September Music Picks
Did you have a nice summer? If you spent any time in Sonoma County, it’s virtually guaranteed that you did. Where else can you enjoy world-class food, wine, and entertainment in idyllic surroundings? Although Autumn officially starts at the end of this month, the sunshine and smashing fun is still here. Check out this month’s concert picks, which span four different genres to get your feet moving.
Friday, September 2
Lost 80’s Live with Cutting Crew, Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Berlin, Tommy Tutone, Nu Shooz, Dramarama, and Annabella of Bow Wow Wow
SOMO Village Event Center
Some things never get old, like dressing up in your loudest, most outrageous outfits and dancing to your favorites hits from the 1980s. Grab a group of your friends and head over to SOMO Village Event Center, Sonoma County’s new music venue. Instead of listening to a DJ, you’ll be able to see Wang Chung, Cutting Crew, Berlin, and many others recreate their great performances in person. Will Flock of Seagulls be sporting their famously tall haircuts? There’s only one way to find out. More info.
Thursday, September 15
The Avett Brothers
Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
Music industry sage Rick Rubin knows a thing or two about talent, from the Beastie Boys to Tom Petty, who are just two acts he’s produced. So it’s no surprise that he’s produced no less than three albums by the Avett Brothers, the acclaimed North Carolina band that combines folk, bluegrass, and the best parts of Southern rock. If that description isn’t eclectic enough, the San Francisco Chronicle said the band has the "heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones." The new album from Scott and Seth Avett and company is called True Sadness, which features “Satan Pulls the Strings,” a synth-drenched, soulful stomper that somehow straddles traditional and modern pop sounds. Don’t miss this show at one of the North Bay’s most beloved venues. More info.
Wednesday, September 21
Iron & Wine
Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Iron & Wine is the stage name of Samuel “Sam” Beam, a singer-songwriter from South Carolina who’s been a star of the indie-folk scene for over a decade. Music fans may recall Beam’s acoustic cover of the Postal Service hit “Such Great Heights” a decade ago, or his 2007 breakthrough album The Shepard’s Dog, whose melodies and harmonies recalled the best of Simon and Garfunkel. His new album is a duets record with fellow singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop, who was born right here in Santa Rosa. Love Letter for Fire has been called an ideal collaborative album by PopMatters, who pointed to the duo’s complementary strengths. Don’t miss Beam perform in Sonoma County’s indie rock hub, the gorgeous GunBun Winery. More info.
Friday, September 30
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Despite her silver hair and 40 years in the music scene, Emmylou Harris exudes a youthful energy in her singing and playing that would make her veteran peers jealous. It’s no wonder that younger artists like Ryan Adams and Beck have worked with her. In addition to being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Harris has won multiple 13 Grammy Awards, including one this year with Rodney Crowell for “Best Americana Album” for The Traveling Kind. It’s easy to hear why when listening to the way the duo’s voices blend beautifully throughout the record. See Harris perform selections from her entire catalogue in Sonoma County’s best classic theater, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. More info.
Find more things to do in Sonoma County.