December Music News: Ending the Year with Sweet Sounds
With only barely chilly weather present, it’s difficult to believe that it’s already holiday time. Despite our perennially beautiful weather, now is the time to gather with friends and family to look both backwards and forwards fondly. As always. Sonoma County is the perfect setting for this time of year, especially for those who love music with their festivities. Check out our Sonoma County music picks for December.
Thursday, December 3
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Many will remember Big Bad Voodoo Daddy from its appearance in the classic 1996 film Swingers and the swing music craze that followed over the next couple of years. The Hollywood band will kick off the North Bay’s musical holiday celebration by performing yuletide classics like “Jingle Bells” and forgotten pop-culture favorites from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, among others. Buy your tickets and polish your dance shoes now!
Friday, December 18
Soweto Gospel Choir
Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
For the perfect soul-stirring experience with a global flavor, check out the 24-member ensemble Soweto Gospel Choir. The group from Soweto, South Africa, is known for its rousing, life-affirming performances that incorporate myriad styles, from Negro spirituals from American to Jamaican-style reggae. This is a must-see for those tired of traditional Christmas concerts.
Saturday, December 19
Nostalgia Fest 2015
The fifth Nostalgia Fest is sure to continue its tradition of being the most unique and quintessentially Sonoma County of all local events. Started in 2009, the lineup features many local bands that have long been broken up, hence the name of the gathering. This year’s lineup includes bands like Insanity Puppets and Tower of Swine, which should bring visitors from all other the country as in years past. Don’t miss this event, which puts a spin on holiday walks down memory lane.
Tuesday, December 22
Dave Koz Christmas Tour
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Saxophone master Dave Koz brings his annual holiday celebration to Santa Rosa, this time with special guests. Koz your alumni Jonathan Butler, Candy Dulfur, and Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers will join the show to make an unforgettable series set of Christmas and pop favorites. The cozy Wells Fargo Center, arguably the best venue in Sonoma County, makes this an event that is not to be missed. Bring visiting family there and watch them be dazzled.
Wednesday, December 30
Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven
For fans of both 1980s college rock and 1990s alternative rock, this New Year’s Eve “Eve” show will be a thrilling one. David Lowery presents both of his beloved bands—Redlands, California’s Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker—on one bill, so music lovers can see and hear “Take the Skinheads Bowling”, “Teen Angst”, “Low” and dozens of other tunes live. To further solidify their California roots, Cracker has released the double album From Berkeley to Bakersfield, a perfectly titled collection that exhibits the group’s expansive musical vocabulary.