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BRUNO MARS, THE KILLERS AND MUSE HEADLINE BOTTLEROCK 2018

Latitude 38 Entertainment announced the 2018 BottleRock Napa Valley lineup in early Janusry. As usual, it is bountiful, with over 80 bands, spread across a variety of genres and topped by three popular headliners – Bruno Mars, The Killers and … Continue reading

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JaM CELLARS AND THE NAPA MUSIC SCENE

John and Michele Truchard are successfully marketing their JaM Cellars wines and having a musical blast while they’re at it. Their popular brand is the presenting sponsor of BottleRock Napa Valley, their First Street location is a hip venue for … Continue reading

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THE GENEROSITY OF PAT MONAHAN AND TRAIN

Pat Monahan, the lead singer and enduring original member of Train, has for several years dedicated proceeds from recordings, concerts and the band’s associated wine businesses to charity. On Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, BottleRock Presents brought Train to the JaM … Continue reading

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STAGLINS’ 23rd MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR BRAIN HEALTH FEATURING LYLE LOVETT

Motivated by their son Brandon’s onset of schizophrenia 27 years ago, Napa Valley vintners Garen and Shari Staglin made a decision, as they put it, “to run toward the problem.” That “run” has resulted in advocacy, national leadership and more … Continue reading

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TALKING WITH LIVINGSTON TAYLOR: PROFESSOR OF PERFORMANCE

Livingston Taylor is many things – singer, songwriter, storyteller, author, pilot, professor and more. For a half century he has been creating and performing music and enriching the lives of his audience and his students. He will perform two shows … Continue reading

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TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS CELEBRATED 40 YEARS OF ROCK

With the sad departure of Tom Petty, I’m dusting off this year’s BottleRock review. It’s a joke, but it’s true. The best Tom Petty tribute band in the world, hands down, is Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Saturday night at … Continue reading

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BOTTLEROCK TURNING FIVE

BottleRock CEO Dave Graham, typically a practitioner of MBA-speak, was in his office last week waxing metaphorical about the 2013 inaugural festival under the previous founders. “I would liken it to a birth,” he said. “A birth is amazing, it’s … Continue reading

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A CONVERSATION WITH JAZZ GUITAR INNOVATOR STANLEY JORDAN

Since his 1985 breakout album, “Magic Touch,” Stanley Jordan has been regarded as one of the premier jazz guitarists in the world. Playing across multiple genres, the four-time Grammy nominee employs a unique approach to his instrument, a technique that … Continue reading

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REVIEW: BÉLA FLECK AND ABIGAIL WASHBURN AT BLUE NOTE NAPA

Folk music was the main course at Blue Note Napa last Saturday night. The headliners were 17-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck, widely considered the finest banjo player in the world, and his singing, clogging, banjo-picking wife, Abigail Washburn. Armed with … Continue reading

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THE 2017 BOTTLEROCK NAPA VALLEY LINEUP

Foo Fighters, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Maroon 5 are headlining the fifth annual BottleRock Napa Valley festival, Latitude 38 Entertainment announced Tuesday. The deep, star-studded lineup continues with a powerful roster of major artists that includes Macklemore & … Continue reading

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