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|2019-06-25Jun 25, 2019
In June, Analy High School reversed a decision to cutback the school's jazz band program and announced the school's new music director, Casey Jones.
|2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019
The 2019 Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival, which was scheduled for the weekend of September 7 & 8 at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville, has been postponed for financial reasons until 2020.
|2019-03-27Mar 27, 2019
If telling you Joe Louis Walker is a member of the Blues Hall of Fame, a two-time Grammy winner, and a four-time Blues Music Award winner, isn’t enough to get you out to see him headline the Apple Blossom Festival, I may as well stop typing. Born in San Francisco, a 1949 Christmas Day present for a family originally from Cleveland, Mississippi, Walker learned the blues from his father’s 45s and 78s. “Blues was a natural to me,” Walker says during our early March phone interview. He describes the blues scene during his teenage years as “very healthy,” allowing him to perform with classic East Bay artists such as Lowell Fulson and Jimmy McCracklin.
|2019-02-25Feb 25, 2019
As the clock strikes March, it’s again time for the annual Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival. The pickin’ and grinnin’ occurs Mar. 9 at the Sebastopol Community Center from one to nine p.m. Local Americana duos Nina Gerber/Chris Webster, and Pam Delgado/ Jeri Jones of Blame Sally, together calling themselves the Duo Quartet, will pair up, then come together for guitar jams and harmonies. Cowboy singer and horseman Mike Bec and many many more...
|2019-06-15Jun 15, 2019
In the three years that Funky Fridays has supported theSonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, the concert series has contributed more than $150,000 to benefit parks. Following are highlights of these donations.
|2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019
We always think of summer as vacation time - time to play! And one of the spectacular benefits of living in Sonoma County is that we are home to amazing musicians who love to play music for their neighbors! Weather is good - venues vary from arks to concert arenas - food is available for those who just want to sit and relax - dance floors about for those who can't help themselves but have to MOVE! It's everything we want for summer fun. And some of these concerts even benefit good causes! Win/Win for everyone! 15 venues with live music all summer long for FREE or under $25 a ticket.
|2019-05-30May 30, 2019
Of course, some people have great luck with farming, but I don’t believe anyone will tell you it’s an easy life. Every child in my mother’s family did farm chores. The youngest at age three fed the chickens and hunted for eggs. The oldest helped their father feed the cows and do the daily milking. My mother recalls a year they planted eight sacks of potatoes and only grew eight sacks of potatoes! That was a hunger year. My grandmother Alice Baker worked as a sharecropper at the age of 12 with her four siblings. When her children were small on the Homestead, she taught them not to greedily fill their stomachs. She led them in saying grace and leaving food so that the whole family would get enough to eat. In other words, eat to live not live to eat. So, I congratulate Cotati for their vision and follow-through on Veronda-Falletti Ranch.
|2019-05-29May 29, 2019
If it seems like I write a lot about music events at the Petaluma Historic Library and Museum that is because the affiliated Petaluma Museum Association never ceases to amaze Petalumans with the level of entertainment the PMA offers on a regular basis. It also doesn’t hurt that the sound quality within the walls of the historic downtown Carnegie library is surprisingly clean and balanced, due in large part to the use of Douglas Fir, instead of the normal harder oak paneling that we normally see in buildings like this.
|2019-05-27May 27, 2019
We’ve talked about Random Acts of Kindness (RAK). Let’s talk about this idea again. I think about the ‘old timers’ on the coast and what that meant for them. I truly believe it was an essential part of their life to depend on neighbors and community. June is full of good times on the coast. How about a walk on pristine land at Jenner in the morning, an afternoon music performance at the Timber Cove Resort with Kyle, a browse through the Gualala Arts exhibit halls, dinner at one of the wonderful places to eat in Gualala or Point Arena, and an evening performance at the Theater. Stay overnight at the Lighthouse in one of the Coast Guard cottages or the Bryan B Preserve cottages.
|2019-05-25May 25, 2019
For those of us who live in Windsor we know it’s an awesome place to live, but its official- Windsor is also a great town to work in! The Town of Windsor was voted the Best Business Friendly City by North Bay Biz magazine. This year Windsor is taking a big step forward with a program called the Waste Less Windsor program. The goal of this program is to try and reduce the waste sent to the landfills from the 2019 Summer Concert Series by focusing on sustainable service ware, education and volunteer recruitment.
|2019-05-24May 24, 2019
One of the wonderful things about Cloverdale is its ever-increasing diversity, including personal perspectives and views on life. Both of us have lived here for almost 20 years. Both of us have been active in our community, meeting different people, listening to them, interacting with each other in many positive ways. Recently, we began thinking: “Wouldn’t it be great to start a community dialogue?” Vicky Groom is one community leader whose special path we often cross. We asked Vicky to write her personal story of why and how she got involved doing “something” on a local and national level. Here, in her own words, is her inspiring story:
|2019-05-22May 22, 2019
Roy Zimmerman, a San Francisco native, speaks by phone from Madison, Wisconsin, where he’s performing. Though they live in Lake County, he and his wife, Melanie Harby, spend two-thirds of the year traveling to shows together, which he has called “entertaining the troops.” Talking in terms of a current “national nightmare,” he says he meets many people around the country who are dealing with it. “We always stress the laughter, but encourage people to come away from the show empowered, not just entertained.” “It’s a whole new political landscape, unfortunately it’s a Jackson Pollack.”
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