COPIA Toasts the late Robert Mondavi and Napa Valley Vintners
Cups, and wallets, ranneth over at the St. Regis Hotel on Saturday where COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts held its inaugural Wine Baron's Ball and Auction.
The evening honored the late Robert Mondavi, vintner and maverick innovator, who is credited with firmly establishing Napa Valley wines on the map of world-class wine-makers and in the tasting notes of oenophiles, everywhere.
The Treasure Island Music Festival featured some of the best talent on the planet, but headliners, the Raconteurs, blew things out of the water. If you heard them from across the Bay (which was very possible, given the decibel level), you were lucky - they absolutely rocked it. With truly astonishing musicianship, Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler rocked through "Rich Kid Blues," "Hold Up," "Steady as She Goes" and "Broken Boy Soldier." General reaction? Holy S---. Check out "Level" below.
When Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes starts singing, you feel like the only appropriate place to be is atop of some mountain in the Alps. Their Treasure Island performance, like most of their shows, was a meditative experience - enhanced by the absolute silence from the crowd, the breeze blowing off the Bay and as drummer J. Tillman put it, "the purple mountains of majesty" in the background (which would be Marin Headlines, just to the right of the Golden Gate Bridge). Though they're more suited for smaller, enclosed venues where their impressive vocals can carry, the Fleet Foxes entranced the crowd with songs from their self-titled debut and their Sun Giant EP.
College campus favorites Vampire Weekend got things bopping yesterday at the Treasure Island Music festival, treating the crowd with favorites from this year's acclaimed, self-titled release as well as some new material. Check out "Campus" below.
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