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Save the Phoenix Theater!

Posted by: on Nov 2, 2018 | Comments (0)

From opera house to movie theater to rock and roll venue and teen center, the Phoenix Theater in downtown Petaluma has become an institution and invaluable community resource in Sonoma County. Now, the venue needs the community’s help to stay open.

Recently, the Phoenix was given notice by the city that a modern sprinkler system would have to be installed by next April to keep operating. In addition, the century-old building has long needed a new roof, and now the two combined expenses threaten to be more than the venue can handle.

Thankfully, the community has already come out to help the space remain open, with recent donations including $50k raised from this year’s Lagunitas Beer Circus, $50k donated from Petaluma Market and $40k coming from an anonymous source. But, there’s still a long way to go.

Yesterday, the Phoenix launched a GoFundMe crowdsourcing fundraiser for the $250k that’s still needed to safely and quickly make the necessary repairs and infrastructure updates. In less than a day, the GoFundMe has already topped $10k in donations and is trending on the website. Now, it’s time for the whole community to come out and lend a hand. Click here to help save the Phoenix Theater, and read the full statement from Phoenix booking manger Jim Agius below.

Sonoma Harvest Music Festival Brings Bands Back to BR Cohn Winery

Posted by: on Mar 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

The Avett Brothers headline Sonoma Harvest Music Festival.

Producers of BottleRock Napa Valley announced today that Indie-folk superstars the Avett Brothers and The Head and the Heart will headline the inaugural Sonoma Harvest Music Festival this September at B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen.

The winery had previously been the homebase for summer and fall concerts for several years, yet those concerts have been on hiatus for the last three years. Now, with this new Sonoma Harvest Music Festival, the Sonoma Valley’s array of culinary and wine vendors will once again join renowned musicians in the picturesque amphitheater overlooking Olive Hill Vineyard.

In addition to The Avett Brothers on Saturday, September 22, the festival will also feature Lake Street Dive, Shovels & Rope, The Suffers and Royal Jelly Jive. Joining The Head and the Heart on Sunday, September 23 will be Rodrigo Y Gabriela, ZZ Ward, Rayland Baxter and Con Brio.

Two-day festival passes for the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival weekend at B.R. Cohn Winery range from $255 General Admission, to $500 VIP and $1200 for the exclusive weekend Platinum pass.

Passes will be available beginning Wednesday, March 28  at 10 a.m. PST. Single day GA and VIP festival passes will be available at a later date. The Harvest Music Festival benefits Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation.

Huichica Music Festival Tickets Are Available Now

Posted by: on Mar 2, 2018 | Comments (0)

Set in the picturesque grounds of  Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma, the annual Huichica Music Festival is always one of the coolest weekends of music in the North Bay, packed with performances from hip indie-rock bands and overflowing with a delectable array of beer, wine and food trucks.

Presented by Gun Bun Winery president Jeff Bundschu, boutique events organizers (((folkYEAH!))) and musician Eric D Johnson, this year’s festival is set for Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9. The weekend’s musical guests include experimental San Francisco rockers Wooden Shjips, influential punk songwriter Jonathan Richman, Bay Area folk band Vetiver, who will perform their 2008 album “Thing of the Past” in full, and Eric D Johnson’s longtime project Fruit Bats, who will lead a festival jam.

If you want in, you need to act fast, as the intimate festival just made tickets available online. Click the link to grab your passes and look below to get the full lineup for Huichica Music Festival.

NPR Tiny Desk Contest Coming to Sonoma County

Posted by: on Feb 21, 2018 | Comments (0)

Calling all North Bay musicians, NPR’s massively popular Tiny Desk Contest is on for 2018.  Now in its fourth year, the nationwide contest for unsigned bands and artists is an opportunity like no other. Simply make a video of yourself performing an original tune while sitting at a desk in the style of NPR’s longrunning Tiny Desk Concert series, upload it to YouTube and submit it as an entry. Winners will have the chance to tour the country, and this year, the tour stops in Sonoma County for the first time with a performance at Lagunitas Tap Room in Petaluma.

Now, maybe it’s just me, a humble North Bay native; but how cool would it be for a local band to be on that stage when NPR comes to town? Tiny Desk contest winners in past years have gone on to perform for sold-out crowds around the world, and Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito even picked up a Grammy Award after winning the contest in 2015.

If you don’t win the grand prize, submitting artists have still been featured on NPR Music’s All Songs Considered blog as well as Tiny Desk supercut videos and the like. If you’re a band that has submitted in past years, you can do it again, just pick a new song. Also, creativity is encouraged, so the concept of a “desk” to perform at can be stretched in any number of ways.

Unsigned bands and musicians can submit videos now through Sunday, March 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET at NPR.org/tinydeskcontest. Please see website for official rules.

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.

Luther Burbank Center Closed Until November

Posted by: on Oct 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts was one of over 5,000 buildings damaged or destroyed in the last week of wildfires in the North Bay, suffering major damage when a firestorm swept through Santa Rosa’s Mark West Springs neighborhood on Monday, Oct. 9.

Today, Oct. 16, the center announced in a press release that all events and performances at the venue have been postponed through Sunday, Nov. 5, as the staff works with authorities to determine the building’s structural safety.

In the statement, the center announced that they are hoping to reschedule as many of the events as possible, and will issue refunds for any event that is cancelled.

The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is not the only performance venue affected by the fires, and others, like the Blue Note Jazz Club in Napa, are also postponing events through the month. If you have tickets to a show in the North Bay this month, check with the venue for updated information.

Lungs and Limbs Cut Through the Static in New Music Video

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

Electro-pop stars and North Bay natives Lungs and Limbs have made their name with ’80s-inspired synthwave and alternative guitar rock mashups that hook the listener with addictive riffs and memorable melodies. The band is at it again with their latest single, “Lightspeed,” off the band’s 6-song album Big Bang.

Now there’s a music video to accompany the patiently poppy track, and it features the band taking to the airwaves with mysterious masks and vintage aesthetics. Check out the video and get the chorus firmly embedded in your memory for the rest of the week.

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.

Volunteer to Be a Part of Railroad Square Music Festival

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

Returning this year for a third annual installment of great music in the heart of Santa Rosa, the Railroad Square Music Festival is looking for a few good volunteers.

The community event, run by the fine folks at the North Bay Hootenanny and supported by groups like Second Octave Entertainment, is going to be bigger than ever when it takes over the Railroad Square district on June 11, and you can lend a hand (or a couple of bucks) to ensure the show goes smoothly for the expected 5,000 people who will be attending.

Watch the video above to learn how you can volunteer. And then watch the video below to get more information on the festival’s Go Fund Me campaign. This event is going to be a blast, don’t miss out on the fun!

 

Sign Up for Next Level Pre-Conference Workshops ASAP!

Posted by: on Apr 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

After a successful 2016, the Next Level Music Conference is back in 2017, offering a day of keynote talks and perspectives from industry professionals on Sunday, May 7, at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

New this year is a full day of pre-conference workshops taking place on Saturday, May 6, at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati. But, if you’re a musician and want in, you’ve got to sign-up right now!

Sonoma County bands and songwriters can submit a demo for a Creative Recording session with professional producer/engineer Glenn Lorbecki, who has worked with artists from the White Stripes to Dizzy Gillespie.

There is also a Songwriter’s Studio that offers up to 15 slots for locals to have their songs personally workshopped by longtime songwriter Sam Hollander, who has written Top 40 hits for everyone from Katy Perry to Carole King.

To get in on these exciting opportunities, musicians must submit their tracks by tomorrow, April 27 at noon. Do so here.