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Modern Hicks Reunite For Sebastopol Benefit Concert

Posted by: on Jun 28, 2019 | Comments (0)

It’s been fifteen years since Sonoma County folk band Modern Hicks shared a stage together, but this Summer the group is reuniting for a special benefit concert on July 7 in Sebastopol to help the Sebastopol Cultural Community Center generate funds to rebuild damaged areas following the floods from earlier this year.

Beloved for their melding of bluegrass, country and swing, Modern Hicks performed at major events like the Father’s Day Grass Valley Festival, Woodland BG Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival, Walnut Valley Music Festival and more in their time together; though in 2004, the band split ways.

Now, local audiences will get to delight in the group’s vocal harmonies and acoustic instrumentations once again as Modern Hicks join Under the Radar in concert on Sunday, July 7, at Sebastopol Cultural Community Center Annex, 425 Morris St., Sebastopol. 7pm. $20 and up. Get tickets at seb.org.

New Outdoor Venue Coming to Downtown Napa

Posted by: on Jun 18, 2019 | Comments (0)

This Summer, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members The Steve Miller Band and country legend Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives perform in the kick-off concert for a new series of outdoor events at Napa’s newest outdoor venue, the Oxbow RiverStage, located at the Oxbow Commons in the heart of historic downtown Napa.

The festival-style venue, which will hold up to four thousands attendees, opens with the two headlining icons on August 25, and the producers of the forthcoming series, Blue Note Entertainment Group and Another Planet Entertainment, have announced that this inaugural 2019 season will feature both ticketed and free concerts, spanning many genres of music.

More concerts will be announced in July. Tickets for the August 25 concert go on sale Friday, Jun 21 at 10am and can be purchased at OxbowRiverStage.com, Ticketmaster.com and at the Blue Note Napa box office located at 1030 Main Street in downtown Napa.

Sonoma Harvest Music Festival Expands to Two Weekends This Fall

Posted by: on Jun 10, 2019 | Comments (0)

Ms Lauryn Hill tops the bill for the upcoming Sonoma Harvest Music Festival.

Last year’s inaugural Sonoma Harvest Music Festival, which took place over one weekend on the grounds of the historic B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen, was a major success. In fact, it was so successful that the event’s producers, BottleRock Presents, are doubling their efforts for the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival’s second year and offering two full weekends of live music this September 14-15 and 21-22.

Each weekend features a unique lineup of music’s biggest names, with Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals and Ms. Lauryn Hill headlining the first two days, and Chvrches and Death Cab for Cutie headlining the second weekend.

In addition to the music, the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival will again showcase Sonoma County’s world renowned wine and culinary stars, along with celebrated craft brewers. The Harvest Music Festival benefits Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation.

Two-day festival passes for both Sonoma Harvest Music Festival weekends at B.R. Cohn Winery range from $249 to $499 VIP. Weekend passes go on sale starting this Wednesday, June 12 at 10am. Single day festival passes will be available at a later date.

Visit sonomaharvestmusicfestival.com for more details.

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

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.

Selector Dub Narcotic Is Playing a Surprise Show in Santa Rosa

Posted by: on Jan 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

With a list of music credits longer than your arm, songwriter, bandleader, record label owner and all-around indie icon Calvin Johnson has spent the last 30 years setting trends and representing the best of DIY culture with his label K Records and his bands Beat Happening, the Halo Benders, the Hive Dwellers and others.

When the Olympia, WA, native was in Sonoma County in 2016, Johnson unveiled his latest musical concoction, Selector Dub Narcotic, which boasted a DJ-oriented sound that mixes dance club beats and Johnson’s droned vocals delivering eccentric lyrics.

Now, Selector Dub Narcotic returns of the North Bay for a surprise last-minute show on Wednesday, Jan 31, at Brew in Santa Rosa. The show will feature two equally unconventional supporting bands in the form of Santa Rosa art rock act Hose Rips and quirky Sebastopol songwriter Big Kitty. Baked goods, beer, coffee, and other food and beverages will be available.

