BottleRock Napa Valley Unites Top Culinary and Musical Professionals

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BottleRock Napa Valley

Since 1989, Larry Soldinger has worked as managing partner for the accounting firm L J Soldinger Associates in Deer Park, Illinois. Larry Soldinger and his wife Edie have two sons, Ben and Shane. Ben is a partner at the accounting firm, while Shane is a singer and songwriter in northern California with his band the Silverado Pickups. The band recently played at the BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival for the third consecutive year. The festival includes some of the world’s top musicians performing on four stages alongside a culinary stage with celebrity chefs and dozens of the area’s finest restaurateurs, vintners, and brewers.

In 2016, the BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival took place May 27-29 at the Napa Valley Expo, with Stevie Wonder kicking off the event. Other performers on the first day included Lenny Kravitz, Andy Grammer, and Buddy Guy. The second day of the festival saw the Silverado Pickups, Death Cab for Cutie, Walk the Moon, and headliner Florence + the Machine. To close out the festival, the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed, as did The Lumineers, X Ambassadors, and the Napa Valley Youth Symphony. The 2017 festival is scheduled for May 26-28.


The Struggle behind Marvin Gaye’s Breakthrough Album “What’s Going On”

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Marvin Gaye

Larry Soldinger serves as managing partner of L J Soldinger Associates, LLC, in Deer Park, Illinois, where he offers corporate clients a full range of financial and accounting services. A music enthusiast with tastes spanning Motown and Chicago blues, Larry Soldinger enjoys classic R&B artists such as Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye.

Born in Washington, D.C., Gaye grew up with a strict father who was a minster. His music career began in the 1950s. He sang in his father’s church and joined the vocal trio The New Moonglows. He achieved his first solo hit in 1962 as an up-and-coming Motown singer and was a session drummer for the likes of The Supremes and Little Stevie Wonder.

The social and political turmoil of the late 1960s brought Marvin Gaye to the fore with his landmark 1971 album What’s Going On. The album reflected his intense personal struggles, including the death of his duet partner Tammi Terrell and her protracted struggle with cancer. At the same time, his brother Frankie returned from military service in Vietnam with stories that caused Gaye to rethink many things.

Most Motown artists during this time studiously avoided publicly communicating about social issues, but Marvin Gaye put the full weight of his reputation as an artist behind a project that did the complete opposite. . Only Stevie Wonder was a firm supporter of Gaye’s vision, and the record was given minimal marketing support. Surprising everyone, What’s Going On reached the top of the charts, selling more than 100,000 copies in the first week alone and becoming one of the defining soul records of a generation.