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Immortallica Pays Tribute to Metallica, Beer at Stone Brewing Napa

Posted by: on Sep 5, 2019 | Comments (0)

Boasting a gargoyle mascot and heavy duty brews, Stone Brewing Company one of the most metal brewing companies out there. Stone’s got a new spot in Napa, and the Brewery is embracing the metal and commemorating its “Enter Night” Pilsner, made in collaboration with Metallica, with a night of heavy metal classics performed by the North Bay’s premiere Metallica tribute band Immortallica on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Described as a “cataclysmic collision of two uncompromising supernatural forces,” the crisp and refreshing Pilsner transcends genres and challenges convention. Stone Brewing co-founder Greg Koch tells all at the Metallica Tribute Night starting at 5:30pm; and the NorBay Music Award-winning Immortallica gets loud starting at 6pm. Stone Brewing, 920 3rd Street, Napa. 707.252.2337.

 

Dan Imhoff Releases New Solo Album

Posted by: on Aug 20, 2019 | Comments (0)

Calling the North Bay home for more than 40 years, singer-songwriter, author and artisanal farmer Dan Imhoff, best known as the frontman of the Americana act Cahoots, made a big move in 2017, splitting his time between Sonoma County and Spain. Imhoff’s latest solo album, Peregrino, reflects that move, not only because it was recorded at Estudios Millennia in Valencia, Spain between May 2018 and February 2019, but it also comes as the creative result of a year living and playing music in Europe, with six original songs and inspired covers of “Working Class Hero,” “After the Gold Rush” and others.

This month, Imhoff is in the North Bay to release Peregrino over the course of three local concerts. The upcoming appearances, featuring Jaume Guerra Meneu and Amadeo Moscardó, takes place August 25, 5 pm, at Medlock Ames in Healdsburg; August 27, 8 pm, at Elephant in the Room in Healdsburg; and August 30, 8 pm, at Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley. That final show finds Imhoff performing with Tim Weed, Bobby Vega and Shea Breaux Wells. Listen to the album’s opening track, “Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” below and click the link for more details on Imhoff’s upcoming shows.

Gogol Bordello Headlines Upcoming Lagunitas Beer Circus

Posted by: on Jul 26, 2019 | Comments (0)

What started as small party back in 2009 has grown into a freaktastic celebration of all things weird, wonderful and circus-like. Held in Petaluma, the Lagunitas Beer Circus is a one-of-a-kind experience that combines cold beer, live music and thrilling circus acts in an evening of revelry where you’ll see things you can’t unsee.

Now, 10 years in, Lagunitas Beer Circus is holding its biggest big-top soiree yet, and they’ve recruited gypsy-punk veterans Gogol Bordello to headline the show. The New York City ensemble has been shaking things up since 1999, and their flair for theatrics makes them the perfect band to play the beer circus. The provocative post-modern group lays down the jams alongside a bevy of performers and beers on Saturday, Sept 14, at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma. Tickets are on sale now. Don’t delay, the beer circus usually sells out in advance.

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.

David Luning Gets Devilish with “In Hell I Am” Single

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

Sonoma County-grown singer-songwriter David Luning has his hands full this summer. In two weeks, he joins the legendary John Hiatt on tour for seven dates of solo acoustic performances, in which he’ll perform his new single “In Hell I Am,” which just received featured placement in the Netflix hit series, Lucifer.

Luning also produced an animated and inventively original Official Lyric Video for “In Hell I Am” as a way to introduce new viewers to the song. In a statement, Luning says, “Because I am insane, I spent over 80 feverish hours drawing and creating hundreds and hundreds of individual frames to make this animated lyric video. I have never done animation like this before, but I wanted to do something completely different for this video, and I’m pretty stoked on how it turned out.”

Before embarking on the tour with Hiatt, Luning and his full band headline a night of music with special guest Jade Jackson, herself a rising Americana star, on Friday, Jun 14, at Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma. 8:30pm. $18. 707.775.6048.

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

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.



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