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Funky Fridays BENEFIT Summer Concerts begin May 27, 2016

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Funky Fridays BENEFIT Summer Concerts begin May 27, 2016

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, in conjunction with concert organizers Bill Myers and Linda Pavlak, hvae moved Funky Fridays summer concerts to the grounds of Hood Mansion for the 2016 summer series. Hood Mansion is conveniently located in Sonoma Valley off Highway 12 at Pythian Road.

Bill and Linda have announced a vibrant line-up of popular bands to perform during the 4th Annual Funky Fridays. The 15-week concert series will be held on the spacious front lawn of Hood Mansion from 7 to 9 PM on Fridays throughout the summer, debuting Friday, May 27. Concert-goers can walk to the venue from nearby neighborhoods or park at one of three parking lots in the Los Guilicos complex. Ticket prices remain $10 per person. Parking will be $10 per vehicle or FREE for Regional Parks members with a parks pass. The band schedule and more details are available on the event website at and on the Sonoma County Parks’ website at

For the past three summers, Funky Fridays was held at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and benefited efforts by Team Sugarloaf to support that park. The rapid growth of this popular fundraiser resulted in the event outgrowing the Sugarloaf venue. Moving forward, the event coordinators will continue to support Sugarloaf by working with Team Sugarloaf to explore smaller live music events in the amphitheater. 

In 2015, Sonoma County Regional Parks constructed a Bay Area Ridge Trail section at the Pythian Road entrance to Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve. Regional Parks recently completed road improvements connecting this trail to the intersection of Highway 12 and Pythian Road. The improvements include a road crossing and signal modifications at the Pythian Road and Highway 12 intersection, which will enhance the safety for residents of Oakmont who may walk to the new concert location. 

“Many of our attendees live in Oakmont, and this new spot for the concerts offers easier access for them to continue enjoying live music in a beautiful outdoor setting,” Myers said.

Funds raised from the 2016 concerts will support projects related to Hood Mansion, Hood Mountain Regional Park, and other county parks projects in the Sonoma Valley.

Funky Fridays – Funky Fridays has found a new home– Hood Mansion. The 15-week outdoor concert series is family-oriented for kids and adults of all ages in a festival-like atmosphere including live music, dancing and picnicking. Concert-goers can walk to the venue from nearby neighborhoods or park at one of three parking lots in the Los Guilicos complex. Hood Mansion lawn in Sonoma Valley, off Hwy 12 at Pythian Rd. 707-833-6288.  7-9p.  $10, 18 and under free. Parking $10 or FREE with Regional Parks Pass. Volunteer for five or more weeks during the series for a VIP SEASON PASS. 

May 27                             The Bruthas

June 3                              The Pulsators

June 10                            Hour of Tower

June 17                             Soul Fuse

June 24                             Second Line

July 1                               Funky Dozen

July 8                               The Soulshine Blues Band

July 15                             RoseTown Soul and R&B Revue

July 22                              The BluesBurners

July 29                             Gator Nation

August 5                          Tommy Thomsen

August 12                         Full Steem

August 19                        Volker Strifler

August 26                        The Jami Jamison Band

September 2                    A Case of the Willy's



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.