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Save the Phoenix Theater!

Posted by: on Nov 2, 2018 | Comments (0)

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.

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

Posted by: on Jul 5, 2018 | Comments (0)

On 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.

BottleRock Napa Valley 2018 Photo Gallery

Posted by: on May 30, 2018 | Comments (0)

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.

Sonoma Harvest Music Festival Brings Bands Back to BR Cohn Winery

Posted by: on Mar 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

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.

Huichica Music Festival Tickets Are Available Now

Posted by: on Mar 2, 2018 | Comments (0)

Set in the picturesque grounds of  Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma, the annual Huichica Music Festival is always one of the coolest weekends of music in the North Bay, packed with performances from hip indie-rock bands and overflowing with a delectable array of beer, wine and food trucks.

Presented by Gun Bun Winery president Jeff Bundschu, boutique events organizers (((folkYEAH!))) and musician Eric D Johnson, this year’s festival is set for Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9. The weekend’s musical guests include experimental San Francisco rockers Wooden Shjips, influential punk songwriter Jonathan Richman, Bay Area folk band Vetiver, who will perform their 2008 album “Thing of the Past” in full, and Eric D Johnson’s longtime project Fruit Bats, who will lead a festival jam.

If you want in, you need to act fast, as the intimate festival just made tickets available online. Click the link to grab your passes and look below to get the full lineup for Huichica Music Festival.

Santa Rosa Natives Decent Criminal End Up on Kendrick Lamar Vinyl

Posted by: on Feb 28, 2018 | Comments (0)

Today in “You Can’t Make This Up” news; fast and fun California punk band Decent Criminal, who formed in Santa Rosa and who recently organized a North Bay wildfire relief benefit compilation album, has unexpectedly found themselves in an international goof-up, as their recent album, “Bloom,” wound up accidentally being pressed onto vinyl copies of rapper Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.”

As reported in Noisey, a fan in the UK noticed that their newly-pressed vinyl of Lamar’s album, released on Universal UK, contains tracks from Decent Criminal on the record’s B-side. I can’t even imagine what that fan must have thought upon first listen, but it was quickly clear that something was amiss. The culprit appears to be the pressing plant in the Czech Republic, where both acts get their vinyl made.

Sounds too good to be true? Well, there’s video proof, provided by Decent Criminal’s label Dodgeball Records. Click the video below and then get your hands on these soon-to-be-rare misprints.

NPR Tiny Desk Contest Coming to Sonoma County

Posted by: on Feb 21, 2018 | Comments (0)

Calling all North Bay musicians, NPR’s massively popular Tiny Desk Contest is on for 2018.  Now in its fourth year, the nationwide contest for unsigned bands and artists is an opportunity like no other. Simply make a video of yourself performing an original tune while sitting at a desk in the style of NPR’s longrunning Tiny Desk Concert series, upload it to YouTube and submit it as an entry. Winners will have the chance to tour the country, and this year, the tour stops in Sonoma County for the first time with a performance at Lagunitas Tap Room in Petaluma.

Now, maybe it’s just me, a humble North Bay native; but how cool would it be for a local band to be on that stage when NPR comes to town? Tiny Desk contest winners in past years have gone on to perform for sold-out crowds around the world, and Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito even picked up a Grammy Award after winning the contest in 2015.

If you don’t win the grand prize, submitting artists have still been featured on NPR Music’s All Songs Considered blog as well as Tiny Desk supercut videos and the like. If you’re a band that has submitted in past years, you can do it again, just pick a new song. Also, creativity is encouraged, so the concept of a “desk” to perform at can be stretched in any number of ways.

Unsigned bands and musicians can submit videos now through Sunday, March 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET at NPR.org/tinydeskcontest. Please see website for official rules.

Selector Dub Narcotic Is Playing a Surprise Show in Santa Rosa

Posted by: on Jan 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

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.

Mikey Pauker Reaches New Musical Heights on Latest Album

Posted by: on Jan 24, 2018 | Comments (0)

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.

Sun Kil Moon Plays Fire Relief Benefit in Sonoma

Posted by: on Jan 17, 2018 | Comments (0)

 

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.