This intimate show is likely to fill to capacity quickly, so show up early on Wednesday, Jan 31, to Brew, 555 Healdsburg Ave, Santa Rosa. Doors open at 6pm, music starts at 7pm. All Ages. $10-$20. For more info, click here.

Sun Kil Moon Plays Fire Relief Benefit in Sonoma

Posted by: on Jan 17, 2018 | Comments (0)

 

Since forming Red House Painters in San Francisco in 1989, prolific and sonorous songwriter Mark Kozelek has secured a place in the annals of indie rock with gut-wrenching melodies and haunting lyrics about love, loss, memory and fate.

Since 2003, Kozelek has been most associated with the gloomy folk projet Sun Kil Moon, which released its eighth studio album, Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood, and a split album with Jesu, 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth, in the last year.

This weekend, Kozelek brings Sun Kil Moon’s evocative tones and insightful storytelling to the North Bay for a special benefit concert in Sonoma. Hosted by (((folkYEAH))), proceeds from the upcoming show will go directly to help victims and first responders of the Sonoma, Napa and Santa Rosa fires.

Sun Kil Moon performs Saturday, Jan 20, at Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St, Sonoma. 7pm. $37. For tickets, click here.

Bruno Mars, The Killers & Muse Headline BottleRock Napa Valley 2018 Lineup

Posted by: on Jan 8, 2018 | Comments (0)

Returning this May 25 through 27, BottleRock Napa Valley Music, Food & Wine Festival just unleashed its massive lineup of musical artists for 2018 including headliners Bruno Mars, The Killers and Muse. In its sixth year, BottleRock Napa Valley continues to impress with an eclectic lineup of veteran performers, today’s top-drawing entertainers, up-and-coming indie stars, and the best North Bay acts. The full lineup is below.

With over 120,000 attendees last year, BottleRock Napa Valley sells out quicker than you can say sommelier, so be sure to grab three-day or single-day passes starting tomorrow, Jan 9, at 10am PST at Bottlerocknapavalley.com.

Gabriel Wheaton Heads Home for Album-Release Show

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

Los Angeles-based violinist and composer Gabriel Wheaton traces his musical lineage back to Sonoma County, where he was born and raised in Sebastopol. After mastering the violin at a young age and performing in chamber groups and orchestras while attending Analy High School, Wheaton moved to La La Land to study at UCLA in 2011.

Wheaton currently makes a living as a freelance musician and plays in several bands in Los Angeles, including indie-pop group We the Folk. In his spare time, Wheaton also composes folk-tinged experimental pop music as a solo performer, utilizing looping effects and improvised melodies on the violin.

This week, Wheaton unveils his new album of these inventive, instrumental compositions, Single Source, and he’s headed back to Sonoma County to perform an album-release show on Saturday, Nov 25, at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol.

Joining Wheaton for the post-Thanksgiving soiree is San Francisco ensemble Barrio Manouche, also celebrated for improvised shows and exuberant energy. Copies of Single Source will be available at the show, and long-time local fans, friends and family of Wheaton will want to see how much he has grown musically. For more info and tickets, click here.

Local Punk Bands Invade Bolinas This Weekend

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

Of all the mysteries that reside in Bolinas, one that kids are especially curious about is the long incomplete Bolinas Community Skate Park, first conceived of in the skateboarding craze of the ’90s, but left unfinished for years and currently languishing on the Mesa Park property.

Over the last few years, a committed group has made it their mission to see the dream of the Bolinas Skate Park become a reality for Marin youth with an online fundraiser for the skate park that currently sits at over $18,000. This weekend, three heavy-hitting North Bay punk bands show their support for the skaters and converge on the Bolinas Community Center to rock out and raise money towards the effort.

Sonoma County bands Streetbreaker, the Drought Cult and new  group Holy Wood share the stage, and a silent art auction featuring local and visiting artists benefit the completion of the Bolinas Skate Park on Saturday, Nov 4, at Bolinas Community Center, 14 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 7:30pm. $5-$20 sliding scale. For more info, click here.



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