September 2017 Sonoma County Music Picks
September has arrived and school is back in session (did summer go by quicker than normal for anyone else? Or is that just me?). The beginning of autumn is a transitional time in Sonoma County. Harvest is here, wine industry employees are hard at work, and parents are focusing on creating a school schedule for their family. While the summer music festival season is slowing down, there are still great live music acts coming to Sonoma County this September. Check them out:
Friday, September 8
70’s rock band, Kansas is bringing their hit singles "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind” to Sonoma County. Four decades of touring, five live music albums (along with 15 studio albums), this classic rock, garage band from Topeka, KS will not disappoint. Fun fact: Carry On Wayward Son is one of the top five most played songs on classic rock radio, including Sonoma County station 97.7, The River. Tickets online.
Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival with Stephanie Mills and Tower of Power
Saturday, September 9 - Sunday, September 10
The 41st Annual Jazz and Blues festival will take place over two days on the beach of the Russian River. The lineup features an incredible mix of jazz, blues, soul and funk music, including singer/songwriter Stephanie Mills, and East Bay legends Tower of Power. Attendees can stay at hotels or B&B’s nearby, camp, or even glamp out in the redwoods in the rustic town of Guerneville. Grab tickets for one, or both days online.
Kool & The Gang
Saturday, September 9
The 2017 Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series comes to a close with some funk. Kool & The Gang has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide, influencing the music of three generations. With songs like “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Summer Madness,” and “Open Sesame,” they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten Rhythm & Blues hits, nine Top Ten hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. Younger generations may recognize most of their music because they are one of the most sampled bands of all time. Purchase tickets online.
Royal Jelly Jive w/ Sol Horizon and El Radio Fantastique
Saturday, September 9
Local Bay Area favorites, Royal Jelly is a high-energy band from San Francisco who get people dancing with a mix of jazz, cabaret, funk, rock and soul music. Sol Horizon was recently voted “Best Reggae band” in Sonoma County from the North Bay Bohemian and they seamlessly fuse roots reggae with rock, funk, and world music stylings. Tickets are available online.
Sunday, September 10
Multi Grammy award winning artist Shaggy crosses reggae, rap and hip-hop with a voice that is distinct in the music scene. Pop songs like “It Wasn’t Me,” “Angel” and “Mr. Boomastic” were radio hits in the late 90’s and early 00’s that were definitely songs to sing in the shower. Attendees will be singing and dancing when he takes the stage in Petaluma. Tickets available online.
Saturday, September 16
It’s difficult to choose just one descriptor for award-winning American hip-hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet, COMMON. He continues to break new ground, and remains one of hip-hop's most innovative, positive voices. He won an Oscar during the 2015 Academy Awards for Best Original Song, for his song "Glory" from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel.
Earle Fest with Los Lobos, California Honeydrops, Tift Merritt
Sunday, September 23
The Earle Fest will be celebrating their 10th anniversary this September, benefiting the Earle Baum Center - Serving People with Sight Loss. This day long pop-up festival brings two stages along with sight loss education, food trucks, artists and local vendors. Headlining this year are East L.A. Legends Los Lobos joined by Bay Area party band The California Honeydrops, Award Winning Songwriter Tift Merritt, and The Songs of Audrey Auld perfo Nina Gerber with The Pam and Jeri Show on the main stage. The HopMonk Tavern Sebastopol stage will feature Sonoma locals - The Timothy O'Neil Band, Dirty Cello and Healdsburg’s Emily Lois. Grab your tickets to this benefit online.
Pro Tip: Remember to wear layers because September has hot days, but the nights can get cold.