary and music festival with a heart for the 90s and wine, followed suit and dropped their own lineup yesterday morning. Where Coachella crowds skew younger and the [...]

BottleRock Napa: Echosmith feels the love

Childhood, for many siblings, is a very competitive time. Sisters and brothers try to out-do each other, which leads to fighting, and eventually, many can’t stand being in a room together. That four siblings would get along with each other enough to commit to spending extra hours each together – nearly all their time – to form a family band and be trapped in busses for months on-end; well, that’s highly unusual. The Sierota siblings of alt-pop quartet Echosmith, who will perform Sunday at BottleRock Napa Valley, have maintained a band for eight years. That’s a good chunk of a lifetime [...]

In third year, BottleRock Napa Valley attempts to move into the black

The test runs are over. With a full year to plan, this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley is finally expected to reach the level producers – both current and original – had envisioned: Not only a creative win, but a financial one. “We've got to execute, but things are polar opposite this year to where they were last year, and overall, we expect to make money this year,” said Davis Graham of Latitude 38, the Napa investing firm that is producing BottleRock for the second consecutive year. BottleRock’s short history is tumultuous. The 2013 festival was a hit for music fans, [...]

No Doubt, Robert Plant, Imagine Dragons to headline BottleRock 2015

Cracker @ BottleRock 2014 - Photo by Daniel Kielman Promoters of BottleRock Napa Valley have announced the lineup for the third year of the embattled music festival. With a full year to plan the lineup, local promotion partnership Latitude 38 Entertainment was able to build a bill that many will consider as strong as the first year. The headliners for the festival, which will be held May 29-31 at the Napa Valley Expo, will be Imagine Dragons, No Doubt, and Robert Plant. Other notable acts include The Avett Brothers, Foster the People, Passion Pit, Snoop Dogg, Cage The Elephant, Young the Giant, Gipsy Kings, Capital [...]

In a rebuilding year, BottleRock 2014 heads in the right direction

Photos by Daniel Kielman; text by Roman Gokhman and Daniel Kielman There were fewer acts and the names did not shine as brightly as last year. Fewer food venders took the risk to take part. But all things considered, it was a miracle that BottleRock Napa Valley — the independent music festival started last year by a group of industry newbies — even had a chance to take an encore bow. After the festival’s founders ran into massive financial trouble — many venders and employees didn’t get paid — and were forced to file for bankruptcy, BottleRock’s future was very [...]

Mixtape: What You Need to Know About SF’s Summer Music Festivals

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Summer_Festivals_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: What You Need to Know About SF's Summer Music Festivals (Podcast #338) Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast! Text by Zack Frederick In 2014, there’s been more controversy about the gentrification of San Francisco than any other city in America. Similarly, anyone who looks beyond the success of well-known Bay Area festivals like Outside Lands will find an emotional debate about the city’s ability to foster a healthy, independent music scene rumbling just below the surface. And yet, mid-to-small sized, do-it-yourself festivals continue to flourish in SF and the larger Bay Area. While mega-festivals enjoy lucrative corporate [...]

Your Guide to BottleRock Napa Valley, ’90s Edition

As we told you last month, BottleRock Napa Valley – the festival that, despite a pretty stellar lineup during its inaugural campaign in 2013, was marred by reports of terrible traffic, oppressive heat (and little shade), and post-fest financial issues – is back for a second year after a group of local investors took over the festival's operations (and massive debts) and takes place May 30 to June 1 at the Napa County Fairgrounds. The new producers' plan to revamp the fest into a fiscally viable operation for years to come apparently starts with an effort to get children of [...]

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