Aidin Vaziri | Plain White T’s singer Tom Higgenson enthusiastically leaped onto the stage in the garden behind Brix Restaurant on Thursday, March 31, where his band was headlining a party to open the second annual Yountville Live music festival. But he had to pause for a moment to soak in the scene.
“This is an amazing sight to see,” he said, surveying the clear blue skies, rows of pristine grapevines, and manicured green lawn dotted with people sipping on local wines and nibbling on seared ahi tuna crisps.
Yountville Live, which continues through Sunday, April 3, is a uniquely Northern Californian festival experience in a town that boasts more restaurants with Michelin stars per capita than any other city in North America.
It offers music fans, who paid as much as $1,095 each for a four-day pass, the opportunity to get up close with some of their favorite national touring acts (Goo Goo Dolls, Mayer Hawthorne) and discover new artists (Castro, Jillette Johnson), all while hobnobbing with celebrity chefs and regional vintners in a distinctly stress-free environment.
“The valley slows people down,” said Claire Parr, one of the festival’s co-producers. “We wanted to give them something small and personable.”