The inaugural BottleRock Napa Valley festival doesn't officially begin until Thursday.
Yet, there are those who simply can't wait for the good times — and tunes — to start.
Thankfully, organizers were kind enough to kick things off a day early, with a pre-festival gig headlined by the hot hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on Wednesday.
The duo, best known for the incredibly catchy hit "Thrift Shop," certainly didn't disappoint the estimated 10,000 fans that showed up on BottleRock Eve. (Organizers didn't have an exact head count for the crowd and that unofficial estimate was provided onstage by Macklemore.)
The audience was certainly in a festive mood, enjoying the music, celebrating the Golden State Warriors victory (thank goodness for smart phones) and looking forward to all that's come at the lovely Napa Valley Expo Center.
And -- wow! -- is there a ton to look forward to over the next four days. The Avett Brothers, Primus and Joan Jett are among the acts scheduled for Thursday. Then the likes of the Black Keys, Alabama Shakes and the Flaming Lips arrive on Friday. Saturday's offerings include Jane's Addiction, Kings of Leon and Iron & Wine. The whole thing wraps up on Sunday with the Zac Brown Band, Train and Cake, among many others.
In all, more than 60 acts will appear at the first (and, hopefully, annual) BottleRock Napa. What's even more impressive is that such a high percentage of these acts are ones really worth seeing in concert.
That's just the music side of the equation. BottleRock is also offering top-notch comedians and plenty of fine food and drink.
Everything appeared to go relatively smoothly on Wednesday's dress rehearsal. It was a great chance to walk leisurely through the site, before crowds expected to number as large as 35,000 arrive this weekend. It's a pleasant, and appropriate, spot for music, with plenty of vendors and fan-friendly amenities.
Hopefully, the rest of the headliners will be as good as Macklemore and Lewis.
I tried to see the duo back in March at the South by Southwest music festival in Texas, yet had no luck getting into the relatively small club where the hip-hop heroes were playing. So, it was great to finally get the chance to see them live.
They turned out to be better than I expected, working the crowd with gusto and delivering nothing but solid songs. The hits, of course, were great, but they certainly didn't greatly overshadow the rest of the tunes on the set list.
Macklemore and Lewis are living large in the present, with possibly even a brighter future ahead of them. Although it's still early, it appears that a similar thing can be said of the BottleRock Napa Valley festival.
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When: Festival runs Thursday-Sunday; pre-festival concerts held Wednesday
Where: Napa Valley Expo
Tickets: Single-day tickets are $139 and multi-day passes start at $329; http://bottlerocknapavalley.com