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Sounds of the Season

Here’s your clip it out and save it cheat sheet to the summer’s best beats.


By Michael Samonte

BottleRock Napa Valley

May 29–31

This Wine Country festival features rock and pop artists from the ’70s until now, plus fantastic food and world-class wine. Expect everyone from indie radio–loving twentysomethings to classic rock’s loyal followers. Napa Valley Expo, Napa, bottlerocknapavalley.com.

Can’t miss: ’90s rock band No Doubt, returning from a 10-year hiatus.
Up-and-comer: Zella Day, a happier-sounding Lana Del Ray type.
Try this: Blind tastings and culinary demonstrations at the new food stage.
Tip: Special buses will take you to and from Oakland.

By Michael Samonte


San Francisco Jazz Festival

June 9–21

The three-decade-old festival, which unfolds over two weeks, includes legendary as well as up-and-coming acts, such as Oakland’s own hip-hop/R&B/classic soul singer Goapele. Multiple locations, San Francisco, sfjazz.org.

Can’t miss: Snarky Puppy, a revolving collective of musicians led by Grammy-winning bassist/composer Michael League.
Up-and-comer: Ester Rada, an Israeli actress and singer who is working on her debut album.
Try this: The free kick-off concert at the outdoor Proxy space in Hayes Valley on June 9.
Tip: All shows are for all ages, so bring the kids.

By Tim Griffiths


Festival del Sole

July 17–26

A 10-day celebration of the arts, Festival del Sole pairs the world’s finest classical music, jazz, opera, theater, and ballet artists with curated culinary, wine, and fitness pursuits in iconic settings. Multiple locations, Napa Valley, festivaldelsole.org.  

Can’t miss: The Russian National Orchestra playing Beethoven’s Ninth at Lincoln Theater.
Up-and-comer: Soprano Amber Wagner, one of Opera News’ 25 artists most likely to break out.
Try this: The festival’s first-ever Sun Run, which will include 5K and 10K races through downtown Yountville and vineyards.
Tip: Academy Award–winning actor Kevin Spacey will headline the annual gala at Meadowood.


Outside Lands Music Festival

August 7–9

This eco-friendly festival is a hip San Franciscan’s dream, featuring winetasting, Instagram-worthy food truck offerings, and several stages of rock, electronic dance, and indie music. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, sfoutsidelands.com.

Can’t-miss: Elton John, who will have everyone from Grandma to the younger attendees belting “Tiny Dancer” and “Your Song” into the night sky.
Up-and-comer: Porter Robinson, a self-taught, 22-year-old electronic music producer.
Try this: Chocolands, where you’ll find Kara’s Cupcakes and a Candybar Dessert Lounge.
Tip: The weather has been funky the last few years, so layer up.

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