Lenny Kravitz was not only one of the best bands to play on Friday, securing the Main Stage, before Stevie Wonder, but one of the best bands of the entire festival. Lenny has it all, his music transcends all ages at BottleRock. From the young to the elder age group, he really put on a great show. He’s previously won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row.
His voice can change according to his many hit songs, and his songs cover many different genres; he’s a great showman. He can give you a good blues infused rock song, very soulful, and you would swear it was the 70’s rhythm and blues. His “retro” style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk and ballads.
His three background female singers were energetic, dancing and moving to the music and looked as if they jumped out of the TV set from the show “Soul Train”, adding to the show in voice and style. Lenny came out in a flowing rusty colored top with oversized flapping sleeves, black leather pants, wearing his patented mirrored aviator glasses.
After the first song he yells out, “How ya doin ya’ll, good to see Napa, yes?” The crowd roars back. As he plays I think at times he has a little James Brown in him. He’s a great performer live, and a very accomplished guitar player as well. His strong rock rhythms for “American Woman” had the crowd singing, and the last two songs “Fly Away” and “Are you gonna go my way” were my personal favorites, A big act for a big crowd, definitely a hit!
Edit by: Leah Storkson