Friday Night Live 2017

 

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE PLAZA, 2017

CLOVERDALE ARTS ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES MUSIC LINEUP FOR 2017 FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE PLAZA
Free summer concert series continues to deliver high caliber musical talent, beginning June 2

Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Cloverdale’s free summer concert series, has announced the lineup of bands scheduled to appear Friday nights from June 2 through September 1, 2017. Friday Night Live & Street Fair, produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance, offers a variety of family-friendly activities every Friday evening throughout the summer. 

Downtown Cloverdale comes alive with Friday Night Live at the Plaza & Street Fair. In addition to high-caliber, smokin’ hot music delivered by a variety of bands hailing from across the United States, FNL visitors will find many other attractions. Dinner is available from a variety of food vendors and nearby restaurants; premium Sonoma County wines and craft beers can be purchased by the glass. Hand-crafted arts, crafts and other unique, locally made items are available at the Street Fair, along with a variety of kids’ activities, such as jumpy castles and rock climbing walls, to ensure there is something for everyone at Friday Night Live in Cloverdale. The Street Fair opens at 6:00 PM and music begins at 6:30 PM.

Audiences are sure to experience the best of small town America and free family-friendly, dance and party concerts at Friday Night Live & Street Fair in downtown Cloverdale all summer long.

Prospective Bands

Priority consideration will be given to bands touring regionally/nationally that are upbeat, dance/party bands playing original music from a variety of genres. There is also the opportunity for local bands to support headline acts.

For consideration to have your band play Friday Night Live at the Plaza please email your band's website URL, and links to videos and/or music to Mark Tharrington (FNL Program Manager) mark@cloverdaleartsalliance.org 

Band information: directions to the venue [PDF] and audio hardware on site [PDF] 

2017 LINEUP

June 2 – The Honey Island Swamp Band

Genre: Bayou Americana                Web: 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.

Genre: Bayou Americana                Web: 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.

Genre:  Honky-Tonk             Web: 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.

Genre:  Honky-Tonk             Web: 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.

Genre:  Blues Rock          Web: 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.

Genre:  Blues Rock          Web: 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            Web: 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.

Genre:   Latin Global Funk            Web: 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           Web: 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. 

Genre:    Progressive Bluegrass           Web: 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            Web: orgonespace.com Winery Sponsor: Saini Vineyards Concert Sponsor: Bob Scott & Tim McDonald; Guild Mortgage 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.

Genre:  Funk Soul            Web: orgonespace.com
Winery Sponsor: Saini Vineyards
Concert Sponsor: Bob Scott & Tim McDonald; Guild Mortgage

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 Sister

Genre:  Texas Swing          Web: 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!

Genre:  Texas Swing          Web: 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             Web: iguanas.com Winery Sponsor: Rodney Strong Vineyards Concert Sponsor: Rotary Club of Cloverdale, Rich & Amy Schaefers 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.

Genre:  Chicano Rock             Web: iguanas.com
Winery Sponsor: Rodney Strong Vineyards
Concert Sponsor: Rotary Club of Cloverdale, Rich & Amy Schaefers

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  Web: 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          Web: 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 – Naughty Professor

Genre: Funky Jazz              Web: 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.

Genre: Funky Jazz              Web: 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.

Genre: Latin Big Band           Web: pacificmambo.com
Winery Sponsor: Kelley & Young Wines
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            Web: 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 – Special Guest Artist - TBA
Genre: Blues              Web:
Winery Sponsor: Rodney Strong Vineyards
Concert Sponsor: Sonoma Clean Power

Best way to enjoy Friday Night Live & Street Fair: 
•    Festivities begin at 6:00 PM when the Street Fair opens with meals-to-go; sweet treats; wines and craft beers; locally crafted art, jewelry, clothing and wellness products; and kids’ activities.
•    Food booths at the Street Fair offer a wide variety of delicious meals. With choices from pizza to risotto, BBQ oysters to lamb gyros, there is something for everyone. Local restaurants are also open for early bird and late night specials.
•    Music starts at 6:30 PM.
•    Arrive early and bring your own lawn chair as seating/chairs are not provided. The concert seating area is limited.
•    Craft beer, local wines, and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase by the glass.  
•    The conditions of the ABC permit for Friday Night Live do not allow outside alcoholic beverages at the concerts. Also, please dispose of any alcoholic beverages purchased at the shows before you leave.

Friday Night Live at the Plaza is produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance. Underwriting support is provided by a number of generous local individual, business, and winery sponsors.  

Our Community Angels are Geoff & Nancy Dalwin and the McChesney Family. Presenting Sponsors for the 2017 series are Calpine; Ray's Food Place; Michael Laird REMAX/Full Spectrum; Redwood Credit Union; Reuser, Inc.; and Sonoma Clean Power. Major Sponsors are Coors Light, Furber Family, Jane & Ron Pavelka and Lagunitas Brewing Company. Media Sponsors are Cloverdale Reveille, KRCB 91FM, and Sonoma County Gazette.

For more information visit cloverdaleartsalliance.org or call (707) 894-4410.