Friday Night Live 2016


2017 lineup to be announced in mid-April, 2017.

Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Cloverdale’s free summer concert series, will take place every Friday night from June 2 through September 1, 2017. 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.

Downtown Cloverdale comes alive every Friday evening throughout the summer, 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 for purchase 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. The Farmers Market opens at 6:00 PM and music begins at 7:00 PM.

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) at [email protected] 

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

2016 LINEUP:

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2016 LINEUP:

June 3 – Yarn

Supported by The Beautiful Questions

Genre: Alt Country   Website:

Winery Sponsor: Rodney Strong Vineyards

Concert Sponsor: Calpine

Since their start in 2007, Yarn’s original Americana sound has developed into music that seekers of the unique see as the soundtrack of their lives. Yarn’s first four albums were recognized by the AMA’s and R&R radio charts, spending time in the top five at their highest point. This GRAMMY-nominated roots band has become one of the hardest-working and harder-touring bands for this generation’s digital natives and new music followers. Opening for Yarn will be local alternative country-infused rockers, The Beautiful Questions.

June 10 – Zigaboo Modeliste

Genre: Funky Drums   Website:

Winery Sponsors: Pedroncelli and Stryker Sonoma

Concert Sponsors: Exchange Bank and Ray’s Food Place

Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste is a master drummer, rhythm innovator and percussionist and the most highly-acclaimed drummer ever to hail from New Orleans. Having written over 200 songs individually and collectively with internationally acclaimed R&B group, The Meters, his songwriting displays both his musical genius and original funk style. Zigaboo’s songs have been released on over 56 albums nationally and internationally. He is a BMI award winner for the Young Gunz track, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop. His drum sound also provided the main loops for Amerie’s 1Thing, which was nominated for two GRAMMY’s and was #1 on the R&B charts.


June 17 – Monophonics

Genre: Psychedelic Soul   Website:
Winery Sponsors: Dry Creek Vineyards and Wattle Creek
Concert Sponsor: Jane & Ron Pavelka


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.” The 2012 release of Monophonics’ album, In Your Brain, saw the band pulling influences from such acts as early Funkadelic, Sly and The Family Stone and The Temptation's Norman Whitfield-produced records.  With their new album, Sound of Sinning, the band ventured to the groups that were inspiring those soul acts, to embrace the psychedelic sound of the 60's and 70's -- bands such as The Zombies, The Beatles, Beach Boys and Pink Floyd.


June 24 – Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

Genre: Blues Guitar   Website:

Winery Sponsor: Trione Vineyards

Concert Sponsor: Healdsburg District Hospital

Over the course of his four-decade career, Tommy Castro has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, packing dance floors, always leaving them screaming for more. He has honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge and captivates audiences with his intensely passionate vocals and memorable songs, licks and grooves. In the words of Blues Revue, “Tommy Castro can do no wrong.” Castro and his band, The Painkillers, currently feature bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.” Now, with their new album, Method to My Madness, the group turns the intensity up another notch.


July 1 – Double-billing: David Luning Band and The Sam Chase

Genre: Americana   Websites: and

Winery Sponsors: Reynoso Family Vineyards and Alexander Valley Vineyards

Concert Sponsors: The Eagle’s Nest and Pick’s Drive-In

David Luning’s debut album, Just Drop on By was released to rave reviews and has garnered numerous film placements and many songwriting awards. His live show has been described as “high energy, fun; yet with a full spectrum of emotional content.” After his 2014 American Idol performance of In Hell I Am, Jennifer Lopez commented, “I love it. He has a really, really beautiful tone.” David writes, records and performs all original songs. For events calling for a killer band, he plays with three amazing musicians: Dave Sampson, Ben Dubin and Linden Reed.

Hailing from the hills of San Francisco, The Sam Chase has a voice like a nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled, not written, on lipstick and sweat stained motel bed sheets because he likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like the morning after too much Whiskey. The Sam Chase has been honored as “Best Singer-Songwriter” by SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay Readers Poll 2013, and “Best Band” by SF Weekly Best of the Bay Readers Poll 2013 & 2014.








July 8 – Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

Genre: World, African   Website:
Winery Sponsors: White Oak Winery and Preston of Dry Creek
Concert Sponsors: Ace Hardware and Bob Scott & Tim McDonald


With their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy, the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars are a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands. “As harrowing as these personal tales may be,” wrote The New York Times, “the music buoying them is uplifting.” Newsweek raved, “It’s as easy to fall in love with these guys as it was with the Buena Vista Social Club.”


July 15 – Royal Jelly Jive

Genre: Swingin’ Soul Jive  

Winery Sponsor: Rodney Strong Vineyards
Concert Sponsor: Michael Laird RE/MAX Full Spectrum

Since forming in San Francisco’s own Boom Boom Room in 2013, Royal Jelly Jive has quickly ascended to become one of the Bay Area’s most anticipated acts. Fronted by enigmatic singer, Lauren Bjelde, whose sultry voice and songwriting lands somewhere between Amy Winehouse and Tom Waits, the band combines elements of soul, rock, swing and hip-hop, evoking an old-school vibe while sounding entirely fresh and new at the same time.  Royal Jelly Jive shakes up every dance party and grooves harder than your typical Rock ‘n Roll band, creating an unforgettable live experience that will leave you wanting more.


