Master mandolinist David Grisman of Petaluma will perform next summer and fall at the new City Winery restaurant and concert and event venue in Napa.… Read More »
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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.
The veteran Sonoma County reggae and Caribbean music band Midnight Sun Massive will travel to Los Angeles to audition Saturday (Feb. 8) for the NBC television series America’s Got Talent. The band, formerly named Midnight Sun. was founded 25 years ago in Cotati by Milo Karobi and Andre Russell, who are still the group’s leaders. The band mixes mixes Reggae with the Caribbean styles of dancehall, ska, soca and calypso. Midnight Sun Massive remains the number-one Reggae band on the… Read More »
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 18, for the Country Summer music festival running June 13-14 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The show stars Hunter Hayes, 2014 Grammy nominee for best country solo performance, and four-time Grammy nominee Joe Nichols. The line-up also includes Darius Rucker, former lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish, the Eli Young Band and singer-songwriter Dustin Lynch. Country Summer is being produced by Impact Entertainment and Sonoma Media Group, the owner of Froggy 92.9 FM… Read More »
The lineup for this summer’s Healdsburg Jazz Festival will include “Celebration of the Blues,” a two-day mini-festival May 31-June 1 at Santa Rosa’s Jackson Theater. The festival within a festival will star blues harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite of Geyserville and jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman. The overall Healdsburg Jazz Festival, which runs from May 30 to June 8 at venues in and around Healdsburg, will feature jazz bassist Ron Carter and his quartet, the Marcus Shelby Orchestra and the Healdsburg Jazz… Read More »
When the Los Angeles heavy metal band, Ratt, plays Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Petaluma’s Phoenix Theatre, the players are going to get some local support. The Sonoma County rock quintet Shotgun Harlot, which recently released its debut CD, “Crescent Moon,” will open the show at 8 p.m. at the theater, 201 Washington St. Ratt, originally known as Mickey Ratt, had hits in the ‘80s with “Round and Round”’ and “Lay It Down.” Admission: $33. Information: 762-3565, thephoenixtheater.com.
Big-name rappers performing in Santa Rosa aren’t all that common, so Friday’s (Jan. 10) appearance by Gift of Gab is worth noting. Under the stage name Gift of Gab, Timothy Parker of Oakland is half of the Bay Area hip-hop duo Blackalicious, with DJ Chief Xcel. On addition to three albums with Blackalicious, Gift of Gab has recorded two solo albums and the 2008 all-star album, Mighty Underdogs. He will perform at 10 p.m. at the Chrome Lotus, 501 Mendocino… Read More »
Sebastopol’s HopMonk Tavern will host the fifth annual Johnny Downer Memorial Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 4, honoring a local musician and raising money to support music education. A popular local guitarist, Downer died in 2009. The Johnny Downer Music Memorial Fund was set up by his mother, Carol Esonis. Over the last four years the fund has raised more than $16,000 for sheet music, instruments and music teachers. The tribute will feature some 40 musicians, starting at 1:30 p.m. in… Read More »
‘Tis the season for holiday concerts. Unfortunately, it’s also the season for colds and flu. The Festival Consort ensemble’s “Renaissance Glory” concert scheduled for Friday (Dec. 20) at the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa has been postponed until 4 p.m. Jan. 5, because one of the performers is ill. For information, phone 528-6370.
Local rappers Bobo and Really Real have teamed up with San Quinn to produce a new video called “Candlestick,” in honor of the San Francisco stadium that’s scheduled for demolition after the end of the football season.… Read More »
The ever-genial Paul Stokeld is throwing another party at his Toad in the Hole pub in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square district. The second annual “GreenHopFest,” a celebration of the hop harvest starts at precisely 4:20 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the pub, 116 Fifth St. The event fetures fresh hop ales from local breweries, burlesque by Feral Fox and Violet Streak, and live music by the Philip Der Stein Sextet and the Gypsy Trio. Information: thetoadpub.com.