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Sonoma County Music Picks for November

Mcnears Mystic Theater in Petaluma

As the summer weather finally breaks, we in Sonoma County get to experience the beautiful autumn drizzle in all its glory, including November's music picks. No matter the season, the North Bay brings top-notch entertainment, and November’s picks prove it. Legends of multiple genres converge on our best venues to move your soul and your feet. Check out our picks below.

Wednesday, November 2

Tony Bennett

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa

We all know that Tony Bennett is an icon of American music. But many may not realize just how vital his career still is. Although he just turned 90 years old, the “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” crooner has sold over 10 million albums in the last decade alone. Bennett was also featured prominently in Amy, a poignant documentary about late English singer Amy Winehouse, who idolized him and recorded a memorable duet with him shortly before she died. Don’t miss Bennett and his daughter Antonia Bennett perform fan favorites and standards in this intimate Santa Rosa venue. You won’t want to miss the chance to hear this singular voice in a live setting.

Saturday, November 5

Fishbone            

Mystic Theater, Petaluma

I’ve always thought of Los Angeles’s Fishbone as the American answer to the Ramones. Their longevity and infighting are legendary, but they don’t come close to outshining the band’s influence and legacy—which was unfortunately inversely proportional to commercial success. Combining ska, punk, funk and rock in a vibrant way that the Red Hot Chili Peppers could never do, Angelo Moore and company have been getting crowds off their feet for nearly 30 years. Although many may remember Fishbone from the nascent Lollapalooza festival or the earlier ‘80s underground scene that predated it, but the acclaimed documentary Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is a fascinating look at the inner workings of a band trying to make a long, artistically fulfilling career in modern music. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind band in this classic downtown Petaluma club.

Saturday, November 12

Neko Case

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa

Although she’s a member of Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers, Neko Case has made a name for herself as a prolific alt-country artist for two decades. Late last year, she released a vinyl box set entitled Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule, which compiles her eight solo albums to date. Case is in the Bay Area to play Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit, where she appears with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs in the new supergroup case/lang/veirs. Will her famous buddies make an appearance in Santa Rosa? There’s only one way to find out.

Thursday, November 17

The Beach Boys

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa

If you couldn’t get tickets to Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds commemorative shows in San Francisco, don’t worry. You can still see the Brach Boys show that Mike Love and company have been honing for decades. With Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston on vocals and keyboards, you’ll be able to dance and sing along to all the classics, from “California Girls” to latter-day hits like “Kokomo.” Don’t miss what is looking to be a guaranteed good time!

Sunday, November 27

Kyle Gass Band

Mystic Theater, Petaluma

If you’ve ever heard Tenacious D, you know that the comedy-rock duo calls itself the greatest band in the world. Jack Black, Kyle Gass, and their brand of heavy metal tributes are certainly entertaining. While in between projects with his better half, Gass works with his own band the Kyle Gass Band. Fans of the D will love these tunes, which include “Bro Ho”, “Manchild”, and “Bro Code” off the new album Thundering Herd. Don’t miss this chance to end the weekend with a rocking and hilarious time.

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