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August 2018 Sonoma County Music Picks

Dance the night away with live music this summer at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

With vineyard festivals, fairs, and concerts, there is plenty of live music to enjoy in Sonoma County even as the kids go back to school.

Here is your ultimate live music guide to Sonoma County concerts this August:

The Voidz

The Voidz at Gundlach Bundschu in Sonoma, Sonoma County, California

Wednesday, Aug. 1

Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma

The Voidz is an experimental rock band established in 2014 and formed by Julian Casablancas of The Strokes. The Voidz’s shows consist of covers of Strokes songs written solely by Casablancas, collaborations with other artists (such as Daft Punk's “Instant Crush” and Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse’s “Little Girl”), and original material. Learn more about their show in the Sonoma mountains winery on Facebook.

Music at the Sonoma County Fair

Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, California

Thursday, Aug. 2 - Sunday, Aug. 12

Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa

This year is the 82nd year that the Sonoma County Fair is coming to town. In addition to fair food, rides, horse racing, the hall of flowers, and livestock, we have 10 days of free concerts to look forward to. All concerts are free with fair admission, but our recommendation is to grab up the VIP tickets for assigned seats, which also include admission to the fair. The Community Concert series starts off with a tribute to Queen by Queen Nation. There is also a blues festival, with acts including Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker. Other headliners include: Domingo de Fiesta, a country star; John Michael Montgomery of Blood Sweat and Tears; Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band; La Raza Obrera del Gurrumino y El Viejito, a regional Mexican band known for their lyrics on controversial issues and prominent use of the harp; Sawyer Brown, an American country music band; an Elvis impersonation contest; and Arkangel R-15, a Mexican group best known for their technobanda dance genre, wrapping up this year’s fair. Learn more about all of these shows online.

Brad Paisley, Bonnie Hunt & Friends

Brad Paisley at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park

Saturday, Aug. 4

Green Music Center in Rohnert Park

A new show at the Green Music Center has JUST been announced! In addition to other amazing live acts this August (like Hunter Hayes, Boyz II Men, and Punch Brothers), country legend Brad Paisley will be taking the stage at Weill Hall. The show will double as a benefit for the Resilience Fund, a long-term relief fund overseen by the Community Foundation Sonoma County. The funds will be dedicated to first responders who suffered losses in the wine country fires, including many who lost their homes while helping others. The evening will include several local stories of what transpired during those life-altering hours on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 when the fires swept through the region. Grab your tickets before they sell out online.

Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, Sonoma County, California

Sunday, Aug. 5

Mystic Theatre in Petaluma

Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the former lead guitarist and co-founding member of the rock band Kiss. The guitarist who was named the 14th Greatest Metal Guitarist of All Time by Guitar World magazine is on a solo tour, coming to the Mystic Theatre this August. Get tickets online.

The Gipsy Kings fearturing Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo

The Gipsy Kings at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa

Twenty-five years ago, the Gipsy Kings captured the world's imagination with their self-titled debut album. The flamenco, salsa, and pop musicians will have Sonoma County fans dancing in the aisles of the Luther Burbank Center. Tickets available on Facebook.

Rebel Music Series VOL. 2 Steel Pulse & Tribal Seeds

Steel Pulse and Tribal Seeds in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California

Thursday, Aug. 16

SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park

California Roots presents Steel Pulse and Tribal Seeds live at SOMO Village in Rohnert Park. The Rebel Music Series was curated with the intention of providing a platform for artists to share their messages with their fans, with the hopes of encouraging growth and change in all of us. Steel Pulse is a roots reggae musical band from England and Tribal Seeds, also a reggae group, comes from San Diego. Both have a core value of love and acceptance. Get your tickets on Facebook.

Pro tip: Make your trip to Sonoma County for a live show into a weekend getaway – stay the night and explore wine country the next day! Search for more live music, wine, and food events that you'll love in Sonoma County this summer.

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