Best of 2018: William Wayland’s favorite photos from 2018

The Distillers fans (photo: William Wayland) My favorite photographs of 2018 are tied to the moments and the feelings I had when I was clicking the shutter. 10. Yennie Dee Brecheisen of the Handsome Ladies at Pickin’ on Hate, Ashkenaz, Berkeley on January 27. I’m impressed with the bluegrass community in the Bay Area and the way they come together to support important causes. The Handsome Ladies is a national nonprofit organization that supports women in bluegrass, and Yennie Dee is a talented banjo player and an embodiment of a Handsome Lady. 9. Morgan Kessell with Aubrie Arnoux of House of Mary [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, May 25 – 27

BottleRock has something for everyone. Friday, May 25 BottleRock Napa Valley Now through Sunday, an endless parade of independent and major-label music stars head through Napa Valley: Bruno Mars, E-40, Bomba Estero, Alex Lahey, and Mt. Joy, to name a very few. A healthy amount of them are playing venue sets around the Bay while they're in town, too, so if you can't make it all the way to Napa you might have another chance. — Jody Amable Diet Cig @ The Crepe Place Get your Memorial Day weekend started right by taking a road trip to Santa Cruz for [...]

BottleRock 2017: Three days of excess, enthusiasm and a need for earplugs

The Roots (photo: Patric Carver) It’s day one of BottleRock, and I am planted on the bleachers at the Lagunitas stage trying to wrap my head around this massive event. Seated next to me, a girl in a summery dress flips her color-saturated “mermaid” hair over her shoulder. She is drinking a glass of rosé and waving passively to a friend dancing in the crowd. “Who are you here to see?” I ask. She looks at me as if the question doesn’t register, so I try again. “What bands are you interested in seeing?” “Oh,” she gazes off. “I don’t know. [...]

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Photos: The music, fans and oddities of BottleRock 2017

Modest Mouse (photo: Patric Carver) The fifth annual iteration of the BottleRock Napa ValleyMusic Festival came this Memorial Day Weekend once again and didn't disappoint. The three-day festival in the North Bay has created an identity of its own, celebrating a ton of rock music from the past decades, featuring bands representing a wide span of time in various genres. This year our photographer Patric Carver was at the festival to capture the gallery of all three days that you can check out below. Some of the bands photographed include Modest Mouse, The Roots, Mike Dirnt of Green Day (hosting a [...]

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What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, May 26 – 29

Get ready for traffic. Friday, May 26 BottleRock Napa Valley 2017 Back from the brink of extinction, BottleRock returns with Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, Con Brio, Mavis Staples, and more all this weekend. See photos from last year above. Sleepy Sun @ Great American Music Hall Check out their latest video, "Seaquest," at the above link. Carnaval Kickoff Party with the Chilaquiles, La Gente and more @ The Chapel If you're looking for something comparatively low-key to BottleRock, Latin rhythms at the Chapel will get you ready for Carnaval. Night of 1,001 Stevies: A Stevie Nicks Birthday Day Tribute @ [...]

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Expired Milk and Fresh Fruit: A Bottlerock 2016 Lineup Analysis

Bottlerock Napa Valley announced their 2016 lineup yesterday, and it seems they continue to craft their identity on washed-up remnants of the mainstream and current eccentricities in the music industry. The remarkable thing about this festival is that it consistently proves to be one of the most unique billings of the season through never straying far from the blandest of lanes. It’s difficult to read through the list of artists that presenters JaM Cellars have compiled and feel that they have tapped into something truly exciting in the modern music scene. But I guess in a way that’s the point, [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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