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October 2018 Sonoma County Music Picks

October has no shortage of great live music options, like The Growlers at the Mystic in downtown Petaluma. 

Autumn is the real season of rebirth here in Wine Country. As the leaves in the vineyards turn from green to yellow to red, fall fun takes over. With harvest festivals, Halloween costume parties, and indoor live music, here is your ultimate Sonoma County guide to live music this October:

Alison Krauss

Saturday, October 6

Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, California

Alison Krauss effortlessly bridges the gap between musical genres like pop, rock, country and classical. The most awarded female artist in GRAMMY history, she has released 14 albums and has sold more than 12 million records to date. She entered the music industry before she was a teenager, winning local contests by the age of 10 and recording her first album at age 14. Catch her live in Santa Rosa and get tickets online.

The Growlers

Wednesday, October 10

Mystic in downtown Petaluma

Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, Sonoma County, California

The Growlers, a band based in LA and Orange County, have forged their own path on the music scene. They’re the party band that started in 2006 and has grown into a traveling circus that spawned their own hit event in Los Angeles called Beach Goth. More details can be found on Facebook.

Soweto Gospel Choir

Friday, October 12

Green Music Center in Rohnert Park

Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California

The Soweto Gospel Choir celebrates the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music. The Green Music Center’s summer concert series may be over, but Weill Hall will be hosting South Africa’s Most Heavenly Voices for the second time. Expect a performance of spiritual and gospel tunes, with rousing drum beats sure to have you dancing in your seat. Tickets available online.

Maker MusicFest

Saturday, October 13

Chimera Art Space in Sebastopol

Chimera Art Space, Sebastopol, California

This inaugural event will showcase DIY music and instrument makers in the Sonoma County community and beyond. There will be exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, hands-on activities and performances that focus on the creativity and ingenuity of our maker community. This festival will present projects and performances from the traditional to the experimental, with hands-on demonstrations and projects for all ages. Find more info on Facebook.

Cotati Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 13

La Plaza Park in Cotati

La Plaza Park, Cotati, California

The town of Cotati will host their annual Oktoberfest event this October. With German food, beer, wine, live music, and dancing, there is something for everyone. Events include a yodeling contest, stein hold contest, costume contest, and wiener dog race. In addition, the band Alpiners USA will be playing traditional Oktoberfest music, including polka! Details about the free event are online.

Cirque du Sebastopol

Friday & Saturday, October 26 & 27

Hopmonk in Sebastopol

Hopmonk, Sebastopol, California

Over 11 years and running, this two-night Halloween event is back with more eclectic fun than ever before. Friday night will be dedicated to live music and performance art, with Gypsy latin rock from Diego's Umbrella, eccentric Americana from local favorite Buck-Thrifty, folk guitar from Shovelman, and timeless burlesque from Cabaret de Caliente. Saturday will feature live DJs FreQ Nasty, BOGL, and MiM0SA. More info and tickets available on their website.

Quantum Cabaret

Saturday, October 27

House of Rock in Santa Rosa

House of Rock, Santa Rosa, California

If you are looking for other musical Halloween shenanigans, make sure to check out Jake Ward and North Bay Cabaret’s Quantum Cabaret on Halloween weekend. With an emphasis on live music, this show will feature, Van Goat, a high energy swing/punk band from Oakland, Oinga Boinga, an all-female Oingo Boingo tribute band from Oakland, and The Hubbub Club, a twenty piece brass marching band from Sonoma County. Learn more on their Facebook page.

Pro tip: Enjoy harvest in Sonoma County by heading to a harvest festival at your favorite Wine Country vineyard. There is sure to be music, delicious food, and of course, great wines. Search for more live music, wine, and food events you'll love in Sonoma County this summer.

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