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October Music Picks

Green Music Center at Sonoma State University

As the rest of the country is cooling down for autumn, Sonoma County is preparing for yet another type of perfect weather, including some of the best October music picks to go with it. October in the North Bay is truly something to behold, and perfect for Halloween and the run-up to holiday season. This month’s music picks are as impressive as any’s, with a varied array of icons to complement your sweet tooth. Check them out below and prep your weekend bags now!

Saturday, October 1

Meredith Axelrod: Popular Songs from a Bygone Era

Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental

Chicago native Meredith Axelrod returns to Occidental to dazzle the North Bay with her singing and guitar playing that transports you to a bygone era. Her selections span ragtime, music hall, minstrel, pop standards, boogie woogie jazz, country, old time blues, and jugtime. On top of her eclectic playing and acrobatic voice, Axelrod’s exuberance really brings to life songs that Jack White has probably studied. Buy your tickets and enjoy the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folks Music coming to life.

Saturday, October 8

Greg Kihn Band

Mystic Theatre, Petaluma

Bay Area icon Greg Kihn is known as a modern-day renaissance man. While most may know him for his late 1970s and early 80s hits like “Jeopardy.” But many know him from being a longtime radio personality in the 1990s. Kihn is also a novelist. His latest Rubber Soul is a murder mystery with the Beatles as characters, an idea that came about when interviewing Pete Best. Don’t miss Kihn perform his repertoire in a cozy venue like the Mystic, with his son Ry Kihn playing all those old Joe Satriani guitar licks. While you’re there, take in a stroll around beautiful downtown Petaluma—it beats trekking it to the Shoreline Amphitheatre for the annual Kihncert!

Saturday, October 22

Funkendank Oktoberfest, with Galactic, The Pimps of Joytime, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Dixie Giants, Royal Jelly Jive

SOMO Village Event Center, Rohnert Park

Brought to you by the minds behind the Hopmonk Tavern and Twin Oaks Roadhouse, the Fünkendänk Oktoberfest is one of those rare music and food events that the Bay Area is becoming world-famous for. The sounds are nothing but funky. Not only we you get Galactic, the beloved New Orleans icons, you also will sip beer while taking in the sweet sounds of the Pimps of Joytime, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and more. Don’t miss this once-a year event in the North Bay’s most exciting new venue.


Tuesday, October 25

Jethro Tull, Written and Performed by Ian Anderson

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa

While many Generation X-ers remember Jethro Tull as the notoriously undeserving recipients of the first heavy metal Grammy award—the ones who beat Metallica. But Jethro Tull should be remembered for nearly 50 years of prog-rock favorites. The UK band’s leader, singer and flutist Ian Anderson is coming to the Luther Burbank Center for a rare intimate performance.

Friday, October 28

Ice-T - Overcoming the Impossible

Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park

To end the month, Sonoma State brings a special treat in the form of hip-hop icon Ice-T. Widely credited as the founder of “gangster rap,” the West Coast luminary has grown to become a renowned film and TV star as well, most notably as Detective Fin Tutuola on the long-running hit show Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. At the Green Music Center, the audience will be treated to one of Ice’s engaging lectures. Don’t miss this master of words in Rohnert Park’s idyllic Green Music Center. 

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