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The 2017 Green Music Center Summer Lineup Is Here

Green Music Center at Sonoma State University 

One of the top venues for live music in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area, the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park embodies the Sonoma County lifestyle — a laid back, yet sophisticated vibe with wine, craft beer, and picnicking, along with musical acts that provide a little something for everyone. Entering its fifth year of performances, its summer lineup is an impressive mix of country, jazz, rap, Latin music, and blues.

Seating is available both inside Weill Hall and outside on the beautifully landscaped Weill Lawn, with table and lawn seating surrounded by views of the Sonoma mountains. Lawn patrons are encouraged to pack their own picnics, complete with blankets and low-back folding chairs, to enjoy throughout the performance.

Outside drinks are not permitted, though free water bottle filling stations are available for each show. Boxed meals and small platters will be available for pre-order, and cheese platters, sandwiches, prize-winning wines, and local craft brews will be available to purchase at the concert hall. Open before the performance, at intermission, and after each show, the Prelude Restaurant and Bar is a full restaurant with a focus on locally grown foods from Sonoma County.

Here are some highlights for live music this summer at the Green Music Center:

Green Music Center’s 3rd Annual Bluegrass Fest + 2nd Annual Craft Beer Fest

Sunday, July 9, 2 p.m.; gates open at noon.

Craft Beer Fest from 1-3:30 p.m.
Indoor Tickets: $45 | Outdoor Lawn Tickets: $25

This is the third year for the annual Bluegrass Festival at the Green Center, featuring Del + Dawg Bluegrass Band, Mark O’Connor and the O’Connor Family Band, and Sierra Hull. Each live act brings a distinct style and blend to the bluegrass sound. This year, bluegrass music will be paired with the Green Center’s 2nd Annual Craft Beer Fest, with more than 20 Northern California breweries pouring.

Tickets to the Craft Beer Fest will be on sale soon.

Gloria Estefan with the Festival Napa Valley Music Academy Orchestra

Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.; gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Indoor Tickets: $75 – $150 | Outdoor Table Tickets: $60 | Outdoor Lawn Tickets: $40

International superstar Gloria Estefan sings the Great American Songbook, performing songs from her 2013 CD The Standards, accompanied by conductor Shelly Berg and the Festival Napa Valley Music Academy Orchestra. Grab tickets inside or outside, and dance to her Latin American love songs and hits like “Conga” and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You.”

Tickets will sell out, so grab them early.

Diana Krall

Friday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.; gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Indoor Tickets: $69 – $104 | Outdoor Table Tickets: $44 | Outdoor Lawn Tickets: $29

Multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer Diana Krall brings her sultry voice and piano prowess to the Green Music Center’s summer lineup. In addition, the Green Center will host a special midsummer evening of jazz under the stars as they celebrate their fifth summer of live music.

Jake Owen

Thursday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Indoor Tickets: $65 – $85 | Outdoor Lawn Tickets: $45

One of the biggest Wine Country shows of the summer is American country star Jake Owen. He will be coming back to Sonoma County for the second time after headlining the Santa Rosa’s Country Summer Festival in 2015. Jake has won over the hearts of country fans, with honest lyrics, classic country beats, and a charming smile. His fifth studio album, American Love, was released last year and debuted at number four on Billboard Music Charts and number one on the Top Country Albums chart.

Tickets will sell out quickly, so grab your tickets right away.

Dr. John & The Nite Trippers with Elvin Bishop

Sunday, Aug. 13 at 2 p.m.; gates open at noon

Indoor Tickets: $35 – 75 | Outdoor Table Tickets: $40 | Outdoor Lawn Tickets: $25

New Orleans legend Dr. John is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. His musical style embodies New Orleans’ music and he brings it to the Green Center stage this August. His colorful musical career began in the 1950s with some of the greatest records to come out of the city. Opening the show will be Elvin Bishop, an American blues and rock music singer and guitarist.

Kenny G & George Benson

Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Indoor Tickets: $45 – $85 | Outdoor Table Tickets: $40 | Outdoor Lawn Tickets: $25

Saxophonist Kenny G is the smooth jazz king; he will be joined at the Green Center by groundbreaking jazz guitarist George Benson. Attendees can enjoy light jazz under the September sky, hopefully with a glass of Sonoma County pinot noir in hand.


Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Indoor Tickets: $45 – $85 | Outdoor Table Tickets: $40 | Outdoor Lawn Tickets: $25

The critically acclaimed artist started off as a rapper, but Common has expanded to the role of actor, producer, poet, and activist, winning an Oscar in 2015 for his song "Glory" in the film "Selma." His albums, starting in 1992, balance hip-hop with rock music, neo-soul, and electronica. The Green Center is one of the most intimate venues of his 2017 tour, bringing an experience to his sound that you will not be able get anywhere else.

Grab your tickets to see him live.

See the full Green Music Center summer lineup online here. Search for more summer live music, wine and food events that you'll love in Sonoma County.

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