By Stuart Schmidt

Years ago, a band used to come into Downtown Joe’s and jam out, playing live music in Napa. Band member Ben McKee went on to be the bassist for Imagine Dragons. Now, Imagine Dragons is headlining BottleRock Music Festival and we can’t help but look back and reminisce. Back in 2015, when Imagine Dragons first played BottleRock, McKee told the Napa Register, “I used to play jazz gigs all the time at Downtown Joe’s in Napa. I can’t wait to get back to Napa and to BottleRock. This is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I did a little happy dance and kicked my heels when we actually finalized the date.”

BottleRock is finally back and we can’t wait for the fun to begin. For those that don’t know, BottleRock is a huge music event akin to Coachella and Stagecoach right here in downtown Napa walking distance Napa dance clubs and bars! Located at the Napa County Expo, there will be all sorts of goings-on in Napa and a ton of fun times to be had. There will be a ton of live music in Napa that weekend and our Napa dance club will be going off. But for those of you coming to BottleRock for the first time, here’s a list of what to expect during this fun music festival:

Expect fantastic food:

There will be a ton of awesome food and drink vendors (because as we all know live music in Napa pairs well with culinary delights). Several local craft breweries are going to be selling their delicious wares as well as folks selling craft cocktails. There will even be a bourbon bar! And don’t forget the wine. Big names like St. Supery and Raymond will be present but also lesser known guys like Anarchist Wine Company.

Expect awesome artists:

There is a myriad of great acts coming to town for BottleRock! From the likes of Carlos Santana and Neil Young, to popular acts of today like Imagine Dragons and Mumford and Sons. There’s a ton of great local acts and smaller bands supporting, so rest assured you will have a great variety of live music in Napa!

Expect after parties:

Downtown Napa will be going off with after parties after the shows. All the bars downtown will be great, but you must come to us at Downtown Joe’s. We have our great selection of craft beer and a full bar. Enjoy twilight hours on our back patio right on the Napa River and our Napa dance club when night falls.

Expect traffic and a lot of it:

So, get your place to stay here in Napa and Uber in or ride with friends so that the roads

are just a little less crowded. If you day trip, be sure to get to the event early so you have plenty of time to find parking.

Live music in Napa and Downtown Joe’s Napa dance club go hand in hand for a great time downtown after the show! Don’t forget to party safely and Uber or designate a driver for the festivities!

Featured image courtesy of BottleRock Napa Valley.

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