Spotlight – Funky Fridays
Funky Fridays kicks off in Kenwood tonight, May 26, for another season of live music on the lawn, and this year, they’ve added a dance floor. Formerly held at the Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, the venue is now at the Hood Mansion off Pythian Road in Kenwood. The event simply outgrew the park and the mansion has many advantages, including more room for the crowd, a spacious lawn and dance floor for concert-goers, as well as nearby parking.
The series kicks off on tonight, May 26, with the Bruthas, which features local music veterans Levi Lloyd, Willie Jordan and Willard Blackwell, whose musical credits are far too extensive to mention here. The series also includes the Jami Jamison Band, the Volker Strifler Band, the Blues Burners, Gator Nation, Frobeck and many more. Downbeat is 7 p.m. and is a ticketed event, with a twist; an advance ticket, although not required, will get you into any of the concerts, so if your plans suddenly change, you can use the ticket at an upcoming event. Food and beverages, including the adult variety, are available at the venue and you can bring your own picnic as well, but no outside alcohol is allowed, including beer. Children under 18 are admitted free. For more info and the complete line-up, point your browser to funkyfridays.info.
Once again, funds raised from this years concert series will support projects related to Hood Mansion, Hood Mountain Regional Park, and other county parks projects in the Sonoma Valley. The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation has directed more than $3.5 million to county parks projects since its inception in 1998. The non-profit currently is raising funds to build more trails at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, sponsor environmental field trips for local school children, and support swim classes and water safety programs operated by Regional Parks.
Set List – The Rundown
Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, May 26: Tangled up in Blue. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 27: O and the Riots. 7:30 p.m.
B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, May 28: Clay Bell. 2 p.m.
B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, May 26: Latin Night with DJ Willie. 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 27: DJ Cal. 9 p.m.
El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Saturday, May 27: Death N Taxes, Kitten Drunk, Cartoon Violence, Heap of Stone, SEXSTAR and Mutt. 8 p.m.
Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, May 26: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.
Hood Mansion Lawn, 389 Casa Manana Rd. Santa Rosa, 833-6288
Tonight, May 26: Funky Fridays with the Bruthas. 7 p.m.
HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, May 26: Sean Carscadden. 5 p.m. Matt Bolton. 8 p.m
Saturday, May 27: Suburu Nervo. 1 p.m. Jeff Campbell. 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 28: Vardo. 1 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, May 26: Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson. 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 27: Jesse Lee Kincaid. 8 p.m.
Muscardini Cellars, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 933-9305
Saturday, May 27: “Simmer Down Saturday” with the Cork Pullers. 6 p.m.
Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, May 26: Ryan Tatarian. 6:30 p.m. Reggae Night with Byron Borges. 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 27: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.
The Reel Fish Shop and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, May 26: Ryan Tatarian. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 27: Rubber Soul. 8:30 p.m.
Schug Carneros Winery, 602 Bonneau Road, Carneros, 939-9363
Saturday, May 27: Jaydub and Dino. 1 p.m.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, May 26: Stax City and “Food Truck Friday”. 6 p.m.
Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma, 938-4626
Saturday, May 27: “Free Spirits” gospel choir. 7:30 p.m.
Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, May 26: Silver Horse. 6:30 p.m. S.E.Willis, Bobby Cochran and Ruth Davies. 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 27: the Marks Brothers. 5 p.m. the Mark Larson Band. 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 28: Wildflower Weed. 5 p.m. Acoustic Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.
Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, 574 First St. E., 938-8313
Saturday, May 27: Luau with Del Medina and the Hula Mai Dancers. 12 p.m.
The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 996-3055 Sunday, May 28: Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson. 7:30 p.m.
Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E. Sonoma, 996-0311
Today, May 26: the Vintage House Singers “Spring Concert.” 2 p.m.
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