January 2019 Sonoma County Music Picks
2019 is here, and in Wine Country, January means rainy weather (which happens to set up some of the best days for a winter wine tasting experience) and New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, go on more adventures, and goal plan for the upcoming year. Thankfully, visiting Sonoma County can cross a few resolutions off your list! Especially if you are looking for more fun with your significant other, friends, and family while traveling.
Here are some of our top Sonoma County picks for live music this new year:
Sunday, January 16
Local musician Nate Lopez specializes in playing bass, melody, and chords at the same time, all on an 8-string guitar. In fact, he was the 2015 Arkansas Contemporary Fingerstyle Champion. With an eclectic musical style, he intertwines the genres of jazz, funk, and blues in his inspired originals.
Friday, January 11 & Saturday, January 12
Join Los Lobos, a Grammy Award-winning and legendary rock band, for one or both nights of their Healdsburg gig. An East Los Angeles icon, their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros, and norteños.
Mermaid Folk Rock with Heather Normandale
Sunday, January 13
Oakland-based singer and songwriter Heather Normandale and her Mermaid Folk Rock band will be taking the stage at Lagunitas Brewery. From melodic and rootsy folk music to dreamy psychedelic pop, her emotive vocal parts are met with a solid and driving rhythm section with upright bass, drums, and balafon.
Friday, January 18
Just like Elvis Presley, Paul Thorn was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, singing and playing tambourine at church (led by his father). The American singer just released his first gospel album, which – along with a mix of fan-favorites – he will be performing on stage in Petaluma.
The Space Orchestra
Saturday, January 19
This January, fourteen North Bay musicians will take the stage to recreate a legendary night in March of 1970 in New York’s Fillmore East. Songwriter and bandleader Leon Russell and up-and-coming Joe Cocker recorded their New York show and released it as the live album Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs and Englishmen, which is now a rock and roll classic. An eclectic mashup of rock, blues, and country, the night will be a rock ‘n’ roll circus that will get the audience singing and dancing.
Tuesday, January 22
After a sold-out appearance in 2015, the icon band ZZ Top is back in Sonoma County, celebrating the group’s 50th anniversary. The most famous “little ol’ band from Texas” will perform their legendary hits like "Got Me Under Pressure" and "Sharp Dressed Man."
Thursday, January 24
Martha Redbone is celebrated for musical variety inspired by her Appalachian childhood and her teenage years in Brooklyn. Martha brings her gospel-singing father’s voice and the spirit of her Cherokee/Choctaw mother’s culture to the stage at the Green Music Center. She tells her family’s story through drama and music, with styles from traditional Cherokee chants and lullabies to bluegrass, rock and roll, R&B, and more.
Thursday, January 31
The duo Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus, who combine their training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound. Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith, and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, P. Diddy, and Alicia Keys.
Pro tip: Winter WINEland is happening in northern Sonoma County this January. Grab tickets and and make sure to plan on more adventures after a day of wine tasting with live music, beer, and food events you'll love in Sonoma County this winter.