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October 2019 Sonoma County Music Picks

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As Sonoma County wineries start to wind down after harvest, and Halloween decorations accessorize homes, October settles in with cooler weather and dreams of apple picking. Gone are the days of outdoor music in the town squares of Sonoma, Healdsburg, and Santa Rosa, and now it’s time for the indoor acts to pick up.

Be sure to mark your calendar for these live music acts coming to Sonoma County this October:

Steel Pulse

Tuesday, October 8

Mystic Theater in Downtown Petaluma

steelpulse group with smoke and weapons

UK reggae legend Steel Pulse has been touring for four decades, and their latest album, Mass Manipulation, reflects on their experience of bettering humanity through music. Through Mass Manipulation, Steel Pulse demonstrates the endless possibilities that come from breaking down the walls of systemic greed and nurturing the fellowship of humankind. Tickets available online.

Niki J. Crawford

Thursday, October 10

HopMonk in Sebastopol

Niki J Crawford performing with her hands in the air in front of a microphone

Niki J Crawford and her band bring the heat with some high energy soul. After a short break following her latest tour, Niki is back with a new band, new songs, and a new show. From the small country town of Springhill, Louisiana, she creates music with a soul/funk/R&B sound that you can feel. Tickets for her show are available on Facebook.


Sunday, October 13

Mystic Theater in Downtown Petaluma

exterior of mystic theater in petaluma in Sonoma County

KRS-One was the leader of Boogie Down Productions, one of the most influential hardcore hip-hop outfits of the '80s. He was known for his furiously political and socially conscious raps. Audiences everywhere are embracing his style all over again. Buy your tickets online.

Jonathan Richman

Thursday, October 24

Sebastiani Theater in Sonoma

jonathan richman at the sebastiani in Sonoma County

Jonathan Richman is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who got his start in the ‘70s as the founder of Modern Lovers, an influential proto-punk band (music that preceded the punk rock movement). The Sonoma show is presented by (((folkYEAH!))) and Gundlach Bundschu Winery at The Sebastiani Theatre. Tickets are available online.

Take Me to the River Live! Celebrating the Music of New Orleans

Friday, October 25

Green Music Center in Rohnert Park

dirty dozen brass band posing with their instruments

“Take Me to the River – New Orleans LIVE!” gathers some of the most influential figures of modern New Orleans funk, R&B, soul, and jazz on the same stage for a night of unforgettable music. Including The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Mardi Gras Indians with "Big Chief" monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles and "Big Chief" Romeo of the 9th Ward Hunters. Tickets for the show (and pre-show lecture on jazz music) are available online.

Jason Mraz

Sunday, October 27

Luther Burbank Center fore the Arts in Santa Rosa

jason mraz posing with raining Jane

The singer-songwriter got his start in coffeehouses in San Diego, eventually amassing a global fanbase for his positive messages and soulful, folk-pop sound. He is now on tour celebrating the 15th anniversary of his Platinum-certified debut album Waiting for My Rocket to Come. Join him and Raining Jane, an eclectic folk-rock band from LA, for a stellar performance at the Luther Burbank Center. Tickets can be found on Facebook

Pro tip: With fewer visitors on the roads and the gentle perfume of fermenting grapes in the air, autum makes for the ideal time to sample Sonoma's beauty and abundance. Here are a few tips for enjoying a fall weekend in Sonoma County.