Music happenings in and around Sonoma County – 10/18 – 10/22

There’s a little something for everybody this weekend in Sonoma County, classic rock and blues, along with a tribute to one of the great songwriters of our time, Tom Petty. Step back into time with the Four Freshmen or bang your head to a Bay Area original and others. There’s even something for the folks that like both kinds of music; country AND western, with a country music icon taking the stage. Have a peek and get out there and enjoy some live music.

Friday, Oct. 19 – Petty Theft

Petty Theft

If you’re a Tom Petty fan, even a little, this will be the place for you to be. This regional Tom Petty tribute act is one of the finest around, and this night, they will be playing the “Damn the Torpedoes” album in its entirety, as well as screening the documentary that covers the recording of the album. This was a time in Petty’s career that he was suing his record company for the right to his own songs; a fight that he eventually won. Some say the emotion that the band had while making this album made it one of the best Petty albums to date. The band will play an additional set of various Tom Petty tunes after the full album set.
Venue – Mystic Theatre – Petaluma 707-765-2121

Friday, Oct. 19 – Alameda All-Stars

This well established rock and blues act has been playing the North Bay and beyond since 1979, and the truth is, you never know who is going to show up in the act. Over the years, players like Brad Gillis from Night ranger, Mark McGee from Vicious Rumors, Danny Chauncey from 38 Special and more have all been members of the band. For several years, the band was the “Friends” in Gregg Allman and Friends. The band never disappoints and the venue is a classic roadhouse.
Venue – Tradewinds – Cotati – 707-795-7878

Friday, Oct. 19 – Sonny Landreth
Saturday, Oct. 20, – Death Angel, Potential Threat and more

Sonny Landreth is a seasoned veteran and to be able to check him out in a room this small, will really be a treat. With 11 discs to his name, he has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry, like Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson Joe Satriani and Vince Gill. He has done blues albums, instrumental albums and experimental albums, and you really never know what mood he’ll be in. Landreth says about his latest album, “From day one on the guitar, many genres of music have had an impact on me. For these recordings, I drew from some of those influences that I hadn’t gone to on previous albums with my vocals. Trading off the lyrics this time, I focused solely on the instrumental side and all this music poured out. Then I asked some extraordinary musicians to help me layer the tracks in hopes of inspiring a lot of imagery for the listeners.”

Death Angel

If 1980s metal is your style, then Saturday night is for you. Remember Death Angel? Sure you do, well, they’re still at it. Among the youngest bands ever to storm the metal genre, Death Angel has come to be known as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the thriving Bay Area thrash metal scene. The band has been touring the world in support of their latest disc “Relentless Retribution” and is headlining their first tour since 2001.
Venue – Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa – 707-545-5876



Sunday, Oct. 21 – Four Freshmen
Monday, Oct. 22 – Loretta Lynn

One of the top vocal groups of the ‘50s and today, the unmistakable sound of the Four Freshmen continues to thrill audiences all over the world. The sound that began in 1948 by founding member brothers Don and Ross Barbour, their cousin, Bob Flanigan and Hal Kratsch continues today with Brian Eichenberger, Curtis Calderon, Vince Johnson and Bob Ferreira. This incarnation of the group has been together since 2001. In more than 100 concerts a year you can hear the freshmen perform the group’s blockbuster hits, such as “It’s a Blue World,” “Mood Indigo,” “Day By Day,” “Graduation Day” and many more.

Loretta Lynn

What can you say about Loretta Lynn that hasn’t already been said? For fifty years now, Lynn has fashioned a body of work as artistically and commercially successful and as culturally significant as any female performer you’d care to name. Her music has confronted many of the major social issues of her time, and her life story is a rags-to-riches tale familiar to pop, rock and country fans alike. The Coal Miner’s Daughter; the tag refers to a hit single, an album, a best-selling autobiography, an Oscar-winning film, and to Lynn herself and has journeyed her from the poverty of the Kentucky hills to Nashville superstardom to her current status as an honest-to-goodness American icon.
Venue – Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa – 707-546-3600


Music happenings in and around Sonoma County – 10/11 – 10/14

We’ve got a local blues legend in town just before he leaves for a long tour and the next night, one of the hottest reggae acts in the North Bay. If you feel like you might need a blast back to the ‘70s for a little dancing and spinning, then we’ve got just the act for you in Santa Rosa. Some “jazzy” tunes and some traditional bluegrass wrap up the weekend.

