The pandemic-delayed return of the BottleRock music festival to Napa on Friday marked another comeback – of a quiet, but still tuneful, oasis in a sea of high-volume bands.

While rock music’s luminaries took the stages before tens of thousands at the Napa Valley Expo, other fans gravitated instead to a rubberized dance floor next to Chardonnay Hall and a table staffed by three disc jockeys. Men and women swiveled and toe-tapped to their choice of three soundtracks, inaudible to passers-by but channeled through dozens of wireless headsets.

This is BottleRock’s silent disco, a venue where music fans share hip-hop, classic rock and other tunes while dancing and cheering in unison – without a note leaking out into the air. And for spectators like Corrynn DeFrancesco of San Rafael, it was a welcome return to enjoying live music.

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