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.
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.
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.
North Bay chanteuse ensemble SonoMusette creates and captures vintage Parisian music with passion and power. See for yourself with the above video of the band performing a stirring rendition of “Quand On N’a Que L’Amour (When We Only Have Love),” written by Jacques Brel in 1956.
Highlighted by vocalist Mimi Pirard’s authentic French singing, the band’s wistful accordions and sentimental rhythms shine on the song, and the video, recorded last month during a performance at the Occidental Center for the Arts, is the perfect way to relax on a rainy day such as this.
Bandcamp, the online music store and platform for independent bands and musicians, is donating its share of proceeds from any purchase made today, Friday, Feb 3, to the ACLU in a show of solidarity with refugees and immigrants affected by the White House’s recent travel ban.
In addition to this pledge, over 400 artists and record labels have also committed to donating their portion of the proceeds to the ACLU and other organizations working to help immigrants and refugees.
Like 98% of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants… we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants, bound together by a shared belief in justice, equality, and the freedom to pursue a better life. In this context, last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.
For the last 10 years, Bandcamp has been the place to find and buy music from independent artists, and the list of artists committing to donating today includes Rohnert Park hardcore band Ceremony, who just put their entire catalogue on the site. The full list of labels and bands who are joining the movement is staggering, you can find it here.
Chances are that your favorite indie, punk, rock, jazz, funk, reggae, hip-hop, folk, country, Americana or world music artist has a bandcamp page, today just seems like a great day to support them and this country’s civil liberties.
Last October, the Bohemian profiled Santa Rosa’s young and gutsy post-punk band Acrylics, who had recently signed to Iron Lung Records and were preparing a new 7-inch record for release in early 2017. Well, that record is out now. Part of Iron Lung Records’ single series, the new vinyl release “Despair” offers a lightning fast look into the band’s jolting guitars and blasting rhythms.
Side one contains the downtrodden titular single, “Despair.” If that sounds a little bleak, don’t worry, side two features the song “Reassurance,” with a head-banging groove sure to lift you out of the doldrums. The new release is limited to 300 hand stamped copies, so don’t sleep on picking up this 7-inch. Listen to the track “Despair” below and stay on the lookout for more from Acrylics, who are rumored to be putting a full-length LP together this year.
Los Angeles hard rock outfit Silver Snakes have recently found themselves on many rock ‘n’ roll critics “top albums of the year” list for their addictively groovy third album, Saboteur. And with good reason, the record is a dark and moody work that mixes the best elements of ’90s industrial and modern doom, featuring soaring vocals with a heavy metal dose of pummeling bass rhythms and expansive, razor sharp guitars.
Since releasing Saboteur early last year, Silver Snakes have been on a nonstop schedule of touring the country. This weekend their travels take them to the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa on Saturday, Jan 14, courtesy local promoter Ernest Wuethrich’s Gather Booking & Management. And they’re bringing friends.
Joining Silver Snakes on this tour is fellow Los Angeles shredders ÆGES (pronounced “ages”) and Arizona rockers The Black Moods. There will also be plenty of North Bay representation as the lineup also includes Rohnert Park metalheads Audeo, Penngrove punk rockers Of Ardent Resolve and alternative rock band In Autumn.
Click the link here to get more information on the show, and click the video below to listen to Silver Snakes’ Saboteur now.
The 5th annual BottleRock Napa Valley festival, set for May 26 through 28, 2017, has unveiled its full lineup, including headlining artists Foo Fighters, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Maroon 5.
The three-day event, which also boasts wine, food, beer and more, will feature over 80 bands and musicians performing this year, and the full lineup is below. Festival passes go on sale at 10AM PST tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017 at BottleRockNapaValley.com and eventbrite.com.
Still looking for the perfect holiday gift for a music lover in your life? You’re going to want to grab the brand new “Sonoma County Super Jam” CD, released by the KRSH and Redwood Cafe. The album features over a dozen local songwriters performing live, including Volker Strifler, Danny Sorentino, Levi Lloyd, Kevin Russell & the Rhythm Rangers, Timothy O’Neil Band, Dgiin, Jason Bodlovich, Jen Tucker and others.
The album’s recordings span a series of free shows performed at the Redwood Cafe in Cotati this past summer. Luckily, the audiophiles at Prairie Sun Recording were on hand to capture the music and the CD features 12 tracks of Americana, Blues, soul, world grooves and folk ballads.
Just last Spring, Sebastopol-based songwriter Frankie Boots and his band the County Line released the lush, laidback Leave the Light On, a full-length sophomore album that saw Boots rising to new rustic heights both musically and lyrically.
Now, Frankie Boots is back with a new solo record, Pagan Ranch, and he debuts the record’s lead single, the beautifully melancholic “Everything We Ever Knew,” here on City Sound Inertia. Listen to it now.
Boots recorded Pagan Ranch straight-to-tape at Gremlintone Studios in Santa Rosa with producer and musician John Courage. The record features Courage on several instruments, as well as Dan Ford (the Ironsides) on drums, and Kevin Carducci (Easy Leaves), and Alison Harris and Katie Phillips (Bootleg Honeys) on backup vocals.
The new single and album is bittersweet news for Boots’ North Bay family, as the songwriter is releasing Pagan Ranch right before he moves to New Orleans at the end of this year. The record will be available at the upcoming Frankie Boots farewell show this Friday, Dec 23, at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol. Click here for more details on the show.