Friday, Oct. 12, – Charlie Musselwhite

Saturday, Oct. 13, – Sol Horizon

Charlie Musselwhite

With a discography that stretches back over 40 years and over 20 titles to his name alone, Charlie Musselwhite is considered an American blues harmonica legend. Born in Mississippi and moving to Memphis at an early age when names like Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley were just making names for themselves had a large impact on the young Musselwhite. He followed a familiar trail of musicians in the day to Chicago, where he connected with John Lee Hooker and the duo moved west to San Francisco in the ‘60s. Since then, there is almost no big name musician that he hasn’t played or recorded with. The will be his next to last show in the states before he leaves on a long tour of Australia.

Sol Horizon has been bringing roots, rock and reggae to the local music scene for over a decade, and the band is one of the most captivating and forward thinking bands of its genre. Sol Horizon’s conscious lyrics reveal the band’s authenticity, sincerity and their commitment to sustainable community.

Venue – HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol707- 829-7300


Saturday, Oct. 13, – Keystone Revisited

Keystone Revisited

If you’re a fan of the Grateful Dead or the Jerry Garcia Band, you’ll be in for a treat if you check out this act. Keystone Revisited plays the music of Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, and includes Merl’s son, Tony Saunders, Bill Vitt, the drummer on the original Keystone sessions from 1973, Michael Hinton, who played with Sanders and members of the Grateful Dead, and Steve Abrahamson. Keystone Revisited was brought together because of the huge demand from fans to hear more music from the originators of the “Jam Band” sound.

Venue – Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa707-545-5876


Saturday Oct. 13, – E. Z. Kewl

Not jazz and not rock, but “jazzy” music, these guys have their own take on tunes that you will recognize. Once known as the hardest working band in Sonoma County, these guys would play anywhere, including the produce aisle in the local grocery store. The gig schedule has slowed a bit and not it’s actually tough to catch them.

Venue – A’Roma Roasters – Santa Rosa707-576-7765


Sunday, Oct. 14, – David Thom Band

David Thom Band

The David Thom Band is fast becoming one of the hottest regional bluegrass acts in the North Bay. Playing in the style of Flatt and Scruggs, the band covers many from the days of Bill Monroe and the “golden years” of bluegrass and even their original songs share a similar take on the genre. The band recently played the legendary Freight and Salvage in Berkeley to rave reviews and is continuing their trek around the North Bay. This is an afternoon show.

Venue – Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary and Taproom – Petaluma707- 778-8776

Music happenings in and around Sonoma County – 10/4 – 10/7

It seems there is a different rock legend playing in Sonoma County each weekend, and this one is no different, except we have a bunch of them, and playing at one of the most intimate concert venues you will see them play. We also have a few excellent cover acts that will keep you dancing the night away.

Friday, Oct. 5, – Sugarfoot
Saturday, Oct. 6, – Crossfire


Both these bands will keep you dancing all night to songs you know. Sugarfoot is a seven-piece act that plays everything from Journey to Prince, with most of the songs being from the contemporary rock genre. Crossfire is a nine-piece act that will play songs you know, but more towards the Motown and soul genres, with a little rock thrown in for good measure

Venue – Flamingo Hotel – Santa Rosa707-545-8530




Friday, Oct. 5 – Pat Jordan Band

Like many a musician, the Pat Jordan Band started in a garage, in living rooms, backyards, by lakes and on beaches and has grown into a powerful five-piece acoustic-rock band. With a sound carved from hundreds of live shows, and constant drive to evolve and progress, the act has developed a devoted following spanning from coast to coast, and a style all their own.

Venue – HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol707- 829-7300


Saturday – Sunday, Oct. 5 – 6, – Doobie Brothers and more

Doobie Brothers

For 26 years, winemaker and philanthropist Bruce Cohn has been putting on the charity concert fundraiser and has raised more than $6 million for local non-profits and veterans groups. Cohn started his musical career as manager of the Doobie Brothers back in the ‘70s, and continues today. Saturdays show features the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald, Buddy Guy, WAR, the Turtles, Lara Johnston and Scars on 45. Sundays show has the Doobie Brothers and friends, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason, the Turtles, Zen Road Pilots, Tyronne Wells and Pat Simmons Jr. Tickets for both days will be available at the door but there is no parking at the winery. Follow the signs around Glen Ellen and for more info, point your browser to

B. R. Cohn Winery – Glen Ellen – 707-938-4064, ext. 124


Saturday, Oct. 6, – Sam Andrew Band

Sam Andrew was a founding member of Big Brother and the Holding Company, the band that backed Janis Joplin. Andrew and original band mate, James Gurley, have produced some of the greatest psychedelic guitar solos of all time. In February of 1997, Guitar Player magazine listed Andrew and Gurleys work on “Summertime” as one of the top ten Psychedelic solos in music history.

