Enjoy live music at the Gravenstein Apple Fair at Ragle Ranch Regional Park in Sebastopol.

August 2019 Sonoma County Music Picks

Shana Bull
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Sonoma County summer calendars are as jam-packed as the fruit on top of the award-winning biscuit from Big Bottom Market in Guerneville. This August, find visitors and locals alike shopping at the farmers market, riding the carousel at the Sonoma County Fair, experiencing all the bites at the Gravenstein Apple Fair, starting the day off early with a 5K run (then balancing it out with wine tasting or a brewery tour), and jamming to some live music.

Check out some of our favorite live music acts coming to Sonoma County this August:

Sonoma County Fair with Yacht Rock, Lonestar, and a Stevie Wonder Tribute

Thursday, August 1 - Thursday, August 8

Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa

Promo shot of band Lonestar

The Community Concert Series kicks off on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30pm with Yacht Rock Revue. For those who have heard the term but are not sure what “yacht rock” is: it is comprised of sing-along soft rock hits, vocal harmonies of the late 70s and early 80s, breezy dancing, and sax...lots of sax.

The following Monday, the Sonoma County Fair will host award-winning country music act Lonestar, leaving fairgoers “Amazed” with their deep country roots, strong melodies, and rich vocals.

Stevie Wonder fans will love singing along to Natural Wonder, a tribute to the musical icon. On stage, Natural Wonder recreates the look, feel, and sound of a Stevie set with a rhythm section and full-fledged horn ensemble.

For every Sonoma County Fair concert, the show is free with admission, but if you want guaranteed seats, grab your tickets ahead of time with the Optional Concert Package (ranging from $15 - $30 extra), which includes a reserved concert seat.

Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters

Thursday, August 8

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall in Petaluma

Promo shot of Billy Bob and the Boxmasters

The Boxmasters are an American rock 'n' roll band founded in Southern California by Oscar-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew. Playing a mix of covers and their own Americana songs, the band has been touring off-and-on since 2007. Grab tickets and learn more on Facebook.

Gravenstein Apple Fair

Saturday August 16 & Sunday August 17

Ragle Ranch Regional Park in Sebastopol

Image of people dancing at the Gravenstein Apple Festival.

The Gravenstein Apple Fair is celebrating its 46th year with a focus on the best of Sonoma County: live music, Sonoma eats, arts & crafts, activities for kids, farm demonstrations, DIY workshops, and craft cider, beer, and wine. With live music across two stages on both days, attendees can dance to acts like Midtown Social, Gator Nation, Sons of the Soul Revivers, Burnside, French Oak Gyspy Band, and more, all while enjoying all things apple. Details on Facebook.

Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, and Jimmie Vaughn

Saturday, August 10

SOMO Village in Rohnert Park

Promo shot of Buddy Guy.

Ineffable Live & The Krush 95.9 FM KRSH present multi-Grammy winner and blues guitarist Buddy Guy, with Sonoma County blues legend Charlie Musselwhite and blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, live on one stage. With a mountain of accolades between the three of them, Sonoma County blues music fans will dance the night away. Tickets available online.

Brett Young

Thursday, August 22

The Ballroom at the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park

Promo shot of Brett Young.

This young country singer from Orange County may be new to the country music scene, but young fans are already loving him. Known for hits like "In Case You Didn't Know" and his latest single “Catch,” tickets for this show are expected to sell out, so grab some via Facebook while you can.

Yolanda del Rio

Saturday, August 24

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa

Promo image for Yolanda del Rio.

After last year’s great show “La Gran Señora de Mexico,” Yolanda del Río (“Reyna de la Musica Ranchera”) will perform again in Santa Rosa at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. She will delight true Ranchera music fans with her unforgettable songs “La Hija de Nadie,” “Se Me Olvido Otra Vez,” “Tus Maletas en la Puerta,” “Llorar, Llorar, Llorar,” “Camas Separadas,” and many more. Yolanda del Rio will perform with her own mariachi. Tickets available online.

Pro tip: Make sure to book your reservations for live music, wine tastings, and accommodations early during the summertime, because it is a busy season here in Sonoma County. Here are more activities to try out when visiting Sonoma County this summer.