June 2019 Sonoma County Music Picks
Festival season has taken over Sonoma County. With every city in our county starting up their own weekly music festivals, there is no shortage of outdoor live music here in Wine Country this June. So, in addition to visiting for summer wine tasting or any number of outdoor activities that Sonoma County offers, make sure to pack a sweater and enjoy some live music during the evening.
Here are some of our top live music picks in Sonoma County this June:
Boyz II Men
Thursday, June 6
Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park
Motownphilly’s back again. The 90s R&B boy group is returning to Rohnert Park, and this time they will take the stage indoors at the Graton Casino. Boyz II Men is recognized as Billboard magazine's biggest boy band from 1987 to 2012. Attendees will sing along to their emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies.
Railroad Square Music Festival
Sunday, June 9
Railroad Square in downtown Santa Rosa
The fifth annual Railroad Square Music Festival celebrates the North Bay arts community with a day of music in the heart of Santa Rosa! This multi-stage event will feature several local performers and serve as a showcase for the non-musical arts of the North Bay Area. Some of the highlights of this Sonoma County star-studded lineup include high-energy soul rock band Royal Jelly Jive, Santa Rosa’s favorite rocker John Courage, sultry singer-songwriter Caitlin Jemma, SF party extravaganza Mission Delirium, local rocker Stone Cold Mollie, funk soul rockers Marshall House Project, five-piece norteño group La Agencia - Oficial, an all-star student band from Play It Forward Music School, indie-folk songwriter Ismay, MasFirmeRecords featuring DJ Yoli and DJ Strangermaster, djembe player Amadou Camara Guèye, hip-hop/spoken word wizard Kayatta, and honey-voiced songwriter Kendra McKinley.
The Family Area will host the return of Gayle Schmitt and the Toodala Ramblers with bluegrass music for all ages, as well as the Instrument Petting Zoo.
Friday June 14 - Sunday, June 16
Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa
This year’s Country Summer festival has some of the biggest headliners to ever take the stage at this concert in Santa Rosa. 2015's Country Summer headliner Jake Owen is headlining Friday night, superstar Tim McGraw headlines Saturday, and 2018's ACM & CMA Vocal Group of the Year Old Dominion on Sunday. Both 3-day and 1-day tickets are still on sale, but they will sell out closer to the event, so grab your tickets soon.
The Cotati Music Festival
Saturday, June 15
La Plaza Park in downtown Cotati
The music festivals keep on coming. The Cotati Music Festival is dedicated to all things local, with guests dancing to The Big Fit, Gator Nation, Hangman's Daughter, Nate Lopez, and The Blue Byrds all day long. Food, beer, and fun sale booths from local businesses will fill the park with activities for all ages at the music fest.
Luvplanet with The Grain and Spike Sikes
Saturday, June 15
Mystic Theater in Petaluma
Singer-songwriters Nicole Sutton and Mark McGee's persuasive, genre-bending songs meld rock, pop, jam, country, and blues, creating a template for a new era of world class music. Joining them on stage is local Petaluma musician The Grain, with original songs and classic covers, and the Spike Sikes & His Awesome Hotcakes, who will provide a mix of soul, swing, rhythm & blues, and jazz music.
Wednesday, June 19
Sonoma Marin Fair in Petaluma
Hitting the Petaluma Stage on opening night of the Sonoma Marin Fair is 80s icon Loverboy, ready to rock the crowd. With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound, and high-energy live shows, Loverboy has sold more than 10 million albums. They’ve earned four multi-platinum plaques, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut Keep It Up and later album Lovin’ Every Minute of It.
Saturday, June 22
SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park
Aaron Lewis is an American singer-songwriter who is best known as the lead singer and founding member of the alternative metal band Staind. Known for his outspokenness, impassioned live shows, and outlaw country tunes, he has a new solo album called State I’m In.
Saturday, June 22
Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg
Alanis Morissette coming to Sonoma County is the chance for 90s kids to see their ultimate indie girl live on stage. Rodney Strong Vineyards will kick off their 2019 Summer Lineup with this Canadian-American singer-songwriter, known for songs such as “Ironic” and “You Oughta Know.” Remember to pack your grunge flannel shirts – it gets cold when the sun goes down over the Russian River Valley.
Saturday, June 22
Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa
The Indigo Girls (Emily Saliers and Amy Ray) have been a staple of the folk-based female singer-songwriter scene since their first self-titled album back in 1985. The Grammy Award-winning folk rock duo will be back in Sonoma County for a show this June.
Pro tip: Music festivals are the best way to hear all your favorite bands in one place, but make sure to plan ahead by checking out what you can and cannot bring to each music fest. Also, make sure to drive safe, and stay at a Sonoma County hotel nearby for more fun after the show and into the next day in Wine Country (here is a list of 10 Must-Dos in Sonoma County for inspiration).