Sonoma County Music Picks this March
March madness is the start of spring here in Sonoma County. March welcomes the sun peeking through the clouds, bud break in the vineyards, and pink blooms on the trees.
These are sights that will easily make both locals and travelers sing with joy. The outdoor concert season may not be here yet, but there are many great indoor concerts coming to Sonoma County this March.
Here are some of the highlights for live music in Sonoma County:
Friday, March 3
The Five Irish Tenors
Direct from Dublin, Ireland, The Five Irish Tenors get Sonoma County ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all month long with “Salute to Ireland,” a program full of Irish wit, charm, and boisterousness with an operatic flair. Enjoy beloved Irish songs including “Danny Boy” and “Toora – Loora – Looral” while sipping on Sonoma wines.
Tuesday, March 7
California Roots presents the Release the Bound Tour featuring Matisyahu, a vocalist who needs no other instrument at his disposal. Roots reggae fans know that his shows are an experience for those looking connect to his lyrics about faith and searching.
Also, make sure to check out two Sonoma County favorites, Wonderbread 5 and Tainted Love at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma this March. Both shows will have you on your feet dancing and singing at the top of your lungs to the best of the 1980s (Tainted Love), as well as the 1960s through now (Wonderbread 5).
Saturday, March 9
A songwriter from Temecula, California, Timothy O'Neil is currently submerged in the Sonoma County Americana scene. Part punk-rock, part bluegrass, he puts on one hell of a good time at his shows.
The Sonoma Cider taproom in Healdsburg just opened, and they are quickly making a name for themselves with their unique ciders and large event venue with enough room to enjoy live music and dance.
Saturday, March 11
Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival
The 17th annual music festival in Sebastopol features six bluegrass, old time, and folk acts. The lineup includes: The Good Ol' Persons Reunion, Greenhouse, Rita Hosking, Jim Hurst, True Life Troubadours, and Evie Ladin with Keith Terry & Erik Pearson.
Be sure to bring your own instruments to join in the fun at one of the workshops (including a guitar workshop with Jim Hurst), and enjoy listening to musicians just jamming.
Thursday, March 16
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down is a San Francisco-based alternative folk rock music group fronted by singer and songwriter Thao Nguyen. Gundlach Bundschu Winery hosts its concert series in its Redwood Barn.
Sonoma County wines like their Gewürztraminer are perfect for a spring night, especially when paired with delicious eats from the Vineyard Crust Co. food truck.
Friday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day)
St. Patrick’s Day in Sonoma County is a sea of green vineyards, green beers, green fashion, and Irish songs, sung entirely too loud.
Join Hopmonk in Sebastopol for their St. Patrick's Day event featuring Tempest, a hybrid of high-energy folk rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences, and other world music elements.
Saturday, March 25
The Sam Chase
Music lovers who like dirty folk rock need to check out The Sam Chase. A San Francisco Bay Area favorite, The Sam Chase describes himself as having a voice like a nun on the lam with a mouthful of cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. Definitely a fun and rowdy time for all.
Wednesday, March 29
An Evening with Graham Nash
Get ready to enjoy some good ol’ rock and roll at the Luther Burbank Center. Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy winner. Fans from his Crosby, Stills, and Nash and The Hollies days, as well as a new generation of fans will enjoy music with a message from his 50-year career.
If you are planning on heading over to Country Summer at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa June 16-18, make sure to grab your tickets soon. The three-day passes will sell out quickly.
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Written by Sonoma Insider Shana Bull.