BottleRock taps Imagine Dragons, Neil Young and Mumford & Sons to headline 2019 edition

BottleRock - 2019 lineup

BottleRock Napa Valley //
Napa Valley Expo – Napa, CA
May 24th-26th, 2019 //

If you didn’t hear, festival season is officially back.

With Coachella releasing its 2019 lineup last week just two days into the New Year, many other large-scale music festivals are gearing up to unveil their rosters. Up in Napa Valley, BottleRock has done just that with Imagine Dragons, Neil Young and Mumford & Sons topping the bill for its seventh edition this Memorial Day weekend after Bruno Mars, The Killers and Muse led the way for the 2018 installment. For the 73-year-old Young, it will mark his first date in California with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real backing him since their headlining performance last June at Arroyo Seco Weekend (read our review here).

More than 80 artists and bands will once again hit downtown Napa to perform at the three-day event in late May, including Logic, Pharrell Williams, Santana, OneRepublic, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Tash Sultana, Sylvan Esso, Gary Clark Jr., Lord Huron, Flogging Molly, Juanes, Michael Franti & Spearhead, AJR, Cypress Hill, Big Boi and many more. Plus, live cooking demonstrations between a variety of celebrity chefs and Hollywood stars, from musicians to athletes, will return to BottleRock’s beloved Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage.

Tickets go on sale this Tuesday, January 8th at 10 a.m. PT here and start at $359 for a three-day GA pass (or $159 for a one-day). Both three-day VIP and platinum passes are already sold out, but you can buy a one-day VIP pass for $349 and a three-day skydeck pass for an eye-popping $1,599 if you really want to go big.

BottleRock Napa Valley 2016 - The Struts

James Bay puts a spell on The Independent

James BayBy Marc Fong //

James Bay with Elle King //
The Independent – San Francisco
May 12th, 2015 //

It was a packed house, not only with excited fans, but also with raw talent from extremely talented artists last Tuesday at The Independent. Elle King, full of sass and skill, opened for the dynamic, 24-year-old James Bay. A Los Angeles native, King (whose real name is Tanner Elle Schneider and is the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider) was funny and soulful as well as engaging and personable. Her sound, a mix of deep-rooted bluegrass and pop rock, was upbeat and fun. She ultimately won over the die-hard James Bay fans in attendance.

Bay’s music, meanwhile, is compelling and sincere. The British singer-songwriter’s live show is full of the vibrancy you’d expect after listening to his debut album Chaos and the Calm, which was released in March. He hypnotized the crowd with his music and definitely put a spell on them. If you missed this show, Bay will be back in SF this August to play at Outside Lands Music Festival, and you won’t want to miss his return then.