The Sky & Vine Rooftop at the Archer Hotel in Downtown Napa was rockin with Michael Franti and the Spearheads as BottleRock Napa 2018 kicked off on Thursday night, May 24.
Patrons paid up to $1,000 each at the exclusive soiree to help raise money for Franti’s Do it for the Love Foundation. Franti and his wife, Sara started the foundation in 2013 after they received tweets from a fan dying of a terminal illness. His wife asked if her husband, Steve could meet Franti at one of his concerts. During the concert, Steve in a wheel chair, asked his wife to help him dance. With all her strength, she lifted her husband up so he could sway to Franti’s music. That touched the Franti’s so much that they have now made it possible for over 2000 people to get a short reprieve from their suffering through music and to be able to meet their favorite artist.
BottleRock Napa CEO David Graham told attendees that he was suffering from a pinch nerve for three days, but that is nothing compared to what the recipients of Franti’s Do It For Love Foundation endure on a daily basis. After the 2014 NapaQuake, BottleRock Napa held a free concert for the citizens of Napa. Franti and his band performed without hesitation. Graham said after that BottleRock Napa has supported four Vines & Vibes fund raisers for the Do it For the Love Foundation.
Also in attendance was USA Olympic Gold Medal winner, Shaun White. He will be at the culinary stage this weekend during BottleRock along with several other artists paired up with celebrity chefs.
Besides rooftop music by Franti and the Spearheads, patrons participated in a lively auction, ate seasonal cuisine prepared by Chef Charlie Palmer and Chef Jeffrey Russel and of course, drank Napa Valley wines and signature Sky & Vine cocktails. BottleRock Napa Main Stage Sponsor JaM Cellars’ John and Michelle Truchard were also seen bidding up the silent auction.
All proceeds from the event supported the Do it for the Love, a non-profit wish-granting organization with a singular mission to bring hope through music to people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges and wounded veterans.
Photos by: Bob McClenahan and Kari Ruel