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Selector Dub Narcotic Is Playing a Surprise Show in Santa Rosa

Jan 26, 2018 | No Comments

With a list of music credits longer than your arm, songwriter, bandleader, record label owner and all-around indie icon Calvin Johnson has spent the last 30 years setting trends and representing the best of DIY culture with his label K Records and his bands Beat Happening, the Halo Benders, the Hive Dwellers and others.

When the Olympia, WA, native was in Sonoma County in 2016, Johnson unveiled his latest musical concoction, Selector Dub Narcotic, which boasted a DJ-oriented sound that mixes dance club beats and Johnson’s droned vocals delivering eccentric lyrics.

Now, Selector Dub Narcotic returns of the North Bay for a surprise last-minute show on Wednesday, Jan 31, at Brew in Santa Rosa. The show will feature two equally unconventional supporting bands in the form of Santa Rosa art rock act Hose Rips and quirky Sebastopol songwriter Big Kitty. Baked goods, beer, coffee, and other food and beverages will be available.

This intimate show is likely to fill to capacity quickly, so show up early on Wednesday, Jan 31, to Brew, 555 Healdsburg Ave, Santa Rosa. Doors open at 6pm, music starts at 7pm. All Ages. $10-$20. For more info, click here.

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Mikey Pauker Reaches New Musical Heights on Latest Album

Jan 24, 2018 | No Comments

Berkeley folk and world music artist Mikey Pauker is already known in the Bay Area for his open-hearted melodies and catchy reggae beats, though fans are in for a different musical dimension when Pauker unveils his new album, ASCENSION, with an album-release concert on Jan 25 at Key Tea in San Rafael.

Drawing on influences that range from Bob Marley to The Police, Pauker’s output up to this year have heavily relied on electronic flourishes, yet ASCENSION departs from that aesthetic with a raw instrumental sound captured in live recording sessions under Grammy-nominated producer Warren Huart.

Thematically, ASCENSION takes inspiration for the outpouring of communal strength and resolve that manifested after the North Bay wildfires as well as the hurricanes that impacted Texas and Florida earlier in 2017. With a background in Yoga and mystical practices, Pauker’s sound aims to elevate the listener’s spirit with devotional songwriting.

Be the first to hear ASCENSION’s uplifting music when Pauker plays a full band set tomorrow, Jan 25, featuring opening act Annie Anton and a post-set DJ party at Key Tea, 921 C St, San Rafael. 7:30pm. All Ages. $20 at the door. For details and tickets, click here.

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Sun Kil Moon Plays Fire Relief Benefit in Sonoma

Jan 17, 2018 | No Comments

 

Since forming Red House Painters in San Francisco in 1989, prolific and sonorous songwriter Mark Kozelek has secured a place in the annals of indie rock with gut-wrenching melodies and haunting lyrics about love, loss, memory and fate.

Since 2003, Kozelek has been most associated with the gloomy folk projet Sun Kil Moon, which released its eighth studio album, Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood, and a split album with Jesu, 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth, in the last year.

This weekend, Kozelek brings Sun Kil Moon’s evocative tones and insightful storytelling to the North Bay for a special benefit concert in Sonoma. Hosted by (((folkYEAH))), proceeds from the upcoming show will go directly to help victims and first responders of the Sonoma, Napa and Santa Rosa fires.

Sun Kil Moon performs Saturday, Jan 20, at Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St, Sonoma. 7pm. $37. For tickets, click here.

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Bruno Mars, The Killers & Muse Headline BottleRock Napa Valley 2018 Lineup

Jan 8, 2018 | No Comments

Returning this May 25 through 27, BottleRock Napa Valley Music, Food & Wine Festival just unleashed its massive lineup of musical artists for 2018 including headliners Bruno Mars, The Killers and Muse. In its sixth year, BottleRock Napa Valley continues to impress with an eclectic lineup of veteran performers, today’s top-drawing entertainers, up-and-coming indie stars, and the best North Bay acts. The full lineup is below.

With over 120,000 attendees last year, BottleRock Napa Valley sells out quicker than you can say sommelier, so be sure to grab three-day or single-day passes starting tomorrow, Jan 9, at 10am PST at Bottlerocknapavalley.com.

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Gabriel Wheaton Heads Home for Album-Release Show

Nov 22, 2017 | No Comments

Los Angeles-based violinist and composer Gabriel Wheaton traces his musical lineage back to Sonoma County, where he was born and raised in Sebastopol. After mastering the violin at a young age and performing in chamber groups and orchestras while attending Analy High School, Wheaton moved to La La Land to study at UCLA in 2011.

Wheaton currently makes a living as a freelance musician and plays in several bands in Los Angeles, including indie-pop group We the Folk. In his spare time, Wheaton also composes folk-tinged experimental pop music as a solo performer, utilizing looping effects and improvised melodies on the violin.

This week, Wheaton unveils his new album of these inventive, instrumental compositions, Single Source, and he’s headed back to Sonoma County to perform an album-release show on Saturday, Nov 25, at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol.

Joining Wheaton for the post-Thanksgiving soiree is San Francisco ensemble Barrio Manouche, also celebrated for improvised shows and exuberant energy. Copies of Single Source will be available at the show, and long-time local fans, friends and family of Wheaton will want to see how much he has grown musically. For more info and tickets, click here.

