In true Rock Star legend style, Neil Young didn’t pay any attention to the strict Bottlerock Napa curfew, prompting organizers to shut off the speakers and video screens at the JaM Cellars Stage during his last song. But this didn’t phase the iconic artist or his fans during the 2019 performance. In fact, as fans continued singing “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World” as the stage went dark, it seemed a fitting ending to an amazing performance.
Bottlerock’s Napa Valley location is located in a primarily residential area and ever since Bottlerock’s innaugural festival in 2013, neighbors have expressed concerns about the noise. Similar to sanctions inposed on Levi’s Stadium and other music venues, Bottlerock has been forced to stop the music at 10PM.
This isn’t the first time organizers have pulled the plug on a headliner as The Cure in 2014 and The Foo Fighters in 2017 faced the same abrupt ending to their sets.
Regardless of the curfew, the 73 year old artist proved that he can still put on an amazing show, his first Northern California appearance since the Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheater in 2016.