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
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 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 – Petaluma – 707- 778-8776
Saturday, Sept. 29, – 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 Rosa – 707- 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 Park – Windsor – www.countrymusicbeerfest.com
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 – Petaluma – 707- 765-2121