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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Lucas Ohio plays Russian River Brewing Co.

How do you define an authentic Americana band? Well, if the group plays the Gilroy Garlic Festival, that’s a pretty good indicator. Lucas Ohio and the Shamblers, a very active Bay Area band since 2009, will play July 30 in Gilroy. But long before that, you can see the band at the Russian River Brewing Company in downtown Santa Rosa, and they promise something for everyone. “We combine elements of blues, folk, pop, jazz and country,” Lucas says. Lucas and… Read More »

Beer, bluegrass bash at Flamingo

The Sonoma County Museum stages “BOB3,” its third annual Big Oktoberfest Bash, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at the Flamingo Resort Hotel and Conference Center 277 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. Taste locally made brews from Lagunitas, Moonlight, Russian River, Third Street Aleworks and others, as well as Ace Cider’s best.  The party also features barbecue, beer-making demonstrations and live bluegrass music by Old Jawbone. Tickets cost $40 at the door, and that price includes all tastings and… Read More »

Pliny the Younger has come and gone

An update for those of you who were waiting until the crowds thinned out for a taste of Russian River Brewing Company’s once-a-year-beer,  Pliny the Younger: Sorry. It sold out the same day it went on sale.  It was gone by 8 p.m.  Friday, Feb. 5. The pub sold 600 gallons in eight hours, mostly in take-home “growler” jugs. The line went outside the downtown Santa Rosa bar and down the block. This smooth and tasty triple India Pale Ale,… Read More »

Pliny the Younger returns

Fans eagerly await the triumphant return of Pliny the Younger to Santa Rosa on Friday, Feb. 5. For those of you who don’t recognize the name … no, Pliny the Younger is not the latest hot rock band. It’s a beer, but it’s a special beer, made only once a year by the Russian River Brewing Company. And if you don’t think beer is a fit subject for an arts blog, you haven’t tasted this stuff. Vinnie Cilurzo, brewer and… Read More »