Day Three of the inaugural BottleRock Napa Valley festival was filled with many memorable moments.
Just ask the approximately 35,000 fans that filled the Napa Valley Expo center to capacity on Saturday. Some will rave about the two marque main stage acts -- Kings of Leon and Jane's Addiction -- while others will talk of the bands that went on earlier in the day.
Here are my top five moments from Day Three:
Best Coast -- The SoCal surf-pop opened the main stage at 12:30 p.m., performing in front of the few fans who had managed to arrive on time to the festival. Vocalist Bethany Cosentino was fighting the after effects of the previous day's party. "I have to admit, I am the most hung over I think I've ever been," she said to the crowd. Ironically, it might have been the strongest Best Coast show I've seen to date.
Carolina Chocolate Drops -- I bet the band's digital downloads spiked, at least in the Napa region, immediately following this set. The group wowed attendees, many of whom were likely enjoying their first taste of the Chocolate Drop's old-time string-band repertoire, which is based on the traditional music of the Piedmont region of the Carolinas.
Dwight Yoakam -- The toughest decision of the day was whether to watch Bad Religion or Dwight Yoakam, two top talents with overlapping set times. I voted Yoakam and was mighty glad I did. Sure, Bad Religion is a legendary punk group. Yet, nobody delivers the twang quite like Yoakam. His set was filled with terrific country tunes, including "Little Sister," "Streets of Bakersfield" and "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere." This "Honky Tonk Man" rules.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros -- OK, I need to be more specific: The band's terrific version of the hit "Home" was a highlight of the day. The rest of the group' set, however, was paisley nonsense.
Iron & Wine -- I hadn't seen this indie-folk rocker, whose real name is Samuel Beam, in ages. So it was a treat to hear the talented troubadour sing such nuggets as "Low Light Buddy of Mine" and "Tree By the River."
The inaugural BottleRock Napa Valley festival comes to a close on Sunday. Those planning on attending the last day should definitely catch the Secret Sisters, Charlie Musselwhite and Mavis Staples.
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Where: Napa Valley Expo
Tickets: $139; http://bottlerocknapavalley.com