Third Annual Railroad Square Music Festival: June 11, 2017
Sonoma County boasts a vibrant music scene, with the extra bonus that many concerts are free to the public. As the organizers of the Railroad Square Music Festival, one of the area’s most popular events, explain, “the mission is to expand our local music community by bringing more music to new people, to encourage our local performers to shoot for the stars, and to show that the North Bay is a vibrant cultural and artistic hub.”
Stars, indeed. So on Sunday, June 11, from noon to 7 p.m. music lovers of all kinds are invited to attend – for free – this celebration of the North Bay creative community being held in the heart of Santa Rosa. And because “free” isn’t enough of a community gift already, RSMF proceeds will benefit West End Farmer’s Market’s EBT matching program, which is a 501c3 where patrons can double their EBT funds up to $25 to purchase locally grown organic produce.
Among its many highlights, the festival features the release of the Out There Sessions compilation CD, recorded at musician John Courage’s all-analog Gremlintone studios in Santa Rosa. The album features 13 local performers, many of them RSMF alumni who are coming back as performers this year.
The line-up includes David Luning, John Courage, female lead powerhouses B and the Hive (formerly Girls & Boys), La Gente, Lungs and Limbs, Sharkmouth, Swingin’ Dixie, Earles of Newtown, the Timothy O’Neil Band, soul trio Token Girl, and several local acoustic performers.
To keep the party going, guests can purchase “hoppy fuel” from Petaluma’s Lagunitas Brewery, or Russian River Valley wines from Virginia Dare Winery, plus food from the West End Farmers Market. And because the event is family friendly, there will picnic areas, plus a stage for Sonoma County’s premier circus troupe Circus Maximus.