Sharon Van Etten

[Festival News] Bottle Rock Music & Art Festival [Playlist + Best Performers]

The countdown is on for the inaugural Bottle Rock Music & Art Festival in Napa Valley, California. The festival begins tomorrow night, Wednesday May 8th, with a headlining performance by none other than Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Between Wednesday and Sunday, the show will feature over 60 bands on three different stages, top wineries from the region, the best of the local food, a slew of microbrews, and today’s top comedians (including my personal favorite, Rob Delaney).

The festival has made quite a splash in the Northern California social sphere, as thousands of people flocked to the website on the day tickets first went on sale. Since then, the buzz has built and the nascent festival has amassed over 50,000 fans on Facebook.

So what’s all the fuss about? Well, aside from the local flavor of the greatest vineyard-filled land in the country, the lineup is rather impressive. Here are my top three picks for each day of the festival:

Wednesday 5/8: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (there aren’t many other performers this day, so I stuck to one here)
Thursday 5/9: The Avett Brothers, Delta Spirit, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Friday 5/10: The Black Keys, The Shins, Blues Traveler
Saturday 5/11: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Iron & Wine, Sharon Van Etten
Sunday 5/12: Grouplove, Mavis Staples, Rogue Wave

If you’re going out to the festival (see you there!) and are concerned about how to get around the area, fear not! One of my personal favorite transportation companies, Uber, will be set up in Napa with easy ways to get from place to place. They’ll have a bunch of cars set up ready to take you to and from your destination.

Lastly, continue reading for a playlist I put together with the Best of Bottle Rock musical performers.

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“One Day” (Sharon Van Etten Cover) – Sweet Lights

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I think I can say with confidence that Sharon Van Etten is one of my new favorite singers. It’s as though she opens her mouth and victory is hers. So to see that a new act is already covering her material brings two emotions: first, it’s flattering that Sharon is already earning herself covers, but second, it’s a bold move to try to emulate such a strong sound. The bright side is this: Sweet Lights, a one-man band hailing from Philadelphia, does a damn good job of covering an absolute gem of a song. Free download on the audio player.

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