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January 2018 Sonoma County Music Picks

Check out this month's top music picks in Sonoma County below.

A new year is here, and as we say goodbye to 2017 and look forward into 2018, there are concerts to get excited about. January is typically cold and rainy in Sonoma County, but thankfully most musical venues have coat checks and many can offer a glass of wine to warm you up.

Here are some of the live musical acts coming to Sonoma County in the first month of 2018:

Kris Kristofferson

Sunday, Jan. 7

Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa

Kris Kristofferson, legendary singer and songwriter, is starting 2018 at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa. The country star is known for writing classic songs like “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” popularized by Johnny Cash, and “Me and Bobby McGee,” sung by Janis Joplin.

His song "Why Me" was a hit in the 70s and women all over Sonoma County are excited to see him back onstage. Tickets online.

Willie Nelson

Wednesday, Jan. 10

Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park

No introduction is necessary for cultural icon Willie Nelson.

The singer, author, and poet is coming to the auditorium at the Graton Casino, ready to bring some country twang and fun to Rohnert Park. Learn more on Facebook.

Pete Stringfellow

Saturday, Jan. 13

Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol 

A Froggy 9.29 favorite, Pete Stringfellow is a hometown hero in Sonoma County. His song “Santa Rosa” showcases his love for growing up on a farm off Shiloh Road. All Sonoma County, baby! Tickets for his Hopmonk show are available online.

Marc Cohn Featuring Special Guests The Blind Boys of Alabama

Thursday, Jan. 18

Weill Hall, Green Music Center in Rohnert Park

Folk and rock singer Marc Cohn will perform his Grammy Award-winning self-titled record to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

From “Walking in Memphis” to “True Companion,” all his songs have stood the test of time. He’ll be joined by special guests The Blind Boys of Alabama. Tickets online.

Emily Elbert

Sunday, Jan. 21

Hopmonk Tavern in Sonoma

Singer Emily combines soul and folk music, and has carried her music around the world, playing over a thousand independent shows from Peru to Palestine.

Anchored by intricate guitar work and jazz-steeped vocals, Emily’s songs offer a progressive perspective while paying tribute to the timeless. Tickets are available on Hopmonk’s website.

3 Doors Down Acoustic

Tuesday, Jan. 23

Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa

90s rock band 3 Doors Down have brought their tour to Santa Rosa a few times.

Thier show in late January will be a little different though, with an all-acoustic performance. This “Back Porch Jam” offers VIP tickets for guests who want to sit on-stage during the concert. Tickets for this performance can be found online.

Reverend Horton Heat

Tuesday, Jan. 23

Mystic Theatre in Downtown Petaluma

Always a good time, Reverend Horton Heat is bringing his psychobilly style of music to the stage at the Mystic. With American roots, his shows combine blues, country, surf rock, and spaghetti Western themes. The Voodoo Glow Skulls and Big Sandy open the show. Tickets available on The Mystic’s website.

Pro Tip: Don’t let the early sunset and rainy nights get to you this January. Music is a great way to boost your mood. Crank up your radio, iTunes, or Spotify in the car on the way to a live music show this month. 

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