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New Outdoor Venue Coming to Downtown Napa

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019

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This Summer, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members The Steve Miller Band and country legend Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives perform in the kick-off concert for a new series of outdoor events at Napa’s newest outdoor venue, the Oxbow RiverStage, located at the Oxbow Commons in the heart of historic downtown Napa.

The festival-style venue, which will hold up to four thousands attendees, opens with the two headlining icons on August 25, and the producers of the forthcoming series, Blue Note Entertainment Group and Another Planet Entertainment, have announced that this inaugural 2019 season will feature both ticketed and free concerts, spanning many genres of music.

More concerts will be announced in July. Tickets for the August 25 concert go on sale Friday, Jun 21 at 10am and can be purchased at OxbowRiverStage.com, Ticketmaster.com and at the Blue Note Napa box office located at 1030 Main Street in downtown Napa.

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Sonoma Harvest Music Festival Expands to Two Weekends This Fall

Posted by on Jun 10, 2019
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Ms Lauryn Hill tops the bill for the upcoming Sonoma Harvest Music Festival.

Last year’s inaugural Sonoma Harvest Music Festival, which took place over one weekend on the grounds of the historic B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen, was a major success. In fact, it was so successful that the event’s producers, BottleRock Presents, are doubling their efforts for the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival’s second year and offering two full weekends of live music this September 14-15 and 21-22.

Each weekend features a unique lineup of music’s biggest names, with Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals and Ms. Lauryn Hill headlining the first two days, and Chvrches and Death Cab for Cutie headlining the second weekend.

In addition to the music, the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival will again showcase Sonoma County’s world renowned wine and culinary stars, along with celebrated craft brewers. The Harvest Music Festival benefits Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation.

Two-day festival passes for both Sonoma Harvest Music Festival weekends at B.R. Cohn Winery range from $249 to $499 VIP. Weekend passes go on sale starting this Wednesday, June 12 at 10am. Single day festival passes will be available at a later date.

Visit sonomaharvestmusicfestival.com for more details.

David Luning Gets Devilish with “In Hell I Am” Single

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019
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Sonoma County-grown singer-songwriter David Luning has his hands full this summer. In two weeks, he joins the legendary John Hiatt on tour for seven dates of solo acoustic performances, in which he’ll perform his new single “In Hell I Am,” which just received featured placement in the Netflix hit series, Lucifer.

Luning also produced an animated and inventively original Official Lyric Video for “In Hell I Am” as a way to introduce new viewers to the song. In a statement, Luning says, “Because I am insane, I spent over 80 feverish hours drawing and creating hundreds and hundreds of individual frames to make this animated lyric video. I have never done animation like this before, but I wanted to do something completely different for this video, and I’m pretty stoked on how it turned out.”

Before embarking on the tour with Hiatt, Luning and his full band headline a night of music with special guest Jade Jackson, herself a rising Americana star, on Friday, Jun 14, at Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma. 8:30pm. $18. 707.775.6048.

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Love and Beer Mingle at ‘Pride Is Love’ Dance Party in Petaluma

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019

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Show your Pride over a pint at the Pride Is Love party on Saturday, June 8 in Petaluma. Dress up and boogie down to live music from Oinga Boinga and DJ Lady Char, and revel in entertaining acts from North Bay Cabaret, who assemble an array of drag queens, drag kings, circus and burlesque performers to accompany the dance party. The event also includes a silent auction with prizes from local artists and shops, and a portion of proceeds benefit Sonoma County Pride. Saturday, Jun 8, at Lagunitas Tap Room, 1280 N McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 8pm. $20. 707.778.8776.

KC Turner Puts Novato on the Map with Cookout Concert Series

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019
Blame Sally performs at HopMonk Tavern in Novato on June 9.

Blame Sally performs at HopMonk Tavern in Novato on June 9.

