Apr 27, 2017
The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, in conjunction with concert organizers Bill Myers and Linda Pavlak, announces the return of the Funky Fridays concert series to the lawn of the historic Hood Mansion.
The concerts will begin on Friday, May 26 with the well-known 5-piece band, The Bruthas, and run through September 1. Hood Mansion is conveniently located in Sonoma Valley off Highway 12 at Pythian Road, and concerts are 7-9 p.m. each Friday night.
“We are pleased to return to the lawn at Hood Mansion for the 5th season of this family-oriented event,” said Myers and Pavlak, who co-founded Funky Fridays in 2013. “We love organizing Funky Fridays, bringing these affordable concerts to our friends and neighbors in the Sonoma Valley, and raising funds for our beloved parks.”
“Our organization is so grateful to Linda and Bill for creating Funky Fridays,” said Melissa Kelley, executive director of the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. “Last year, Funky Fridays raised $50,000 for parks in the Sonoma Valley, including Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. We expect this year to be even more successful with the addition of Funky Fridays series sponsors Terra Firma Global Partners and SolarCity.”
This year’s concert series brings the return of the area’s most popular bands, as well as some newcomers to the event. Audiences will once again enjoy Rosetown Soul, Volker Strifler, Hour of Tower, Funky Dozen, The Blues Burners, Gator Nation, Soul Fuse, Soulshine Blues Band, Jami Jamison Band and A Case of the Willys. Newcomers includeFrobeck, Stax City, The Poyntlyss Sistars and Dylan Black Project. The complete band schedule and more details about the event are available on the event website at www.funkyfridays.info.
Ticket prices remain $10 per person. Parking will be $10 per vehicle or free for Regional Parks members with a parks pass. TIPS Tri Tip Trolley and the award- winning Rainy Day Chocolates will again sell food at the event. HenHouse Brewing Company returns as the Funky Fridays beer partner, and Kenwood Vineyards has signed on as the event’s first wine sponsor.
Additional wine sponsorship opportunities are still available, with wine and beer sales benefitting the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen – Kenwood and the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. People are welcome to bring their own picnics, but a special event liquor license prohibits outside alcohol.
Audiences this year will see several improvements to the site, including a new industrial grade 600 square foot dance floor. Additionally, the stage location will change; it will face the mansion, creating more of an amphitheater effect for the audience.
The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation raises funds, fosters partnerships and advocates on behalf of Sonoma County Regional Parks. The Parks Foundation has directed more than $3.5 million to county parks projects since its inception in 1998. The nonprofit currently is raising funds to build more trails at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, sponsor environmental field trips for local school children, and support swim classes and water safety programs operated by Regional Parks.
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