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2019-08-30Aug 30, 2019

At Rocksoberfest, we are placing our strength and hope in those in recovery who are willing to look out for folks who are asking for help. The acclaimed rock musician Stefanie Keys, formerly of Big Brother and the Holding Company, will once again be appearing with the Stefanie Keys Band at Northern California’s still groundbreaking RockSoberFest, this time in Petaluma,alongside Tyler Allen, John and Camellia and Paul Hayward.

2019-05-25May 25, 2019

For those of us who live in Windsor we know it’s an awesome place to live, but its official- Windsor is also a great town to work in!  The Town of Windsor was voted the Best Business Friendly City by North Bay Biz magazine. This year Windsor is taking a big step forward with a program called the Waste Less Windsor program. The goal of this program is to try and reduce the waste sent to the landfills from the 2019 Summer Concert Series by focusing on sustainable service ware, education and volunteer recruitment. 

2019-05-24May 24, 2019

One of the wonderful things about Cloverdale is its ever-increasing diversity, including  personal perspectives and views on life. Both of us have lived here for almost 20 years. Both of us have been active in our community, meeting different people, listening to them, interacting with each other in many positive ways. Recently, we began thinking: “Wouldn’t it be great to start a community dialogue?” Vicky Groom is one community leader whose special path we often cross. We asked Vicky to write her personal story of why and how she got involved doing “something” on a local and  national level. Here, in her own words, is her inspiring story:

 

2019-05-22May 22, 2019

Roy Zimmerman, a San Francisco native, speaks by phone from Madison, Wisconsin, where he’s performing. Though they live in Lake County, he and his wife, Melanie Harby,  spend  two-thirds of the year traveling to shows together, which he has called “entertaining the troops.”  Talking in terms of a current “national nightmare,” he says he meets many people around the country who are dealing with it. “We always stress the laughter, but encourage people to come away from the show empowered, not just entertained.”  “It’s a whole new political landscape, unfortunately it’s a Jackson Pollack.”

2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019

The 2019 Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival, which was scheduled for the weekend of September 7 & 8 at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville, has been postponed for financial reasons until 2020.

2019-08-22Aug 22, 2019

Those of you who remember the Jim Kweskin Jug Band’s early days will fondly recall their upbeat sound, part of the general spirit and clamor of the 1960s. Kweskin, now 79, will be  at the Occidental Center for the Arts on Sept. 22, accompanied by Meredith Axelrod, a young woman who has played with Dan Hicks, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, and David Grisman. Both musicians will be on vocals, guitar, and banjo, with possibly a jug tune or two from her. 

2019-08-19Aug 19, 2019

Held on a rural ranch, a few miles inland from the spectacular Sonoma Coast, the Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival celebrates year twenty-five this summer. Sophisticated yet down-home, it’s garnered the reputation of being one of the premier art, wine, beer and food festivals in California. This annual benefit attracts thousands of foodies, art aficionados, wine and beer connoisseurs and music lovers to picturesque Watts Ranch in the village where Alfred Hitchcock once filmed his classic thriller, The Birds. The festival is a food lover’s dream, especially for people who love seafood. Non-fish eaters will have no trouble finding delicious vegetarian options, meat, chicken and sweet treats galore. 

2019-06-25Jun 25, 2019

In June, Analy High School reversed a decision to cutback the school's jazz band program and announced the school's new music director, Casey Jones.

2019-06-15Jun 15, 2019

In the three years that Funky Fridays has supported theSonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, the concert series has contributed more than $150,000 to benefit parks. Following are highlights of these donations.

2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019

We always think of summer as vacation time - time to play! And one of the spectacular benefits of living in Sonoma County is that we are home to amazing musicians who love to play music for their neighbors! Weather is good - venues vary from arks to concert arenas - food is available for those who just want to sit and relax - dance floors about for those who can't help themselves but have to MOVE! It's everything we want for summer fun. And some of these concerts even benefit good causes! Win/Win for everyone! 15 venues with live music all summer long for FREE or under $25 a ticket.

2019-05-30May 30, 2019

Of course, some people have great luck with farming, but I don’t believe anyone will tell you it’s an easy life. Every child in my mother’s family did farm chores. The youngest at age three fed the chickens and hunted for eggs. The oldest helped their father feed the cows and do the daily milking. My mother recalls a year they planted eight sacks of potatoes and only grew eight sacks of potatoes! That was a hunger year. My grandmother Alice Baker worked as a sharecropper at the age of 12 with her four siblings. When her children were small on the Homestead, she taught them not to greedily fill their stomachs. She led them in saying grace and leaving food so that the whole family would get enough to eat. In other words, eat to live not live to eat. So, I congratulate Cotati for their vision and follow-through on Veronda-Falletti Ranch. 

2019-05-29May 29, 2019

If it seems like I write a lot about music events at the Petaluma Historic Library and Museum that is because the affiliated Petaluma Museum Association never ceases to amaze Petalumans with the level of entertainment the PMA offers on a regular basis. It also doesn’t hurt that the sound quality within the walls of the historic downtown Carnegie library is surprisingly clean and balanced, due in large part to the use of Douglas Fir, instead of the normal harder oak paneling that we normally see in buildings like this. 

 

2019-05-27May 27, 2019

We’ve talked about Random Acts of Kindness (RAK). Let’s talk about this idea again. I think about the ‘old timers’ on the coast and what that meant for them. I truly believe it was an essential part of their life to depend on neighbors and community. June is full of good times on the coast. How about a walk on pristine land at Jenner in the morning, an afternoon music performance at the Timber Cove Resort with Kyle, a browse through the Gualala Arts exhibit halls, dinner at one of the wonderful places to eat in Gualala or Point Arena, and an evening performance at the Theater. Stay overnight at the Lighthouse in one of the Coast Guard cottages or the Bryan B Preserve cottages. 

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