The Friday, Aug. 4, Column

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Spotlight – Petaluma Music Festival

With little pomp and circumstance, over the last seven years the Petaluma Music Festival has become one to take notice of, as it presents music to help raise money to keep music in local Petaluma schools. Not quite to the level yet of Bruce Cohn’s Sonoma festival, which in it’s 29-year run raised close to 7 million dollars for local Sonoma and Veterans charity organizations, the Petaluma festival has so far put over $200,000 into school districts coffers, and this year the festival boasts the best line-up yet, with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood headlining the show, which goes off on Saturday, Aug. 5.

This year the festival boast 14 acts on four stages and has regional acts Moonalice, Stu Allen and the Pulsators as well as local acts Poor Man’s Whiskey, the Grateful Bluegrass Boys, the Bootleg Honeys and more. Music on the various stages will happen from noon until 8 p.m. with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood wrapping the evening for a set from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on the Festival Stage.

The festival takes place at the Marin-Sonoma Fairgrounds and has various admission options, with a VIP area that includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. Oh, and shade. The vent is family friendly with a children’s area, children under age 12 are admitted free to the festival. In addition to all the music, there will be many local food vendor options, free water, an artist meet-and-greet area and a silent and live auction, with celebrity autographed guitars in the auction (sound familiar?). All proceeds benefit the music education programs of all Petaluma area public schools.

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Picture of Rubber Soul
Rubber Soul – Photo: Melania Mahoney

Set List – The Rundown

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, Aug. 4: DJ Cal. 9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 5: DJ Isak. 9 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, Aug. 6: Lake Charlatans. 2 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, Aug. 4: Matt Lungs, Argentavis, Eat The Crow. 8 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Aug. 4: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St. Sonoma, 938-5277
Tonight, Aug. 4: Sean Hayes plus Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra. 7:30 p.m.

Hood Mansion Lawn, 389 Casa Manana Rd. Santa Rosa, 833-6288
Tonight, Aug. 4: Funky Fridays with Frobeck. 7 p.m. and Radar. 6 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Aug. 4: David Hamilton. 5 p.m. the Straw Wattles. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 5: Dan Martin. 1 p.m. Greg Lamboy 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 6: Silver Lake 66. 1 p.m.

Larson Park, 329 DeChene Avenue, Sonoma, 539-8092
Sunday, Aug. 6: Springs Farmers Market with Momentous. 4 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 933-9305
Saturday, Aug. 5: “Simmer Down Saturday” with the Jami Jamison Band. 6 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, Aug. 4: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m.

Passaggio Wines, 25E. Napa. St, Ste. C, Sonoma, 934-8941
Saturday, Aug. 5: Adam Traum. 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 6: Adam Traum. 1 p.m.

The Reel Fish Shop and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Saturday, Aug. 5: Pato Banton. 7:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, Aug. 4: Magic. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Aug. 4: Bruce Gordon and Friends. 6:30 p.m. Scarlett Letters. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 5: the Marks Brothers. 5 p.m. Jodi’s Birthday Jam with Jim Caroompas and more. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 6: Wine Country Blues Band  5 p.m. Acoustic Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma, 939-7862
Tonight, Aug. 4: Rubber Soul. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 996-5217
Saturday, Aug. 5: the Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. 2 p.m.

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 996-3055
Sunday, Aug. 6: Aiden Eljumaily. 7:30 p.m.

Viansa Winery, 25200 Arnold Drive, Carneros, 995-4740
Saturday, Aug. 5: Rhyme & Reason. 12 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 6: Acoustic Soul. 12 p.m.

If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it.

2 thoughts on “The Friday, Aug. 4, Column”

  1. Don’t forget Brandon and the bees knees every Thursday at B&V 9-12 no cover
    Live band rocking a reggae funky dance party vibe

  2. Thursday events are in the Tuesday column. We’ve been running that event for months..

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