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BottleRock’s 2017 Lineup Is Here

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

The 5th annual BottleRock Napa Valley festival, set for May 26 through 28, 2017, has unveiled its full lineup, including headlining artists Foo Fighters, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Maroon 5.

The three-day event, which also boasts wine, food, beer and more, will feature over 80 bands and musicians performing this year, and the full lineup is below. Festival passes go on sale at 10AM PST tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017 at BottleRockNapaValley.com and eventbrite.com.

North Bay Cabaret Says “Happy Birthday, Jesus”

Posted by: on Dec 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

North Bay Cabaret’s monthly variety show always keeps it seasonal, and this month’s Christmas-themed show is the most wonderful time you’ll have this week. Giving props to the big man up top, North Bay Cabaret says “Happy Birthday Jesus” on Friday, Dec 16, at Annie O’s Music Hall in Santa Rosa with its signature offering of burlesque, spoken word, circus acts and music that is sure to make you merry.

Headlining the show is Jamie DeWolf, host of underground troupe Tourettes Without Regrets and producer of NPR’s Snap Judgement. Other performers will include burlesque clown Snatch Adams putting on a holiday-styled unicycle routine, Santa Cruz dance group Gold Town Burlesque debuting their latest act and Cassandra Holloway, who employs live snakes in her belly dancing.

Along with the entertainment, a raffle benefitting Standing Rock water protectors will let you grab a variety of cool gifts and goodies. And a late night dance party keeps the yuletide vibes flowing until 2am.

Jam with Jesus on Friday, Dec 16, Annie O’s Music Hall, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. doors at 8pm, show at 9pm. $15. 21 and over only.

Look Back on Lagunitas’ Latest Summer of Concerts

Posted by: on Nov 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

Last summer, Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma hosted its fifth annual “Live at Lagunitas” concert series, featuring a wide array of hot and up-and-coming indie acts. Deer Tick, the Growlers, Con Brio and others were among the highlights of the season, and now you can look back on the fun with a bunch of new videos.

Up top, rollicking outfit Deer Tick answers some personal questions while concert footage overlays selections from their set. Below, Lagunitas crafts a music video from when surf-inspired garage band the Growlers performed the classic hit “Mama Said” to an adoring crowd at the brewing company’s “MiniAmphitheaterette.” There’s plenty of other videos on Lagunitas’ site, so click over and relive the memories.

Pony Hunt Plays the Last Record Store

Posted by: on Oct 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

photo by Sam Doores

Oakland singer-songwriter Jessie Antonick is an emotionally resonant artist, and her output under the moniker Pony Hunt reflects her personal journey with creative flair and nostalgic sweetness.

Pony Hunt’s debut album, Heart Creak, plays like a long lost jukebox of ’50s and ’60s pop imbued with forlorn heartsick and soulful sounds. Released this month, Heart Creak is already receiving rave reviews.

Hear for yourself when Pony Hunt performs an album release show on Saturday, Oct 29, at the Last Record Store, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 2pm. Free.

Green Music Center Will Not Add Outdoor Pavilion

Posted by: on Sep 30, 2016 | Comments (0)

Weill Hall. photo by Drew Altizer.

Already a highlight of live music in the North Bay, the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University has announced that it is dropping plans to build a proposed 10,000-seat outdoor pavilion on the university’s campus. The school will instead focus efforts on enhancing graduation rates, the student experience and academic programs.

In a statement, new Sonoma State University President Judy K. Sakaki said, “After reviewing the project with my new administrative team, and consulting with key stakeholders we’ve agreed that utilizing our already existing facilities at the Green Music Center, in lieu of adding an additional facility, would best serve our students, our academic mission and the surrounding communities.”

The Green Music Center already includes the dynamic Weill Hall, which features outdoor lawn seating for bigger concerts, and Schroeder Hall, housing an amazing pipe organ and used for recitals and student classes. This weekend, the Green Music Center opens its 2016-2017 season with a performance by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on Saturday, Oct 1, and Buena Vista Social Club vocalist Omara Portuondo on Sunday, Oct 2. 

Listen to Picture Atlantic’s Single, “Billy Banker”

Posted by: on Sep 23, 2016 | Comments (0)

Bay Area alternative indie band Picture Atlantic possess a rapid fire rock and roll sound that harkens back to the festive pop of British Invasion bands while repping an authentic West Coast brashness.

Recently, the band released the quick, acerbic and memorable “Billy Banker,” the second official single off the upcoming full length album, Assouf, due out October 21.

