Los Lobos plus the Volker Strifler Band

Sat, April 11, 2020, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 11th, 2020
6 PM (Doors at 5 PM)
21 & Over

Food, Beer/Wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.

$135 – Pit Seating: these tickets give you access to an exclusive section directly in front of the stage. This section has 1st come, 1st served seating.
$45 – General Admission: Open Dance Floor behind the Pit. These tickets do not provide pit access. Limited 1st come, 1st served seating. On day of show, general admission price will increase to $55.
All sales are final. No refunds will be issued. In the event that a show is postponed, your tickets will be honored for the new date.

Proceeds to benefit Live Music Lantern.

About Live Music Lantern:
Live Music Lantern is a Sonoma County based 501(c)3 that provides self care in the form of live music to educators and social service providers. Since their inception in August of 2014, they have gifted over 3500 tickets to social service providers/educators in Sonoma County. In addition, as part of our Music is Care (MIC) program, we provide music healing concerts at schools and social service organizations.

To learn more or donate, please visit www.LiveMusicLantern.org.

About Los Lobos:
“We’re a Mexican American band, and no word describes America like immigrant. Most of us are children of immigrants, so it’s perhaps natural that the songs we create celebrate America in this way.” So says Louie Perez, the “poet laureate” and primary wordsmith of Los Lobos, when describing the songs on the band’s new album, Gates of Gold.
The stories on Gates of Gold are snapshots of experiences that Perez and his band mates have had, based on where they are emotionally and how they respond to evolving life circumstances. “We live out loud most of the time and share our life this way, but then there are more intrinsic things that happen, and our songs are part of the way we react to them. We sit down and basically tell people what has happened. We certainly didn’t start this project with aspirations to create the musical equivalent to great American literary works.”

The dynamic songwriting, deeply poetic lyrics, thoughtful romantic and spiritual themes and eclectic blend of styles on the 11 track collection has resulted in an American saga in the rich literary tradition of legendary authors John Steinbeck and William Faulkner. Yet true to form, these typically humble musical wolves started in on the project without any grand vision or musical roadmap. Over 30 years after Los Lobos’ major label breakthrough How Will The Wolf Survive? – their 1984 album that ranks #30 on Rolling Stones list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s – their main challenge when they get off the road and head back into the studio is, as Berlin says, “trying not to do stuff we’ve already done. To a certain extent, we are always drawing from the same multi-faceted paint box, and we sound like what we sound like. We’re proud of what we feel is an honest body of work. We just want to keep finding new ways to say things.”

About Volker Strifler:
Volker Strifler’s creative style of Blues/Roots are innovative explorations into Rock, Jazz, and Latin rhythms, with several stops in New Orleans along the way! This German-born guitarist-singer plays with a perfect blend of fire and restraint along with the clarity of Duane Allman. The pace is fast, often frenetic, but the mixture of styles has the feel of controlled turbulence, drawing you into a whirlwind of tightly meshed crosscurrents. Most of all – the music is FUN!

As a longtime associate of the famous Ford Brothers Blues Band (Patrick, Robben, and Mark), Strifler has proven his mettle as a guitarist and singer a long time ago and has become increasingly popular on the Northern California circuit as well as regionally and in Europe. He states “My goal is to give the listener a sense of hearing something they won’t hear anywhere else.”He has an innate understanding of the language of music. His songwriting and arrangements skillfully communicate that Blues is feeling more than a style, while his compelling, soulful voice conveys the stories in his songs with a sensitivity that connects his audience with the hardships and joys of life’s shared experiences. Strifler takes a risk with a freedom that pushes his musicianship in an innovative direction, drawing from a broad palate of musical color to experiment with the Blues – taking the listener to the outer limits of the genre.

While he has recorded and/or toured with many of the top modern blues artists like Robben Ford, Chris Cain, Garth Webber and the Ford Blues Band, he has spent time learning from legends like Lowell Fulson. Strifler proves that “blues” is a feeling more than a style, giving his tunes a solid anchor but not confining himself to genre clichés.“Volker Strifler is a beautiful singer and a powerful guitarist” states Robben Ford. Spiced with the British flavor of Peter Green and Eric Clapton and infused by the stylings of artists like Wes Montgomery and Ry Cooder, Strifler creates music that ranges from modern Blues rock to soulful chunky back beats reminiscent of mid 50’s R&B ballads, blending it all with country blues/roots and touches of jazz. The mixture is topped off with Strifler’s laid back, husky vocals producing the seductive magic of music performed with deep conviction and amazing originality.

Strifler spent his childhood in Heidelberg Germany and didn’t start playing music until he sold his motorcycle at the age of 17 after he, and two friends, decided to start a band. They played a lot of rock & roll (UFO, Scorpions, the Sex Pistols whatever was happening) on US Army bases until an American ex-G.I. hired them as a back up band for American Blues songs. Since, Strifler marries enough blues styles to grab the casual listener by the throat and reconsider the form. From upbeat dance songs to down-home back porch blues scorchers he conjures up an enticing mixture of old and new styles with hard to find originality amply validating he is a talent to be reckoned with.

For more information visit www.volkerstrifler.com.

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1351 Maple Ave

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