It’s a slow weekend after the Labor Day holiday, with harvest right around the corner and wineries ramping up, all the kids are finally back in school and Sonoma County is laying back a bit. If you’re in town this weekend, it’s actually the beginning of one of the best times to be here in Wine Country. There’s still some music options out there so get on out and work off that big dinner you just had.
Friday, Sept. 7 – Wonderbread 5
This band is just flat-out fun. Starting out as a Jackson 5 tribute and eventually becoming a ‘70s – ‘80s tribute act and for over a decade, Wonderbread 5 have been thrilling audiences. Michael, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Action Jackson round out this unstoppable, international rock and roll party machine. Wonderbread 5 covers everything from Motown to Bean-town and back again.
Venue – HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol – 707-829-7300
Friday, Sept. 7 – Solid Air
This is probably the most unassuming act in Sonoma County. They duo has played and recorded with, and even had on their own albums, the likes of Jackson Browne, Elvin Bishop, Barry Melton and more. Their 2007 release, “Solid Air,” was nominated for a Grammy. But you’d never know it. Chris Garcia of the Press Democrat had this to say about them. “Soulfully incandescent vocals; an enormously gifted band.”
Venue – A’Roma Roasters – Santa Rosa – 707- 576-7765
Friday, Sept. 7 – Life in the Fast Lane – Eagles Tribute
It’s the Eagles! Well, not really, but tribute acts are hot these days, and these guys put on a good show, and even have a couple female vocalists taking over the lead on some songs. They play all the hits you’d expect to hear. Here’s a snippet from an online review from a recent show in Groveland, CA. “Besides just Eagles hits, they played a few Don Henley favorites such as “Dirty Laundry.” It wasn’t until the second set after the intermission that the party really got started, when more and more of the crowd left their seats to enjoy the dance floor.”
Venue – Mavericks – Santa Rosa – 707- 544-1562