Now in its 5th year, summer concert series Live at lagunitas is for lovers, especially when Portland, Or, folk pop band Blind Pilot plays an intimate and emotionally resonant concert at the Petaluma brewery’s LaguMiniAmphitheaterette. That was the case last night, as couples and friends cuddled close while the sun dipped behind redwood trees and the harmonizing six-piece band wowed with their infectious music.
Blind Pilot closed out the first leg of their summer tour, playing in support of their brand new album, And Then Like Lions, which came out just last Friday. The band played a perfectly balanced setlist of both the new material and the best selections from their last two albums, 2008’s Three Rounds and a Sound and 2011’s We Are the Tide. Seeing as how it’s been five years since Blind Pilot’s last release, And Then Like Lions is a welcomed record for fans of the band who’ve patiently waited while singer-songwriter Israel Nebeker and the rest of the crew honed the new music.
Marin-born and New York City-based songwriter Peter Murray, of the duo John Heart Jackie, opened the show with a solo set that burned slowly and showcased Murray’s melancholy lyricism and forlorn delivery to good effect, though the crowd was still in conversation mode, sipping on beers in metal pint glasses (Lagunitas has done away with plastic cups) and catching up with friends.
By the time Blind Pilot took the stage, the sun was setting and the breeze was cooling the crowd, bringing them in close to the stage to sing along with the band’s effortless pop melodies. Seeing a band of this artistry, up close and personal in a relaxed setting like the LaguMiniAmphitheaterette, is a special occasion. I can’t wait to do it again next week, when Brooklyn indie rockers Parquet Courts play the next Live at Lagunitas show on Tuesday, Aug 23.
Hosting tens of thousands of music and art lovers in Monterey for the last seven years, the California Roots Music & Arts Festival has grown to become one of the most popular fests in the state. Now, Cali Roots is giving back, partnering with the Redwood Forest Foundation to introduce 400 limited Redwood Passes for next year’s festival. Two redwoods will be planted for each Redwood Pass, resulting in a total of 800 new redwood trees.
“The Cali Roots movement is about developing and sustaining our community and that involves protecting our environment,” says festival co-founder Dan Sheehan in a statement released this month.
In addition to ongoing composting and recycling efforts the festival makes every year, the new program aims to help further reduce carbon emissions through the planting of these trees. California’s redwood forests are the biggest source of natural carbon removal in the state.
The Eighth Annual California Roots Festival will take place at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center, memorial day weekend 2017. Cali Roots will begin artist announcements for the 2017 festival in October.
Earlier this summer, the Bohemian profiled Sonoma County folk songwriter Frankie Boots, the front man of Frankie Boots & the County Line, whose new album, Leave the Light On, is awash in dusty Americana charm and soulful melodies.
While Boots is known to many for his acoustic affirmations, this week he unveils an altogether louder electric sound when he plays in Forestville this month with his new outfit, Frankie Boots & the City Limits. The new trio promises to shred the stage at the old school Forestville Club with punk rockers Bucc Nyfe and high energy project Sharkmouth in a show dubbed “Louder Things,” a play off the great new Netflix series “Stranger Things” (hence the awesome show flyer designed by Boots himself).
This is an awesome lineup of Sonoma County bands, and at five bucks, it’s a steal of a show. Don’t miss Frankie Boots & the City Limits when they play on Friday, Aug 12 at the Forestville Club, 6250 Front St, Forestville. 8pm.
San Diego electro-funk big band Vokab Kompany is hot off the release of their 5th studio album, The Good Kompany Record [Instrumentals], and is performing this weekend at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol as part of their summer tour.
Led by vocalists Rob Hurt and Burke Baby, the eclectic ensemble has successfully gotten the party started for the last 10 years by blending elements of hip-hop, soul, electronica and pop and
Their latest album, an instrumental version of their fourth studio effort (simply titled The Good Kompany Record), is an eclectic testament to the myriad influences and styles the group is capable of mastering in an effortless collection of beats.
Listen to the instrumental album below and catch the Kompany when they perform on Friday, July 29, at HopMonk in Sebastopol with Los Angeles funk stars Soluzion.
It’s been a Big Sur tradition for six years, but the Woodsist Festival, co-presented by Woodsist Records and (((folkYEAH!)))) announced today that they have been forced to move the location of this year’s musically diverse fest–scheduled for today and tomorrow, July 26 and 27–to Love Field in Point Reyes Station.
The culprit is the out of control Soberanes Fire, which has burned more than 19,000 acres in the Big Sur area of Monterey County. With camping a big part of the Woodsist experience, Love Field–a longtime home for the popular Far West Fest–is able to provide. A free campground space is being offered to all ticket holders who won’t have time to book a hotel in west Marin County with less than a day’s notice.
