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September 2018 Sonoma County Music Picks

September is full of live music options, like Josh Turner at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. 

September means it is harvest time here in Sonoma County — with the action in the vineyards increasing as the grapes ripen enough to be picked, and as fall brings in cooler nights, the final summer concert series are wrapping up.

For many shows, this is your last chance of the year to grab a picnic and enjoy live music outside (while the weather is still gorgeous out), so make it count with a glass of Russian River Pinot Noir!

Here is your ultimate Sonoma County guide to live music this September:

Redwood Cafe, Cotati, Sonoma County, California

Eki Shola

Thursday, Sept. 6

Redwood Cafe in Cotati

Eki (pronounced Becky without the B) is a keyboardist and singer originally from London who moved to Sonoma County from New York City. She is a singer/songwriter with a passion for lyrics that move her listeners on any stage she takes. Learn more about her appearance at the Redwood Cafe on Facebook.

Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California

Josh Turner

Thursday, Sept. 6

Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa

Multi-platinum Nashville recording artist Josh Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice, he is a remnant of traditional country music. In fact, he is one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. Turner’s songs have over 12.5 million downloads. With hits including “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love” — the most played country song of 2012 — country fans are sure to love his upcoming concert. Grab tickets to see him play in Sonoma County online.

SOMO Village Event Center, Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California

E-40 and Andre Nickatina

Thursday, Sept. 6

SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park

Bay Area Rappers E-40 and Andre Nickatina will  take the stage at SOMO Village, along with Nef the Pharaoh and OMB Peezy. E-40 has over twenty-seven studio albums, spanning from the mid-80s to now. Andre Nickatina is a San Francisco native whose legend is cemented not only in the Bay Area, but also within the larger hip-hop community from the last 25 years. Tickets to this outdoor concert are available online.

Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California

Boz Scaggs

Sunday, Sept. 9

Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg

The last of the 2018 concert series at Rodney Strong, this singer, songwriter, and guitarist will take the stage in the middle of the vineyards this September. Just before harvest starts, Boz Scaggs is playing his second show at the winery. Grab tickets on Facebook.

Graton Casino, Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California

Martina McBride

Sunday, Sept. 9

Graton Casino in Rohnert Park

Martina McBride is known as one of the first country singers to mix traditional country with pop music. Her single "This One's for the Girls" rose to number three on country charts and number one on the Adult Contemporary charts. With 13 studio albums, she has won the Country Music Association's “Female Vocalist of the Year” award four times (tied with Reba McEntire). Tickets are almost sold out, so grab them while you can online.

Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California

Gin Blossoms & Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Thursday, Sept. 13

Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa

Nineties alternative fans will gather at the Luther Burbank Center this September to see two rock groups – favorites from when alternative music was getting its start. Gin Blossoms’ fusion of melodic rock, pop, folk, and country elements has paved the way for modern rock music of today. With several hits like "Hey Jealousy," fans will be singing in their seats. Big Head Todd and the Monsters will sing top hits from the 90s and from their latest album, which is their 11th studio album. Tickets are available on Facebook.

Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California

Las Cafeteras

Friday, Sept. 28

Green Music Center in Rohnert Park

Los Angeles-based Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and genre-bending musical fusion. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice, using music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures, creating “a world where many worlds fit.” Tickets for the Green Center concert can be found online.

Pro tip: The Sonoma Harvest Music Festival at B.R. Cohn Winery may be sold out, but if you are coming to Sonoma Valley for the weekend-long event, make sure to stay the night and explore wine country the next day. Search for more live music, wine, and food events you'll love in Sonoma County this summer.

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