BottleRock 2022: Napa Music Festival Highlights

A festival goer dances during the Fantastic Negrito set on the first day of Bottlerock Napa Valley. Photo: Jungho Kim/Special for The Chronicle

BottleRock Napa Valley — with its assortment of high-profile touring acts, luxury spa services, sumptuous food and wine offerings, chaotic cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, and more — is back in his usual Memorial Day weekend hangout like he never skipped a beat.

After several pandemic delays that pushed the three-day festival into Labor Day weekend last year, giving organizers less than a year to prepare for its 2022 edition, the sold-out event is expected to draw up to 40,000 music fans daily at Napa Valley Expo Friday-Sunday May 27-29.

More than 75 acts are lined up, headlining Bay Area heavy metal icons Metallica, Grammy-winning pop singer Pink, alt-pop band Twenty One Pilots, deep house producer Kygo, Michigan rockers Greta Van Fleet, Mr. Worldwide himself Pitbull, country star Luke Combs and West Coast rap supergroup Mount Westmore, featuring Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and the E-40s and Too Bay Area Shorts.

Here are some highlights from the weekend.

Saturday May 28

Chef Aarón Sánchez and Twenty One Pilots members Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph on the culinary scene at BottleRock Napa Valley. Photo: Jungho Kim/Special for The Chronicle

Twenty One Pilots cooks a huge burrito at BottleRock

The members of Twenty One Pilots brought their love of burritos to the culinary scene on day two of the festival – in a big way.

Singer Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun of the multi-platinum alternative rock band took the afternoon before their headliner to whip up a 21-course burrito with celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez. Click here for the full story.

—Aidin Vaziri and Julie Johnson

First group to cancel due to COVID

Bleachers, one of the main performing acts scheduled to wrap up the BottleRock Napa Valley festival, was forced to cancel their set due to a positive coronavirus test within the band, the band announced on Saturday. Read the full story here.

— Aidin Vaziri

OTTTO bassist Tye Trujillo leaps into the air at BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival. Photo: Jungho Kim/Special for The Chronicle

Metallica bassist’s son holds firm on stage

Bassist Tye Trujillo, son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, showed that musical genes did in fact pass on during a performance with his band OTTTO on BottleRock’s Truly stage on Saturday.

Several mosh pits appeared during the performance, but the Metallica star, who headlined Friday night, didn’t make a surprise appearance, as some fans might have hoped.

—Jess Lander

Metallica frontman James Hetfield plays during the band’s performance on day one of Bottlerock Napa Valley. Photo: Jungho Kim/Special for The Chronicle

Friday May 27

Metallica make their festival debut

The Bay Area metal legends turned up the volume for BottleRock’s opening night in the band’s first appearance at the Wine Country festival. Frontman James Hetfield, who got emotional during a concert in Brazil this month, also spoke again about the importance of mental health during the band’s set.

Read the full story here.

— Andres Picon

A festival-goer exchanges high-fives with staff as crowds enter for the first day of Bottlerock Napa Valley. Photo: Jungho Kim/Special for The Chronicle

BottleRock attendees are largely ditching masks

Despite recent increases in COVID-19 case levels in the Bay Area, masks were in short supply on the festival grounds Friday. Even inside indoor activations, nearly all festival-goers were maskless, although some indoor venues such as the Spa by Biossance offered masks at the door.

Franciscans of San Raymond DiGiuseppe and his partner, both wearing disposable masks, said they chose to wear theirs expecting to be among the few to take COVID precautions at the festival – “I want to say, it’s Napa,” DiGiuseppe said with a chuckle.

“If we get it, we get it,” he added, “but at least we did what we could.”

— Andres Picon

Friends take a selfie together on the first day of Bottlerock Napa Valley. Photo: Jungho Kim/Special for The Chronicle

Spa by Biossance refreshes and supplies festival-goers

The activation of the Spa by Biossance offered festival-goers some well-deserved respite from the noise and crowds outside.

Discovery Bay’s Cheryl Garcia stopped by for a 30-minute CBD massage with aromatherapy. The $85 bill was a small price to pay for relaxation, she said.

“To have this incredible treat through the festival, it was totally worth it,” she said as she prepared to return to the concerts outside. “I would pay $200 for it. Ten stars.

Other spa visitors had Rapid Recovery manicures, haircuts and hydration IVs. Many sipped wine, beer or cider on the sofas in the spa amid the glow of the ambient lighting.

— Andres Picon

Bastian Evans of the Alive performs at BottleRock Napa Valley. Photo: Supplied by BottleRock Napa Valley/Quinn Tucker

The Alive goes wild at the JaMPad

After Greta Van Fleet’s performance on the JaM Cellars stage, teenage band The Alive performed their own show at the JaMPad, at the opposite end of the Culinary Garden.

And that was just two weeks after the band’s drummer, 18-year-old Kai Neukermans, sat behind the drums at Pearl Jam’s concert at Oakland Arena, filling in for the grunge band’s drummer on “Mind Your Manners.” from the band “Lightning The Bolt Album.

Read the full story here.

— Andres Picon

White Panda continues the party at the Porta-Party Speakeasy during the first day of Bottlerock Napa Valley. Photo: Jungho Kim/Special for The Chronicle

It’s not a party without ‘Porta-Party’

Whiskey maker Monkey Shoulder brought back its “Porta-Party Speakeasy” for the first time since 2019, kicking off the activation with a DJ set from Bay Area EDM producer White Panda. Click here for more details.

— Andres Picon

Sourdough Sam and San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle dance to the food scene on day one of Bottlerock Napa Valley. Photo: Jungho Kim/Special for The Chronicle

Bay Area Football Players Bring Star Power to Culinary Stage

Action-hungry golden-blooded festival-goers at BottleRock Napa Valley were spoiled when San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle and team mascot Sourdough Sam took to the culinary scene with celebrity chef Aaron May. Find out what they have prepared here.

Former Oakland Raider Charles Woodson also graced the culinary scene with another cooking demonstration to lend his namesake Bourbon Whiskey for a Michael Mina signature dish. Watch the video here.

—Jess Lander

Kosha Dillz and Adam Swig perform on day one of Bottlerock Napa Valley. Photo: Jungho Kim/Special for The Chronicle

Shabbotterock kicks off the festival weekend

Rapper Kosha Dillz and San Francisco nonprofit Culture Founder Adam Swig kicked off the three-day festival weekend by leading the crowd through three Hebrew prayers traditionally recited on Shabbat: the lighting of candles , the wine blessing – for which the crowd joined in a toast and proclaimed “L’chaim!” — and the blessing of challah bread. Read the full story and watch a video of the celebration here.

—Jess Lander

Check back for more updates throughout the weekend.


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