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West Coast Sounds is the name for soul jazz guitar maestro Eddie Roberts’ new endeavor. Two years ago the globetrotting Welsh native and founder of the renowned New Mastersounds packed his gear and headed west for good. He reconnected with Hammond B3 virtuoso and Boom Boom Room stalwart Wil Blades. He found drummer Jermal Watson (Dirty Dozen Brass Band) on the Jam Cruise. When Jazz Mafia horn players Joe Cohen (tenor sax) and Mike Olmos (trumpet) guested on the New Masterounds' album Out on the Faultline, Roberts had an epiphany. "I realized how amazing they were, and it set an idea off," says Roberts. "The addition of horns automatically changes the sound, although I would say that the grooves and the overall style of the West Coast Sounds is more similar to the New Mastersounds than my solo material". Regardless of the group or the setting, Roberts’ guitar playing is always visceral and funky. Shades of influence from Grant Green and the Meters' Leo Nocentelli show up rough and ready to rip.
Festivities begin at 5:30 pm with the Farmers Market, which also offers a variety of food booths. Local restaurants are open for early bird and late night specials. Craft beer, local wines and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase during the evening. Music begins at 7:00 pm.
Out-of-town visitors can receive a lodging discount by calling Historic Inns of Cloverdale at (800) 894-1737 and mentioning Friday Night Live. For more information call (707) 894-4410.