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Bill Callahan Coming to Gun Bun in Sonoma

Posted by: on Jan 6, 2016 | Comments (0)

Subtle lo-fi songwriter Bill Callahan, who spent 15 years making music under the name Smog before venturing out under his birth name, opens the 2016 concert season at Sonoma’s hippest winery venue, Gundlach Bundschu, next month on Feb 24.

Fans of Smog and Callahan (who I count myself among) have long been obsessed with his sonorous baritone vocals delivered over sometimes dreary, sometimes groovy and often minimalistic instrumentation. Since the late ’80s, Callahan has operated with a singularly artistic vision, infusing his poetic songs with heartbreaking and revealing storytelling lyricism.

For the upcoming February concert, co-presented by (((folkYEAH!))), the songwriter is slated to appear in Gun Bun’s historic century-old Redwood Barn, recently restored to its former glory. Carpooling is encouraged, and dressing in warm layers is a must! Tickets to this intimate, one of a kind concert are available here.

Below is a video of one of my favorite Smog tracks, “Hit the Ground Running.”

 

BottleRock 2016 Offers Pre-Sale Passes for One Day Only

Posted by: on Dec 14, 2015 | Comments (0)

No Doubt at BottleRock 2015. Photo by Jamie Soja.

Just in time for the holidays, the  North Bay’s biggest music festival, BottleRock Napa Valley, will hold a special one-day pre-sale of a limited number of Platinum, VIP and general admission passes for their 2016 event, taking place next May 27-29. The sale happens tomorrow, December 15, starting at 10am PST and lasts until midnight, or until supplies sell out.

“Last year went very well,”says Dave Graham of festival organizer Latitude 38 Entertainment. “And the day after the festival, we started anew and reviewed everyone from customers to vendors and partners to figure out where we can improve, and we have been working diligently on that all year.”

BottleRock Napa Valley 2016 promises to be even bigger and better this year, with an eclectic lineup of over 70 bands joining the best of Napa Valley food and wine. Graham says that popular additions to last year’s fest, like the always packed Culinary Stage, are being taken to the next level, and the fest hopes to entice more families with an established kid’s area that’s fun for any age.

Though the lineup will not be announced until early next January, Graham says,”This year with the credibility we were able to build with the industry and our customers, we’ve been able to bring on an amazing lineup of artists.”

Tomorrow’s pre-sale will feature four tiers of specially-priced tickets. The 3-Day Platinum Pass ($2750) features an exclusive one-of-a-kind experience that gets you up close and personal with the musicians, chefs and master sommeliers for a gourmet experience through and through.

The popular 3-Day VIP Plus Skydeck Pass ($925) this year boasts a more expansive experience, as Graham and the organizers are planning a bigger sky deck with all-day complimentary beer and wine, and private suites available as well.

There’s also the 3-Day VIP Pass ($579) with expanded culinary offerings, premium viewing and upgraded amenities. The 3-Day general admission ($250) is also available at a reduced rate tomorrow.

The sale starts Dec 15 at 10am  and tickets may be purchased at BottleRockNapaValley.com and Eventbrite.com.

 

Eight Belles Release New Album, Play the Last Record Store

Posted by: on Dec 11, 2015 | Comments (0)

photo by Kelley Larson

Folk and Americana duo Eight Belles is made up of Michigan-born and longtime Bay Area-based singer Jessi Phillips and Sonoma County native songwriter and guitarist Henry Aloysius Nagle. The pair met in 2010 and first made noise in 2012 with their debut album, “Girls Underground,” hailed as a vividly beautiful country rock record.

Now, Eight Belles is back in the spotlight with a new self-titled album on Saint Rose Records, a recently premiered music video and an upcoming record-release show at the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa on Saturday, Dec 12, at 2pm.

Even with their impressive debut, the new self-titled record proves to be an even stronger effort, with Phillip’s lovely voice sounding like a mixture of Patsy Cline and Carol King, and evolved melodic arrangements performed with a full band of popular Bay Area musicians.

To get a taste of the new album, Eight Belles offer up a music video for their single, “The Old Life,” that matches their timeless country folk with enchanting  black-and-white visuals, click on the video below to watch.