It may not be obvious to the commuters speeding through Novato on Highway 101, but there’s an oasis of live music among the big box stores located on Vintage Way in the HopMonk Tavern, where regional and nationally-touring acts have routinely stopped in for intimate concerts both in the tavern’s Session Room and on the patio, where an outdoor stage dominates the beer garden.

Much of the music coming to Novato is thanks to independent concert booker and promoter KC Turner, who keeps himself busy by running KC Turner Presents. This summer, KC Turner Presents hosts its sixth annual Cookout Concert Series at HopMonk with top notch bands and performers appearing in the beer garden on select Sundays through the summer.

“It started off as a fun idea, bring the grill, book some shows,” says Turner. “It’s turned into a really special event, probably my favorite thing to do every year.”

Originally from Missouri, Turner moved to the North Bay in 2005, living in Novato until 2010 when he moved to San Francisco. It was while living in Novato that he first forayed into organizing live shows.

“I found myself always driving to San Francisco to perform open mics,” he says. “There was really nothing happening in Novato.

Turner’s first shows were open mic events at Finnegan’s Marin in Novato. “Nobody came at first, he laughs. But, it began to snowball and became a community event.”

He began working with HopMonk Tavern at their Sonoma location, then moved operations to Novato shortly after that spot opened in 2012. Over the six years of the Cookout Concert Series, the shows have evolved from casual get together into fully produced concerts. “We’ve really upped the ante to make it a professional venues,” says Turner. “That’s so we can get better names to play there a make it a more legit stop on a tour.”

With an eye towards folk and indie-rock, the Cookout Concerts are boasting big names all summer with guitar master Alejandro Escovedo playing with a full band on June 16 and Texas-based “titan of the Telecaster” Bill Kirchen performing on Jun 30 with several former Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen bandmates including Bobby Black.

Other confirmed shows include Americana duo Birds of Chicago on July 21, jazzy ensemble Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward Trio on August 11 punk-meets-folk co-headlining concert with John Doe and Robbie Fulks on August 25, and many more.

“I feel like the lineup is the strongest yet,” says Turner. “And we’ve got the grill going.”

Tickets and info is available at KC Turner Presents

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2019 Music Lineup Announced

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019

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New Year, New Lineup for the North Bay’s biggest festival of the year, BottleRock Napa Valley. This year’s seventh annual BottleRock, returning to the Napa Valley Expo on May 24-26, has unveiled the full music lineup, featuring headliners Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Pharrell Williams, Santana and Logic.

Three-day festival passes go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan 8, at 10amPST, and single-day tickets will be available on Thursday, Jan 10, also at 10am PST.

Combining the world’s biggest bands and artists alongside hott up-and-coming music acts paired with wine, food and craft brew, the BottleRock Napa Valley lineup, to date, includes:

Friday, May 24: Imagine Dragons, Logic, OneRepublic, Sylvan Esso, Flogging Molly, Jenny Lewis, AJR, Anderson East, The Dandy Warhols, lovelytheband, Paul Oakenfold (Silent Disco), Alec Benjamin, Neon Trees, Midland, Vintage Trouble, The War and Treaty, Just Loud, Shannon Shaw, flora cash, Yoke Lore, HalfNoise, The Dip, Dessa, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Valley Queen, Jack West, Forgotten Dreamers

Saturday, May 25: Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Pharrell Williams, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Gary Clark Jr., Juanes, Cypress Hill, Elle King, Marian Hill, Sir Sly, Chevy Metal, Against Me!, Madison Beer, Pink Sweat$, Shannon & the Clams, The Regrettes, White Panda (Silent Disco), Elley Duhé, Wilderado, Magic City Hippies, Moonalice, We Banjo 3, Slothrust, Jared & The Mill, Royal Jelly Jive, Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact, The Blue Stones, The Silverado Pickups, Napa Valley Youth Symphony

Sunday, May 26: Mumford & Sons, Santana, Tash Sultana, Lord Huron, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Big Boi, Citizen Cope, Bishop Briggs, Gang of Youths, Too $hort, Turkuaz, The Crystal Method (Silent Disco), Skylar Grey, Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Houses, Con Brio, The Soul Rebels, SHAED, Welles, The Teskey Brothers, Harry Hudson, Ocean Alley, Sweet Crude, John Craigie, Dustbowl Revival, Jes Frances, The Alive

Save the Phoenix Theater!

