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July 2018 Sonoma County Music Picks

Pack your picnic baskets and pick your bottles and brews for these summer concerts and festivals in Sonoma County.

In the summer, there is live music in Sonoma County almost every day of the week. If you are looking for an outdoor venue, July afternoons make the perfect backdrop for music, wine, beer, and friends. The days are hot and the nights are just cool enough to need a light sweater. 

Be sure to check out one or more of the many live music concerts in Sonoma County this July:


Sunday, July 8

Mystic Theatre in Petaluma

Katchafire at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, Sonoma COunty, California

A global roots reggae phenomenon, Katchafire is heading to Petaluma all the way from New Zealand. After 21 years together, the group just released their sixth album, Legacy. Get tickets to the show on Facebook.

Rivertown Revival

Saturday, July 14

Steamer Landing Park in Petaluma

Rivertown Revival Steampunk Festival in Petaluma, Sonoma County, California

If any event in Sonoma County truly celebrates local music, community, and the heart of Petaluma, this is the one. Live music will be presented by Sonoma County artists like Eki Shola, Traveling Spectacular, The Orchid Killers, John Courage, and so many more. Attendees will also get to experience the displays of interactive art, food that showcases the best of Sonoma, a large play area, a music stage for kids, and water activities. Head to their website to find out more.


Saturday, July 14

HopMonk in Sebastopol

Foreverland in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California

There are a lot of Michael Jackson cover bands out there, but what sets Foreverland apart is the 14-piece ensemble. Complete with horns, survival lead vocalists, a choir, and an electric stage show, the entire family will be dancing in their seats to MJ hits like “I Want You Back” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Grab tickets to the show on Facebook.

Bluegrass & Craft Beer Festival

Sunday, July 15

Green Music Center in Rohnert Park

Bluegrass and Craft Beer Festival at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County

The Green Music Center is hosting its 3rd Annual Craft Beer Fest, and what pairs best with Sonoma County craft beer (well, other than some Petaluma cheese)?! Bluegrass music! The show features Chet Atkins, who was once credited as “single-handedly saving country music,” Ricky Skaggs and his bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder, songwriter Laurie Lewis, and Americana instrumentalist Phoebe Hunt. Favorite craft beers from Sonoma County include Russian River Brewing, Henhouse, Cooperage, and Moonlight Brewing. Guests can enjoy free food from Sally Tomatoes, Mountain Mike’s, Yanni’s Sausages, Bohemian Creamery, Chevoo, and Red Bird Bakery. Snatch up your tickets to this experience online.

Rainbow Girls

Sunday, July 22

Julliard Park in Santa Rosa

Rainbow Girls at Julliard Park in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California

Join the city of Santa Rosa for free music in the park this July. With roots in folk, funk, rock n' roll, Americana, world, psychedelic, gypsy, and soul music, the Rainbow Girls call themselves an eclectic folk trio who bring honesty to their art. Plan for some live music with the family and more on online.

Melissa Etheridge

Sunday, July 22

Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg

Melissa Etheridge at Rodney Strong Vineyards in Sonoma County, California

Thirty years ago, Melissa Etheridge released her first album, and she has been a success ever since. An American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist, she lights up every stage she steps on. Tickets to her show in the middle of the Russian River Valley are selling quickly, so grab yours online.

The Psychedelic Furs (with X)

Wednesday, July 25

SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park

Psychedelic Furs at SOMA Village Event Center in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California

Born out of the post-punk UK rock scene in the 70s, the Psychedelic Furs quickly became known on radio stations, and later on MTV when it launched. Their hit song “Pretty in Pink” even inspired the 80s classic movie of the same name. They will be joined by the band X, quintessential L.A. punk rockers. Grab tickets online.

Pro tip: Make it a weekend getaway – stay the night and explore wine country the next day! Search for more live music, wine, and food events that you'll love in Sonoma County this summer.

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