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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.

Luther Burbank Center Reopens With ‘Pay What You Can’ Program

Posted by: on Nov 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

Less than a month after the Tubbs fire ripped through Santa Rosa and destroyed an estimated 30-thousand square feet of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts’ campus, the center has defied expectations and reopened to the public today, November 6. 

After cleaning and restoring the main auditorium, which was spared major damage, the center is reaching out to the community by offering a “Pay What You Can” program for select performances during the month of November. Those affected by the recent fires and first responders are welcome to pay any price, and the community is invited to come together, connect and find solace in music and art.

Performances and family-friendly events included in the “Pay What You Can” program are “Shopkins Live! Shop it Up” on Nov 9, Air Supply on Nov 11, Imago Theatre’s “La Belle” on Nov 14, Dwight Yoakam on Nov 26, PJ Masks Live! “Time to Be a Hero” on Nov 27 and Mannheim Steamroller on Nov 29.

“Pay What You Can” tickets are available at the ticket office, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. Open daily, noon to 6pm. 707.546.3600. lutherburbankcenter.org with the code sonomastrong. Subject to availability, limit of 4 tickets per show.

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.

Metallica Headlines Upcoming Fire Relief Benefit Concert

Posted by: on Oct 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

Bay Area music icons and heavy metal megastars Metallica have announced that they will headline a massive fire relief benefit concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Thursday, November 9, along with Dave Matthews, G-Eazy and other artists. The show, dubbed Band Together Bay Area, will raise funds for the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund, which is helping low-income communities recover and rebuild from the recent North Bay wildfires.

In a recent Youtube video (below), Metallica members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo express their sadness about the fires, their admiration for the first responders and their commitment to helping the community they’ve represented for over 30 years with the upcoming concert.

Since 2005, the San Francisco-based Tipping Point Community has worked with the most effective nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area to support individuals and families trying to break the cycle of poverty. In response to the devastating wildfires, Tipping Point is now focused on helping displaced North Bay residents who are experiencing urgent housing, clothing, food and other needs.

Tickets go on presale this Thursday, Oct 26, for Metallica fan club members and subscribers of the San Francisco Giants, Live Nation, Another Planet Entertainment and Tipping Point Community. The general public can get tickets the next day, Friday, Oct 27. Prices range from $49 to $199 and all proceeds go directly to Tipping Point.

The Highway Poets Rock Out For Fire Relief This Weekend

Posted by: on Oct 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

Last month, Petaluma’s longtime indie-soul rock band the Highway Poets were celebrating the release of their new album, Chasing Youth, and planning for a exciting new chapter in their musical journey.

This month, the Highway Poets–like thousands of others in the North Bay–are watching wildfires rip through their region and looking for ways to help. In that regard, the band has announced that they are donating all proceeds from their shows and album sales this week to the fire relief fund started online by Jake Kloberdanz, a vineyard and winery owner living in Napa.

On his Facebook page, songwriter and frontman Sebastian St James announced the Highway Poets’ plan to donate to the fund with a heartfelt statement:

In times like these we need to be strong for the ones that are hurting and I can’t express enough how much my heart truly aches for everyone who has lost or is losing a home this week. As entertainers we can offer a little escape that hopefully turns into the strength to rebuild. Help us raise money for the victims by taking in a bit of joy even if it’s just for the night.

Tonight, Thursday Oct 12, the Highway Poets play with Night Animals at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. Tomorrow, Friday Oct 13, the band takes the stage at Papermill Creek Saloon in Marin. On Saturday, Oct 14, the Highway Poets come to their hometown for a double dose of music, performing a set at Jamison’s Roaring Donkey between 3pm and 6pm, and then moving over to the Big Easy to join acoustic zydeco band Left Coast Syncopators late into the night. In addition to donating their earnings and sales, the band will be collecting donations at each show.

North Bay Fire Relief Benefit Concert Happening in Sebastopol, Oct 12

Posted by: on Oct 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

This week’s devastating fires are being felt all over the North Bay. While flames are still threatening the region, the community is already stepping up to help relief efforts. One such case is the North Bay Fire Relief Fund, overseen by a coalition of diverse, local organizations including: The Farmers Guild, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, the North Bay Organizing Project, Daily Acts, the School Box Project, the Arlene Francis Center, Sebastopol Grange and Conservation Action.

Tomorrow, Thursday, Oct 12, the fund hosts a benefit concert at Sebastopol Grange Hall (6000 Hwy12, Sebastopol 5pm. by donation). The event will include food, drinks, music, words of solace and solidarity, silent auction, opportunities for further support, and more. Funds will be provided to victims, including family farms, farm workers and those suffering losses not covered by insurance or traditional relief services. For details, click here.

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.

Calexico Duo Swings into Sweetwater Music Hall This Week

Posted by: on Jun 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

For over two decades, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical borders with their band Calexico. This indie rock outfit is praised by critics and loved by fans for their blend of dusty desert grooves, Latin-inspired melodies and post-rock atmosphere.

Calexico is often a full band affair, rollicking onstage with up to seven players. Yet, this weekend will see Burns and Convertino stripping away the sounds and performing as a duo for a special one-night-only concert engagement at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley.

Hear the hits and latest from the two veteran players and see Northern California bandleader Marty O’Reilly, of Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra, also in a spirited solo set on Saturday, June 24. For details and tickets, click here.

Sound Summit 2017 Announces Grateful Dead-Heavy Lineup

Posted by: on Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

The upcoming third annual Sound Summit is the largest concert on Marin’s Mount Tamalpais, and this year’s installment joins in the region’s ongoing 50th anniversary of both 1967’s “Summer of Love” and Mt Tam’s Magic Mountain Festival with a lineup featuring Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Bob Weir topping the bill together.

Other performers include Jim James of My Morning Jacket performing a rare solo set, indie singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, New Orleans’ seminal Preservation Hall Jazz Band and San Francisco folk-rock staple Vetiver. Hosted by nonprofit Roots & Branches Conservancy and staged at the historic Mountain Theater, the annual benefit concert will appeal to rock fans of all ages and support Mount Tamalpais State Park when it happens on Saturday, Sept 9. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, June 21, at 10am PST. 

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.