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Gogol Bordello Headlines Upcoming Lagunitas Beer Circus

Posted by: on Jul 26, 2019 | Comments (0)

What started as small party back in 2009 has grown into a freaktastic celebration of all things weird, wonderful and circus-like. Held in Petaluma, the Lagunitas Beer Circus is a one-of-a-kind experience that combines cold beer, live music and thrilling circus acts in an evening of revelry where you’ll see things you can’t unsee.

Now, 10 years in, Lagunitas Beer Circus is holding its biggest big-top soiree yet, and they’ve recruited gypsy-punk veterans Gogol Bordello to headline the show. The New York City ensemble has been shaking things up since 1999, and their flair for theatrics makes them the perfect band to play the beer circus. The provocative post-modern group lays down the jams alongside a bevy of performers and beers on Saturday, Sept 14, at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma. Tickets are on sale now. Don’t delay, the beer circus usually sells out in advance.

Love and Beer Mingle at ‘Pride Is Love’ Dance Party in Petaluma

Posted by: on Jun 7, 2019 | Comments (0)

Show your Pride over a pint at the Pride Is Love party on Saturday, June 8 in Petaluma. Dress up and boogie down to live music from Oinga Boinga and DJ Lady Char, and revel in entertaining acts from North Bay Cabaret, who assemble an array of drag queens, drag kings, circus and burlesque performers to accompany the dance party. The event also includes a silent auction with prizes from local artists and shops, and a portion of proceeds benefit Sonoma County Pride. Saturday, Jun 8, at Lagunitas Tap Room, 1280 N McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 8pm. $20. 707.778.8776.

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.

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.

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.

Listen to Trebuchet’s New Single, “A Confession”

Posted by: on Dec 9, 2016 | Comments (0)

Petaluma folk-rock quartet Trebuchet are finally out of the studio and ready to start unveiling their new sophomore album, Volte-Face, due out early next year. First up, Trebuchet premieres the album’s lead single, “A Confession,” which finds vocalist and songwriter Eliott Whitehurst delving deep into family memories and bringing back with him a questioning spirit.

Bolstered by harmonies from drummer Paul Haile, keyboardist Lauren Haile and bassist Navid Manoochehri, Whitehurst’s newfound lyrical longing is brought to life with slow-building acoustics expanding into a mellifluous choir. If “A Confession” is any indicator, Volte-Face looks to be a mature and introspective reckoning of an album.

Listen to the new single below, and see Trebuchet play a release show on Sunday, Dec 11, at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. That show also features new Bay Area band Mare Island, featuring members of Loma Prieta and The New Trust, and all proceeds will go to a benefit fundraiser for the victims of the recent Oakland warehouse fire. Next week, on Dec 18, Trebuchet plays their annual “A Very Trebuchet Christmas” concert in Petaluma, featuring them and several other North Bay acts performing Christmas covers and more.

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.

Check Out Petaluma Music Festival’s 2016 Lineup

Posted by: on Apr 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

Returning to the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 6, the Petaluma Music Festival once again brings an enormous array of talent to three stages for a fun-filled day of music that benefits music programs in Petaluma’s public elementary and secondary schools. This year’s festival boasts its biggest lineup to date with an incredible roster of local and regional musicians.

Headlining the festival is prominent California songwriter Jackie Greene, best known as a former member of the Black Crowes, as one half of the Skinny Singers duo and for his own prolific solo output. Greene is a North Bay favorite, often selling out weeklong residencies at venues like Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley and playing alongside legends like Phil Lesh at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael.

Speaking of North Bay favorites, masterful guitarist and songwriter Steve Kimock will also play the Petaluma Music Festival, and he’s bringing friends. Best known for founding ’80s jazz rock fusion band Zero and now living in Sebastopol, Kimock this year unveiled his latest solo album, Last Danger of Frost, an experimental blend of Eastern and Western melodies. He’s also recently debuted his latest collaboration, KIMOCK, a duo with his son John.

Also on the bill for the Petaluma Music Festival are Bay Area veterans the Mother Hips, David Nelson Band, Moonalice and Mark Karan. The festival fills out the rest of its lineup with Northern California musicians David Luning, Kingsborough, Highway Poets, the Sam Chase, Joy & Madness, Saffell, MoeTar, the Melt and the Grain.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now, for more information click here.

 

Trebuchet Release New EP, “Rivers Out of Streams”

Posted by: on Dec 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

artwork by Josh Staples

Petaluma folk quartet Trebuchet have a new collection of harmonious music for you, just in time for the holidays. Rivers Out of Streams is a collaborative effort between the band and and the Santa Rosa Young People’s Chamber Orchestra. Filled with string arrangements and melodic wonder, this new release expands the group’s already lush acoustics into a swell of symphonic joy.

You can order Rivers Out of Streams on the band’s site here. It comes as a 10″ vinyl and includes unlimited streaming of the record online, which is good because you’ll want to listen to this one again and again.

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.

 



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