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March 2020 Sonoma County Music Picks

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Spring is in the air here in Sonoma County. With the first blooms in the vineyards peeking out, March also welcomes events like Sonoma County Restaurant Week, northern Sonoma County Barrel Tasting Weekend (over the course of two weekends), and the start of outdoor activity season.

In addition to festivals and events, live music in Sonoma County is exploding this month. Here are some of our top Sonoma County picks for concerts this March:

Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes (Cancelled)

Tuesday, March 17

Brittany Howard posing for a photo

Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa

This Alabama-born singer-songwriter is known for being the lead vocalist, guitarist, and main songwriter of the rock bands Alabama Shakes and Thunderbitch. Her first solo album Jaime is dedicated to her sister, but it is all her style—funky, experimental, rowdy, and spiritual. Grab tickets to the show on the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts’ website.

Blue Runners Trio

Saturday, March 21

Blue Runners Group

HopMonk Tavern in Sonoma

The Bay Area trio is known for their fun live acts, showcasing standards and classics of Cajun and Zydeco music. Grab a craft beer and get ready to dance. Learn more on Facebook.

Wilco (Cancelled)

Thursday, March 26

Wilco musical group

Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa

Wilco is an American alternative rock band from Chicago. They have been recording and touring together since the mid ‘90s, and will soon make their way to Sonoma County, bringing their Ode to Joy Tour to the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. James Elkington will open the show. Get details on Facebook.

Chromatics & Desire

Friday, March 27

Chromatics and Desire

Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma

As the weather begins to heat up, Gun Bun winery opens its barn doors to live music and rosé in the spring. Their first show features Chromatics, an American electronic music band from Portland. Also hitting the stage is Desire, along with DJ sets by Heaven and Johnny Jewel. Get ready for a night of dancing and wine; grab your tickets online.

Fly Higher: Charlie Parker at 100 (Cancelled)

Friday, March 27

abstract image of Charlie Parker

Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park

Acclaimed co-musical directors Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone) and Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) celebrate jazz master Charlie Parker, one of the most innovative and influential artists in modern musical history, and examine his impact on pop, hip-hop, rap, rock, and jazz music. Learn more online.

Squirrel Nut Zippers

Monday, March 30

Mystic Theater in Petaluma

The Squirrel Nut Zippers arose during the swing revival of the 1990s. After an 18-year hiatus, they created a new album in 2018 and have been playing to dancing crowds ever since. Grab your tickets on Facebook.

Pro tip: Book your trip to Sonoma County in March for fewer crowds and the start of bud break 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.