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December 2017 Sonoma County Music Picks

See all the best music events happening this December in Sonoma County.

Whether you want to fully embrace Christmas events or you enjoy everything from rap, to cover bands, to country music, Sonoma County has live music for every style — and every Grinch — this December.

Looking for a show for New Year’s Eve? We have you covered with our top picks as well. Here are some of the live musical acts coming to Sonoma County this December:

Tony Bennett

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa

Tony Bennett, who celebrated his 91st birthday this year, will be back in Santa Rosa again. With new albums at the top of the charts for each of the last seven decades, he has introduced a multitude of songs into the Great American Songbook that have since become standards, including “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” Tickets (perfect for an early holiday gift) are available online.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Thursday, Dec. 7

Mystic Theatre in Downtown Petaluma

Formed in the early 90s from Cleveland, OH, this hip-hop group just released their 11th album in 2017 (as Bone Thugs). With songs like their breakout hit single "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" and "1st of tha Month," their rap lyrics have resonated with many people across the United States. Fans of 90s hip hop can get tickets on their website (if you are a fan of 90s music, the band Smash Mouth is also coming to the Mystic in December).

Easton Corbin

Sunday, Dec. 17

Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa

Country singer Easton Corbin spent the last year touring with Carrie Underwood and is currently in the studio creating his latest album. The "A Little More Country Than That" singer will take a break from the studio and take the stage at the Luther Burbank Center this December. Tickets online.

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour

Sunday, Dec. 17

Weill Hall, Green Music Center in Rohnert Park

Dave Koz is back at the Green Music Center to celebrate his 20th anniversary Christmas tour. This exclusive event promises to be extra-special, with David Benoit, Peter White, Rick Braun, and Selina Albright. Together, the five remarkable artists will perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley and their own hits. Sparkling wine by Breathless Wines will be poured. Tickets can be found on the Green Music Center’s website.

Steven Kent: A Country Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 9

The Laugh Cellar in Santa Rosa

The Laugh Cellar is hosting a once a month concert at their Rincon Valley venue. Their first show features country singer Steven Kent. Over the years, Steven has appeared on many stages and performed with many legendary entertainers: Johnny Cash, Eddie Rabbitt, Tanya Tucker, The Grateful Dead, Huey Lewis and the News, Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tammy Wynette, and Carl Perkins, to name a few. Tickets online.

 

New Years Ideas:

If you are looking for New Year’s Eve Fun that involves music and dancing in Sonoma County, here are some of our favorites:

Hot Buttered Rum NYE

Sunday, Dec. 31

Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol 

Hot Buttered Rum lives for a good time. The group's onstage chemistry fuels the lovefest that is a live show. Tickets for this event are available online and at the brewpub.

NYE on the Square

Sunday, Dec. 31

Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa

Now that the reunified public space in Courthouse Square is here, downtown businesses in Santa Rosa are coming together to throw a New Year's Eve Bash. Rumor is that local favorites Kingsborough and Pat Jordan will be taking the stage. We will make sure to update when we hear more! Keep up-to-date on Facebook.

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

Sunday, Dec. 31

Mystic Theatre in Downtown Petaluma

As a blazing soul-blues rocker, Tommy Castro's musical roots run deep. His high energy show on New Year's Eve will have everyone dancing past the countdown. The Highway Poets will be opening. Tickets available online.

 

Pro Tip: Live music experiences (and vacations to Sonoma County) make great gifts for the holidays. Surprise a loved one with tickets to dinner and a show in their stocking or wrapped up in an oversized box.

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