BottleRock 2014 lineup released

The Cure, OutKast and Eric Church to headline at music festival
2014-03-14T08:00:00Z 2014-05-01T14:28:21Z BottleRock 2014 lineup releasedJENNIFER HUFFMAN Napa Valley Register
March 14, 2014 8:00 am  • 

BottleRock fans have been wondering for months who will hit the stage at this year’s festival. Now, the guessing is over.

The Cure, OutKast and Eric Church will headline BottleRock 2014. These performers, along with about 45 other artists, are scheduled to play at the Napa Valley Expo from May 30 to June 1.

BottleRock 2014 offers “an incredibly diverse lineup of talent that puts Napa Valley on the worldwide music map,” said David Graham of Latitude 38 Entertainment, the festival producer.

“With a mixture of rock, alternative, hip-hop, bluegrass, country, urban and more, plus the food and wine partners that make BottleRock so unique, we’ve got something for everyone,” said Graham.

Additional BottleRock 2014 performers are expected to be named in the coming days.

“As we continue to announce artists, you will see many well-known names along with a full lineup of homegrown Bay Area and California-bred local artists,” said Graham. “BottleRock is cultivating local talent while giving them a platform to a national audience.”

Kicking off the music on Friday night is The Cure. Their BottleRock performance is currently the only U.S. tour appearance on the books, said a news release.

The Cure formed as a post-punk rock band in England in the mid-’70s. Their debut album “Three Imaginary Boys” (released as "Boys Don't Cry" in the U.S.) brought them immediate attention. Among their many hits are "Lovesong," “Friday I’m in Love” and “Pictures of You.”

Atlanta-based duo OutKast are celebrating their 20th anniversary, and recently announced a reunion tour after an eight-year hiatus and will perform Saturday. Group members André Benjamin (Dré) and Antwan Patton (Big Boi) have several hit singles, including “Hey Ya!” and “Players Ball.” Their tour also includes a headlining spot at the Coachella music festival.

Country music star Eric Church has four studio albums, including “The Outsiders,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in February. The album sold 288,000 copies in the first week alone, according to Billboard Magazine. He will close the festival on Sunday.

The 2014 event will also feature a stage with local performers including The Deadlies, Soft White Sixties, The Sorry Lot and Grass Child.

BottleRock 2014 is two days shorter than the five-day festival of 2013 that included The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and the Zac Brown Band.

For many concertgoers, those bands helped make people consider BottleRock 2013 a “major” music festival comparable to Outside Lands or Lollapalooza. It’s unknown if this year’s festival will carry that same weight.

The event will be produced on four stages, spread across 26 acres on the grounds at the Napa Valley Expo. Food and wine from “vintner and culinary talents” will also be provided.

Vintners who will serve wine include Miner Family Winery, Rutherford Ranch, Rombauer, Grgich Hills, Hahn Family Wines and Ceja along with a line-up of domestic and imported beers from the MillerCoors portfolio (Peroni, Blue Moon, Pilsner Urquell, Coors Light, etc.) along with artisanal local craft-brewers such as Lagunitas.

Napa Valley celebrity chefs and restaurateurs including Morimoto, The Thomas, Tra Vigne, Azzurro, Norman Rose, Model Bakery, Eiko’s, Kara’s Cupcakes and more will be on site, said the news release. A percentage of food and beverage sales will benefit the Napa Valley Youth Symphony.

Formed in 2013, Latitude 38 Entertainment is owned, operated and managed by Napa Valley based entrepreneurs: David Graham, Justin Dragoo, Jason Scoggins and Joe Fischer.

Latitude 38’s vision is “to blend music, food, wine and community to enhance and elevate Napa Valley’s offerings and reputation as a world-class destination to live, play and work,” said a news release.

The partners bought the BottleRock name and other assets from 2013 producer BR Festivals. BR Festivals has since filed for bankruptcy, amidst $4.5 million in unpaid debts.

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  1. FAndrews
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    FAndrews - March 14, 2014 8:32 am
    Weak line up and for the record BottleRock will never be in the same calibre of Outside Lands.
  2. nwnapan
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    nwnapan - March 14, 2014 8:33 am
    Meh. So far no one I'd pay $150 to see. Maybe when they announce some other artists, but for now I'm gonna save my loot.
  3. Make Napa Better
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    Make Napa Better - March 14, 2014 8:40 am
    Unfortunately not impressed. ..
  4. DowntownSupporter
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    DowntownSupporter - March 14, 2014 8:43 am
    Ouch. I guess all of the relevant acts were booked all ready. Aside from Eric Church none of these bands have even sniffed the charts in the last 10 years.1995 called and wants it artists' back.
  5. selim_sivad
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    selim_sivad - March 14, 2014 9:06 am
    All things considered it's a good lineup. Outkast was a given (they're touring EVERYWHERE this summer on their big cash-in 'reunion') but the Cure is a pleasant surprise. I have some ideas as to who the TBD bookings may be, but we'll see.

