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Go “On the Farm” in This Music Video by Lucia Comnes

Posted by: on Apr 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

Out in the idyllic setting of west Marin County, Big Mesa Farms is a locally grown success story. The five-acre, certified-organic farm has been owned and operated by Caymin Ackerman since 2011. Originally aiming for a few key crops, the farm has expanded to grow everything from beets, broccoli and cabbage to squash, strawberry, tomato and even fresh cut flowers. The farm is a big hit with several restaurants in the North Bay, and with locals who like to know where their food comes from.

Big Mesa Farms is also a hit with Bay Area songwriter Lucia Comnes, who recently debuted a music video, “On the Farm,” that is dedicated to Ackerman and her agricultural journey. Through a series of snapshots, the video tells the story of Big Mesa with a charming country melody and harmonic folk heartiness. Watch the video now and be on the lookout for Ackerman at the next Marin County farmers market.

Robert Mondavi Winery Announces Lineup for Summer Concert Series

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

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals.
Photo credit: Danny Clinch.

A musical tradition nearly as old as the winery in which it’s held, the 48th annual Robert Mondavi Winery’s “Margrit Mondavi Summer Concert Series” returns in July for another round of chart-topping and Grammy-winning artists performing in Napa Valley’s iconic setting. This year’s lineup features headliners Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Patti LaBelle, The Revivalists, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals.

On July 1, indie rock pianist and bandleader Andrew McMahon’s solo outfit Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness kicks off the series with a fireworks-worthy concert. McMahon’s latest album, Zombies on Broadway, reached number 43 on the Billboard charts earlier this year and his current international tour is selling out venues from San Francisco to London.

On July 8, vocalist Patti LaBelle dazzles with a concert of classic hits and stirring soul numbers. On July 15, New Orleans-based big band the Revivalists gets the winery’s outdoor venue dancing with support from Jamestown Revival. The series rounds out with the feel-good grooves of Michael Franti & Spearhead on July 22 and the eclectic styling of Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals on July 29.

Proceeds from this year’s ticket sales will benefit the Napa Valley Unified School District’s music programs. These shows are expected to sell-out, so don’t waste time in grabbing tickets when they go on sale tomorrow, April 11, at 10am PDT. Click here to get yours.

North Bay Bands Represent at San Francisco Benefit Show

Posted by: on Mar 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, Mar 21, San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern is hosting a benefit for Access, a women’s health justice organization that helping California women achieve reproductive justice. The show is packed with several Bay Area rock bands, including several with North Bay ties.

Headliners Mare Island officially call Oakland home, though the band features Sonoma County musician and the Velvet Teen and the New Trust member Josh Staples. Mare Island formed late last year, and is already on the rise locally for their mix of light and dark rock elements.

Also on the bill is hardcore post-rock band Red Wood, whose members are split between Santa Rosa and San Francisco, and Brown Bags, a staple of the Santa Rosa punk scene since 2013. All told, this lineup is spoiled rotten with talent, and the good cause is icing on this cake. Get down to the city tomorrow, Mar 21, at Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St, San Francisco. 8pm. $15. For more info, click here. And check out Brown Bags’ awesome self-titled 7-inch to get in the mood.

Catch The Coathangers In Santa Rosa This Weekend

Posted by: on Mar 7, 2017 | Comments (0)

Garage rock doesn’t get much better than Atlanta’s the Coathangers. Together for over a decade, the three ladies in the band match their power rock hooks with a relentlessly fun brashness that has made them a must-see live act across the states.

Later this year, the Coathangers will welcome a new rip-roaring EP, Parasite, into the world via Suicide Squeeze Records. But, before the record’s June 30th release, the trio is laying down an obscene amount of miles with a full US tour that lands them in Santa Rosa this weekend. The show is being hosted by tireless music purveyor Shock City, USA.

Joining the Coathangers on the show are Oakland’s romantic punks the Younger Lovers, Los Angeles three-chord tearjerkers Girl Tears and local rockers Hose Rips, previously known as Secret Cat, who make their debut under the new name.

Haven’t heard the Coathangers? No problem, click below and listen to the band’s latest single, “Captain’s Dead,” from the forthcoming EP. The Coathangers roll into town on Sunday, March 12, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $12. Get tickets here.

Check Out Who’s Playing Huichica Music Festival This Year

Posted by: on Feb 23, 2017 | Comments (0)

 

Eclectic, intimate and indie to the max, the annual Huichica Music Festival is building on its reputation for being the coolest two days of music in Sonoma with its most packed lineup yet. Hosted by songwriter Eric D Johnson, winemaker Jeff Bundschu and the indie collective (((folkYEAH))), this year’s Huichica festival boasts songwriters and bands who span the indie rock spectrum performing on June 9 and 10 at Gundlach Bundschu Winery.

Headliners include Los Angeles garage rock outfit Allah-Las, who mix sunny melodies and surf rock sensibility, and laid back indie pop band Beachwood Sparks, who are recently back in the saddle after a ten-year hiatus. Veteran songwriter Dean Wareham will be playing solo versions of the coolest tunes from his former band Galaxie 500, and celebrated alternative-folk songwriter Robyn Hitchcock offers a lifetime of acclaimed music. Other acts range from the throwback hippie psyche rock of Heron Oblivion to the kaleidoscopic California folk-rock of GospelbeacH.

With two stages of action on Friday, June 9, and a full four stages of sound on Saturday, June 10, this year’s Huichica is the most expansive yet, with plenty of food truck and beer and wine to make for a weekend to remember. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, Feb 25, at noon PST. Click here for more details. The full lineup is below.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

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

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.

Watch the Music Video for Go By Ocean’s New Single

Posted by: on Feb 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

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.

Let SonoMusette Steal Your Heart in New Video

Posted by: on Feb 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

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.

Buy Some Music on Bandcamp Today

Posted by: on Feb 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

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.

In a statement on Bandcamp’s site, CEO and founder Ethan Diamond explained his decision.

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.

Acrylics Release New 7-inch Record, “Despair”

Posted by: on Jan 27, 2017 | Comments (0)

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.