- WITHOUT A DOUBT Gwen Stefani and band are only playing a few shows this year, and BottleRock is one of them.
This time last year, BottleRock producer Dave Graham and the partners of Latitude 38 Entertainment were in a very different place. Still negotiating the asset purchase of the popular yet financially strapped festival in Napa, Latitude 38 didn't get a lineup in 2014 until almost April.
This year, the producers of the third annual music, wine and food festival, which takes place May 29–31, are ahead of the curve, and they have already announced BottleRock 2015's three-day lineup of big name bands and emerging artists.
Headlining BottleRock Napa Valley this year is chart-topping indie rock band Imagine Dragons, recently reunited alternative megastars No Doubt (pictured) and rock legend Robert Plant.
"We're not trying to be like any other festival," says Graham. "The notion of having something for everyone applies to BottleRock. You have bands that gear towards younger crowds as well as the older crowd."
Imagine Dragons, which includes Forestville native Ben McKee on bass, came out of Las Vegas in 2012 with a succession of hits. No Doubt's iconic frontwoman Gwen Stefani was recently well-received on NBC's karaoke competition show, The Voice. Stefani and the gang are reportedly only performing a handful of dates this year, as is Robert Plant.
"Nuff said," comments Graham, when asked about Plant. "He's one of the biggest names in rock and roll history." (For you kids, Plant sang in some band called Led Zeppelin). "To have him in Napa Valley is going to be so cool," says Graham.
Joining these diverse headliners are a slew of indie darlings: the Avett Brothers, Foster the People, Cage the Elephant, Capital Cities and Portugal, the Man. Graham is also bringing in a slew of hip-hop acts like Snoop Dogg, Afrolicious and Public Enemy; jazz greats such as Preservation Hall Jazz Band and JJ Grey & Mofo; and international stars like Xavier Rudd & the United Nations and Courtney Barnett.
Graham is especially excited to welcome Michael Franti & Spearhead to BottleRock. "I love their music, but they're just good people. They stepped it up for Napa after the earthquake and played a fundraising show for free. Napa loves them," says Graham.
Los Lobos, Gipsy Kings, Young the Giant, AWOLNATION, Trampled by Turtles, American Authors, ZZ Ward, Echosmith, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, Brothers Comatose, Knox Hamilton, MoonAlice and many others are already booked. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Jan. 8, at 10am.