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May Sonoma County Music Picks

Kingsborough at the Wednesday Night Market in Santa Rosa

May kicks off the Wine Country summer music season with the Green Music Center releasing its Summer Lineup, outdoor concerts on the Healdsburg square starting on May 30, and Oliver’s Market Taproom in Windsor introducing live music every Friday afternoon — a perfect excuse to have a working meeting with coworkers, with cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or a craft beer.

Here are some more highlights for live music in Sonoma County this May:


Wednesday, May 3

Lee Rosales All-Star Latin Rock Band

Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa, 5 p.m.

The 2017 Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market is back in early May. The new Courthouse Square will be open to the public in late April, and each Wednesday the main stage will highlight talented musicians from all over the world. The first market will feature members from chart topping band MALO coming together with Leo Rosales' Latin Rock All-Stars. Dance on the newly planted lawn or enjoy local food truck fare at one of the picnic tables in the square. Look out for live acoustic music near the corner of 4th and D Streets from talented Sonoma County musicians as well. More details at www.wednesdaynightmarket.org.


Friday, May 5

Richard Goode

Weill Hall, Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, 7:30 p.m.

American classical pianist Richard Goode is known for his thoughtful interpretations of Mozart and Beethoven. Guests will enjoy classical music in Weill Hall, with the lights dimmed to a create meditative ambiance for everyone. Get tickets, and learn more on the Green Music Center’s website.


Sunday, May 14

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, 3 p.m.

Internationally known as “the best mariachi in the world,” Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán has starred in more than 200 films, recorded dozens of albums, and collaborated with numerous artists, including Juan Gabriel and Linda Ronstadt. Buy tickets on the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Website.


Sunday, May 14

Art Garfunkel

The Ballroom at Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, 7 p.m.

Art Garfunkel, Grammy-winning songwriter and one-half of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel, will be coming to Sonoma County now that he is recovered from a vocal cord injury. He will take the stage singing esteemed classics like "Sound of Silence" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water,” as well as his own poetry. For more details on the live show, and the new Graton Casino ballroom, visit the casino’s website.


Thursday, May 18

The Magic Beans

HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol, 8 p.m.

The Magic Beans are a traveling band from Denver, CO who is out to bring their unique, genre-blending music to the masses and inspire a good time. A mix of Americana, funk, rock, and electronica, they are not confined to one genre, which makes attending one of their shows fun for everyone. The show starts at 8 p.m., but attendees will be dancing well through the night. For more details on the live show, visit Hopmonk’s website.


Thursday, May 25

Robin Trower, Strange Vine

Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, 8:30 p.m.

Music lovers 21 and over are invited to join Robin Trower — an English rock guitarist who has been playing live since the 1960s — for a rock-and-roll show that will make every baby boomer who loved The Beatles or The Rolling Stones scream. Trower calls his sound blues-influenced rock and roll, and has been called “the white Hendrix.” See what all the excitement is about by grabbing tickets through the Mystic’s website.

Sonoma Insider Tip: Mother’s Day is on Thursday, May 18th and concert tickets with a bottle of wine make a great Sonoma County gift for any mom.

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