Venue – Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa707-545-5876


Saturday, Oct. 6, – Loosely Covered

This four-piece act is exactly what the bands name suggests, loose versions of cover songs that you’ll probably know after the first verse or so. The band likes to put their own signature on the songs and will sometimes even take a hard rocker and put an acoustic twist to it. The venue is a new one in town, which we’ve yet to get to. If you make it, leave a comment below.

Venue – Sprenger’s Tap Room – Santa Rosa707544-8277


Sunday, Oct. 7, – New Skye

We actually saw this act for the first time in a tasting room in Sonoma valley playing a wine club party and were very impressed with the playing and the quality of the vocals. The act is primarily amplified acoustic playing songs from the Great American Songbook along with contemporary acoustic classics. With a bit of country, Americana, folk and bluegrass, the act is an easy listen, but you just might get up and dance..

Venue – Mavericks – Santa Rosa707- 544-1562

Music happenings in and around Sonoma County – 9/27 – 9/30

There’s a whole lotta’ blues goin’ down in Sonoma County this weekend, with some of the finest local acts and a blues legend as well. Is country music your thing? There’s a full day of it in Windsor, with plenty of beer. Even thought it’s harvest time here in wine country, any winemaker will tell you it takes a lot of beer to make good wine. There’s also a little afternoon bluegrass in Petaluma. Get on out and enjoy some of the most beautiful days here in Sonoma, and take in some live music as well.


Friday, Sept. 28, – the Hellhounds

Saturday, Sept. 29, – Levi Lloyd and the 501 Blues Band


The Hellhounds

It’s a blues weekend at the Tradewinds in Cotati. Both these acts will take care of your blues “jones” and more. The Hellhounds are known for their Chicago and delta-style blues, with frontman “Cadillac” Phil Ajoka on guitar and Dave “Shuv” Chavoya on harmonica. The band has been playing in some form or another for almost 20 years, and the groove and tightness of the act shines. Levi Lloyd has played with B. B. King, John Lee Hooker and toured worldwide as the longtime guitarist for the legendary Joe Louis Walker, and brings more of a straight-forward blues sound to the stage, with a little rock and soul.

Venue – Tradewinds – Cotati – 707-795-7878


Saturday, Sept. 29, – the David Thom Band


The David Thom band

The David Thom Band  is quickly becoming one of the top bluegrass acts in the North Bay and beyond, hot off a successful CD release at the legendary Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, the band has been playing the region pretty much non-stop in support of the disc. Thom, a renaissance man of sorts, has given up all his other pursuits to focus on playing music. The band plays in the style of Bill Monroe, with the whole band playing around one microphone. This is an afternoon show, kicking off at 3 p.m.
Venue – Lagunitas Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary – Petaluma707- 778-8776



Saturday, Sept. 29, – Unauthorized Rolling Stones


Unauthorized Rolling Stones

Yep, you’ll know all the words and the act is a pretty good representation of the real band. Frontman and founder, Rudy Colombini, is regarded as one of the most visually accurate “Micks” in the business and is also an accomplished original artist, having two of his recordings reach top 40 status in the Adult Contemporary category. Colombini’s original act will be opening the show.

Venue – Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa707- 545-5876






Saturday, Sept. 29, – Country Music and Beer Festival


An all day event featuring two stages and over 10 hours of music from local and regional country music acts, childrens activities and over a dozen different beers. The acts include James Otto, Frankie Ballard, the Boot Band, Erin McKinney, Tom Drinnon, Blue Rock Country, Paulie’s Garage, Twang Ditty and Austin Lynn. Whew!

