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Death Cab For Cutie, CHVRCHES, Cold War Kids and more give intimate performaces in the Napa Valley at Sonoma Harvest Music Festival

As many people know, wine country is world famous for their amazing wines, culinary experiences and beautiful landscapes. In the last couple of years, music has found its way to add to all the great things this area has to offer and now plays a huge part of what brings all these things together in one experience.

The creators of BottleRock have done it again and put together an awesome branch off experience that brings the massive excitement of BottleRock into an intimate setting at the B.R. Cohn Winery.

On Weekend 2 of the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival, the energy on the stage was massive. Each performer utilized every bit of the stage, engaged with the crowd and had everyone screaming out words to their songs. I’m used to going to a bunch of shows and festivals where the people in the crowd just sit or stand around during some of the best sets I’ve experienced. This crowd was surprisingly different. It was rare not to see people up and dancing or singing along. You would think that by the way everyone was singing, that they had all gone to the fest just to see whatever band was on stage at that moment.

I do have to add that the way the fest was set up was great. The winery sits atop of a hill and had multiple areas where people could get away from the hot beaming sun and relax with a drink and delicious food. The hillside was perfect for the amphitheater set up. There wasn’t an area that would be called a “bad spot” cause the stage was close and a lot of shade was provided by the giant oak trees surrounding the area. The picturesque vineyard hill that sat behind the stage was an amazing backdrop that everyone enjoyed looking at.

It felt a little strange having a festival end early in the evening (6pm), but it was pretty nice not to have to stay in the heat for very long. Many of the performers commented on that subject but were also alright with it since it would give them the evening off.

Walk The Moon

CHVRCHES headlined on day one and for anyone that has ever seen them perform; their set is always a must on my list whenever they play a festival I attend. Front woman, Lauren Mayberry has an exciting stage presence and is always hyping up the crowd by running from one end of the stage to the other. Misterwives and Walk the Moon were also some other favorites that brought the dance tunes to the crowd. Both bands have a very similar sound and style that made for a smooth transition into the lineup.

It had been a while since I’d seen any of the bands that performed on day 2. It was a pretty nostalgic day with the lineup consisting of some older favorites like Cold War Kids, Silversun Pickups and Death Cab For Cutie. With all of them playing some of their fan favorites, it definitely took me back to high school when my friends and I would venture out to other cities to catch their sets at other festivals. Silversun Pickups jammed out to all their songs, especially their drummer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a drummer head bang the way theirs did. Watching him made my own head hurt from how hard he was going, but it was entertaining to watch. Death Cab For Cutie was a pleasant transition that ended the evening with their chill, mellow music that fit perfectly with the setting on a nice Sunday evening. Cant say this festival was disappointing in any way. I’m already looking forward to next years fest and hope to get to enjoy it all over again.

Walk The Moon

Walk The Moon

Silversun Pickups

Misterwives

Misterwives

Misterwives

Silversun Pickups

Death Cab For Cutie

Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

Natalie Baeza
Natalie Baeza is a San Francisco based audio engineer and photographer. You can see more of her work at nataliebaeza.com.

Death Cab For Cutie, CHVRCHES, Cold War Kids and more give intimate performaces in the Napa Valley at Sonoma Harvest Music Festival

As many people know, wine country is world famous for their amazing wines, culinary experiences and beautiful landscapes. In the last couple of years, music has found its way to add to all the great things this area has to offer and now plays a huge part of what brings all these things together in one experience.

The creators of BottleRock have done it again and put together an awesome branch off experience that brings the massive excitement of BottleRock into an intimate setting at the B.R. Cohn Winery.

On Weekend 2 of the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival, the energy on the stage was massive. Each performer utilized every bit of the stage, engaged with the crowd and had everyone screaming out words to their songs. I’m used to going to a bunch of shows and festivals where the people in the crowd just sit or stand around during some of the best sets I’ve experienced. This crowd was surprisingly different. It was rare not to see people up and dancing or singing along. You would think that by the way everyone was singing, that they had all gone to the fest just to see whatever band was on stage at that moment.

I do have to add that the way the fest was set up was great. The winery sits atop of a hill and had multiple areas where people could get away from the hot beaming sun and relax with a drink and delicious food. The hillside was perfect for the amphitheater set up. There wasn’t an area that would be called a “bad spot” cause the stage was close and a lot of shade was provided by the giant oak trees surrounding the area. The picturesque vineyard hill that sat behind the stage was an amazing backdrop that everyone enjoyed looking at.

It felt a little strange having a festival end early in the evening (6pm), but it was pretty nice not to have to stay in the heat for very long. Many of the performers commented on that subject but were also alright with it since it would give them the evening off.

Walk The Moon

CHVRCHES headlined on day one and for anyone that has ever seen them perform; their set is always a must on my list whenever they play a festival I attend. Front woman, Lauren Mayberry has an exciting stage presence and is always hyping up the crowd by running from one end of the stage to the other. Misterwives and Walk the Moon were also some other favorites that brought the dance tunes to the crowd. Both bands have a very similar sound and style that made for a smooth transition into the lineup.

It had been a while since I’d seen any of the bands that performed on day 2. It was a pretty nostalgic day with the lineup consisting of some older favorites like Cold War Kids, Silversun Pickups and Death Cab For Cutie. With all of them playing some of their fan favorites, it definitely took me back to high school when my friends and I would venture out to other cities to catch their sets at other festivals. Silversun Pickups jammed out to all their songs, especially their drummer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a drummer head bang the way theirs did. Watching him made my own head hurt from how hard he was going, but it was entertaining to watch. Death Cab For Cutie was a pleasant transition that ended the evening with their chill, mellow music that fit perfectly with the setting on a nice Sunday evening. Cant say this festival was disappointing in any way. I’m already looking forward to next years fest and hope to get to enjoy it all over again.

Walk The Moon

Walk The Moon

Silversun Pickups

Misterwives

Misterwives

Misterwives

Silversun Pickups

Death Cab For Cutie

Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

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