This weekend’s release show at the Last Record Store will feature the pair playing in an intimate setting, with Sonoma County songstress Ashley Allred opening. Vinyl and CD copies of the self-titled album will be available. The show starts at 2pm and is free.

Soulfly Lands in Petaluma

Posted by: on Dec 10, 2015 | Comments (0)

If you’re a fan of  hardcore metal, you ought to know the name Max Cavalera. The Brazilian-born guitarist, singer and heavy metal icon has been in the business of melting faces and blowing out eardrums since he formed the infamous Sepultura back in 1984. His signature four-string guitar riffs and shamanistic growl have influenced countless acts in the last 30 years, and today Cavalera continues to innovate with his eclectic heavy metal band Soulfy, playing tomorrow, Dec 11, at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma.

Sine 1997, Soulfly has explored highly spiritual themes with biblically heavy music. Their latest, 2015’s Archangel, is their most focused to date. Streamlined songs pour from the band on their tenth full-length, incorporating seemingly divisive elements such as grind and thrash metal into their sophisticated arrangements. Veterans of the genre, Soulfly prove again and again that they can take hardcore metal in any direction they choose.

Sonoma County Metal & Hardcore presents Soulfly tomorrow, Dec 11, at the Phoenix Theater for an all ages show that also features local acts Thought Vomit, Vile Riot Villains, Trial By Combat and Trecelence. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 7:30pm. $20-$22. Tickets will be available at the door.

 

Watch the Velvet Teen’s Recent Homecoming Show in Full

Posted by: on Dec 8, 2015 | Comments (0)

Onstage with Jim and Tom has long been one of my favorite podcasts and video series, focusing on local music and the historic Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, run by hosts Tom Gaffey and Jim Agius. The series incorporates interviews with local bands and live concert films, and this week the project unveiled their most ambitious concert feature yet.

Last summer, recent Norbay Music Award-winners the Velvet Teen released their long-awaited and exceptional indie rock album, All is Illusory, and toured the US; capping the trek with a massive show at the Phoenix Theater on August 22. To top it off, the Onstage film crew was there to capture the whole darn thing.

Edited by Agius and mixed by Greenhouse Recording Studio co-owner and engineer Paul Haile, this is a clean, clear and professional production that goes beyond simple recording and stands as a full-on film. And the band has never sounded better, captured here in their element, playing for the hometown crowd.

If you saw this show last summer, relive the good times. If you missed the show, now’s your chance. It’s well worth a watch.

Ezra Furman Plays Santa Rosa Last Minute

Posted by: on Dec 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

Garage rock and glam pop songwriter Ezra Furman is a fierce and fearless indie music maker who’s been gathering steam for his irresistible tunes and infectious personality. His most recent release, “Perpetual Motion People” is as groovy as it is restless, as personal as it is catchy. And, Furman has also been making headlines lately for identifying as gender fluid. We last wrote about Furman’s awesome cover of the Replacements song, “Androgynous,” and we’re happy to have another excuse to highlight some amazing music once again.

That’s because, this week Furman is playing a last minute concert on Saturday, December 5, at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa, as part of a west coast tour. With Furman’s star shining brightly and musical momentum perpetually gaining speed, this might be the last time anyone will get to see the songwriter in such an intimate setting as this, and the rest of the lineup is fully stacked with local wonders. Music from the Corner Store Kids, Don Kennemer and Plastic Ghost joins a masked performance art piece by Quenby, comedic antics from Be The Clown, a gallery of works from local artists and Lagunitas beer on tap.

This is one not to miss. The show happens on Dec 5 at Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 8pm, $12 suggested donation.

North Bay Cabaret Goes For Bro

Posted by: on Nov 18, 2015 | Comments (0)

The monthly North Bay Cabaret always brings a new, distinct flavor to their ongoing variety shows, incorporating themes that range from Renaissance Fairs to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks in their imaginative array of burlesque dancing, live readings, standup, acrobatics and more.