Luther Burbank Center Reopens With ‘Pay What You Can’ Program

Nov 6, 2017 | No Comments

Less than a month after the Tubbs fire ripped through Santa Rosa and destroyed an estimated 30-thousand square feet of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts’ campus, the center has defied expectations and reopened to the public today, November 6. 

After cleaning and restoring the main auditorium, which was spared major damage, the center is reaching out to the community by offering a “Pay What You Can” program for select performances during the month of November. Those affected by the recent fires and first responders are welcome to pay any price, and the community is invited to come together, connect and find solace in music and art.

Performances and family-friendly events included in the “Pay What You Can” program are “Shopkins Live! Shop it Up” on Nov 9, Air Supply on Nov 11, Imago Theatre’s “La Belle” on Nov 14, Dwight Yoakam on Nov 26, PJ Masks Live! “Time to Be a Hero” on Nov 27 and Mannheim Steamroller on Nov 29.

“Pay What You Can” tickets are available at the ticket office, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. Open daily, noon to 6pm. 707.546.3600. lutherburbankcenter.org with the code sonomastrong. Subject to availability, limit of 4 tickets per show.

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Local Punk Bands Invade Bolinas This Weekend

Nov 3, 2017 | No Comments

Of all the mysteries that reside in Bolinas, one that kids are especially curious about is the long incomplete Bolinas Community Skate Park, first conceived of in the skateboarding craze of the ’90s, but left unfinished for years and currently languishing on the Mesa Park property.

Over the last few years, a committed group has made it their mission to see the dream of the Bolinas Skate Park become a reality for Marin youth with an online fundraiser for the skate park that currently sits at over $18,000. This weekend, three heavy-hitting North Bay punk bands show their support for the skaters and converge on the Bolinas Community Center to rock out and raise money towards the effort.

Sonoma County bands Streetbreaker, the Drought Cult and new  group Holy Wood share the stage, and a silent art auction featuring local and visiting artists benefit the completion of the Bolinas Skate Park on Saturday, Nov 4, at Bolinas Community Center, 14 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 7:30pm. $5-$20 sliding scale. For more info, click here.

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Metallica Headlines Upcoming Fire Relief Benefit Concert

Oct 25, 2017 | No Comments

Bay Area music icons and heavy metal megastars Metallica have announced that they will headline a massive fire relief benefit concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Thursday, November 9, along with Dave Matthews, G-Eazy and other artists. The show, dubbed Band Together Bay Area, will raise funds for the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund, which is helping low-income communities recover and rebuild from the recent North Bay wildfires.

In a recent Youtube video (below), Metallica members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo express their sadness about the fires, their admiration for the first responders and their commitment to helping the community they’ve represented for over 30 years with the upcoming concert.

Since 2005, the San Francisco-based Tipping Point Community has worked with the most effective nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area to support individuals and families trying to break the cycle of poverty. In response to the devastating wildfires, Tipping Point is now focused on helping displaced North Bay residents who are experiencing urgent housing, clothing, food and other needs.

Tickets go on presale this Thursday, Oct 26, for Metallica fan club members and subscribers of the San Francisco Giants, Live Nation, Another Planet Entertainment and Tipping Point Community. The general public can get tickets the next day, Friday, Oct 27. Prices range from $49 to $199 and all proceeds go directly to Tipping Point.

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Luther Burbank Center Closed Until November

Oct 16, 2017 | No Comments

The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts was one of over 5,000 buildings damaged or destroyed in the last week of wildfires in the North Bay, suffering major damage when a firestorm swept through Santa Rosa’s Mark West Springs neighborhood on Monday, Oct. 9.

Today, Oct. 16, the center announced in a press release that all events and performances at the venue have been postponed through Sunday, Nov. 5, as the staff works with authorities to determine the building’s structural safety.

In the statement, the center announced that they are hoping to reschedule as many of the events as possible, and will issue refunds for any event that is cancelled.

The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is not the only performance venue affected by the fires, and others, like the Blue Note Jazz Club in Napa, are also postponing events through the month. If you have tickets to a show in the North Bay this month, check with the venue for updated information.

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The Highway Poets Rock Out For Fire Relief This Weekend

Oct 12, 2017 | No Comments

Last month, Petaluma’s longtime indie-soul rock band the Highway Poets were celebrating the release of their new album, Chasing Youth, and planning for a exciting new chapter in their musical journey.

This month, the Highway Poets–like thousands of others in the North Bay–are watching wildfires rip through their region and looking for ways to help. In that regard, the band has announced that they are donating all proceeds from their shows and album sales this week to the fire relief fund started online by Jake Kloberdanz, a vineyard and winery owner living in Napa.

On his Facebook page, songwriter and frontman Sebastian St James announced the Highway Poets’ plan to donate to the fund with a heartfelt statement:

In times like these we need to be strong for the ones that are hurting and I can’t express enough how much my heart truly aches for everyone who has lost or is losing a home this week. As entertainers we can offer a little escape that hopefully turns into the strength to rebuild. Help us raise money for the victims by taking in a bit of joy even if it’s just for the night.

Tonight, Thursday Oct 12, the Highway Poets play with Night Animals at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. Tomorrow, Friday Oct 13, the band takes the stage at Papermill Creek Saloon in Marin. On Saturday, Oct 14, the Highway Poets come to their hometown for a double dose of music, performing a set at Jamison’s Roaring Donkey between 3pm and 6pm, and then moving over to the Big Easy to join acoustic zydeco band Left Coast Syncopators late into the night. In addition to donating their earnings and sales, the band will be collecting donations at each show.