Nestled in the middle of wine country, Bottle Rock Napa Valley was an incredible music festival, with good food, wine, and a high-caliber lineup. Since this was the first time the festival has taken place, there were a few logistical mishaps here and there, but no real complaints. All in all, I'd say this was the perfect way to kick off the summer music festival season!
Unfortunately, I was only able to attend Friday. We kicked off the day with some delicious ribs from the Cochon Volant BBQ truck, the folk rock of Allah Las playing in the background. We continued to eat our way through the festival -- you can see an awesome round-up of the delicious food on Serious Eats
if you're interested (warning: do not click if hungry). The rest of the day was filled with wine in a bag (it's like a juice box for adults) and the likes of Dirty Projectors, Alabama Shakes, The Flaming Lips, The Shins (they were AMAZING) and The Black Keys. I snuck peeks at Justin Townes Earle, Andrew Bird, and the other awesome acts playing that day (outlined here in this festival preview
), but The Shins and The Black Keys were the true stars of the show.
Since I wasn't able to bring you a recap of Saturday and Sunday's show, I figured I'd highlight the acts that played in the playlist below. Enjoy, and definitely be sure to buy a ticket for next year's festival!