July 22 – Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

Supported by Justin Schaefers & the Blind Barbers

Genre: Folk Rock

Winery Sponsor: Carpenter Wines
Concert Sponsors: Cloverdale Auto Parts and Iris Konik & Anne Baker Realtors


Bay Area music legend, Chuck Prophet, shapes his restless career with inimitable subtle flair: a vivid parade of razor-edged one-liners camouflaged in a slack-jawed drawl; songs about heartbreak and everyman heroism, drenched in twisted lines of rude Telecaster. His latest album, Night Surfer, follows Prophet’s widely praised 2012 release, Temple Beautiful. In recent years, Prophet’s music has been featured in several hit television series including HBO’s “True Blood,” Showtime’s “Californication,” and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.” He also co-wrote all the songs on Alejandro Escovedo’s 2008 critically acclaimed album Real Animal. Supporting Prophet will be Cloverdale’s musical prodigy Justin Schaefers & the Blind Barbers.


July 29Jon Cleary & the Monster Gentlemen

Supported by The Pulsators
Genre: R&B Piano    Website:

Winery Sponsor:  Lambert Bridge Winery
Concert Sponsor: Sonoma Clean Power


With the release of GoGo Juice on FHQ Records, New Orleans funk master, Jon Cleary and his band, the Monster Gentlemen, return to the hard driving, soulful, and funky pop tunes that have brought Cleary critical acclaim since his 1999 album, Moonburn. Beyond Cleary’s considerable skills as a tunesmith he is equally renowned around the globe as an accomplished keyboardist and guitarist, and a deeply soulful vocalist.  Cleary’s thirty-five years of intensive hands-on work on the Crescent City scene has made him a respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. GoGo Juice won the 2016 GRAMMY Award in the “Best Regional Roots Album” category. Supporting Cleary is the North Bay’s get-up-and-dance favorite, The Pulsators.


August 5 – Cody Canada & the Departed

Supported by Zacharia & the Lobos Riders

Genre: Country Rock   Website:

Winery Sponsor: Ferrari-Carano

Concert Sponsor: Reuser, Inc.


Formerly lead singer/songwriter for Oklahoma-based Cross Canadian Ragweed, which sold over a million albums, Cody Canada now seizes the opportunity to lead his new four-piece band, The Departed. Canada and band mates Jeremy Plato, Chris Doege and Steve Littleton are reopening the doors to a sonic garage where sounds and stories some thought were gone for good are being unleashed onto an eager public. Being guided by raw emotion makes Canada’s stories stunning while rightfully placing him in a prominent class of modern songwriters occupied by the influential likes of Robert Earl Keen, Bruce and Charlie Robison, Todd Snider, Mike McClure and the men of Reckless Kelly, among a few others. Supporting Cody Canada will be Country Rock/Rap band, Zacharia & the Lobos Riders.

August 12 – Mingo Fishtrap

Supported by Awesome Hot Cakes

Genre: Austin Texas Soul   Website:
Winery Sponsor: Kelley & Young Wines
Concert Sponsors: Cloverdale Rotary and Dig! Music


Mingo Fishtrap has found its sweet spot with its fourth full-length record, the aptly-named On Time, which blends punchy horns and gritty Memphis grooves with New Orleans funk to create sounds steeped in both modern pop and sixties soul sensibilities. Now four albums deep, the eight-piece outfit has honed its sound and rubbed shoulders with musical idols, sharing stages with the likes of Trombone Shorty, Parliament, Sting, Little Feat, Earth Wind & Fire, Robert Randolph, Galactic, and MOFRO. Audiences can always expect spontaneity and heart from a Mingo set. Supporting Mingo Fishtrap is Healdsburg’s Awesome Hot Cakes.  As in, Total Funk and Soul Awesome.


August 19 BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Supported by Cahoots

Genre: Cajun Dance   Website:

Winery Sponsor: Jaxon Keys
Concert Sponsor: Redwood Credit Union


For the past 37 years, twelve time GRAMMY nominee and two time winner, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans to Carnegie Hall. Supporting BeauSoleil will be the infectious and danceable “Sonomacana” band, Cahoots.


August 26 – La Misa Negra

Genre: Afro-Colombian    Website:

Winery Sponsor: Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Concert Sponsor: Drummond & Liza Pike


La Misa Negra is an 8-piece band that plays a unique blend of 50's and 60's style cumbia (a dance-oriented music genre popular throughout Latin America) and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music. Powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage Colombian sound, La Misa Negra delivers an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy.  On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-kind shows, La Misa Negra has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural and generational divides.


September 2 – Special Artist: Ruthie Foster

Supported by The Bootleg Honeys

Genre:   Gospel Blues
Winery Sponsor: Fritz Underground Winery
Concert Sponsor: The Furber Family


Three time GRAMMY-nominated for “Best Blues Album,” our special season finale artist has also earned three consecutive Blues Music Awards, plus an Austin Music Award for “Best Female Vocalist” and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for “Female Blues Artist of the Year.” From houses of worship to houses of blues, this artist is a rafter-rattler.  And with a soul-filled voice honed in Texas churches, she can move audiences to tears or ecstasy — sometimes in a single song. Supporting act for the season’s final concert is one of the Bay Area’s favorite live Americana acts, The Bootleg Honeys