Take two minutes out of your Friday to hear the high-energy single below, and head over to Silo’s in Napa tonight to see the band perform with Napa natives and fellow indie rockers Anadel. The first fifty in the door even get that sweet show poster to take home.

The Avett Brothers Show Green Music Center Some Love

Posted by: on Sep 16, 2016 | Comments (0)

Show Poster by Todd Slater

North Carolina’s the Avett Brothers, aka siblings Scott and Seth Avett, have been making lovely harmonic country folk music since 2000, when they were still in college and high school, respectively. With a slew of critically beloved albums–including this summer’s masterfully emotional True Sadness–and a reputation for rollicking and heartfelt live shows, they’ve become one of the biggest ‘indie’ acts touring today.

And if their show last night at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center is any indication, their hard-working ethics and dynamic musicianship is a strong as ever. The band played a high soaring set of music from their entire 16-year catalogue in the beautiful Weill Hall, with the back wall open and fans packed on the lawn. Folks sung and clapped along for the two-hour set that saw the brothers power through dozens of their best songs.

With no opener, the band came out strong with an instrumental opener complete with kazoo solos. Backing the banjo picking Scott and guitar slinging Seth is bassist Bob Crawford, cellist Joe Kwon, violinist Tania Elizabeth, pianist Paul DeFiglia and drummer Mike Marsh. The ensemble offered lots of selections from True Sadness, though they also reached back to the earlier works and gave every member of the group a chance to spotlight their talents.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the Avett Brothers play live four times now over the last few years, from the fields of BottleRock Napa Valley and under the columns of Berkeley’s Greek Theatre, to an intimate theater in Visalia, and last night’s performance stood out for it’s eclectic mix of song selections and juxtaposition of hushed acoustic and all-out electric power. At one point, Seth took his guitar into the crowd for a blazing rock and roll guitar solo, and Tania Elizabeth damn near stole the show with an amazing violin performance that sounded like a full assortment of stringed players.

Congrats to whoever is booking the shows at the Green Music Center. They’ve got a great ear for music and a great taste for a wide range of acts. For a list of upcoming concerts there, click the link.

Carolyn Sills Combo Celebrates Patsy Cline’s Birthday

Posted by: on Sep 7, 2016 | Comments (0)

Patsy Cline would have been 84 this week. The legendary country star and Hall of Fame vocalist was born September 8, 1932, in Winchester, Virginia. In her brief 30 years on Earth, Cline would become one of the most recognizable voices in country music and would achieve crossover success with hits like “Walkin’ After Midnight” and her iconic version of Willie Nelson’s “Crazy.”

Cline was killed in an airplane crash in 1963, though her memory lives on in generations of fans and fellow performers who keep her voice alive. One of those performers is Santa Cruz-based Carolyn Sills, whose vintage country combo is a 2016 Ameripolitan Award nominee and Academy of Western Artist nominee for Western Swing group of the year.

This weekend, the Carolyn Sills Combo revisits Patsy Cline’s classic catalogue of tunes with authentic honky tonk sounds and swinging energy. The group gets up to the North Bay on Sunday Sept 11, with a birthday bash celebration at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 4pm. $15. 415.388.3850.

Buck-Thrifty Releases New Album This Week

Posted by: on Aug 23, 2016 | Comments (0)

Santa Rosa folk-punk band Buck-Thrifty has been around less than a year, and though their new album is titled “The Slacktivist,” the band is anything but slackers. Already, their bluesy and swinging brand of music has put them on the North Bay map. With the new record, these young bucks are taking things to another level.

This week, Buck-Thrifty unveils “The Slacktivist” with a show in Sonoma. Joining them on the bill is an eclectic lineup that includes Oddjob Ensemble and the Timothy O’Neil Band. Below, check out a live performance video of the band playing “Sweatin’,” featured on the new album, from a house show last April.

Buck-Thrifty gets the crowds dancing once again on Friday, Aug 26, at Rossi’s 1906, 401 Grove St, Sonoma. 7:30pm. $10. 18 and older. 707.343.0044.

North Bay Cabaret Goes Medieval…Again!

Posted by: on Aug 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

Knights are so hot right now, from Game of Thrones fandom to sword and sorcery video games and comic books that abound. Tonight, local troupe North Bay Cabaret commences with their second annual Hot August Knights burlesque and variety show featuring shining armor and damsels in distress.

This medieval affair features live sword fighting, sketch comedy, acrobatics and several sideshows from a bevy of local talent. Local DJs keep the beat going with a late night dance party, and costume contests and photo booths get the crowd involved. Dress up and show up tonight, Aug 19, at Annie O’s Music Hall, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. Doors at 7pm, 21 and over only. $15.