TEMECULA – 3 Doors Down, the alternative rock band that rose to international fame with their debut album and hit single “Kryptonite,” will headline the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival on Saturday, May 31 at Lake Skinner.
“Kryptonite” was just one of many hits that evolved from their debut album “The Better Life.” The album sold six million copies and went platinum six times. 3 Doors Down furthered their success with the 2002 album “Away from the Sun,” which spawned the singles “When I’m Gone”, “The Road I’m On”, “Here Without You,” “Away from the Sun,” “Dangerous Game,” “Dead Love” and “Wasted Me.”
“Here Without You” and “Away from the Sun” crossed over to Adult Contemporary charts as well as rock and alternative rock charts. “Here Without You” peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s AC, Mainstream and Hot 100. “When I’m Gone,” from the same album hit No. 1 on the mainstream rock chart.
Also appearing Saturday is the Gin Blossoms, the alternative rock band from Tempe, Arizona. Always one of the top requested bands by festival fans, the Gin Blossoms will make their third appearance to the Festival fueled with their hits “Hey Jealousy,” “Follow You Down,” “Found Out About You,” and “Till I Hear It From You.” The band released three albums by the mid 1990s, took a break then released a fourth album “Major Lodge Victory” in 2006.
The Gin Blossoms released a live album, “Live In Concert” in 2009. This album contains live recordings of the band’s hits as well as newer singles such as “Learning the Hard Way” and “Long Time Gone,” and a live cover version of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” The band’s fifth studio album, “No Chocolate Cake,” was released in 2010. In 2012 they toured with Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit and Marcy Playground on the nationwide Summerland Tour.
The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival features dawn hot air balloon launches, free morning tethered rides (weather permitting), premium wine tasting, microwbrew tasting, food and wine pairing, chef demonstrations and beer and food pairing, as well as a full international food court, arts and crafts, exhibits, and a kids faire. Friday and Saturday evenings also feature the popular evening balloon glow (weather permitting.)
Many guests prefer staying at Lake Skinner for the entire weekend. Surrounded by the Shipley Preserve, the festival has one of the most picturesque vistas for camping and photography. Campsites go on sale March 4 at 8 a.m.
Check www.tvbwf.com for scheduled times and activities or call (951) 676-6713. Hot air balloon flights, tethers and evening glows are weather permitting only.