By Carla Meyer
Blues rockers the Black Keys and Alabama Shakes and alternative rocks acts ranging from Kings of Leon to Jane's Addiction will perform in May at the inaugural BottleRock Napa Valley music, wine and food festival in the town of Napa.
The festival will run May 9-12 and span three stages at the 26-acre Napa Valley Expo. The 50-act lineup also will include Furthur (featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead), the pop band Train, folk-rocker Ben Harper, country favorites the Zac Brown Band and veteran R&B and gospel singer Mavis Staples.
BottleRock, which appears to be on a par with festivals such as San Francisco's Outside Lands, will be the closest major festival to the Sacramento region and will highlight two bands with strong Sacramento ties. Alternative band Cake will perform, as will the Black Crowes, the long-running blues-rock group that now counts Sacramento's Jackie Greene among its members.
The festival also will offer wines from 60 vintners, beers from artisanal microbrewers and food from dozens of Napa Valley restaurateurs.
Special presale three- and four-day festival passes start at $249 and go on sale Sunday. The passes can be purchased through BottleRockNapaValley.com. Regular passes start at $299 and go on sale Feb. 10.