Welcome To BottleRock 2018!
There’s an annual music festival in California’s Napa Valley that is terrific – held at the end of May, and my wife Alex and I went for the first time this year…
40,000 music fans pack the Napa Valley Expo grounds for three days of great music, food, drink and sun…
As you can see from this year’s poster, there were a great variety of musical artists performing, and I will be sharing more in future posts, but I want to share a terrific performance by a band called “Bleachers!”
The 80’s Jersey Shore Vibe Of Bleachers!
Bleachers has a great 80’s/Springsteen/Jersey Shore vibe to their music – a great new discovery for me, since I wasn’t aware of their music – or so I thought – but in fact, I have been a fan without knowing!
Bleachers is actually the official stage name of songwriter and record producer Jack Antonoff, who is also part of the bands “Steel Train” and “Fun”. According to wikipedia, “Bleachers” was heavily influenced by the late ’80s, early ’90s and the high school-based films of John Hughes – and now that I’ve heard them, Bruce Springsteen as well…
Bleachers’ debut album “Strange Desire” was released in 2014. Variance Magazine called the single “Rollercoaster” a “brilliant summer anthem.”
“Brilliant Summer Anthem” Indeed!
Well, at this year’s Bottle Rock, Variance was proved right, as Antonoff and the band delivered a terrific live version of this “brilliant summer anthem” – after Jack took a minute to incite the crowd to have some fun – here is the clip of their terrific live performance:
I was very impressed by Bleachers, and I suddenly discovered why the music sounded familiar:
Alex and I saw “Love, Simon” this spring – a terrific film – and Antonoff produced the soundtrack for the film, as well as contributing five songs, including “Rollercoaster”!
Bravo to Bleachers for a great Bottle Rock set – more to come!