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Dave Matthews, Chili Pep­pers set for Bot­tleRock Napa

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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.

 ?? LIPO CHING — STAFF AR­CHIVES ?? Ste­vie Nicks is on the lineup for Bot­tleRock Napa in May.
LIPO CHING — STAFF AR­CHIVES Ste­vie Nicks is on the lineup for Bot­tleRock Napa in May.

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