Friday Night Live at the Plaza, free summer concert series in Cloverdale

Fri, September 1, 2017, 6:00 pm

Friday Night Live, produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance, offers a variety of family-friendly activities every Friday evening throughout the summer. In addition to the high caliber FREE music concerts, dinner is available from a variety of food vendors and nearby restaurants; premium Sonoma County wines and craft beers are available for purchase by the glass. You can browse fresh local produce, artisan arts, crafts and other unique vendors at the FNL Market, and experience a variety of kids’ activities, such as jumpy castles and rock climbing walls at the Kid’s Zone. There is something for everyone at Friday Night Live in Cloverdale.
The Street Fair begins at 6pm; music starts at 6:30pm. Arrive early and bring your own lawn chair as seating/chairs are not provided. The concert seating area is limited.
No outside alcoholic beverages, please.

2017 LINEUP:

June 2 – The Honey Island Swamp Band
Genre: Bayou Americana Website: www.honeyislandswampband.com
Winery Sponsor: Pedroncelli
Concert Sponsor: Calpine

The Big Easy’s new favorite sons lend their inimitable thumbprint to most of the great American genres – spring-heeled slide blues, upbeat funk, cathouse piano and country-fried guitars.

June 9 – Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash
Genre: Honky-Tonk Website: www.bsojc.com
Winery Sponsor: Ferrari-Carano
Concert Sponsor: Reuser, Inc.

Strong songwriting and great musicianship has put the critically acclaimed Bastard Sons at the forefront of the Alternative Country Scene. Johnny Cash personally gave the band permission to use his name.

June 16 – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Genre: Blues Rock Website: www.tommycastro.com
Winery Sponsor: Geyser Peak
Concert Sponsor: Michael Laird RE/MAX Full Spectrum

Blues great, Tommy Castro, has played thousands of shows to thousands of fans, packing dance floors and leaving them screaming for more. He captivates audiences with guitar playing honed to a razor’s edge, intensely passionate vocals and memorable songs.

June 23 – The B-Side Players
Genre: Latin Global Funk Website: www.thebsideplayers.com
Winery Sponsor: Coppola
Concert Sponsor: Cloverdale Ace Hardware, Exchange Bank

Winners of NINE San Diego music awards, The B-Side Players make music without borders or boundaries, exploring the multifaceted grooves of Latin America and the Caribbean, incorporating the sounds of Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Brazil with the funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop rhythms of their homeland.

June 30 – The Lil Smokies
Genre: Progressive Bluegrass Website: www.thelilsmokies.com
Winery Sponsor: Carpenter Wines
Concert Sponsor: Eagle’s Nest Deli, Dig! Music

With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, the multi-award winning Lil Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody-driven sound of their own.

July 7 – Orgōne
Genre: Funk Soul Website: www.orgonespace.com
Winery Sponsor: Saini Vineyards
Concert Sponsor: Bob Scott & Tim McDonald; Rich & Amy Schaefers

The intoxicating funk and soul of Orgōne is sure to get the crowd on its feet! Orgōne delivers dirty, organic, California soul with heart – it is music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feet and shoves you onto the dance floor.

July 14 – The Quebe Sisters
Genre: Texas Swing Website: www.quebesisters.com
Winery Sponsor: Virginia Dare
Concert Sponsor: The Furber Family
Opener: The Two Lions Band

When the Quebe Sisters take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are transfixed, then blown away. The trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time!

July 21 – The Iguanas
Genre: Chicano Rock Website: www.iguanas.com
Winery Sponsor: Rodney Strong Vineyards
Concert Sponsor: Rotary Club of Cloverdale

The critically-acclaimed Iguanas redefine the notion of Americana, crossing cultures, styles, eras, and even languages. It’s as if Rue Bourbon, Muscle Shoals and Plaza México were all within earshot of each other and The Iguanas were the musical conduit between them.

July 28 – GrooveSession
Genre: Groovin’ Rock Website: www.groovesessionmusic.com
Winery Sponsor: Murphy-Goode
Concert Sponsor: Ray’s Food Place

GrooveSession is a trio on the rise! Recognized for unique song writing and powerful live performance, the band is a true throwback, uniting fans with a funky flare and positive message. With mind, body and sound, GrooveSession brings a multi-genre blend of rock n’ roll they call “movin’ groovin’ music.”

August 4 – Johnny Sansone
Genre: Electric Blues Website: www.johnnysansone.com
Winery Sponsor: Fritz Underground Winery
Concert Sponsor: Iris
Konik & Anne Baker Realtors
Opener: Filmore Slim

A multi-award-winning bluesman, Johnny Sansone’s howling, rip-through-the-plaster voice and deep grooved harmonica riffs are the main attractions, but audiences will also appreciate the wit and wisdom of his character songs.

August 11 – The Naughty Professor
Genre: Funky Jazz Website: www.naughtyprofessormusic.com
Winery Sponsor: Preston of Dry Creek, Dry Creek Vineyards
Concert Sponsor: Syar Industries
Opener: Blue Lights

On a mission to embody the jazz-influenced party culture of the Big Easy in a constantly evolving, high energy funk/soul outfit, Naughty Professor’s live performances weave together complex compositions and loose individual improvisation.

August 18 – Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Genre: Latin Big Band Website: pacificmambo.com
Winery Sponsor: Kelley & Young
Concert Sponsor: Redwood Credit Union

2014 GRAMMY Winner, the Pacific Mambo Orchestra is a 20 piece musical group leading the rebirth of the Latin Big Band Sound. They use the traditions of the classic mambo‐craze orchestras of the 1950s to deliver their original music and clever, modern arrangements of hit songs. These elite musicians perform in both English and Spanish.

August 25 – Monophonics
Genre: Retro Soul Website: www.monophonics.com
Winery Sponsor: Alexander Valley Vineyards, White Oak Winery
Concert Sponsor: Jane & Ron Pavelka

The widely-acclaimed Monophonics proudly carry the torch through the generations into today’s musical landscape. Holding onto tradition, but by no means purists of any kind, they play their own brand of music known as “Psychedelic Soul.”

September 1 – GRAMMY Award-Winning & Blues Hall of Fame member Charlie Musselwhite
Genre: Blues Website:
Winery Sponsor: Rodney Strong Vineyards
Concert Sponsor: Sonoma Clean Power

GRAMMY-Award-winning Blues Hall-of-Famer to be announced August 20!

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