Friday Night Live will return in May of 2016

The 2016 band lineup will be released in late April of 2016 -- and FNL will return on June 3rd!

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) at

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

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

Cloverdale, CA – The 2015 Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Cloverdale’s free summer-long concert series, is pleased to announce the lineup of bands scheduled to appear Friday nights from May 29 through September 4, 2015. Friday Night Live, produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance in partnership with the Cloverdale Farmers Market, offers a variety of family-friendly activities every Friday evening throughout the summer. The Farmers Market begins at 5:30 p.m. and music begins at 7:00 p.m (see details about each band below).

Downtown Cloverdale comes alive every Friday evening all summer long with Friday Night Live at the Plaza and the Cloverdale Farmers Market. Dinner is available from a variety of food vendors and nearby restaurants; premium Sonoma County wines and craft beers are available by the glass. You can browse fresh local produce, artisan arts, crafts and other unique vendors at the Cloverdale Farmers Market; a variety of kids’ activities, such as jumpy castles and rock climbing walls, ensure there is something for everyone at Friday Night Live in Cloverdale. 


FNL Lineup for 2015:

To download a copy of the poster, CLICK HERE [PDF]

Best way to enjoy Friday Night Live:

  • Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. when the Cloverdale Farmers Market opens with fresh local produce, meats, arts & crafts, and kids activities.
  • Food – the Cloverdale Farmers Market offers a variety of food booths. Local restaurants are open for early bird and late night specials.
  • Music starts at 7:00 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. 
  • 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 in partnership with the Cloverdale Farmers Market. Underwriting support is provided by a number of generous local individual, business, and winery sponsors.  Presenting Sponsors for the 2015 series are Calpine, Geoff & Nancy Dalwin, Healdsburg District Hospital, McChesney Family, Redwood Credit Union & Sonoma Clean Power. Major Sponsors include Coors Light, Furber Family, Jane & Ron Pavelka, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and The Neel Foundation.  Media Sponsors are Cloverdale Reveille, Froggy 92.9, KRCB 91FM and Sonoma County Gazette. 

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





May 29 – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Winery Sponsor – Trione Vineyards

Concert Sponsor – Calpine


Award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter and Alligator Records recording artist Tommy Castro has been playing his signature brand of rocking rhythm and blues professionally for over 25 years, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. With his new, stripped-down, turbo-charged 4-piece band, The Painkillers, Castro has embarked on the next phase of his storied career.

Castro views the harder-edged sound of The Painkillers as a natural extension of the music he’s been making since he was a teenager. “The Painkillers really get me back to my roots. It feels to me a lot more like it did when I first started playing with my friends as a kid. Bands were always just three or four guys playing for the fun of it,” Castro recalls. Now, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers are pushing the music to another level.

 “Phenomenal and funky...soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar.” –The Washington Post

 Genre: Guitar Blues




June 5 – Eric Lindell & Co

Winery Sponsor – Jaxon Keys

Concert Sponsor – Redwood Credit Union


With his musical roots planted in Northern California, where he has an almost maniacally-loyal following, Lindell’s music blossomed in New Orleans. He performs music that is as at home on your front porch on a summer evening as it is in a hot sweaty club on a Saturday night. It is southern soul music, infused with R&B and a touch of New Orleans funk. It is blues music, glazed with a taste of country. It is simple, heartfelt songwriting, melodic guitar solos, and an energized live performance.

Eric has been recording and performing his brand of Americana music for over 20 years. Currently his band’s rhythm section, comprised of Myles Weeks on upright bass and Will McMains on drums, have been with Eric for over four years, making their live performances incredibly tight and intuitive. Both players are young but have a swing feel of much more seasoned musicians…making for pure honest American roots music at its finest.

  "You can tell within the first few seconds of a Lindell tune who it is...which many artists spend a lifetime trying to achieve.” - Black Mold, WWOZ New Orleans

 Genre:  Blue-eyed Soul




June 12 – Melvin Seals & JGB

Winery Sponsor – Alexander Valley Vineyards, Pedroncelli

Concert Sponsor – McChesney Family


Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band.  Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

Melvin and JGB brings an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table.

Genre: R&B, Gospel, Soul




June 19 – JP Harris & The Tough Choices, Supported by The Josh Bishop Band

Winery Sponsor – Foppiano Vineyards

Concert Sponsors – Cloverdale Edward Jones, Ace Hardware


In short, J.P. Harris plays Country Music. Not “Americana,” not “Roots,” “Folk,” or any other number of monikers used to describe a slew of spin-off genres; he plays from the foundation of these styles music that has influenced four generations of songwriters. In a world where prefixes have been added to the term “Country,” JP simply sticks to the old-fashioned sounds that have called to him.

