Haute at Bottlerock. Music. Food. Wine. Nature.

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Bottlerock Napa 2016. Photograph by http://stuartlevinephotography.com

“While some music festivals have become gatherings for skinny fans in designer clothing who are there as much for the selfies as for the music, Bottlerock Napa offers a refreshing alternative.”

My piece in Relix Magazine about this very special music festival in Napa…

http://www.jambands.com/reviews/shows/2016/06/03/bottlerock-napa-valley-napa-valley-expo-napa-ca-5-27-29

He’s so Cool. Rock-n-Roll Daddy.

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Toby. San Rafael. 2015.

Doesn’t Toby look like a rock star?  He is, he’s a 5th grade teacher with a tremendous passion for music.

We met Toby at The Sweetwater Music Hall, owned by Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. It was before moving to Marin, and I couldn’t believe my luck to find such an amazing music venue – Miami had hardly any. It was comforting to meet Toby, and realize he had hung at my childhood house with one of my brothers – probably listening to punk and jamming on my brother’s Ludwig (I can’t use the word “jamming” without sounding like a total dork).

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Originally from Miami, Toby carries that Miami swagger in combination with a Rock-n-Roll look, very present in Northern California.

Toby, his wife Kathleen and his crew continue to be active in the Bay Area music scene – and having kids hasn’t slowed them down – their daughter is exposed to huge amounts of music and has been a part of the music community since inception. Wouldn’t you love to have this guy as your teacher?

Toby proves you can be a dad and a rock star -it’s amazing to see a passion like music shared with the next generation. It’s kind of like me sharing my love of donuts with my boys – it’s such a passion of mine, and I feel like I’m giving them so much – sprinkles, sugar, fat, stomach aches….