Sonoma County’s Midnight Sun Massive band auditions for NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’

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 [...]

By | February 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

Oscar-nominated short films screen at Summerfield, Rialto

Oscar-nominated movies get a lot of attention, but there are some that many movie-goers never get to see. Those are the short films, both animated and live-action, gathered for special release once a year in two separate feature-length packages. Two Sonoma County theaters will show the films, starting Friday, Jan. [...]

By | January 29th, 2014|0 Comments

Bill Bowker returns to afternoon show on KRSH Radio

Late last year, Santa Rosa's KRSH, Radio 95.9 FM, long a bastion of alternative music, took a turn toward the middle of the road. The changes prompted KRSH morning host Brian Griffith to move to KRCB, and Bill Bowker, longtime afternoon host at KRSH, took its morning shift. [...]

By | January 24th, 2014|3 Comments

Sonoma County Book Festival ends its 14-year run

After 14 years of presenting local and big-name authors, the annual Sonoma County Book Festival has ended. The Literary Art Guild, the festival’s sponsor, is disbanding due to lack of funds, said its president, Karen Petersen. “We had a fabulous run,” Petersen said. “Things come to an end. [...]

By | January 22nd, 2014|2 Comments

Tickets go on sale for Country Summer music fest in Santa Rosa

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 [...]

By | January 16th, 2014|0 Comments

Healdsburg Jazz Festival line-up announced

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 [...]

By | January 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Shotgun Harlot opens for Ratt at Phoenix Theatre

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 [...]

By | January 14th, 2014|1 Comment

Rapper Gift of Gab performs at Chrome Lotus

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 [...]

By | January 8th, 2014|2 Comments

Katherine Hastings named Sonoma County Poet Laureate

Katherine Hastings, to be proclaimed Sonoma County’s new poet laureate by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, will be honored at a public reception at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. Hastings is the founder of her own [...]

By | January 6th, 2014|1 Comment

David Gockley of SF Opera to speak in Santa Rosa

For local opera fans, the Sonoma County Chapter of the San Francisco Opera Guild has planned a rare treat. David Gockley, executive director of the San Francisco Opera, will appear in an onstage conversation with tenor John Duykers of Sebastopol at at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at [...]

By | January 3rd, 2014|0 Comments