Venue – Keiser Community


Sunday, Sept. 30, – Jimmie Vaughan


Sometimes over-shadowed by his younger brother, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie and the Fabulous Thunderbirds had been enjoying some commercial success while Stevie was still David Bowie’s guitar player. Jimmie has been touring and recording since the mid-sixties, even opening for Jimi Hendrix, where the story goes that Hendrix broke Jimmie’s wah-wah pedal. In 1989, he connected with his younger brother to record the only album they played on together, “Family Style” and unfortunately, Stevie never got to hear it. The blues legend died in a helicopter crash on Aug. 27, 1990. The album was released the next day. Jimmie has played continued to play on, and his last solo effort, “Plays Blues, Ballads and Favorites” was nominated for a Grammy in 2011.

Venue – Mystic Theater – Petaluma707- 765-2121

Music happenings in and around Sonoma County – 9/13 – 9/16

Seems a lot of the action is in Petaluma this weekend, with three big shows, but also a classic club dance party at the Flamingo in Santa Rosa and an outdoor music festival in Gureneville. If you’ve come to Sonoma for the wine and food, factor some of these gourmet acts into your weekend.

Friday, Sept. 14 – Brothers Comatose

Brothers Comatose

Literally brothers, Alex and Ben Morrison of The Brothers Comatose grew up in a house that was known for its music parties. “The Morrison house was a gathering place for local musicians, everyone would bring an instrument, call out tunes, call out changes, and just play for hours” says Brothers Comatose bassist and Morrison music party goer, Gio Benedetti. “I learned more in that living room than in any class I ever took.” The brothers took this generous, inclusive and rowdy attitude and brought it to stages all over San Francisco. With the addition of members Philip Brezina and Ryan Avellone, the string quintet brings their original string music and the feel of an intimate music party to audiences all across the United States

Venue – Mystic Theater – Petaluma707- 765-2121


Friday, Sept. 14 – Pat Jordan

The Pat Jordan Band started in a garage, in living rooms, backyards, by lakes and on beaches and has grown into a powerful five-piece acoustic-rock band based in Northern California. With a sound carved from hundreds of live shows, and constant drive to evolve and progress, Pat Jordan Band has developed a devoted following spanning from coast to coast, and a style all their own.

Venue – VML Winery – Healdsburg – 707-431-4404


Saturday, Sept. 15 – Zeparella


An all-female Led Zeppelin tribute act? You got it. This would be the hot pick of the week. These girls put on a show worthy of a Zeppelin tribute act, and have gained followers all over the country with their act. Singer Noelle Doughty has found her way back to where she started, with a passion for Led Zeppelins music that was developed from as far back as she can remember, as the little sister in the room with the rocking older brothers. She was the kid who knew every word to every song. You will be truly impressed by this act.

Venue – Mystic Theater – Petaluma707- 765-2121





Saturday, Sept. 15 – Crossfire

Crossfire is a big dance band in the classic format, and plays rhythm and blues, classic soul, Motown, classic rock, ‘70s Disco and more. The band can lay down a range of grooves from smooth jazz for the cocktail-dinner set to the full blown house rockin’ show band with choreography and special effect lighting. Expect to be dancing long before the show ends.

Venue – Flamingo Hotel – Santa Rosa707-545-8530


Saturday, Sept. 15 – Redwood Grove Festival

Dan Hicks

The Annual Old Grove Festival takes place at the historic Redwood Forest Theater in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. This beautiful open-air theatre was built in the ‘30s. Concerts and theatrical events took place there for decades until the theater was closed in the ‘80s out of concern for natural resource protection. In 2006, the theater was reopened for limited use. This years headliner is Dan Hicks. Hicks is truly an American original. Since the early 1960s, Hicks has deftly blended elements of Swing, Jazz, Folk and Country music to create the appealing sound he sometimes calls “Folk Jazz.” Also on the bill are Solid Air, the Mighty Chiplings and Gordon and D’Orazi.

Venue – Armstrong Redwoods State Park – Guerneville – 707-869-9177




Sunday, Sept. 16 – Dave Matthews Tribute Band

Their name says it all; The Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Many go to their live shows with reservations, high expectations, and the burning question, “Do these guys sound like the real Dave Matthews Band?” Almost always the answer is “Yes!” Hailing from Chattanooga, TN, the Dave Matthews Tribute Band is the only nationally touring tribute to the Dave Matthews Band. This 6-piece ensemble strives to pay homage to their famous counterparts by matching the excitement, energy, intensity and intimacy of a DMB live show.

Venue – Mystic Theater – Petaluma707- 765-2121