August Sonoma County Music Picks
August is the last hurrah of music festivals in Sonoma County before school starts back up in mid-August. It feels like summer has gone by so quickly, we just started planning for picnics on the green. Get out there and make sure to celebrate the last days of summer with live music ranging from Blues, Country, Funk, Classical and Rock. Check out some of the top live music acts coming to Sonoma County this August:
Tuesday, August 1
Boz Scaggs lives in Napa Valley, growing organic grapes and making Rhone blend red wines at his winery, Scaggs Vineyard. He is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and one-time lead singer with the Steve Miller Band, and in the 1970s with several solo Top 20 hit singles. He continues to record and tour with his own band, making his way to Sonoma County about once per year. Tickets for the rock show available here.
The Marshall Tucker Band
Thursday, August 3
The Sonoma County Fair is back again with headlining concerts throughout the first week of August. We are looking forward to seeing The Marshall Tucker Band, a Southern Rock band that blends rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, with some gospel thrown in.
Tickets are free with Fair Admission that day, so head over early to enjoy fried foods and carnival rides, and grab some space on the grass. We recommend getting the Optional Dinner Package which includes admission, dinner at Sliders Gastro Pub & Sports Bar and reserved concert seating. Info for all live music on Sonoma County Fair’s website.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Friday, August 4
George Clinton is coming to Sonoma County to bring back the funk. He is the man who revolutionized R&B during the '70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-'60s heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the '70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums. Gotta get the funk tickets here.
(Photo Courtesy of Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas - 2016)
Petaluma Music Festival with Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Saturday, August 5
Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma
The lineup for the Petaluma Music Festival includes Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang w/special guest Lebo, Poor Man’s Whiskey (a Sonoma County favorite), Stu Allen & Friends, Moonalice and more bluegrass and rock acts.
Making this music fest even better, all proceeds will go to Petaluma area public schools. The event is a very family friendly event, and kids 12 under get in for free (with a kids area). Teens 13-18 can get a ticket for $20 (sold only at the gate). Tickets are online, and will be sold at the gate.
Monday, August 6
Colbie Caillat is a two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who has sold over six million albums and ten million singles worldwide. Her song Bubbly remains “one of the best-selling digital tracks in history” and her multi-platinum debut COCO hit #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Her laid back music pairs well with a glass of Rodney Strong rosé. Tickets available on the LBC’s website.
Thursday, August 10
One of the biggest acts coming to the Green Music Center this summer is country star, Jake Owen. The singer has won over the hearts of fans with his honest lyrics, classic country beats, and charming smile (swoon).
His fifth studio album American Love, released July 2016, debuted at number 4 on Billboard and number one on the Top Country Albums chart. Tickets can be purchased here (grab them before they sell out).
Dr. John & the Nite Trippers
Sunday, August 13
The 2nd Annual Blues at the Green will be taking over Rohnert Park in August. New Orleans legend DR. JOHN headlines. This legend has been wowing fans for over half a century, and at 74 years old, he shows no signs of slowing down. Full of the spirit of the bayou, the growly toned, six-time Grammy winning singer-pianist is currently touring with his newest band, the Nite Trippers. Starting off the evening is blues and rock guitarist/singer, and rock ‘n’ roll hall of famer, Elvin Bishop. Grab your tickets online to see the legend live.
Charlie Musselwhite, and More
Saturday, August 19
SOMO Concerts is hosting the Sonoma County Blues Festival filled with Northern California grown blues music. The main stage will feature legendary local living bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, vocalist, guitarist, composer, producer and Santa Rosa High School Alumnus Doyle Bramhall II, award winning bay area blues vocalist, Taylor P Collins and Vallejo-based gospel sensations The Sons of The Soul Revivers.
In the Redwood Grove will welcome “Electric Chicago Blues from Muddy to Buddy” with Sonoma County’s stalwart The Blues Defenders and special guest veteran guitarists Levi Lloyd and Friends and Volker Strifler. Tickets are live on the website now.
Sunday, August 27
For more than two decades, master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti has become the nation’s largest selling instrumental artist. His mesmerizing performances with an array of music legends — from Sting to Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett to Andrea Bocelli — have cemented his place as one of the most brilliant and inspiring forces of the contemporary music scene. Tickets.
Pro Tip: Check out all the live music acts playing at the Sonoma County Fair and the Green Music Center this August. There are just too many amazing shows to share all of them. Let us know which concerts you are planning on going to!