SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS, AHOY: It can be hard for early January to find a true friend. What's sometimes correctly billed as the soggiest, dreariest third of the soggiest, dreariest month also carries the burden of carrying our collective Fun Hangovers (if we indeed went all out over the holidays). Pair this with putting our bank accounts in order, and dropping a few pounds, and we humans can get a bit slumpy in the shoulders right after New Year's Day. Thank goodness, though, that California's mondo music festivals have our slumpy-shouldered backs. It's just about now, or near now, when the huge sound- and art- and food-focused extravaganzas start to announce line-ups and participating chefs and such, which are reveals that can coax a smile from any post-holiday party person. There is summer to look forward to, in short, and the mega music coming-togethers. BottleRock Napa Valley is one of the Golden State's premiere weekend-long affairs, and it just so happens to fall at the close of May, which lends it an extra air of officially starting off the summer show season. And so it shall again, over Memorial Day Weekend 2015, which runs from May 29 through 31. As for the line-up?
IMAGINE DRAGONS IS ON THE STARRY ROSTER, as is No Doubt, and Robert Plant, too. Young the Giant joins, as do the Gipsy Kings, Snoop Dogg, The Avett Brothers, and Michael Franti & Spearhead. Local and much-accoladed Napa Valley chefs'll be doing the haute and tasty cuisine thing, and shall there be wine? There shall be, what with this all going down at Napa Valley Expo (rumor has it a one or two vineyards are within short driving distance). Past food purveyors have included Il Posto, Oakville Grocery, and Sprenger's Tap Room, and the winery list has been lavish, with libations from Bello Family Vineyards and Cakebread Cellars.
SO, WANT THAT TICKET? The on-sale date is Thursday, Jan. 8. So who says January is dreary, when music mavens and wine and brew buffs have stuff to anticipate?