January 2019 Sonoma County Music Picks

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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:

Nate Lopez

Sunday, January 16

Beer Baron in Santa Rosa

Beer Baron, Santa Rosa, California

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.

Los Lobos

Friday, January 11 & Saturday, January 12

Raven Performing Arts Theater in Healdsburg

Raven Performing Arts Theater, Healdsburg, California

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

Lagunitas Petaluma TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary in Petaluma

Lagunitas Petaluma TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary, Petaluma, California

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.

Paul Thorn

Friday, January 18

Mystic Theatre in Petaluma

Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, Sonoma County, California

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

Hopmonk in Sebastopol

Hopmonk, Sebastopol, California

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.

ZZ Top

Tuesday, January 22

Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, California

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."

Martha Redbone

Thursday, January 24

Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park

Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California

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.

Black Violin

Thursday, January 31

Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, California

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.

Shana Bull