By now, you've probably heard about BottleRock Napa, the mammoth music (and more) festival set to make its debut this month.

The first-year event, which runs May 9 to 12 in downtown Napa, certainly has the headliners to draw huge crowds: Zac Brown Band, the Black Keys, the Kings of Leon and Furthur, all of which are legitimate arena/amphitheater headliners.

Yet they represent just four of the more than 60 acts scheduled to perform at BottleRock. Here are 10 others that you should try to catch while in Napa:

Richard Thompson (3:45 p.m. May 9; Miner Family Stage): The folk-rock legend, who came in at No. 19 on Rolling Stone magazine's famous list of "100 Greatest Guitarists" of all time, is touring in support of the marvelous new record "Electric."

The Violent Femmes, from left, Victor Delorenzo, Brian Ritchie and Gordon Gano.
The Violent Femmes, from left, Victor Delorenzo, Brian Ritchie and Gordon Gano. (Contributed)

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (4:30 p.m. May 9; Citi Stage): Jett is one of the most influential female artists in rock history. There have been legions of imitators, but the original model is still the best.

Violent Femmes (5:45 p.m. May 9; Miner): Sure, nearly all of the band's best songs hail from that immortal first record, which came out in 1983. Who cares? It's still going to be a blast to hear such college-rock classics as "Blister in the Sun" and "Add It Up."

X (2:45 p.m. May 9; Citi): It's as pure a dose of punk rock history as you can find. The seminal L.A. act, which formed in 1977, still features all four of its original members -- vocalist-bassist John Doe, vocalist Exene Cervenka, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer DJ Bonebrake.


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Allah-Las (1:15 p.m. May 10; Citi): I've never seen the L.A. act, which borrows heavily from '60s surf-garage rock, in concert. Yet, word is that the Allah-Las was sensational at the most recent South by Southwest festival in Texas.

Carolina Chocolate Drops (2:15 p.m. May 11; Miner): This old-time string band is great on record and even better in concert. Its repertoire is based on the traditional music of the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, but the band is known to throw in an occasional modern tune as well. I adore the Drops' old-timey take on Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'em Up Style (Oops!)."

Best Coast (noon May 11; WillPower Stage): OK, so the sunny surf-pop band from L.A. didn't exactly wow me as the opening act at Green Day's recent Greek Theatre gig. I dig the band's albums so much, however, that I'm willing to give Best Coast another shot.

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite (7:30 p.m. May 11; Citi): The former is a Grammy-winning rock star, known for such hit albums as 2006's "Both Sides of the Gun," and the latter is a member of the Blues Hall of Fame. Together, they form one of the year's most fascinating collaborations (see the recently released "Get Up!"). Musselwhite also performs, sans Harper, on May 12.

The Secret Sisters (11:45 a.m. May 12; WillPower): You can't keep something this good a secret for long. Expect these Sisters -- Lydia and Laura Rogers -- to catapult to popularity once more people catch on to their beautiful folk-country music.

Mavis Staples (3:45 p.m. May 12; Miner): The gospel great, who first came to fame in the 1950s as a member of the Staple Singers, is sure to help close out the festival in heavenly fashion.

Best HP Pavilion show ever?: To celebrate its 20th anniversary, HP Pavilion is letting fans name the greatest concert to ever be held at the downtown San Jose venue.

That's a tough one. I've seen so many great shows at the Shark Tank over the years. In fact, I'm hoping to chime in at some future point with my own picks for the pavilion's best shows.

Have your own favorites? Just visit the venue's website (www.hppavilion.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HPPavilionatSanJose) and cast your votes in an NCCA-style bracket contest. The competition runs through May 13. Then the fans' pick, for best HP Pavilion show of all time, will be announced.

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Bottlerock Napa

When: Wednesday through May 12
Where: Downtown Napa (Wednesday shows are at Uptown nightclub, Napa)
Tickets: Single-day tickets, $139; multiday passes start at $329
Contact: For tickets, a complete schedule, and other BottleRock attractions, go to www.bottlerocknapavalley.com
Online: To see a BottleRock Spotify playlist, go to www.mercurynews.com/music