March 2019 Sonoma County Music Picks
March brings more than rain and the beginning of spring to Wine Country – it also comes with the start of Sonoma County Restaurant Week, northern Sonoma County Barrel Tasting Weekend (over the course of two weekends), the California Artisan Cheese Festival, and the start of outdoor activity season.
In addition to festivals and events, Sonoma County has excellent opportunities for experiencing live music. Here are some of our top Sonoma County picks for live music this March:
Friday, March 1
The newly opened restaurant and taproom Coyote Sonoma is hosting Northern Californian country songbird McKenna Faith. With two full-length albums under her belt, she is currently touring and writing her third album.
Friday, March 1
The Common Kings, an American reggae band from Orange County, California, are known to throw a great party. Their crazy, fun-loving attitude compliments their live sound, producing hits with rock, reggae, and island influences.
We Shall Overcome featuring Damien Sneed
Saturday, March 2
Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., We Shall Overcome showcases pianist and musical director Damien Sneed’s pieces from African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. Damien ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spiritual music.
Phutureprimitive & Edamame
Friday, March 15
Phutureprimitive's music is best described on his website as “dripping wet love drops of nasty mind melting sonic bliss. Lush melodies drift across intricate rhythms, groove heavy beats and warm, fuzzy bass lines.” With a performance that explores a dark and dense palette, Phutureprimitive sets out to provide a hypnotic event for attendees. Joining him on the HopMonk stage is Edamame. Mainly inspired by the great outdoors and by different cultures of the world, Edamame’s shows are full of organic elements and sounds that he has field recorded while exploring the planet. Combining synthesized instrumental hip-hop with downtempo and further blending it with his deep love for world music, Edamame has carved a musical style that is truly unique. Learn more about this show on Facebook.
Eileen Ivers & JigJam
Saturday, March 16
The day before St. Patrick's Day in Healdsburg calls for Irish folk music. Eileen Ivers is an American fiddler and was the original musical star of Riverdance. She is a nine-time All-Ireland fiddle champion and All-Ireland banjo champion. Ivers has collaborated with Sting, The Chieftains, Patti Smith, and Al Di Meola. The St. Patrick’s Day celebration will also feature JigJam, an award-winning quartet from the heart of the Midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana in a new genre (which has been branded I-Grass, or Irish-influenced bluegrass), their onstage energy and their virtuosic musical ability have captivated audiences throughout the world.
The Magic Tree House: A Hip-Hop Musical
Monday, March 25
The #1 best-selling children’s chapter book series is transformed into The Magic Tree House: A Hip-Hop Musical. Think of this as Shakespeare for kids with a hip-hop twist that audiences of all ages will love. Arrive early for Free Fun with Art (custom-designed arts & crafts projects for the whole family) and Mary’s Pizza and drinks at the concessions stand, all starting one hour before the show!
Kip Moore with special guest Muscadine Bloodline
Friday, March 29
Country star Kip Moore is coming back to Sonoma County for his Room to Spare Acoustic Tour. His current Top 20 single “Last Shot” is the second song from his third studio album Slowheart. Opening for Kipp is rising country music band Muscadine Bloodline, from Mobile, Alabama. Their sound intertwines early southern rock with 90s country love songs.
Pro tip: Book your trip to Sonoma County in March for fewer crowds and the start of budbreak in the vineyards (one of the first signs of spring in Wine Country, after the mustard flowers). For answers to any of your Sonoma County questions, check out our FAQ section where you can learn more about which non-wine events are happening and what the Sonoma weather will be like in early spring.