By Ben Heskett
A word on the inaugural BottleRock Napa music festival (Willpower stage photo at right) held at the exposition ground in Napa, Calif. I only attended the Thursday slate of bands, with hopes dashed of a Black Crowes - Furthur back-to-back mindbender when Furthur's Bob Weir decided he needed a break and the band canceled. Nevertheless, the diversity of acts was impressive (ALO, Primus, Avett Brothers) and the use of space at the expo was inspired. The Black Crowes remain at the height of their powers, delivering a pure set of rock 'n roll that will long be remembered in the valley. If I was to quibble, I would make the wine component of the festival more WineLands-like, with a central place to feature wineries adorned appropriately, but the different wineries represented was terrific. I was in more of a beer mood at the time, I will say. The festival will be back next year with organizers announcing a three-day approach over the weekend of May 9-11.