As groups of people walked down Juarez Street to BottleRock 2014, some stopped by Don Garibaldi for free, ice-cold bottles of water.
“I enjoy the music. I don’t have a problem with the people,” said Garibaldi, 60.
Yet he wishes the music festival would take place somewhere else other than the Napa Valley Expo, even if the sound control is better this year than in 2013. “I can’t park on my street,” said Garibaldi, who has planted signs against a 2015 festival that read “Bottlerock unfair to neighborhood.”
Unlike last year, no free tickets were distributed this year to neighbors. “I think it’s unfair, too,” said Garibaldi, as he and other neighbors gave their take on BottleRock 2014.
Across the street, Cynthia Mendez and her boyfriend, Levi Barra, both 20, also said parking has been an issue. Still, they enjoyed listening to the live music as they set out to celebrate Mendez’s sister’s birthday with an outdoor barbecue. “I think it’s going to add a really nice touch to that,” Mendez said.
Business was good at El Rancho Grande off the Silverado Trail near Juarez, where parking was available Saturday for $30. Friday night was packed, too, said owner Juan Silva, who is getting help this weekend from his 19-year-old nephew, Rey Estrada of San Diego. Plenty of people also came for food. “Everybody wants to eat,” Silva said.
Scott Warren, a bank consultant from Frisco, Texas, who is in town with his boss for the festival, was thrilled to find parking so close to BottleRock and at a good restaurant. “There is not a better place I can think of,” he said.
On Third Street, business was booming for 8-year-old Sean Williams as he sold bottles of water for $3 and cups of lemonade for $2, in front of his mother’s Napa Psychic shop. As of midafternoon, Sean had collected $400, including a $50 donation from one couple and $100 from another customer. Sean wants to spend the money on video games, said his dad, Mario.
His mother, Bridget Williams, who celebrated Napa Psychic’s grand opening last week, was busy as well, giving readings to concertgoers.
But others were not so lucky. “It’s keeping people away, the people we want,” said Brad Sahs, owner of Napa Cycle Sport near the corner of Third Street and Soscol Avenue, as he watched crowds of people head to BottleRock. “I think it scares all the people from coming down this way,” he said in his quiet store. “Now a hot dog cart out front would have been the ticket,” he said in jest.
Across the street, most of the people who stopped by Napa Valley Classics wanted either to use the restroom or buy bottled water; neither was available. “I can’t afford the water bill,” said Napa Valley Classics owner Ron Kane.
Aladdin Bail Bonds bail agent Cindy Jeffrey, whose office is near Napa Valley Classics and Napa Psychic, said she’s walking to the jail because of traffic congestion near her office on Third Street. Yet she did not seem to mind. “Everybody has been really nice,” she said.
At about 4:30 p.m., Napa Fire Division Chief John Callanan reported about 25 calls for service at BottleRock, most of them alcohol-related. Napa Police Capt. Steve Potter reported early in the evening two arrests at BottleRock Saturday, both for public intoxication.
Few incidents were reported Friday as well. There were three arrests, including one for driving under the influence and two for public intoxication at BottleRock, Potter said. Four people were transported to Queen of the Valley Medical Center Friday, including one for chest pain, Callanan said.