SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park, California.

July 2019 Sonoma County Music Picks

Shana Bull
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As soon as the calendar rolls over to July 1, summer feels a little more “real.” As the afternoons heat up and the rosé is cooled, visitors travel from all over the world to enjoy everything a Wine Country summer has to offer. Just like every winery is a new experience, every live music event in Sonoma County brings something fresh to the table. Cover acts, local favorites, chart-topping entertainers, and colorful Fourth of July celebrations are coming our way.

Save the dates on your calendar for some of our top live music picks in Sonoma County this summer:

4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

Thursday, July 4

Green Music Center in Rohnert Park

Fireworks at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park.

The Biggest Fireworks Display in Sonoma County, the Transcendence Theatre Company, and the Santa Rosa Symphony make the Green Music Center one of the top places in Sonoma County to celebrate the birth of the nation. The evening features dynamite showtunes and patriotic classics for the entire family. The Kids’ Zone opens at 4:30 p.m. and is complete with carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, food, music, and more! Get details online

Frankie Boots, Sam Chase & The Untraditional, Willy Tea Taylor

Friday, July 12

The Mystic Theater in Petaluma

Exterior of the Mystic Theater in Petaluma

Country Roots Presents a night of Northern California Americana music, hosting Frankie Boots, The Sam Chase & The Untraditional, and Willy Tea Taylor. The three bands taking the Petaluma stage will bring their own unique blend of country, folk, rock, and R&B. Get details and purchase tickets to this show via Facebook.

John Courage, King Dream, Trebuchet

Saturday, July 13

HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol

Image of John Courage

As a pre-Rivertown Revival celebration, John Courage, King Dream, and Trebuchet will honor the festival’s 10th anniversary in Sonoma County with their rock performances. Local to Northern California, John Courage delivers vintage-inspired rock and roll, filtered through the lens of 70s Texas singer-songwriter. Both Trebuchet, an indie rock quartet from Petaluma, and King Dream, a modern indie rock band, will open at Hopmonk. Buy tickets for the celebration online

The Poke Bowl featuring Jake Shimabukuro and Fiji

Saturday, July 13

SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park

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Ineffable Live and Second Octave present the first-ever Poke Bowl featuring Jake Shimabukuro, Fiji, Anuhea, and Kanekoa. Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-BOO-koo-row) is recognized as one of the world’s most exciting and innovative ukulele players and composers. Polynesian recording artist George “Fiji” Veikoso continues to be one of the most influential artists in contemporary Island Reggae music.

Anuhea is a contemporary Hawaiian singer-songwriter with an easygoing island style who made her recording debut in 2009. Finally, Kanekoa describes its music as ukulele-powered Hawaiian reggae folk rock. Tickets available online

Rick Springfield and Richard Marx

Sunday, July 14

Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg

Exterior of Rodney Strong Vineyards

Singer-songwriter Rick Springfield is best known for his power-pop songs of the ’80s, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable highlights, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights,” “Don’t Mean Nothing,” "Satisfied," and "Right Here Waitng." The two will take the stage at Rodney Strong's Summer Concert Series. Sonoma County eats and Rodney Strong wine will be sold at the concert. Details on Facebook

Rivertown Revival

Saturday, July 20

On the River in Downtown Petaluma

Image of the Petaluma Rivertown Revival

A celebration of Rivertown's ten-year anniversary, the Rivertown Revival is hosting a variety show as one of their main music acts. Special guests will take the stage with songs, skits, and other surprises hosted by The Crux's Josh Windmiller. What we are looking forward to the most is The Billie Holiday Project, which brings you back to the swinging jazz clubs of the 1930s and 1940s. Full lineup here.

Pro tip: With any live music show in Sonoma County, make sure to dirve safe. Better yet, try to get a hotel close to the venue so you and your friends could easily walk to and fron the concert. Book your stay in Sonoma County