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Northern Nights Drops First Phase of 2017 Lineup

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017

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A summer tradition entering it’s fifth year, Northern Nights Music Festival is coming back July 14-16 to Cooks Valley Campground out in the redwood forests along the Eel River on the Mendocino and Humboldt County Line. Today, the festival announced the first wave of talent that highlights the weekend of music, art, libations, yoga and more.

Headliners confirmed for the Northern Nights includes the hip-hop collective Living Legends, who perform as a group in the Emerald Triangle for the first time in a decade. Funky platinum-selling outfit Cherub is also on the bill, as is genre-crossing project Big Wild, bass-dropping favorite G Jones and many others.

3-day tickets are on sale now, ranging from $229 for General Admission to $329 for VIP. Riverfront camping is free with any ticket purchase. Upgrades, including RV, car camping, and Redwood Grove camping, are available for purchase in advance. Check the Northern Nights website here for details.

 

North Bay Cabaret Gets Strange This Weekend

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017

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Sonoma County’s boldest monthly variety show, North Bay Cabaret takes over the Whiskey Tip in Santa Rosa once again on Friday, April 21, with burlesque, drag, circus, fire, comedy, poetry, hip-hop and more. And in the spirit of the show’s rotating theme, this month’s “Stranger Cabaret” is a science-fiction and horror inspired performance that draws from the strangest source material new and old.

Stranger Cabaret will feature Master of Ceremonies Jake Ward doing his best impression of the Eggo waffle-loving telekinetic experiment “Eleven” from last year’s smash hit series “Stranger Things.” Ward will be presenting a lineup of diverse acts, including Portland drag performance artist Pepper Pepper, Sacramento makeup artist and burlesque dancer Mone’t Ha-Sidi, San Francisco comedian Ash Fisher and many others. Local DJs, hip-hop outfit Antiphony and improv comedy troupe the Gentlemen Bastards will help round out the bill.

In observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, all of the raffle proceeds from the event will be donated to Verity, Sonoma County’s only rape crisis, trauma, and healing center – serving the community through prevention, intervention, and counseling.

Stranger Cabaret gets weird on Friday, April 21, at Whiskey Tip, 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $15. 21 and over.

 

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Go “On the Farm” in This Music Video by Lucia Comnes

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017
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Out in the idyllic setting of west Marin County, Big Mesa Farms is a locally grown success story. The five-acre, certified-organic farm has been owned and operated by Caymin Ackerman since 2011. Originally aiming for a few key crops, the farm has expanded to grow everything from beets, broccoli and cabbage to squash, strawberry, tomato and even fresh cut flowers. The farm is a big hit with several restaurants in the North Bay, and with locals who like to know where their food comes from.

Big Mesa Farms is also a hit with Bay Area songwriter Lucia Comnes, who recently debuted a music video, “On the Farm,” that is dedicated to Ackerman and her agricultural journey. Through a series of snapshots, the video tells the story of Big Mesa with a charming country melody and harmonic folk heartiness. Watch the video now and be on the lookout for Ackerman at the next Marin County farmers market.

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Robert Mondavi Winery Announces Lineup for Summer Concert Series

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017
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Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals.
Photo credit: Danny Clinch.

A musical tradition nearly as old as the winery in which it’s held, the 48th annual Robert Mondavi Winery’s “Margrit Mondavi Summer Concert Series” returns in July for another round of chart-topping and Grammy-winning artists performing in Napa Valley’s iconic setting. This year’s lineup features headliners Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Patti LaBelle, The Revivalists, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals.

On July 1, indie rock pianist and bandleader Andrew McMahon’s solo outfit Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness kicks off the series with a fireworks-worthy concert. McMahon’s latest album, Zombies on Broadway, reached number 43 on the Billboard charts earlier this year and his current international tour is selling out venues from San Francisco to London.

On July 8, vocalist Patti LaBelle dazzles with a concert of classic hits and stirring soul numbers. On July 15, New Orleans-based big band the Revivalists gets the winery’s outdoor venue dancing with support from Jamestown Revival. The series rounds out with the feel-good grooves of Michael Franti & Spearhead on July 22 and the eclectic styling of Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals on July 29.

Proceeds from this year’s ticket sales will benefit the Napa Valley Unified School District’s music programs. These shows are expected to sell-out, so don’t waste time in grabbing tickets when they go on sale tomorrow, April 11, at 10am PDT. Click here to get yours.

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North Bay Bands Represent at San Francisco Benefit Show

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017

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Tomorrow night, Tuesday, Mar 21, San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern is hosting a benefit for Access, a women’s health justice organization that helping California women achieve reproductive justice. The show is packed with several Bay Area rock bands, including several with North Bay ties.

Headliners Mare Island officially call Oakland home, though the band features Sonoma County musician and the Velvet Teen and the New Trust member Josh Staples. Mare Island formed late last year, and is already on the rise locally for their mix of light and dark rock elements.