    Those who are complaining about the lineup (and there are plenty on Facebook) have to remember that the promoters don't want to be in the hole this time around. Last year's bookings were nuts; fantastic, but nuts. This is a good, conservative booking for a festival in "reboot" mode. The acts are good...heck, some of the acts are outstanding live even if you aren't a huge fan of their music on CD (or MP3, or whatever).

    So I'll go again for all three days and hope for the best. The ball is in Latitude 38's court to make this a financial success. If this fails financially with new owners it will be the final nail in the coffin for any significant live music even in Napa for decades.
  6. furray
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    furray - March 14, 2014 9:24 am
  7. Bauhausfan
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    Bauhausfan - March 14, 2014 9:29 am
    "For many concertgoers, those bands helped make people consider BottleRock 2013 a “major” music festival comparable to Outside Lands or Lollapalooza. It’s unknown if this year’s festival will carry that same weight."

    You will see a lot of single day tickets sold for the Friday because of The Cure and a lot of late arrivals.

    The disappointment on the Facebook page is interesting. The 20s-early 30s crowd don't seem happy at all.

    Looks like they went big on headliners for the most part and after that they went more conservative in their spending and you have 2014 lineup.

  8. Michael Haley
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    Michael Haley - March 14, 2014 9:47 am
    What's with the whining already, there are some great live bands in that line up already, Weezer, Third Eye Blind, Blues Traveler ,The Fray--The Fray is a great band with a lot of hits and a recent album. I see about six more that I like.

    I think I am going to go this time.

    I would like to see grouplove added the most, then maybe HAIM. Love to see grouplove.
  9. Bauhausfan
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    Bauhausfan - March 14, 2014 9:57 am
    A late arriving crowd for The Cure Friday night and good single day ticket sales for that day can be expected.
  10. Bauhausfan
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    Bauhausfan - March 14, 2014 10:01 am
    They are being conservative in their bookings, the problem is the competition is fierce with festivals all over the place now.

    Maybe they will get The Replacements who are playing some festivals this summer who I love but they will not be a big draw.
  11. Bauhausfan
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    Bauhausfan - March 14, 2014 10:35 am
    The "hipster" 20s-30s crowd, as some call themselves, literally, are not happy. I don't think they are the demographic the festival is going after judging by who they brought in to play. Or could afford.
  12. Bauhausfan
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    Bauhausfan - March 14, 2014 10:53 am
    The reaction to this lineup is interesting! The word on The Cure is spreading.
  13. Chango
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    Chango - March 14, 2014 11:01 am
    ouch... lame lineup.. lot's of has-beens. Some just ok, but wow, last year had A-list great talent. Not this year. Hope they're able to add some more bands. Too bad the guys that put it together last year turned out to be crooks.
  14. Scott B
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    Scott B - March 14, 2014 11:11 am
    It will be important to promote the tickets to the local population. If you create a local buzz/promotion the rest of the state will follow.
  15. newtothevalley
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    newtothevalley - March 14, 2014 11:23 am
    Word is that more acts that are playing will be confirmed on April 21st. I really hope this second Bottle Rock will be successful. It is such a great thing for young people in the Valley to get see see bands in their own backyard.
  16. GoSFGiants
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    GoSFGiants - March 14, 2014 11:24 am
    Not a bad line up. I got really excited when I started reading "The Cure" thinking it might be "The Cult". They are an awesome straight forward rock n roll band-still touring and putting out new music. Please consider The Cult for this or future BottleRock festivals. The valley could really use some Ian Astbury & Billy Duffy. Remember the tunes: She Sells Sanctuary, Rain, Nirvana, Love Removal Machine, Wildflower, Sunking, Fire Woman, Sweet Soul Sister, Rise...and the list goes on. More rock n roll please!!!!
  17. Caribfan
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    Caribfan - March 14, 2014 11:36 am
    30 something bands LIVE in our backyard - how is this lame??? We are very fortunate that this festival was revived by L38! I am thrilled about hearing bands I've never heard before, local acts, and the "1995" bands as some have put it. I personally enjoy not having to drive to Concord, San Jose, Sacramento, etc. to see live bands perform. PLUS you get napa valley food, wine and your closest friends to share the event.
  18. Bauhausfan
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    Bauhausfan - March 14, 2014 11:49 am
    Not even close. The "buzz" is already here, that's what the announcement of the line up was about.
  19. valley native
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    valley native - March 14, 2014 12:01 pm
    Love the Cure. Can't wait. Lots of great bands. Quit your whining people, it's going to be fun no matter what!
  20. Bauhausfan
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    Bauhausfan - March 14, 2014 12:05 pm
    Southern Death Cult, Death Cult and now The Cult.

    Never heard of them.
  21. selim_sivad
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    selim_sivad - March 14, 2014 12:14 pm
    The 20-30 crowd always complains. "What, no Arcade Fire? No Queens of the Stone Age?" They're a lot like the 60-70 crowd. "This music is unfamiliar! It must stink!"

    The lineup is heavy on the 90's, when a lot of these 20-30s were still zygotes. For those of us creeping up on 40 and in their 50s, the Cure, De La Soul, bands like that...heck, even LL Cool J...they're all really familiar and have enough tunes to make for a good set.

