BottleRock Napa day 2 took off like a storm with amazing performances by Outkast, Heart, De La Soul, Weezer, Smash Mouth, Third Eye Blind, Cracker and more.
Let the music be heard!
More than a decade had passed since Outkast last took the stage together in Northern California and after a bumpy first start with BottleRock Napa year one. Though day two of Bottle Rock was more of a diverse day for festival goers.
There was more choice when it came to the music; from rock to hip hop, and folk to blues. Festival goers were able to go hard for local acts on the City Winery Lounge like; The Soft White Sixties who is definitely a band to look out for. As well as Jealous Zelig, The Deadlies, KingsBorough, Thicker Than Thieves, and Letters From The Fire. The City Winery Stage took over the Comedy stage which was a major improvement to the festival. There were so many local acts, unsigned Indie bands that the festival premiered on Saturday.
Like year one BottleRock is that the festival continues to be ALL about Indie Artist. The festival may still be young on the circuit of music festivals, but it promises to be one of the best, especially for Indie bands that have major potential. Last year, Macklemore was the opening day headliner of Bottle Rock 2013, kicking off the first annual year of the festival. At that time Macklemore was unknown and one year later they’re at the top of their game in music. Bottle Rock Napa is becoming known as a launching zone for bands on the rise. At the festival you get a look at the next big act that will change the face of music. This year we put our eyes on Soft White Sixties and Jealous Zelig.
Thus, Saturday had so many stellar performances it was hard to see everyone, but the groups that had the crowd doing back flips on the Miner Family Winery Stage where hip hop veterans De La Soul blew the roof off the stage as fans came in the droves to “Me Myself and I,” “Oooh,” “Stakes is High,” “Ego Trippin, Part Two” and more hits from the Stakes is High, Buhloone Mindstate, 3 Feet High and Rising and De La Soul is Dead albums
Next on the list for incredible acts was Smash Mouth who had diehard fans jumping to the high energy hits that from the Astro Lounge, Smash Mouth, Fush Ya Mang albums with hits like “All Star,” “I’m A Believer,” “Stoned,” “Everyday Superhero,” and more.
While over at the Toshiba Stage Moonalice kicked off day two on the main stage bring fans more incredible music from their Dave’s Way EP Volume 1, followed by Cracker who rocked fans in the heat of the day. Cracker rocked the stage with songs from their Cracker, Kerosene Hat, Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey and Countrysides albums. While Matt & Kim gave a stellar performance playing hits like “Daylight,” “Let’s Go,” and “Cameras.
Later in the day things got TURNT UP when bay area natives, Third Eye Blind took to the stage to blow the sound barrier with hits like “Jumper,” “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Never Let You Go,” “Blinded” and more.
When Weezer took the main stage, the crowd was at full capacity, but Bay Area native band had festival goers singing every song alongside lead singer Stephan Jenkins. Despite a small technical error on the opening song of Weezer, they still killed it with festival goers who couldn’t get enough of the 4 manned group. They sang all of their major hits like “Beverly Hills,” “Buddy Holly,” “Blowin My Stack,” and many more.
Over at the Sprint Stage the Blues Travelers brought fans that older bluesy rock music that had festival goers playing their air guitars and dancing in circles like it was a love peace and flower festival.
Though nothing compared to Outkast who came strong hitting the stage with “B.0.B.” as the massive crowd (35 thousand) went ballistic to the pounding beat to the hip hop duo who dominated Bottle Rock 2014. Andre 3000 and Big Boi took the stage with force as Andre informed the massive crowd “We are the infamous, mighty, mighty Outkast.”
The Atlanta hip hop duo made the horrible Coachella performance a myth as their energy level was over the top. Andre 3000 wore a black jumpsuit that read “I NEVER had F@cebook, Twittter@r or Inst@gram” along with a sales tag that read “Sold Out” on one side and “For Sale” on the other which was speaking out to social media.
Outkast, which last played the Bay Area in 2001, was as good as if not better than ever as it delighted both old and new fans with some of the best tunes in hip-hop history. Andre 3000 and his partner in rhyme, Big Boi, were simply sensational throughout the roughly 100-minute set, which certainly ranked as one of the definitive highlights of the second annual BottleRock. Outkast performed hits like “Gasoline Dreams,” “Stankonia,” “The Whole World,” followed by an amazing encore set.
Over on the Sprint Stage the illustrious rock goddesses of the 70s Anne and Nancy Wilson aka Heart blew festival goers away with one of the best performances at BRNV 2014. Rock veterans Heart got things rocking right away with their massive hits like; “Barracuda,” “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Alone,” and more. After 40 years of amazing rock music Heart ignited the stage and sounded better that ever. It was vocal perfection as Heart rocked fans into the night, closing out day two of Bottle Rock Napa 2014.
Word is Bottle Rock will be back in 2015 Bigger, Better and Stronger than ever so stay posted and be ready to be blown away by year three of Bottle Rock 2015.
CelebNMusic247.com would like to thank all the ladies and men of BottleRock Napa for such a great time. You all ROCKED at BottleRock!!!
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