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Wine Buzz: Napa Valley tunes up its musical offerings

03/18/2014 4:00 PM

03/18/2014 6:19 PM

Napa wine country will soon get a mighty pour of music, with the return of the BottleRock festival and the retooling of a historic venue.

After months of behind-the-scenes drama, including lawsuits and bankruptcy, BottleRock 2014 is indeed a go for May 30-June 1 at the Napa Valley Expo. Headliners were announced Friday, including The Cure, OutKast, Weezer and LL Cool J. The rest of the announced acts follow a similar blend of hip-hop, alternative rock, ’90s nostalgia and more. Among the groups slated to perform: Blues Traveler, De La Soul, Spin Doctors, The Fray and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.

BottleRock drew more than 100,000 concertgoers in its 2013 debut, and gave the normally sleepy Napa Valley an energy spike with headliners Jane’s Addiction, the Black Keys and others. All ran smoothly with the musical offerings, which were hosted over multiple stages at the dusty Napa Valley Expo. But those good vibes disappeared soon after the festival’s final notes, through the frustrations of unpaid vendors and stage technicians, among other financial difficulties. Bankruptcy filings showed the event’s organizers amassed $9 million in debts.

A new group, known as Latitude 38 Entertainment, has since stepped up to produce BottleRock and paid off some of the previous debt. And now, the show will go on, and we’ll soon know if BottleRock can get back on track. For more lineup information and tickets, visit www.bottlerocknapavalley.com.

Meanwhile, one of Napa’s longtime performing arts venues will soon feature a supper club-style makeover and new branding. City Winery Napa debuts inside the Napa Valley Opera House on April 10 with Bruce Cockburn.

The venue will specialize in singer-songwriters of various styles, acoustic music and more. Upcoming performers include Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers (April 11), 10,000 Maniacs (June 21) and a David Grisman residency (July 31, Aug. 28 and Sept. 25).

City Winery Napa will also include a bar and full-service dining for a cabaret-styled concert experience. City Winery, which was founded by Michael Dorf of Knitting Factory fame, also features locations in New York City and Chicago. City Winery Napa is on tap for a fall opening.

For more information on City Winery Napa shows and tickets: www.citywinery.com/napa.

About This Blog

Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's food and wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farmworkers in Lodi. Chris judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. Reach him at cmacias@sacbee.com or 916-321-1253. Twitter: @chris_macias.

 

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