Friday Night Live 2018
The 2018 Friday Night Live lineup to be announced at the end of April
June 1 through August 31
FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE PLAZA, 2018
Free summer concert series continues to deliver high caliber musical talent, beginning June 1
Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Cloverdale’s free summer concert series, will announce the lineup of bands scheduled to appear Friday nights from June 1 through August 31, 2018 sometime in the later part of April. 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.
For 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) firstname.lastname@example.org
Bands that are selected for the 2018 Friday Night Live concerts will be contacted by mid-April. Due to the high volume of submittals we receive each year, we will only be contacting those that are selected.
2017 Lineup (2018 lineup to be announced in April):
June 2 – The Honey Island Swamp Band
June 9 – Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash
June 16 – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
June 23 – The B-Side Players
June 30 – The Lil Smokies
July 7 – Orgōne
July 14 – The Quebe Sister
July 21 – The Iguanas
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
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
August 18 – Pacific Mambo Orchestra
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 - Charlie Musselwhite
Genre: Blues Web: charliemusselwhite.com
Winery Sponsor: Rodney Strong Vineyards
Concert Sponsor: Sonoma Clean Power
Fifty years of nonstop touring, performing and recording have reaped huge rewards. Charlie Musselwhite is living proof that great music only gets better with age. He may be the only musician to get a huge ovation just for opening his briefcase, because fans know that is where he keeps his harmonica and they are about the hear one of the true masters work his magic.
Musselwhite cut his (musical) teeth alongside muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and everyone on the South side of Chicago in the early 1960’s. Since then, this bluesman of the highest order has taken his harmonica from Chicago clubs to places it’s never been before, both musically and geographically. Shortly before winning the 2014 GRAMMY for Best Blues Album for their collaboration Get Up!, he and Ben Harper played at the White House for President Obama and the First Lady, in a salute to Memphis soul.
Musselwhite’s current band ranks with the best he’s ever had. It features drummer June Core, bassist Steve Froberg, and guitarist Matt Stubbs. As for their bandleader, at 71 Musselwhite is truly at the top of his game, as evidenced by I Ain’t Lyin’, Henrietta Records’ follow-up to the GRAMMY-nominated Juke Joint Chapel. This year he won the Blues Music Awards’ Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica, for a staggering 25th time, of his 29 wins overall and 2010 induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.
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.
The Charlie Musselwhite concert is underwritten in part by Sonoma Clean Power. The wine sponsor for this show is Rodney Strong Vineyards. FNL's 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.