Interview: How BottleRock Napa Valley’s rebirth came to be

While tens of thousands flooded the Napa Valley Expo last year for five days of music, gourmet food, wine, comedy and parties last May, and most of them went home happy, the two men who organized the inaugural BottleRock Napa Valley  — without previous festival experience — lost millions and racked up millions more in debt. Vendors weren’t paid, nearby residents complained about noise and lawsuits were filed. That the festival is happening for a second year can be considered a miracle. And that it’s still being run by locals, without the support of established production companies like Live Nation, Goldenvoice and [...]

Photos & Tweets: The 2013 BottleRock Napa Valley Festival

The first annual BottleRock Napa Valley Festival brought over 50 bands to the Napa Valley Expo for four days of music over the weekend, and our Roman Gokhman was on the scene for all four days. Below, check out his live-tweeting from the festivities, which included standout performances from The Flaming Lips, Sharon Van Etten, and Grouplove. [View the story "2013 BottleRock Napa Festival Recap" on Storify]

By |May 13, 2013|Tags: |

If you’re going to Napa: BottleRock festival's founders offer tips on lodging and transportation

(Editor's note: Did you read our in-depth profile of the upcoming BottleRock Napa Valley festival last week? Here's some info that didn't make it into that piece that's important to know if you're thinking about attending the fest.) Tickets for BottleRock Napa Valley are selling briskly, said Gabe Meyers, festival co-founder. Music fans will be coming from as far away as Japan, Australia, Germany and Great Britain. Those who have not already booked a hotel room in the region will be in for a surprise. “There is not enough hotel space for everybody that attends this festival; there’s absolutely not,” [...]

By |April 9, 2013|Tags: |

Interview: BottleRock aims to bring a major music festival to wine country

Longtime Napa residents and businessmen Bob Vogt and Gabe Meyers think that as important as Napa County has been for the Bay Area in terms of food and wine, entertainment is extremely lacking. Meyers, a 42-year-old sports media producer, and Vogt, a 63-year-old lawyer and commercial real estate developer – he’s one of the principal owners of Napa’s Uptown Theatre – believe the city and region should represent more than a good meal and spa day. “You can only have so many great meals and so much great wine before you’re like, ‘I have to work off this meal – [...]

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