It’s almost Memorial Day Weekend — and you know what that means. The return of one of the best music festivals in the country — BottleRock Napa Valley 2023.
I’ve attended this festival several years but this will be my first time back since before the pandemic! I am extremely excited to get back out to Northern California for one of the premier festivals out there. It’s been amazing to see this thing grow to being an instant sellout year after year.
Headlining this year’s festival are Post Malone, Lizzo, and Red Hot Chili Peppers with The Smashing Pumpkins, Duran Duran, and Lil Nas X also getting top-line billing. But it’s the undercard where BottleRock makes their bones, and it’s another deep one this year. We help do some of the heavy lifting by offering six acts you should definitely check out — two per day!
FRIDAY, MAY 26
4:45 PM — Truly Stage
With their explosive blend of punk rock and glam-infused mayhem, Starcrawler will unleash an unforgettable sonic onslaught at BottleRock on Friday that demands to be witnessed firsthand. Fresh off the release of their major label debut, She Said, Starcrawler is on a tour de force, ready to conquer the stage with their raw energy and unapologetic attitude. Fronted by the magnetic Arrow de Wilde, whose captivating presence and fearless stage antics have become the stuff of legend, the band delivers a show that is equal parts chaotic and captivating. Their music resonates with a primal intensity that harkens back to the heyday of punk rock, while incorporating elements of garage rock and classic glam. Each song is a relentless sonic assault, fueled by blistering guitar riffs, thunderous drums, and de Wilde’s hauntingly powerful vocals. Their performances are a frenetic display of unbridled passion and a celebration of the rebellious spirit that rock ‘n’ roll was built upon.
7:15 PM — Allianz Stage
The unique blend of indie pop and folk-rock from Lucius creates a sonic landscape that is both ethereal and empowering. Whether it’s their soul-stirring ballads or their uplifting anthems, Lucius’s music has the power to transport you to a realm of pure bliss. Prepare to be swept away by their lush harmonies, intricate instrumentation, and heartfelt performances that will leave you feeling connected and inspired. The duo is touring in support of last year’s awesome Second Nature record.
SATURDAY, MAY 27
2:45 PM — Allianz Stage
With her infectious energy, dynamic vocals, and captivating stage presence, Maude Latour delivers a performance that is truly unforgettable. Her genre-bending sound effortlessly fuses pop, indie, and electronic elements, creating a distinct and captivating musical experience. Each song takes you on an emotional journey, delving into themes of love, self-discovery, and empowerment. Latour’s authentic and relatable lyrics, coupled with her undeniable talent, will leave you captivated. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness Maude Latour’s magnetic performance, and prepare to be swept away by her raw talent and undeniable magnetism.
NILE RODGERS & CHIC
3:15 PM — JaM Cellars Stage
Nile Rodgers and Chic bring the perfect blend of timeless hits and modern appeal, making them an ideal choice for BottleRock Napa Valley’s diverse audience of both adults and kids. With a career spanning decades, Rodgers has crafted iconic songs not only with Chic but also in collaboration with contemporary artists. From disco classics to chart-topping collaborations, his music transcends generations, creating an atmosphere of pure joy and nostalgia. Whether you’re a fan of his legendary hits or discovering his music for the first time, Nile Rodgers and Chic’s performance will have everyone dancing and singing along, uniting festival-goers of all ages in a celebration of unforgettable music.
SUNDAY, MAY 28
2:00 PM — JaM Cellars Stage
Bursting with energy, charisma, and an undeniable rock ‘n’ roll spirit, The Struts deliver a performance that leaves audiences breathless. With their infectious hooks, anthemic choruses, and captivating stage presence, they effortlessly command the crowd’s attention from start to finish. Their dynamic sound, reminiscent of classic rock with a modern edge, guarantees a high-energy atmosphere that will have you dancing and singing along. The Struts’ live shows are a testament to the power of rock music, creating an unforgettable experience that will leave you exhilarated and craving more.
5:00 PM — JaM Cellars Stage
With heartfelt lyrics, intricate harmonies, and masterful acoustic instrumentation, CAAMP creates an atmosphere of pure magic that resonates with fans of all ages. Their authentic storytelling transports listeners to a place of raw emotion and introspection, connecting on a deeply personal level. Whether it’s the tender ballads that tug at your heartstrings or the foot-stomping anthems that ignite a sense of joy, CAAMP’s live shows are a journey of shared experiences and genuine connection. Their genuine and humble stage presence creates an intimate atmosphere that makes every concert feel like an intimate gathering of friends.