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December 2018 Sonoma County Music Picks

Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park.

As Buddy the Elf (from the movie Elf) says, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear,” and the Sonoma County holiday cheer can be heard all throughout December this year. From the Lighting of the Snowmen at Cornerstone in Sonoma, to a Chanukah Festival at Montgomery Village, to the annual Nutcracker ballet, holiday music is taking the stage at many events this season.

Here are some of our top Sonoma County picks for live music this December:

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party

Monday, December 3

Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, California

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been playing American swing and jazz music for over 25 years, thrilling audiences around the world with their unique and spirited “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party,” which has become an annual family event here in Sonoma County. Drawing on many holiday classics and Christmas originals from the band’s two full-length holiday albums, they bring their fun and quirky take on the holidays to Santa Rosa.

LeAnn Rimes

Tuesday, December 4

Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa

LeAnn Rimes, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, California

LeAnn Rimes has been a country singer since she was 13 years old, and she is back in Sonoma County for her You and Me and Christmas Tour. Joining her on stage as a special guest is former San Francisco Giants pitcher turned musician, Barry Zito.

David Luning Band

Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8

Hopmonk in Sebastopol

David Luning Band, Hopmonk, Sebastopol, California

Originating from Forestville, CA, singer/songwriter David Luning and the David Luning Band return to HopMonk Sebastopol. After playing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in October, the David Luning Band is on tour but coming back home for two nights this December.

Navidad Mexicana with Mariachi Reyna de Los Ángeles

Saturday, December 8

Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park

Navidad Mexicana with Mariachi Reyna de Los Ángeles, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles brings the spirit of the Holidays through the historic art of mariachi to Sonoma County. Mariachi Reyna has created its own history as America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble, blazing the trail for female mariachi musicians.

Cinnabar Singers Winter Concert

Sunday, December 16

Elim Lutheran Church in Petaluma


Enjoy holiday music from the Cinnabar Theater Singers, a mixed-voice chorus of all ages who share the love of singing in perfect harmony. Details for the family-friendly event online.

Beats Before Bed

Thursday, December 20

Lagunitas Petaluma TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary in Petaluma

Lagunitas Petaluma TapRoom, Petaluma, California

Once a month, the Lagunitas Petaluma opens up late for live music in their taproom. December will feature local music by Oso Cali, Eki Shola, Susy Dugan and Lenkadu, and video projections by Bill Wiatroski.

Pro tip: Remember, a vacation in Wine Country and/or Sonoma County wines make great holiday host gifts for your holiday parties (or as a gift for yourself). Search for more live music, wine, and food events you'll love in Sonoma County this Winter.

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