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Love and Beer Mingle at ‘Pride Is Love’ Dance Party in Petaluma

Posted by: on Jun 7, 2019 | Comments (0)

Show your Pride over a pint at the Pride Is Love party on Saturday, June 8 in Petaluma. Dress up and boogie down to live music from Oinga Boinga and DJ Lady Char, and revel in entertaining acts from North Bay Cabaret, who assemble an array of drag queens, drag kings, circus and burlesque performers to accompany the dance party. The event also includes a silent auction with prizes from local artists and shops, and a portion of proceeds benefit Sonoma County Pride. Saturday, Jun 8, at Lagunitas Tap Room, 1280 N McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 8pm. $20. 707.778.8776.

KC Turner Puts Novato on the Map with Cookout Concert Series

Posted by: on Jun 7, 2019 | Comments (0)

Blame Sally performs at HopMonk Tavern in Novato on June 9.

It may not be obvious to the commuters speeding through Novato on Highway 101, but there’s an oasis of live music among the big box stores located on Vintage Way in the HopMonk Tavern, where regional and nationally-touring acts have routinely stopped in for intimate concerts both in the tavern’s Session Room and on the patio, where an outdoor stage dominates the beer garden.

Much of the music coming to Novato is thanks to independent concert booker and promoter KC Turner, who keeps himself busy by running KC Turner Presents. This summer, KC Turner Presents hosts its sixth annual Cookout Concert Series at HopMonk with top notch bands and performers appearing in the beer garden on select Sundays through the summer.

“It started off as a fun idea, bring the grill, book some shows,” says Turner. “It’s turned into a really special event, probably my favorite thing to do every year.”

Originally from Missouri, Turner moved to the North Bay in 2005, living in Novato until 2010 when he moved to San Francisco. It was while living in Novato that he first forayed into organizing live shows.

“I found myself always driving to San Francisco to perform open mics,” he says. “There was really nothing happening in Novato.

Turner’s first shows were open mic events at Finnegan’s Marin in Novato. “Nobody came at first, he laughs. But, it began to snowball and became a community event.”

He began working with HopMonk Tavern at their Sonoma location, then moved operations to Novato shortly after that spot opened in 2012. Over the six years of the Cookout Concert Series, the shows have evolved from casual get together into fully produced concerts. “We’ve really upped the ante to make it a professional venues,” says Turner. “That’s so we can get better names to play there a make it a more legit stop on a tour.”

With an eye towards folk and indie-rock, the Cookout Concerts are boasting big names all summer with guitar master Alejandro Escovedo playing with a full band on June 16 and Texas-based “titan of the Telecaster” Bill Kirchen performing on Jun 30 with several former Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen bandmates including Bobby Black.

Other confirmed shows include Americana duo Birds of Chicago on July 21, jazzy ensemble Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward Trio on August 11 punk-meets-folk co-headlining concert with John Doe and Robbie Fulks on August 25, and many more.

“I feel like the lineup is the strongest yet,” says Turner. “And we’ve got the grill going.”

Tickets and info is available at KC Turner Presents

BottleRock Napa Valley 2019 Music Lineup Announced

Posted by: on Jan 7, 2019 | Comments (0)

New Year, New Lineup for the North Bay’s biggest festival of the year, BottleRock Napa Valley. This year’s seventh annual BottleRock, returning to the Napa Valley Expo on May 24-26, has unveiled the full music lineup, featuring headliners Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Pharrell Williams, Santana and Logic.

Three-day festival passes go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan 8, at 10amPST, and single-day tickets will be available on Thursday, Jan 10, also at 10am PST.

Combining the world’s biggest bands and artists alongside hott up-and-coming music acts paired with wine, food and craft brew, the BottleRock Napa Valley lineup, to date, includes:

Friday, May 24: Imagine Dragons, Logic, OneRepublic, Sylvan Esso, Flogging Molly, Jenny Lewis, AJR, Anderson East, The Dandy Warhols, lovelytheband, Paul Oakenfold (Silent Disco), Alec Benjamin, Neon Trees, Midland, Vintage Trouble, The War and Treaty, Just Loud, Shannon Shaw, flora cash, Yoke Lore, HalfNoise, The Dip, Dessa, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Valley Queen, Jack West, Forgotten Dreamers

Saturday, May 25: Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Pharrell Williams, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Gary Clark Jr., Juanes, Cypress Hill, Elle King, Marian Hill, Sir Sly, Chevy Metal, Against Me!, Madison Beer, Pink Sweat$, Shannon & the Clams, The Regrettes, White Panda (Silent Disco), Elley Duhé, Wilderado, Magic City Hippies, Moonalice, We Banjo 3, Slothrust, Jared & The Mill, Royal Jelly Jive, Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact, The Blue Stones, The Silverado Pickups, Napa Valley Youth Symphony

Sunday, May 26: Mumford & Sons, Santana, Tash Sultana, Lord Huron, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Big Boi, Citizen Cope, Bishop Briggs, Gang of Youths, Too $hort, Turkuaz, The Crystal Method (Silent Disco), Skylar Grey, Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Houses, Con Brio, The Soul Rebels, SHAED, Welles, The Teskey Brothers, Harry Hudson, Ocean Alley, Sweet Crude, John Craigie, Dustbowl Revival, Jes Frances, The Alive

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.



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