 In 2012 JP released his all-original debut “I’ll Keep Calling” in May of 2012 on Cow Island Music. Shortly after its release, without the aid of publicists or a large label’s bankroll, it won “Best Country Album of 2012″ from The Nashville Scene, the same honor at the Independent Music Awards, a cameo on NPR’s American Routes, and as JP says “a whole mess of other stuff in the papers and on the internet.”

 Supporting JP Harris & The Tough Choices will be Cloverdale’s own Josh Bishop Band.

 Genre: Country




June 26 – Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

Winery Sponsor – Geyser Peak Winery

Concert Sponsor – Furber Family


Since forming in 1988, this band has emerged as one of the world’s most respected practitioners of American roots music, western swing, rockabilly, and traditional country – playing it like they invented it.  “I think of us as just a rock and roll band that’s letting the roots show,” says bandleader Big Sandy.

 Over the last three decades, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have kept up a constant cycle of traveling back and forth across the lower 48, then hopping across the pond to Europe and beyond. They bring with them a brand of American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances, guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry, and a slew of adoring fans

 Genre:  Rockabilly, Western Swing




July 3 – Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Winery Sponsor – Rodney Strong Vineyards

Concert Sponsor – Century 21/Les Ryan Realtors


Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is an eight-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of seven men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds are capable of lighting up the stage with jaw dropping displays of musicianship, it’s clear they’re focused on delivering the band’s infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band’s live show is explosive.

 “…front woman Arleigh Kincheloe has one of the biggest voices in the soul-funk business. Prepare to be blown away.” ~ Baltimore Sun

 Genre:  Modern Soul




July 10 – El Radio Fantastique

Winery Sponsor – Reynoso Vineyards

 Concert Sponsors – Dig! Music, Rich & Amy Schaefers


Led by its creator, the charismatic singer, songwriter, dumpster diver and one-time gravedigger, Giovanni DiMorente, EL Radio Fantastique is a collection of talented and electrifying musician-performers from the small farming community of Point Reyes Station, California.

 The overarching musical influences for the group derive from DiMorente’s coveted record collection scavenged from abandoned tenements in New Orleans and a lifetime of dumpsters. EL Radio Fantastique comprises a unique menagerie of sights, sounds and musical styles. Indeed, the vibration emitted from this group defies all genres as much as an archaic knob would turn on an antique radio. EL Radio Fantastique is known to put on bewitching and alluring shows with steamy theatricality. Consistent with DiMorente’s folklore, witnesses have remarked that the band’s players appear to be charmed and somewhat possessed, inspiring a visceral and enchanted concert experience.

 Genre: Art Pop




July 17 – The Stone Foxes

Winery Sponsor – Fritz Winery

Concert Sponsors – Ray’s Food Place, Reuser Inc.


The core of any rock band worth their salt is a deep respect for the fundamentals – a feel that’s redolent of the scare-the-parents, back country, wild juke joint origins – and an abiding drive to carve out one’s own unique territory. The friction between these impulses is where good things happen, and it’s the place San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes -  spear headed by brothers Shannon Koehler (drums, harp, vocals) and Spence Koehler (lead guitar, vocals) ) - have resided since their 2008 debut, young men dedicated to keeping rock engaged and succulently alive.

 San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes - spear headed by brothers Shannon Koehler (drums, harp, vocals) and Spence Koehler (lead guitar, vocals) don't want to be anything but a Rock ‘n’ Roll band. They want to hit hard, go fast, get low, get moody, and just do what feels good. They are on a mission to bottle up all the energy, the impressive amount of sweat, and the outrageous fun they have playing live, and give it back to the rest of the humans as a record. They're six dudes who believe that Rock ‘n’ Roll can move mountains and are going to play it until they move one.

 Genre:  Rock n Roll




July 24 – Las Cafeteras

Winery Sponsor – Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Concert Sponsor – Geoff & Nancy Dalwin


Born in the streets of Los Angeles, the members of Las Cafeteras are immigrant children who are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with what the LA Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic.”

 Las Cafeteras has taken the music scene by storm with infectious live performances and has crossed-genre and musical borders, playing with bands such as Mexican icons Caifanes, Lila Downs, Colombian superstar Juanes, Los Angeles legends Ozomatli, folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently with Talib Kweli.

 The sound of Las Cafeteras is brought to life by the eclectic instrumentation used, which includes jarana’s, requinto, a donkey jawbone, a West African bass instrument called the Marimbol, cajón, and a wooden platform called the Tarima used to dance Zapateado.