    We'll just have to see. All I know is last year I had one friend come in from out of town for BRNV '13. This year...not 24 hours after the lineup has been announced...and I'm going to have to be putting tents up in my back yard because I already have three interested people from out of town who want to crash at my place for BRNV '14. Any more and I'll need to have Wavy Gravy show up to serve breakfast in the morning.

  22. GrowNapa
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    GrowNapa - March 14, 2014 12:22 pm
    I'm glad that this line up is more conservative because that might ensure that all parties involved, staff included, get PAID this year! To rebuild the credibility of the BottleRock name is probably a bigger challenge than you complainers could comprehend. Don't go then! More elbow room for us who enjoy live music within walking distance. Most locals complain about an absence of live music in downtown on the nightly, then- 30+ bands, live, in dowtown for 3 days & nights!? Still complaining... Seasoned concert goes who hunt down today's current Billboard Chart Kings can drive to San Jose or Concord. BYE. I will happy to enjoy this festival and rock out to some great bands. Tell me you never turned up Third Eye Blind when you were alone in the car... Please. Blues Traveler, Weezer, The Fray, Matisyahu, The Cure, Outkast, Eric Church in town, and people moan about how they wish the quality of last year was there. Last year was amazing! 3.5 million dollars in debt amazing...
  23. nwnapan
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    nwnapan - March 14, 2014 1:01 pm
    The lineup definitely speaks to an older demographic. The difference between this year and last year is that last year the caliber and relevancy of artists made the decision to attend a no brainer. I'm not seeing that this year. But that's fine because, while I doubt they'll make money this year, the guys running this seem to be above board, people will have fun, and everyone will get paid. Which makes for a better overall experience. It does make me wonder though if Live Nation had been allowed to run this if they would have been able to afford the level of talent that would differentiate Bottlerock from every other festival out there.
  24. Bauhausfan
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    Bauhausfan - March 14, 2014 2:26 pm
    Last year was amazing! 3.5 million dollars in debt amazing...

    Yeah, people tend to forget about that part. I believe it is actually over 4 million. Close enough.
  25. winecpanapavalley
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    winecpanapavalley - March 14, 2014 2:39 pm
    Bottleneck doesn't come close to Outside.Lands
  26. furray
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    furray - March 14, 2014 3:45 pm
    Couldn't agree more. Though the bands were great last year, the crooks that ran it with an open checkbook paid the great talent and none of the vendors. Though I'm not thrilled with the lineup, I'll go at least 1 day. Third eye blind day. There's something for everyone
  27. justreading
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    justreading - March 15, 2014 12:05 am
    This is a great line up.Everyone I know likes something different,
    there's bands and events for everybody's taste.If everyone plans this 3 day
    concert right ,there's something in it for every one in Napa and the surroundings!!!
  28. vocal-de-local
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    vocal-de-local - March 15, 2014 12:11 am
    3rd Eye Blind was one of the best bands in the 90s in my opinion. Great songwriters.
  29. naparealestate
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    naparealestate - March 15, 2014 9:59 am
    Even with hip acts, BR13 was an older demographic compared with other music festivals. And this year is going to be no exception. Perhaps the only difference is the new promoters acknowledge what the crowd needs / wants and hence booking bands that are very appealing to a slightly older demographic.
  30. sofiathebrave
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    sofiathebrave - March 15, 2014 2:47 pm
    Sounds like more fun than any of the other festivals we have in our own backyard!
  31. Report Abuse
    - March 15, 2014 4:43 pm
    It appears weak bit actually there are a few acts in there that have some pull.
  32. Report Abuse
    - March 15, 2014 4:46 pm
    Sounds like a generalization....
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    - March 15, 2014 4:51 pm
    There are some Grammy winners in this bunch. And some one hit wonders. With a few comeback kids. And don't forget the ones we least believe in that show up and do a great show, those are surprise babies.

    Most importantly if it was not this line up it could be todays stars of the former Mickey Mouse Club, as we see that Disney is dominating the industry as well.
  34. Michael Haley
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    Michael Haley - March 15, 2014 8:26 pm
    Oracle, I agree, with a live show some bands that haven't charted so much will blow you right away with how great their stage show is.
  35. Bauhausfan
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    Bauhausfan - March 16, 2014 5:16 pm
    Go read the BR Facebook page and look at the negative reactions. It's almost all 20s-30s, so no, it's not a generalization. The line up, as it is, isn't appealing to a younger crowd by what they booked.
  36. Bauhausfan
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    Bauhausfan - March 16, 2014 5:41 pm
    It's going to skew even older this year unless something really changes with the acts that are supposed to be announced in April.

  37. Bauhausfan
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    Bauhausfan - March 18, 2014 10:59 am
    I think they are well aware that they will never be Outside Lands. I don't know if they will ever be a Treasure Island Music Festival either.
  38. AttenUnpaidBRNVStaff
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    AttenUnpaidBRNVStaff - March 18, 2014 2:28 pm
    Seems to be a lot of people unhappy on here and social media about the line up. I hope the Promoters have the money to pay all the bills because the ticket sales will not cover the artist fees or production expenses on this one. Not even close.
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