SOMO Concerts bring big names to Sonoma County this summer
Summer brings more shows than ever before to the SOMO Village in Rohnert Park, which has become one of Sonoma County’s most versatile music venues over the past five years.
Where former Agilent buildings stood near Sonoma State University, there is now a pop-up festival called SOMO Concerts. Past performers here have included Lucinda Williams, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Los Lobos, Ziggy Marley, the Goo Goo Dolls, and John Popper from Blues Traveler.
A Soon-to-be Sonoma County Staple
In addition to national headliners, Second Octave, the management team behind SOMO Concerts, is dedicated to the Sonoma County music scene. For example, last year’s EarleFest — an annual outdoor music festival benefiting the Earle Baum Center for the Blind — featured a second stage with local musicians such as the Timothy O’Neil Band, Dirty Cello, and more.
The 2018 SOMOA summer concert series continues the momentum, with four shows already lined up and a few more to be announced soon. This summer the solar-powered outdoor venue has something for everyone.
“The venue is perfect for all ages, and kids under five are free. You can choose to be right in the middle of it or relax to the side in a variety of environments,” says Bryce Dow-Williamson, marketing director for SOMO Concerts and CEO at Second Octave.
A Sampling of the Summer 2018 SOMO lineup:
Saturday, June 2
The doors open at 6 p.m.
The band you think of when you think of American punk music during the 80s is Social D. They have been performing off and on for over 40 years (with seven albums) and are coming to Rohnert Park, with openers Low Cut Connie and Aaron Lee Tasjan. Kids of all ages are welcome, and age five and under are free.
Social Distortion at SOMO tickets available online.
Rock & Wine with Y&T + Dokken
Saturday, June 23
The Rock & Wine Tasting starts at 3:30 p.m.
The doors open for the concert at 5:30 p.m
The Rock & Wine Fest celebrates the rare intersection of Wine Country and hard rock. The wine tasting experience starts two hours before the show with five or more select wineries, including Meniketti Wines by Dave Meniketti of Y&T. The tasting session is followed by the outdoor concert, with live music from the Bay Area's own innovators of the hard rock sound, Y&T, and seasoned heavy metal masters Dokken.
Tickets to the Rock & Wine Festival are available online.
The Psychedelic Furs
Wednesday, July 25
The doors open at 5 p.m.
If you were to dissect today’s alternative rock music, you’ll find that much of it pays homage to The Psychedelic Furs. Led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler and his bass-wielding brother Tim, the Furs scored major hits with "Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink," "Heaven," "The Ghost In You," and “Heartbreak Beat.” In all they released seven studio albums, spawning several compilations, a boxed set, and a live concert DVD.
The Psychedelic Furs and X at SOMO tickets sold online.
The Ultimate Party with Tainted Love, Forever Diamond, Petty Theft and Foreverland
Saturday, September 8
The doors open at 4 p.m.
Ineffable Live and Second Octave Present The Ultimate Party, featuing an all-star tribute band line-up. Bands include:
- Tainted Love — Best of the 80's Live
- Super Diamond — The Neil Diamond Tribute
- Petty Theft — SF Tribute to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
- Foreverland — An Electrifying Tribute to Michael Jackson
The Ultimate Party at SOMO tickets are available online.
Pro Tip: The venue is mostly general admission, with guests encouraged to bring warm clothing for the evenings, blankets, chairs, and empty refillable water bottles. There is food, craft beer, wine, and other drinks available and they always have other entertainment at each show, so bring some cash.
For more info about where to stay and eat in Rohnert Park, read about how to spend 48 Hours in Rohnert Park. Also, search for more summer live music, wine, and food events that you'll love in Sonoma County.