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

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