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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.

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.

Manzanita Falls Takes the Long Way in New Music Video

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

Santa Rosa indie rock outfit Manzanita Falls is just about ready to drop their highly anticipated sophomore album, Abilene, on the world this year. Leading up to that, the band has a new melodic and visually expansive music video for the record’s first single, “Between The Stories.”

Made by new North Bay video production team DogFilm, the video is an emotionally acute exploration of the greater North Bay, following actress Elyse Jurbina as she herself follows a thread from her home to the band in a barefoot trek.

Like most of Manzanita Falls’ music, this new single is a mesmerizing affair, with gently rolling reverb and subtle pulsing drums making for a cathartic gem of rock. Watch the video now and see the band debut the single when they play on Saturday, Jun 17, at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol. For details on the show, click here.

North Bay Cabaret Channels David Lynch in ‘Sin Peaks’

Posted by: on May 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

 

It is happening again. Just as director David Lynch’s wonderfully weird television series “Twin Peaks” is set to return after 25 years, fans in the North Bay are being treated to a damn fine evening of entertainment from the also wonderfully weird North Bay Cabaret, when Sin Peaks, goes down tomorrow, Friday May 19 in Santa Rosa.

Sin Peaks promises burlesque, drag, comedy, circus, games, DJs, puppets, and more in it’s offering this week, with special guests like Wonder Dave and Mary Vice taking on some of David Lynch’s most bizarre characters in their acts. After the stellar line-up, a DJ dance party keeps the action moving. This event also includes a raffle full of fabulous prizes with 100% of the proceeds benefitting YES ON C: Fair and Affordable Santa Rosa.

Sin Peaks happens May 19 at Whiskey Tip, 1910 Sebastopol Rd. Santa Rosa. $15. 21 and over.

Volunteer to Be a Part of Railroad Square Music Festival

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

Returning this year for a third annual installment of great music in the heart of Santa Rosa, the Railroad Square Music Festival is looking for a few good volunteers.

The community event, run by the fine folks at the North Bay Hootenanny and supported by groups like Second Octave Entertainment, is going to be bigger than ever when it takes over the Railroad Square district on June 11, and you can lend a hand (or a couple of bucks) to ensure the show goes smoothly for the expected 5,000 people who will be attending.

Watch the video above to learn how you can volunteer. And then watch the video below to get more information on the festival’s Go Fund Me campaign. This event is going to be a blast, don’t miss out on the fun!

 

Next Level Conference Connects Local Talent & Industry Insiders

Posted by: on May 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

This past weekend, Creative Sonoma hosted its second annual Next Level Music Conference at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, engaging local musicians with keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops. As with last year, the conference flew in music industry professionals and highlighted local luminaries on Sunday, May 7. This year’s offering also included a pre-conference day on Saturday, May 6, of additional workshops with Los Angeles-based songwriter and producer Sam Hollander and recording engineer and producer Glenn Lorbecki, who each worked one-on-one with a select number of musicians at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati.

The Bohemian was on hand for Sunday’s event as a resource roundtable participant. The day started with a welcome from Sonoma County supervisor Shirlee Zane, who shared her roots in the creative community as an oil painter, and praised Creative Sonoma’s innovative approach to promoting the arts on a county-wide scale.

Then, unfortunately, Lagunitas Brewing Company founder Tony Magee experienced car trouble and couldn’t make his scheduled opening keynote. In his place, Lagunitas’ director of national sponsorships and events Jim Jacobs stepped in to speak on behalf of the company’s community service and generous donations to nonprofits.

In addition to the conference, Next Level offers a grant program that last year gave $2,500 to five Sonoma County artists. Those artists shared the stage on Sunday to talk about their year in music and the varied creative and business projects that the grant funded.

Creative Sonoma’s director Kristen Madsen helps Shaun Hunter Wagner show off the records his grant funded.

Americana duo The Easy Leaves used their money for the specific purpose of marketing themselves at last year’s Americana Music Conference in Nashville, and have seen spots at midwestern festivals and increased radio play coming from the effort. Petaluma songwriter Avery Hellman, under the name Ismay, is utilizing her money for an adventure along the Klamath River, where she will record a documentary about writing music in and inspired by nature. Shaun Hunter Wagner divided his grant money into releasing several cassettes and vinyl records on his Goth Horse record label and funding a tour to Europe with his own band the Acharis. Black Sheep Brass Band shot a “Tiny Desk” video for the annual NPR contest, and Bootleg Honey crafted a new promo package. Members from both of those bands noted that the grant money, and the consultations that came with it, motivated them to focus on new goals and new objectives.

After lunch, Hollander and Lorbecki took the stage to share their experiences from the previous day’s workshops. Hollander shared two songs in particular with dynamic before-and-after presentations. Lorbecki showed off his work with local songwriter Jimmy Cramer, where he recorded Cramer’s pop demo and helped transform it into a fully-realized work that got the crowd cheering. The conference rounded down the day with breakout sessions that focused on specifics related to booking venues and social media tactics and concluded with casual roundtables. At its core, Next Level Conference excelled as a networking opportunity for musicians and music lovers, and a motivating day of shared passions and enthusiasm.

Sheila Groves-Tracey shares tips from a lifetime of booking music and managing performers in the North Bay.

Next Level is offering another grant program this year, and any music artists interested in applying should attend the information session on June 6 at Creative Sonoma’s office in Santa Rosa. Get more information by clicking here.

Sign Up for Next Level Pre-Conference Workshops ASAP!

Posted by: on Apr 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

After a successful 2016, the Next Level Music Conference is back in 2017, offering a day of keynote talks and perspectives from industry professionals on Sunday, May 7, at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

New this year is a full day of pre-conference workshops taking place on Saturday, May 6, at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati. But, if you’re a musician and want in, you’ve got to sign-up right now!

Sonoma County bands and songwriters can submit a demo for a Creative Recording session with professional producer/engineer Glenn Lorbecki, who has worked with artists from the White Stripes to Dizzy Gillespie.

There is also a Songwriter’s Studio that offers up to 15 slots for locals to have their songs personally workshopped by longtime songwriter Sam Hollander, who has written Top 40 hits for everyone from Katy Perry to Carole King.

To get in on these exciting opportunities, musicians must submit their tracks by tomorrow, April 27 at noon. Do so here.

North Bay Cabaret Gets Strange This Weekend

Posted by: on Apr 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sonoma County’s boldest monthly variety show, North Bay Cabaret takes over the Whiskey Tip in Santa Rosa once again on Friday, April 21, with burlesque, drag, circus, fire, comedy, poetry, hip-hop and more. And in the spirit of the show’s rotating theme, this month’s “Stranger Cabaret” is a science-fiction and horror inspired performance that draws from the strangest source material new and old.

Stranger Cabaret will feature Master of Ceremonies Jake Ward doing his best impression of the Eggo waffle-loving telekinetic experiment “Eleven” from last year’s smash hit series “Stranger Things.” Ward will be presenting a lineup of diverse acts, including Portland drag performance artist Pepper Pepper, Sacramento makeup artist and burlesque dancer Mone’t Ha-Sidi, San Francisco comedian Ash Fisher and many others. Local DJs, hip-hop outfit Antiphony and improv comedy troupe the Gentlemen Bastards will help round out the bill.

In observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, all of the raffle proceeds from the event will be donated to Verity, Sonoma County’s only rape crisis, trauma, and healing center – serving the community through prevention, intervention, and counseling.

Stranger Cabaret gets weird on Friday, April 21, at Whiskey Tip, 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $15. 21 and over.

 

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.

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.