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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.

Northern Nights Drops First Phase of 2017 Lineup

Posted by: on Apr 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

A summer tradition entering it’s fifth year, Northern Nights Music Festival is coming back July 14-16 to Cooks Valley Campground out in the redwood forests along the Eel River on the Mendocino and Humboldt County Line. Today, the festival announced the first wave of talent that highlights the weekend of music, art, libations, yoga and more.

Headliners confirmed for the Northern Nights includes the hip-hop collective Living Legends, who perform as a group in the Emerald Triangle for the first time in a decade. Funky platinum-selling outfit Cherub is also on the bill, as is genre-crossing project Big Wild, bass-dropping favorite G Jones and many others.

3-day tickets are on sale now, ranging from $229 for General Admission to $329 for VIP. Riverfront camping is free with any ticket purchase. Upgrades, including RV, car camping, and Redwood Grove camping, are available for purchase in advance. Check the Northern Nights website here for details.

 

Robert Mondavi Winery Announces Lineup for Summer Concert Series

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

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals.
Photo credit: Danny Clinch.

A musical tradition nearly as old as the winery in which it’s held, the 48th annual Robert Mondavi Winery’s “Margrit Mondavi Summer Concert Series” returns in July for another round of chart-topping and Grammy-winning artists performing in Napa Valley’s iconic setting. This year’s lineup features headliners Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Patti LaBelle, The Revivalists, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals.

On July 1, indie rock pianist and bandleader Andrew McMahon’s solo outfit Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness kicks off the series with a fireworks-worthy concert. McMahon’s latest album, Zombies on Broadway, reached number 43 on the Billboard charts earlier this year and his current international tour is selling out venues from San Francisco to London.

On July 8, vocalist Patti LaBelle dazzles with a concert of classic hits and stirring soul numbers. On July 15, New Orleans-based big band the Revivalists gets the winery’s outdoor venue dancing with support from Jamestown Revival. The series rounds out with the feel-good grooves of Michael Franti & Spearhead on July 22 and the eclectic styling of Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals on July 29.

Proceeds from this year’s ticket sales will benefit the Napa Valley Unified School District’s music programs. These shows are expected to sell-out, so don’t waste time in grabbing tickets when they go on sale tomorrow, April 11, at 10am PDT. Click here to get yours.

North Bay Bands Represent at San Francisco Benefit Show

Posted by: on Mar 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, Mar 21, San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern is hosting a benefit for Access, a women’s health justice organization that helping California women achieve reproductive justice. The show is packed with several Bay Area rock bands, including several with North Bay ties.

Headliners Mare Island officially call Oakland home, though the band features Sonoma County musician and the Velvet Teen and the New Trust member Josh Staples. Mare Island formed late last year, and is already on the rise locally for their mix of light and dark rock elements.

Also on the bill is hardcore post-rock band Red Wood, whose members are split between Santa Rosa and San Francisco, and Brown Bags, a staple of the Santa Rosa punk scene since 2013. All told, this lineup is spoiled rotten with talent, and the good cause is icing on this cake. Get down to the city tomorrow, Mar 21, at Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St, San Francisco. 8pm. $15. For more info, click here. And check out Brown Bags’ awesome self-titled 7-inch to get in the mood.

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.