The 2016 Woodsist Festival boasts a lineup headlined tonight, July 26, by Brooklyn’s lauded indie rockers Woods (Woodsist record label and festival founders), along with songwriter and former Kurt Vile & the Violators guitarist Steve Gunn, veteran folk songwriter Michael Hurley and others.
For tomorrow night, July 27, songwriter Tim Presley’s solo project White Fence leads a pack of performers that also includes former Modern Lovers frontman Jonathan Richman and more. Below is a copy of the full statement posted today on (((folkYEAH!))) and a full lineup. Tickets are still available here.
At the turn of the century, in the era of pop punk and emo waves of genre rock that pulsed through the collective teeneage conciosuness, Hey Mercedes was one of the biggest bands out there. Formed from the remains of ’90s emo-core outfit Braid, Hey Mercedes combined smart syncopated beats and heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics for a pop-tastic run of well-received albums.
Disbanded since 2005, Hey Mercedes have reformed and are currently knee-deep in a cross-country tour playing their 2001 debut full-length album, Everynight Fireworks, in full. This week, Hey Mercedes welcomes Sonoma County indie rockers the Velvet Teen for three shows in California. They play in West Hollywood at the Troubadour on Thursday, July 21; in San Francisco at the Bottom of the Hill on Friday, July 22; and in Santa Ana at the Constellation Room on Saturday, July 23.
The San Francisco show at the Bottom of the Hill will also feature San Francisco garage-pop band Cocktails, who are playing a record release show for new album, Hypochondriac. Click here for more details. And click below to hear some of the Velvet Teen’s latest album, 2015’s excellent All Is Illusory.
Can’t wait until October to have a Halloween party? Neither can Los Angeles garage rockers Isaac Rother & The Phantoms, who roll into Santa Rosa on Wednesday, July 13, for a spooktacular show that kicks off their ‘Haunting the West Coast’ summer tour. Specializing in a throwback ’60s sound akin to Bo Diddley and Screaming Jay Hawkins, Rother’s larger-than-life onstage personality perfectly matches the group’s off-the-wall punk rock aesthetics.
Joining the Phantoms on July 13 are Oakland-based indie rock innovators O.C.D and Santa Rosa’s gleefully experimental Secret Cat. Boys and Ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up and enjoy Halloween in July on Wednesday, July 13, at Atlas Coffee Company, 300 South A St, Suite 4, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $5. Get a preview of Isaac Rother & the Phantoms’ unspeakable horror below.
Each year since 2005, the NorBays have recognized the best bands of the North Bay, with voting open to the public and gold-record awards presented to winners. We’re back this year, with a free outdoor awards ceremony planned and a new category. Voting is now open for the 2016 NorBays.
Before you join us for the awards show live in Juilliard Park in Santa Rosa on Sunday, Aug. 14, vote on categories including Blues/R&B, Country/Americana, DJ, Folk/Acoustic, Hip-Hop/Electronic, Indie/Punk, Jazz, Rock, and Reggae. This year we also added a best Promoter category.
With this write-in ballot, you will help choose the winner. Enter your favorite local band from Sonoma, Napa or Marin Counties in each category. Winners will be announced in the Aug.10 issue.
Voting ends Monday, Aug.8. at 12pm.
Fort Bragg native Emily Jane White’s long awaited album, They Moved in Shadow All Together, is finally getting an official release this Friday, July 8. We’ve already previewed the album’s first single, “Frozen Garden,” and now White unveils the music video for the album’s second single, “Pallid Eyes.”
Featuring a hypnotic acoustic riff and White’s ethereal voice, the song builds on “Frozen Garden” with a mysterious narrative and haunting melodies. And the video, shot in washed-out greys by director and editor Dan Jenkins, moodily captures the song’s message of longing and languishing.
White is currently on tour supporting the forthcoming album, click here for updates on her upcoming shows.
It’s been awhile since longstanding Santa Rosa punk band Ashtray has been on stage in their hometown. Almost five years in fact. In the meantime, there’s been babies born, changes of scenery and side projects for the group, led by vocalists Sarah-Jane Andrew and Dave Wiseman. Next week, July 8, Ashtray makes their return to Sonoma County with a show at Annie O’s Music Hall in Railroad Square, presented by the Nor Bay Pyrate Punx.
Also on the bill is Sacramento punk legends the Secretions, who themselves are celebrating their 25th anniversary of playing loud and fast with leather jackets and spiked hair, as well as Sonoma County punk bands the Quitters, Speed Wobble and Kitten Drunk. Like Ashtray, these bands all play an old school punk rock in the veins of the Ramones and Black Flag as well as a funky blend ’90s punk-ska rock akin to Operation Ivy.
This show is one of several concerts this summer being booked by the Nor Bay Pyrate Punx. The nonprofit group is actually one of 44 united Pyrate Punx crews/chapters/collectives in the US, UK, Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands, Germany, Indonesia and Australia. You can get more info on the punx here. Click below to hear Ashtray’s album “White Sugar is the Devil.”