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Luther Burbank Center Closed Until November

Posted by: on Oct 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

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.

The Highway Poets Rock Out For Fire Relief This Weekend

Posted by: on Oct 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

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.

North Bay Fire Relief Benefit Concert Happening in Sebastopol, Oct 12

Posted by: on Oct 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

This week’s devastating fires are being felt all over the North Bay. While flames are still threatening the region, the community is already stepping up to help relief efforts. One such case is the North Bay Fire Relief Fund, overseen by a coalition of diverse, local organizations including: The Farmers Guild, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, the North Bay Organizing Project, Daily Acts, the School Box Project, the Arlene Francis Center, Sebastopol Grange and Conservation Action.

Tomorrow, Thursday, Oct 12, the fund hosts a benefit concert at Sebastopol Grange Hall (6000 Hwy12, Sebastopol 5pm. by donation). The event will include food, drinks, music, words of solace and solidarity, silent auction, opportunities for further support, and more. Funds will be provided to victims, including family farms, farm workers and those suffering losses not covered by insurance or traditional relief services. For details, click here.

Levi’s Granfondo Features Free Music Fest

Posted by: on Sep 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

Bicycle lovers have long flocked to Santa Rosa each autumn for Levi’s Granfondo, a bike ride that draws nearly ten thousand pros and amateur riders to the streets of Sonoma County.

This year, the granfondo has upped the experience for both riders and spectators with the all-day FondoSonoma Expo & Music Festival at Finley Park in Santa Rosa on Saturday, Sept 30.

Live music from Bay Area favorites gets the festival into the groove, with Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra, La Gente, Sonoma County’s own Jon Gonzales & Family and others taking the stage. Crowds and riders will also get a look at several local bike-oriented vendors and exhibitors, enjoy food and drinks from Gerard’s Paella, Firetail Pizza, Tri Tip Trolley and others, and relax in the REI Lounge base camp.

The Sept 30 post-ride celebration is free for all and runs 10am to 6pm at Finley Park, 2060 west College Ave, Santa Rosa. For more info, click here.

Lungs and Limbs Cut Through the Static in New Music Video

Posted by: on Aug 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

Electro-pop stars and North Bay natives Lungs and Limbs have made their name with ’80s-inspired synthwave and alternative guitar rock mashups that hook the listener with addictive riffs and memorable melodies. The band is at it again with their latest single, “Lightspeed,” off the band’s 6-song album Big Bang.

Now there’s a music video to accompany the patiently poppy track, and it features the band taking to the airwaves with mysterious masks and vintage aesthetics. Check out the video and get the chorus firmly embedded in your memory for the rest of the week.

Five Sonoma County Bands Receive Next Level Grants

Posted by: on Aug 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

This past Spring, Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board, hosted the second annual Next Level Conference for local musicians and those in the business. With that daylong event of keynote talks and panel discussions with industry professionals also came the opportunity for Sonoma County bands and musicians to apply for a Next Level Grant worth $2,5000. All told, Creative Sonoma awarded grant money to five bands, and they recently announced the recipients.

In no particular order, the 2017 Next Level Grantees are world music makers DyaTribal Band, indie rockers Manzanita Falls, funk act Marhsall House Project, eclectic folk outfit Oddjob Ensemble and jazz artist and instructor Alan Hall. Funds will be used for projects ranging from new recordings, touring, video projects and album promotion. These grants will also be paired with ten hours of one-on-one consulting with music experts to help each recipient make the most of their funds.

This program is made possible with grant funds from the William J. and Flora Hewlett Foundation with additional support from Lagunitas Brewing Company. For more information on the Next Level conference and grant program, watch the video below.

Help Oddjob Ensemble Record Their Debut LP

Posted by: on Jul 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

If you need a musical job done in the North Bay, Kalei Yamanoha is the man to do it. The multi-instrumentalist is a seasoned touring and recording musician who plays hundreds of shows a year, often on the accordion, with acts like the Crux, Sharkmouth and many, many others.

In addition to that musical resume, Yamanoha is also the founder and frontman of avant-garde, Vaudevillian-inspired folk troupe Oddjob Ensemble, who are embarking on a massive mission to record, produce and tour with their forthcoming debut full-length album, “The Silver Sea.” Described as “12 songs that tell a story of a distant land,” the ambitious project is not without its costs, and Oddjob Ensemble is reaching out to the community for support with an Indie GoGo campaign aimed at raising $7500 for the endeavor.

The band is offering several gift packages for backers of the project, ranging from downloads of the album to private concerts and even an option to have them write a song just for you. The group plans to use the funds to record at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati with several guest musicians and vocalists. After producing the album, the band hopes to take the album on the road for a six-week national tour. Lend a hand if you can, and get in on the shenanigans.

Watch The Drought Cult’s Darkly Awesome “Animals” Music Video

Posted by: on Jun 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

Fuzzed-out psych rock doesn’t get much better than Sonoma County trio the Drought Cult, who recently unveiled a dark, stylized music video for their single “Animals,” off the 2016 EP Moon Lust. The Drought Cult has been making waves since that debut last year, and this new video offers a glimpse into their experimental sound and vision.

Drenched in fog and reverb, the band’s uncompromising music is perfectly captured in the video’s bleak tones by production team Headlong Into Harm, from a concept by Drought Cult bassist Jef Overn. Watch the video and see the Drought Cult perform on July 13 at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol with fellow North Bay heavies eNegative.

Calexico Duo Swings into Sweetwater Music Hall This Week

Posted by: on Jun 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

For over two decades, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical borders with their band Calexico. This indie rock outfit is praised by critics and loved by fans for their blend of dusty desert grooves, Latin-inspired melodies and post-rock atmosphere.

Calexico is often a full band affair, rollicking onstage with up to seven players. Yet, this weekend will see Burns and Convertino stripping away the sounds and performing as a duo for a special one-night-only concert engagement at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley.

Hear the hits and latest from the two veteran players and see Northern California bandleader Marty O’Reilly, of Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra, also in a spirited solo set on Saturday, June 24. For details and tickets, click here.

Sound Summit 2017 Announces Grateful Dead-Heavy Lineup

Posted by: on Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

The upcoming third annual Sound Summit is the largest concert on Marin’s Mount Tamalpais, and this year’s installment joins in the region’s ongoing 50th anniversary of both 1967’s “Summer of Love” and Mt Tam’s Magic Mountain Festival with a lineup featuring Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Bob Weir topping the bill together.

Other performers include Jim James of My Morning Jacket performing a rare solo set, indie singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, New Orleans’ seminal Preservation Hall Jazz Band and San Francisco folk-rock staple Vetiver. Hosted by nonprofit Roots & Branches Conservancy and staged at the historic Mountain Theater, the annual benefit concert will appeal to rock fans of all ages and support Mount Tamalpais State Park when it happens on Saturday, Sept 9. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, June 21, at 10am PST.