The Mercury News
Dave Matthews, Chili Peppers set for BottleRock Napa
NAPA >> Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Khalid, and Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals will headline the eighth annual BottleRock Napa Valley festival, set for May 22-24 in downtown Napa.
The newly announced bill also features such notable acts as Blondie, Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, the Avett Brothers, Janelle Monáe, Maggie Rogers, Of Monsters and Men, Muna, Empire of the Sun, Foals, Tegan and Sara,
Jimmy Eat World, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Digable Planets, Milky Chance, Jon Bellion, Matt Nathanson, Trampled by Turtles, Grace VanderWaal, Village People, Eric B. & Rakim, Zedd and Amos Lee, among many others.
More than 75 acts are scheduled to appear during the three days of music, food, wine and festivities at the Napa Valley Expo.
“Our goal each year is to book the best acts available that fit our audience profile, and we’re very happy that it resulted in such a deep lineup,” said Dave Graham, CEO of BottleRock Napa Valley.
Three-day passes, priced from $359 to $4,350, go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday at BottleRockNapaValley.com. No information about single-day passes has been released.
The festival is organized so that two headliners perform each day, appearing as the last acts on BottleRock’s two biggest stages. The daily lineups and schedules will be announced later.
This is the second time that Red Hot Chili Peppers have headlined the festival. The legendary Los Angeles troupe also appeared atop the bill in 2016.
“That is one of our favorites,” Graham said. “There couldn’t be a better band for our lineup. It tran
scends all demographics.”
Graham said he’s also excited about San Jose State grad Nicks appearing at BottleRock.
“She’s incredible,” he said. “She’s like the only (female) artist in the world who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice — once as a member of Fleetwood Mac and once as an individual artist. We’re ecstatic to have her.
“She transcends all demographics as well.”
And getting the Dave Matthews Band on the bill had been on organizers’ todo list for some time.
“Dave Matthews Band was just a matter of time,” Graham said. “The stars had to align. And they did — and it was the first headliner that we confirmed this year.”
Graham described this year’s bill as “the deepest lineup that we’ve ever had.” And a big part of that is due to the number of superb female artists booked, he said.
“It’s the strongest female presence we’ve had to date, whether you’re talking about Stevie, Miley, Brandi, Maggie, Janelle, Blondie, Maren Morris, Tegan & Sara, Grace VanderWaal, Muna — even Of Monsters and Men is led by a female artist,” he said. “It’s super strong and we’re proud of that.”
Others booked for the three-day festival include Local Natives, Iration, Ra Ra Riot, Big Freedia, DeVotchKa and Moonalice.