Singing the Blues in Sonoma County
Even in paradise there is room for the blues, and there is no better evidence of this fact than the upcoming Sonoma County Blues Festival, a pop-up music festival set to take Sonoma County and SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park by storm on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.
“When you are through with the blues, you've got nothing to rest on. “
Presented by SOMO concerts, this day-long event will fill the 3,000-seat outdoor venue at the heart of the village with not only a standout line up of nationally acclaimed blues musicians but a curated fine art gallery as well
On the musical side of things, the acts scheduled to perform at this year’s festival include none other than legendary local musician Charlie Musselwhite, one of the biggest names in blues. With an induction into the Blues Music Hall of Fame, 35 Blues Music Awards, and 11 Grammy nominations, this American electric blues harmonica player and bandleader has truly earned his place among the pantheon of blues music’s most important artists. Fittingly, Musselwhite will play the main stage at this year’s event.
Also on the main festival stage will be another local resident and Santa Rosa High School alumnus, Doyle Bramhall ll. Bramhall — who has worked with Eric Clapton for more than a decade and collaborated with everyone from T-Bone Burnett, Elton John, and Sheryl Crow to Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Meshell Ndegeocello — is considered one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers, and producers working in contemporary music. His set is bound to prove why that is the case.
Also on tap for the blues festival’s main stage is Ms. Taylor P. Collins, a disciple of Miss Ruth Brown, who is soon to be featured in the upcoming documentary “Every Day We Gots the Blues”; the Vallejo-based gospel sensations The Sons Of The Soul Revivers; Sonoma County’s local band The Blues Defenders; and Volker Strifler, the German-born guitarist-singer who is said to play with a perfect blend of fire and restraint, and with the clarity of Duane Allman.
As mentioned above, this year’s Sonoma County Blues Festival will be partnered with a fine art gallery curated by Kathleen McCallum, a long-time North Bay artist, arts advocate, and event producer who joined the Sonoma County Blues Festival as the director of this year’s new Juried Art Show.
“I’m thrilled to help incorporate the visual arts into this great Blues Festival,” says McCallum. “There is a special synergy that happens between visual arts and music that creates a happening magical environment. This is art and wine country and this year’s Sonoma County Blues Festival will splash a fresh twist into the Sonoma County art scene.”
Don’t think there could be a better sell than that, do you?
Mark your calendars for the 2017 edition of the Sonoma County Blues Festival. For more information or tickets, click here.