 Genre: Afro-Mexican




July 31 – Orgone

Winery Sponsor – Rodney Strong Vineyards

Concert Sponsor – Jane & Ron Pavelka


For over a decade, Orgone has been steaming up nightclubs and drenching the largest music festivals in the country in sweat. Serving a cold-blooded concoction of deep soul, rare funk, and afro-disco with a raw rock star edge that is uniquely LA, Orgone’s music grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feet, and shoves you out onto the dance floor. Tough, sexy, and adventurous, this sonic muscle car shifts through multiple gears from slyly slinky to seismically cinematic while remaining spacious and uncluttered. eMusic says: “Their music is terrifically unfussy, big slabs of grizzled R&B, greasy as fatback, and thick as a very particular kind of smoke.” For their searing live performances and warm, dirty homegrown recordings, Orgone has been called “One of the heaviest acts we’ve heard in years” by Dusty Groove America.

 Genre:  Funk




August 7 – The Mother Hips, Supported by Lazyman

Winery Sponsors – Field Stone, Stryker Sonoma

Concert Sponsor – Sonoma Clean Power


The Mother Hips, the center of which is the duo of Tim Bluhm (vocals/guitar) and Greg Loiacono (guitar/vocals), has spent over two decades writing, recording and performing songs, and die-hard fans who still talk about their “first Hips show” have hung on every word and have enabled The Mother Hips to become a bona fide cottage industry. The band was even able to lay claim to a rock subgenre, “California Soul” (aptly arrived upon), so solidified that brands like Sierra Nevada Brewery crafted a beer called “Hips Helles” based on the band’s sound.   

 The Mother Hips has garnered critical acclaim from the likes of The New Yorker, Mojo, Relix, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, among many other outlets, over the years.

 Supporting The Mother Hips will be Sonoma County’s Lazyman, led by Steve Pile.

 Genre:  California Soul




August 14 – Con Brio

Winery Sponsors – White Oak Winery, Preston Vineyards  

Concert Sponsor – Bob Scott & Tim McDonald


Known for fiery live shows, Con Brio is a living, evolving testament to the power of soul.  Fronted by 21-year-old phenom Ziek McCarter — a charismatic, undeniably gifted showman whose stage presence calls to mind the magnetism of a young Michael Jackson or James Brown — the band’s sound traces a clear lineage from the dirty funk, blues, and psychedelic legacy of Bay Area legends, like Sly and the Family Stone, with a nod toward ‘90s neo-soul trailblazers, like D’Angelo, but with an eye to the future…A drive for experimentation, for pushing high technical ability higher, for reaching beyond the familiar, approaching a deep R&B groove, a hard-rock guitar solo, or the warm peal of a Hammond organ with an ambitious, progressive sensibility.

 All of which is to say, they throw one hell of a dance party!

 Genre:  Soul




August 21 – Patrick Sweany, Supported by Sleepwalk Sunday

Winery Sponsor – Wattle Creek Winery

Concert Sponsor – Exchange Bank


On a given night (or on a given album) Patrick Sweany will swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He's a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years and mixing 'em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn't his ability to copy - it's his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own. 

 After 4 critically acclaimed CDs (two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and the UK. He's played premiere festivals all over the U.S., and supported national acts such as The Black Keys, The Gourds, The Wood Brothers, Wayne Hancock, Hot Tuna, and Paul Thorn on tour. 

 Supporting Patrick Sweany will be Sonoma County’s Sleepwalk Sunday, led by Justin Schaefers.

 "This is the kind of music Robert Johnson sold his soul for way back when — and Sweany is pouring his into it." - Esquire

 Genre:  Blues Rock



August 28 – Dustbowl Revival

Winery Sponsor – Carpenter Wine

Concert Sponsors – Eagle’s Nest Deli, Low Knob Press


The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. It’s infectious, joyous music – a youthful take on time-worn American traditions.

 Named “Best Live Band in LA” by The LA Weekly, each Dustbowl performance promises to be a white-knuckle ride through the history of American folk music that rarely stays just on the stage.

 Genre:  Americana Swing




September 4 – Charlie Musselwhite

Winery Sponsors – Miro Cellars, Pendleton Estate, Quaking Hills

Concert Sponsor – Healdsburg District Hospital


Mississippi born Musselwhite is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world. The harmonica master, also a respected singer and songwriter in his own right, has won countless awards during his legendary career including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame and has collaborated with innumerable musical giants of the past 50 years including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder and the aforementioned Hooker, just to name to name a few.

 Charlie Musselwhite, more than any other harmonica player of his generation, can rightfully lay claim to inheriting the mantle of many of the great harp players that came before him with music as dark as Mississippi mud or as uplifting as the blue skies of California. In an era when the term legendary gets applied to auto tuned pop stars, this singular blues harp player, singer, songwriter and guitarist has earned and deserves to be honored as a true master of American classic vernacular music

  "Harmonica virtuoso Musselwhite raises the level of emotional expression on his instrument beyond even the masters he learned from...the grizzled veteran richly decorates his music with

telling nuance and chiseled detail.” – San Francisco Chronicle

 Genre:  Harmonica Blues