13 Highlights of the 4th Annual BottleRock Napa Festival

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Ambiance at BottleRock 2016
Ambiance at BottleRock 2016

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BottleRock Napa Valley, a destination festival of music, wine, food and entertainment, returned for its fourth year over the weekend. The sold-out event was attended by more than 120,000 people over the course of three days, who were treated to world-famous musicians such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Lumineers, Lenny Kravitz, Death Cab for Cutie, Michael Franti, Florence + the Machine and Steve Wonder, cooking demonstrations and fare provided by Michelin-starred chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Michael Mina, and a Culinary Stage showcasing one-of-a-kind food and celebrity mash-ups.  Here are 13 things you missed if you didn’t attend this summer’s golden ticket event.

 

Florence + The Machine
Florence + The Machine

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    1. If you looked closely, you might have spotted Miles Teller, Melissa Etheridge and her son Jason CrosbyLars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Darren CrissTeri Hatcher, and Trй Cool and Mike Dirnt of the band Greenday rocking out in the audience.
    2. Headliner and Food Network’s Chef Tyler Florence, joined by Iron Chef judge Billy Harris, used a sling-shot to propel his famous Wayfare Fried Chicken into the crowd.
    3. Chef Michael Voltaggio gave Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters a lesson in cooking before the band members knocked over the the drum sets in true rock star form.
    4. Headliner Stevie Wonder took to the JaM Cellar Main Stage spreading his message of love and unity. Wonder also stressed the importance of voting to ensure a promising future for our nation. He closed out his set with spectacular covers of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and “Kiss,” The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” David Bowie’s “Fame,” and Eagles’ “Hotel California.” Throughout the performance, the legendary performer would stop to ask the crowd, “What’s my name?” – to which they chanted “DJ Chick Chick Boom.” His set concluded with his famed hit “Superstition.”
    5. Walk The Moon utilized the entire JaM Cellar Main Stage as band members ran and jumped from end to end performing songs such as “Shut Up and Dance” and “Work Your Body.” Lead singer Nicholas Petricca ended the act by running into the audience for hugs and selfies with the fans.
    6. Reggae rocker Ziggy Marley paid tribute to his late father, Bob Marley, as he performed “One Love” on the Midway Stage.
    7. Chef Gordon Ramsay put host Liam Mayclem through a Master Chef crash courseand was ultimately “unimpressed” with his ability to cook scallops. Chef Ramsay jokingly put Mayclem on blast and threw his dish across the stage causing it to shatter. Mayclem took the critique in strides as the unlikely duo laughed off the failed dish.
    8. Alluding to their cult classic “Up In Smoke,” Cheech & Chong gave a hilarious smoked salmon cooking performance with Chef Chris Cosentino. Cheech was then treated to a belated birthday gift as the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to him in perfect unison.
    9. After learning how to bake a pie from Chef Maya Erickson and her mom, American Pie’s Thomas Ian Nicholas gave fans a dose of nostalgia by reprising the hit song “My Generation” from the hit film.
    10.  Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto had a massive 132-pound tuna shipped from Japan for a spectacular culinary demonstration with Trй Cool and Mike Dirnt of Green Day. Cool treated the crowd to a surprise solo on the custom-made Williams-Sonoma drum kit, a one-of-a-kind set created from pots and pans.
    11. Travel Channel host Adam Richman stunned fans as he freestyle-rapped his entire cooking demonstration, paying homage to his honorary sous chefs, The Pharcyde.
    12. Former San Francisco 49er Dwight Clark revived his football skills as he played catch with Seattle’s famous Pike Place Fish throwers during Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s cooking performance.
    13. The Helmets, a four-pre-teen-member band, unleashed a surprise for the crowd as the bassist’s dad, Robert Trujillo (who happens to be heavy metal band Metallica’s own bassist) joined the quad for a performance.
A perfect pour
A perfect pour

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