NAPA — Heather Kilby has been to more music festivals than she can count — 10 of them accompanied by her 14-month-old son Xanderkhai — so she knows what it takes to make a good festival.
On Saturday afternoon, Kilby, 32, of Quincy, pushed Xanderkhai in his baby stroller through throngs of people listening to Dwight Yoakam at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival at the Napa Expo. Xanderkhai yanked off his protective earplugs as soon as Kilby put them on.
"He's getting to the age when he can take them off," Kilby said. "I've been here Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Today I finally had to say it's too many people."
Kilby and her son are among the tens of thousands of people who have attended BottleRock this week, many of them several days running.
Napa Police Capt. Jeff Troendly said an estimated 30,000 people showed up for Saturday's performances by 16 bands, including Kings of Leon, Jane's Addiction and Bad Religion. There were "one or two" arrests for public intoxication, he said, and reports of several alcohol-fueled assaults, but no arrests were made.
On Saturday, day four of the five-day festival, many said it had lived up to their expectations.
"I think it's awesome. They did a good job with the set up," said Beth Foley of San Francisco.
Foley said she also attended Friday to see The Flaming Lips, who she said "were amazing." On Saturday she came to see Ben Harper. Foley said the festival layout made it easy to see multiple bands.
That close proximity created a barrage of sound from all directions as festival-goers walked from one stage to the next, none of them more than a minute-long stroll from the other.
Steve Spencer, a 34-year-old developer from Fresno, stood on the left side of the Miner Family Winery stage, holding two plastic cups of beer while listening to Jackson Browne. In front of him was a crowd of several thousand people swaying to "Somebody's Baby."