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018

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From opera house to movie theater to rock and roll venue and teen center, the Phoenix Theater in downtown Petaluma has become an institution and invaluable community resource in Sonoma County. Now, the venue needs the community’s help to stay open.

Recently, the Phoenix was given notice by the city that a modern sprinkler system would have to be installed by next April to keep operating. In addition, the century-old building has long needed a new roof, and now the two combined expenses threaten to be more than the venue can handle.

Thankfully, the community has already come out to help the space remain open, with recent donations including $50k raised from this year’s Lagunitas Beer Circus, $50k donated from Petaluma Market and $40k coming from an anonymous source. But, there’s still a long way to go.

Yesterday, the Phoenix launched a GoFundMe crowdsourcing fundraiser for the $250k that’s still needed to safely and quickly make the necessary repairs and infrastructure updates. In less than a day, the GoFundMe has already topped $10k in donations and is trending on the website. Now, it’s time for the whole community to come out and lend a hand. Click here to help save the Phoenix Theater, and read the full statement from Phoenix booking manger Jim Agius below.

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Prairie Sun Recordings Releases “Out Of The Fire” Compilation Album

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018

albumart_0ialb01368426_200x200On Sunday, July 8, Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati is hosting a benefit party celebrating the release of a new compilation album, “Out Of The Fire,” featuring 11 songs performed by local musicians that aims to raise money for people who lost their instruments or audio gear in the devastating October 2017 Sonoma County wildfires.

The new CD features mostly original songs, with a few carefully selected covers, by artists like Sarah Baker, Volker Strifler, Levi Lloyd, Danny Sorentino, Johnny Campbell, Doug Jayne, Willy Jordan, Eki Shola and Steve Kimock.

Produced by Baker, Mark “Mooka” Rennick and Allan Sudduth, and recorded and mixed at the renowned Prairie Sun Recording Studios, the richly compelling collection will be available at the release party, with many of the participating musicians on hand. The show is free, but an RSVP is required. For more info on the album and the concert, click here.

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2018 Photo Gallery

Posted by on May 30, 2018

Last weekend’s BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival once again drew crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands to Napa for three days of music, wine, food and fun. In addition to headliners Bruno Mars, the Killers and Muse, the festival boasted a well-rounded assortment of entertaining sights and sounds, and the Bohemian sent photographer Jim Wilkin to the festival to capture it all. Check out our photo gallery below.

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Sonoma Harvest Music Festival Brings Bands Back to BR Cohn Winery

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018
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The Avett Brothers headline Sonoma Harvest Music Festival.

Producers of BottleRock Napa Valley announced today that Indie-folk superstars the Avett Brothers and The Head and the Heart will headline the inaugural Sonoma Harvest Music Festival this September at B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen.

The winery had previously been the homebase for summer and fall concerts for several years, yet those concerts have been on hiatus for the last three years. Now, with this new Sonoma Harvest Music Festival, the Sonoma Valley’s array of culinary and wine vendors will once again join renowned musicians in the picturesque amphitheater overlooking Olive Hill Vineyard.

In addition to The Avett Brothers on Saturday, September 22, the festival will also feature Lake Street Dive, Shovels & Rope, The Suffers and Royal Jelly Jive. Joining The Head and the Heart on Sunday, September 23 will be Rodrigo Y Gabriela, ZZ Ward, Rayland Baxter and Con Brio.

Two-day festival passes for the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival weekend at B.R. Cohn Winery range from $255 General Admission, to $500 VIP and $1200 for the exclusive weekend Platinum pass.

Passes will be available beginning Wednesday, March 28  at 10 a.m. PST. Single day GA and VIP festival passes will be available at a later date. The Harvest Music Festival benefits Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation.



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