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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.

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.

BottleRock Countdown: The Avett Brothers

Posted by: on May 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

Amidst the surge of folkie-indie-hipster songwriters that took hold of Americana music over the last three years, few are as authentic as The Avett Brothers. These North Carolina boys harmonize like they were born with it – which isn’t surprising since they’ve been doing it since they were kids.

Their 7th studio album, The Carpenter (produced by the infamous Rick Rubin), was released last year and soared to number 4 on the U.S. Billboard Charts after being nominated for a Grammy. While categorized as every sub-genre of folk rock you can image, the real element to their music is that sweet southern front-porch songwriting.

A YouTube quote by ScartonsmithIrving pretty much sums up their sound: “when the Avett brothers harmonize….someone, somewhere gets laid.”

Since they will be performing on the smaller Miner Family Winery Stage at BottleRock, this lovely performance of “I And Love And You” at Glastonbury Festival in 2010 is probably what you can expect. We hope they decorate the Miner stage with giant mushrooms as well.