July Sonoma County Music Picks
The Summer of 2017 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love: Rewind back to 1967, when around 100,000 young people gathered in the San Francisco neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury — and also headed north to Sonoma County to get back to the Earth.
It was an attempt to change the world. The counterculture movement helped transform rock ‘n’ roll, politics, and much more. Sonoma County continues the spirit of the era through our music, art, farmer’s markets, and activism.
So, be sure to wear flowers in your hair and check out some of the top live music acts coming to Sonoma County this July:
NOTE: International superstar Gloria Estefan had to cancel her visit to Wine Country this July to mourn the life of her mother. Our thoughts and love to her and her family.
Saturday, July 8
Hearing Chris Isaak live in concert should be on everyone’s bucket list. His haunting voice and intoxicating stage performance gets kids, millennials, and boomers alike dancing on their seats. The Russian River Valley winery welcomes the “Wicked Game” singer back to their annual concert series for the fourth time. Bring a picnic, low-back chairs, and your friends and grab a bottle of Rodney Strong Rosé of Pinot Noir from their terrace. Tickets available on their website.
Kingsborough "1544" Album Release Party
Saturday, July 8
Northern California old souls and rock n' roll musicians, Kingsborough, are on the road this summer to support of their new album. They will be hosting an album release party at Hopmonk in Sebastopol. The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men, a rootsy rock n’ roll band, will be opening the party. Grab tickets online or at any Hopmonk Tavern location.
Bluegrass and Craft Beer Festival
Sunday, July 9
A star-studded event featuring a who’s-who of bluegrass music, the Green Music Center’s Third Annual Bluegrass Festival has become an annual favorite in Sonoma County. This year's event features Del and Dawg Bluegrass Band, Mark O'Connor and the O'Connor Family Band, and newcomer Sierra Hull. Each music act brings a distinct style and blend to the bluegrass sound.
The event is paired with the Green Music Center’s Second Annual Craft Beer Fest, featuring over 15 Sonoma County breweries. Get tickets for both craft beer and bluegrass festivals on their website.
California Roots Presents: Dirty Heads and SOJA
Tuesday, July 11
Huntington Beach reggae band Dirty Heads who played at BottleRock in May, will be joining the California Roots traveling music festival for a celebration of reggae music at Somo Village in Rohnert Park. Fellow headliner’s SOJA’s live show is an explosion of energy and positivity. Special guests The Green and RDGLDGRN (pronounced Red Gold Green) round out the funky event. Get tickets and sign up on SOMO Concerts Facebook page.
Saturday, July 15
LA band Ozomatli will be coming back to the Mystic this July. With an impressive variety of genres from classic to modern Latino, urban, hip-hop, and other world styles, they conceive new concepts and forge new sounds that keep fans on their toes, and the world dancing. Tickets and details here.
Sunday, July 16
Sabrina Carpenter will be traveling to Sonoma County as part of her 35+ city EVOLution Tour. The 17-year-old singer, songwriter, and actress has scored hits with the singles “Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying” and “Eyes Wide Open.” Special guests include Alex Aiono, a 21-year-old singer and YouTube star, and British boy band New Hope Club. It will be a perfect night for teenagers on summer vacation. Tickets available through the LBC’s website.
Thursday, July 20
With deep roots in the folk and gospel traditions and their hearts in the present, MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker) create uplifting music for everyone. Guests will be able to enjoy an unforgettable, heartwarming performance in the Osmosis meditation garden. Tickets for the concert are all-inclusive with dinner from Ceres Community Project, wine, and cedar enzyme footbaths. All proceeds will benefit the Ceres Community Project, a Sonoma County nonprofit organization that mentors teens with food industry skills. Learn more about this benefit on Osmosis’ website.
Sunday, July 23
We had to include another Rodney Strong concert in this month’s round up because Kenny Loggins is coming to Healdsburg at the end of July. His remarkable four-decade-plus career has taken him from the top of the charts to the toast of the Grammys. From “I’m Alright” to “Footloose,” to “Danger Zone,” he’s had smash hits on Hollywood’s favorite soundtracks, rocked worldwide stages and found his way into all of our hearts. Tickets on Rodney Strong’s website.
Pro Tip: Music is heating up this summer. The good news? There are so many shows coming to wine country this July! The bad news? Trying to figure out which ones to attend! We recommend checking with your friends through Facebook and get a group together for an event you all want to attend! Search for more inspiration for summer live music, wine, and food events that you and your friends will love in Sonoma County.