This weekend, the Cabaret busts out the tanning spray and tank tops for their upcoming “Brovember” event that features everything from a special beer pong burlesque to a “bro” puppet show, fashion show, fire dancing, slam poetry and music.

Recent NorBays Music Award winner DJ Beset is the special guest in the Vinyl DJ Dance Room, and San Francisco’s Riflefeet bring an electronica backdrop to the main room. As always, the entire thing is hosted by the ultimate “Bro,” Jake Ward.

Now, remember haters, this is a satirical show, so bring a sense of humor when you “bro down” with the North Bay Cabaret on Friday, Nov 20, at Whiskey Tip, 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $10. 21 and over. Details and lineup are here.

Sonoma Bach Choir Explores Mozart’s Requiem

Posted by: on Nov 17, 2015 | Comments (0)

If you’ve seen the massively-long 1984 film “Amadeus,” you know a few things about classical Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. You know he had a shrill laugh, you know of his extensive collection of powdered wigs, and you know that the young musical mastermind died before he could finish his “Requiem Mass.” And, while that film took equally massive artistic liberties, the story of Mozart’s most infamous unfinished work still captivates audiences worldwide for it’s musical wonders as much as its mythical background.

While Mozart died with the Requiem very unfinished, fellow composer Franz Xaver Sussmayr, who was an assistant to Mozart and reportedly discussed the work with him before his death, offered a completed version of the Requiem that has long been the closest the world has gotten to Mozart’s masterwork. This weekend, the long-standing Sonoma Bach Choir, led by retired Sonoma State University professor Robert Worth and joined by the Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, will present an interesting dual concert titled Mozart Requiem: The Story of a Masterwork.” The ensemble will tackle first the Requiem just as Mozart left it, before returning to the full work as completed by Sussmayr.

Before each of the two weekend performances, Worth will present a pre-concert talk that fully explores the controversial history of, and compositional significance to the Requiem. The Sonoma Bach Choir performs the masterwork on Friday, Nov 20, at St Andrew Presbyterian Church, (16290 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 8pm, $15-$25) and then again on Sunday, Nov 22, at St. Vincent de Paul Church (35 Liberty St, Petalum. 7pm. $15_$25). Pre-concert talks begin 35 minutes before each performance. Tickets and details are here.

The Nuclears Party Down in Forestville Tonight

Posted by: on Nov 10, 2015 | Comments (0)

Brooklyn punk rockers The Nuclears are a power pack of long hair, leather jackets, cool shades and good times. Their blistering throwback punk riffs and blazing guitar solos make them an instant hit at clubs around their native New York City, and tonight the the Nuclears are cranking up the amps at the Forestville Club as part of a national tour.

The group’s last album,  2014 album, This is How We Party, gives Andrew WK a run for his money, with a blend of positive vibes and great songs that flash back to the Ramones and Stooges while keeping things fresh and fun in the here and now.

Hopefully, the Forestville Club has plenty of Rolling Rock beer stocked for the show tonight, when the five party animals that make up the Nuclears get loud and rowdy, 6250 Front St, Forestville. 8pm. $5.

Love Lake County Hosts Benefit Concert Tomorrow

Posted by: on Nov 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Girls & Boys

In the wake of the devastating Valley Fire that wreaked havoc on Lake, Napa and even parts of Sonoma County two months ago, community support has remained strong. One such support group is Love Lake County, who have helped organize relief efforts and events since September.

This weekend, Love Lake County hosts their next rocking charity event, with a gaggle of local acts taking the stage at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa to show support and gather funds for victims of the fire.

Santa Rosa rock band Girls & Boys will be bringing their energetic, power-packed music to the show. Currently  finishing their sophomore album, Girls & Boys have been touring California the past year opening for Elvis Costello, Allen Stone, Goo Goo Dolls and Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers. 

The Corner Store Kids will also be on hand, offering their lo-fi funk and jazz jams to get the dance floor grooving. Finally, soul funk outfit Marshall House Project are going to rock the night away with their uplifting sounds.

All proceeds go to Valley Fire victims, so get out and show Lake County some love tomorrow, Nov 7, at Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. Doors at 6pm, music at 8pm. $10-$20.