Also on the bill is hardcore post-rock band Red Wood, whose members are split between Santa Rosa and San Francisco, and Brown Bags, a staple of the Santa Rosa punk scene since 2013. All told, this lineup is spoiled rotten with talent, and the good cause is icing on this cake. Get down to the city tomorrow, Mar 21, at Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St, San Francisco. 8pm. $15. For more info, click here. And check out Brown Bags’ awesome self-titled 7-inch to get in the mood.

Catch The Coathangers In Santa Rosa This Weekend

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017

16991821_432022703811548_2319940908581706778_oGarage rock doesn’t get much better than Atlanta’s the Coathangers. Together for over a decade, the three ladies in the band match their power rock hooks with a relentlessly fun brashness that has made them a must-see live act across the states.

Later this year, the Coathangers will welcome a new rip-roaring EP, Parasite, into the world via Suicide Squeeze Records. But, before the record’s June 30th release, the trio is laying down an obscene amount of miles with a full US tour that lands them in Santa Rosa this weekend. The show is being hosted by tireless music purveyor Shock City, USA.

Joining the Coathangers on the show are Oakland’s romantic punks the Younger Lovers, Los Angeles three-chord tearjerkers Girl Tears and local rockers Hose Rips, previously known as Secret Cat, who make their debut under the new name.

Haven’t heard the Coathangers? No problem, click below and listen to the band’s latest single, “Captain’s Dead,” from the forthcoming EP. The Coathangers roll into town on Sunday, March 12, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $12. Get tickets here.

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Check Out Who’s Playing Huichica Music Festival This Year

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017

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Eclectic, intimate and indie to the max, the annual Huichica Music Festival is building on its reputation for being the coolest two days of music in Sonoma with its most packed lineup yet. Hosted by songwriter Eric D Johnson, winemaker Jeff Bundschu and the indie collective (((folkYEAH))), this year’s Huichica festival boasts songwriters and bands who span the indie rock spectrum performing on June 9 and 10 at Gundlach Bundschu Winery.

Headliners include Los Angeles garage rock outfit Allah-Las, who mix sunny melodies and surf rock sensibility, and laid back indie pop band Beachwood Sparks, who are recently back in the saddle after a ten-year hiatus. Veteran songwriter Dean Wareham will be playing solo versions of the coolest tunes from his former band Galaxie 500, and celebrated alternative-folk songwriter Robyn Hitchcock offers a lifetime of acclaimed music. Other acts range from the throwback hippie psyche rock of Heron Oblivion to the kaleidoscopic California folk-rock of GospelbeacH.

With two stages of action on Friday, June 9, and a full four stages of sound on Saturday, June 10, this year’s Huichica is the most expansive yet, with plenty of food truck and beer and wine to make for a weekend to remember. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, Feb 25, at noon PST. Click here for more details. The full lineup is below.

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Healdsburg Jazz Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017

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For nearly two decades, artistic director Jessica Felix and the folks behind the Healdsburg Jazz Festival have hosted world-class musicians from across the globe in unique and diverse programs of music that showcases the breadth of jazz.

2017 looks to continue that tradition. The festival–which takes over the town June 2 through 11–has announced an early lineup of top tier artists. Headliners include acclaimed guitarist Dave Stryker, celebrated saxophonist Joe Lovano, Latin jazz masters Pacific Mambo Orchestra, and the esteemed Heath Brothers band. A full list is below.

Healdsburg also hosts Jazz on the Menu on Thursday, February 23, featuring nine restaurants offering a musical dining experience to benefit Healdsburg Jazz Music Education Programs. After dinner, an after party keeps the good times going at Costeaux French Bakery and Café.

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Watch the Music Video for Go By Ocean’s New Single

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017
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San Francisco indie rock band Go By Ocean has released a visually metaphorical music video for their new single, “Ring Around the Sun.” The song is from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, Sun Machine, due out in April.

“Ring Around the Sun” boasts a brightly upbeat sound that is a welcomed sign from the band and frontman Ryan McCaffrey, who reportedly went through an extended period of difficulty and darkness in the last few years. The new video’s visuals tell the story of his recent struggles, seen as inky black clouds that follow the characters in otherwise sunny settings.

The band celebrates the single’s release with a show on Thursday, February 23, at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. Click here for more info.

Trump’s Tweets Are Actually Emo Songs

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017
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On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States of America. Since then, his endless stream of Twitter tirades has continued unabated (despite campaign promises to stop tweeting). He’s bashed Meryl Streep, Nordstrom’s and Saturday Night Live while doing nothing to actually make America great again.

Recently, online entertainers Super Deluxe noticed that these angst-ridden tweets actually resemble the lyrics of an emo song, the kind that played on your super sad teenage son’s walkman circa 2001, and they put Trump’s actual tweets to music for a perfectly pitiful video you’ve got to see for yourself. Enjoy.