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North Bay Cabaret Channels David Lynch in ‘Sin Peaks’

Posted by on May 18, 2017

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It is happening again. Just as director David Lynch’s wonderfully weird television series “Twin Peaks” is set to return after 25 years, fans in the North Bay are being treated to a damn fine evening of entertainment from the also wonderfully weird North Bay Cabaret, when Sin Peaks, goes down tomorrow, Friday May 19 in Santa Rosa.

Sin Peaks promises burlesque, drag, comedy, circus, games, DJs, puppets, and more in it’s offering this week, with special guests like Wonder Dave and Mary Vice taking on some of David Lynch’s most bizarre characters in their acts. After the stellar line-up, a DJ dance party keeps the action moving. This event also includes a raffle full of fabulous prizes with 100% of the proceeds benefitting YES ON C: Fair and Affordable Santa Rosa.

Sin Peaks happens May 19 at Whiskey Tip, 1910 Sebastopol Rd. Santa Rosa. $15. 21 and over.

Volunteer to Be a Part of Railroad Square Music Festival

Posted by on May 10, 2017

Returning this year for a third annual installment of great music in the heart of Santa Rosa, the Railroad Square Music Festival is looking for a few good volunteers.

The community event, run by the fine folks at the North Bay Hootenanny and supported by groups like Second Octave Entertainment, is going to be bigger than ever when it takes over the Railroad Square district on June 11, and you can lend a hand (or a couple of bucks) to ensure the show goes smoothly for the expected 5,000 people who will be attending.

Watch the video above to learn how you can volunteer. And then watch the video below to get more information on the festival’s Go Fund Me campaign. This event is going to be a blast, don’t miss out on the fun!

 

Next Level Conference Connects Local Talent & Industry Insiders

Posted by on May 8, 2017

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This past weekend, Creative Sonoma hosted its second annual Next Level Music Conference at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, engaging local musicians with keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops. As with last year, the conference flew in music industry professionals and highlighted local luminaries on Sunday, May 7. This year’s offering also included a pre-conference day on Saturday, May 6, of additional workshops with Los Angeles-based songwriter and producer Sam Hollander and recording engineer and producer Glenn Lorbecki, who each worked one-on-one with a select number of musicians at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati.

The Bohemian was on hand for Sunday’s event as a resource roundtable participant. The day started with a welcome from Sonoma County supervisor Shirlee Zane, who shared her roots in the creative community as an oil painter, and praised Creative Sonoma’s innovative approach to promoting the arts on a county-wide scale.

Then, unfortunately, Lagunitas Brewing Company founder Tony Magee experienced car trouble and couldn’t make his scheduled opening keynote. In his place, Lagunitas’ director of national sponsorships and events Jim Jacobs stepped in to speak on behalf of the company’s community service and generous donations to nonprofits.

In addition to the conference, Next Level offers a grant program that last year gave $2,500 to five Sonoma County artists. Those artists shared the stage on Sunday to talk about their year in music and the varied creative and business projects that the grant funded.

Creative Sonoma's director Kristen Madsen helps Shaun Hunter Wagnershow off the records his grant funded.

Creative Sonoma’s director Kristen Madsen helps Shaun Hunter Wagner show off the records his grant funded.

Americana duo The Easy Leaves used their money for the specific purpose of marketing themselves at last year’s Americana Music Conference in Nashville, and have seen spots at midwestern festivals and increased radio play coming from the effort. Petaluma songwriter Avery Hellman, under the name Ismay, is utilizing her money for an adventure along the Klamath River, where she will record a documentary about writing music in and inspired by nature. Shaun Hunter Wagner divided his grant money into releasing several cassettes and vinyl records on his Goth Horse record label and funding a tour to Europe with his own band the Acharis. Black Sheep Brass Band shot a “Tiny Desk” video for the annual NPR contest, and Bootleg Honey crafted a new promo package. Members from both of those bands noted that the grant money, and the consultations that came with it, motivated them to focus on new goals and new objectives.

After lunch, Hollander and Lorbecki took the stage to share their experiences from the previous day’s workshops. Hollander shared two songs in particular with dynamic before-and-after presentations. Lorbecki showed off his work with local songwriter Jimmy Cramer, where he recorded Cramer’s pop demo and helped transform it into a fully-realized work that got the crowd cheering. The conference rounded down the day with breakout sessions that focused on specifics related to booking venues and social media tactics and concluded with casual roundtables. At its core, Next Level Conference excelled as a networking opportunity for musicians and music lovers, and a motivating day of shared passions and enthusiasm.

Sheila Groves-Tracey shares tips from  lifetime of booking music and managing performers in the North Bay.

Sheila Groves-Tracey shares tips from a lifetime of booking music and managing performers in the North Bay.

Next Level is offering another grant program this year, and any music artists interested in applying should attend the information session on June 6 at Creative Sonoma’s office in Santa Rosa. Get more information by clicking here.

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Watch the Music Video for The Down House’s “Parker Posey”

Posted by on May 1, 2017

Sonoma County post-rock outfit The Down House recently released one of the year’s best albums, “Our Mess,” available as a cassette on Broke Hatre Records. With a darkly laidback vibe and catchy guitars, the band’s first single off the record is the excellent drone-pop tune “Parker Posey,” and now the song gets a sweeping single-take music video directed, filmed and edited by Jim Agius and Timmy Lodhi.

Taking over the grocery aisles of Petaluma Market, the music video looks at what happens after hours, as a walkman-equipped employee dances throughout the store. Seemingly unseen, The Down House occupies the corners of the store and congregates in the produce section for the grand finale. Watch the music video now.

Sign Up for Next Level Pre-Conference Workshops ASAP!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017

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After a successful 2016, the Next Level Music Conference is back in 2017, offering a day of keynote talks and perspectives from industry professionals on Sunday, May 7, at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

New this year is a full day of pre-conference workshops taking place on Saturday, May 6, at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati. But, if you’re a musician and want in, you’ve got to sign-up right now!

Sonoma County bands and songwriters can submit a demo for a Creative Recording session with professional producer/engineer Glenn Lorbecki, who has worked with artists from the White Stripes to Dizzy Gillespie.

There is also a Songwriter’s Studio that offers up to 15 slots for locals to have their songs personally workshopped by longtime songwriter Sam Hollander, who has written Top 40 hits for everyone from Katy Perry to Carole King.

To get in on these exciting opportunities, musicians must submit their tracks by tomorrow, April 27 at noon. Do so here.

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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
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals.  Photo credit: Danny Clinch.

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.