Festival Season

Two daylong concerts split upcoming weekend

This weekend, Sonoma County basks in late summer glory with two outdoor festivals that celebrate music and community, and feature the best in folk, rock, blues and soul.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, the Petaluma Music Festival marks its ninth year with its biggest lineup to date. Headliners include multitalented roots-rock songwriter Jackie Greene, celebrated Sebastopol guitarist Steve Kimock and San Francisco soul-rockers the Mother Hips (pictured), led by Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono since 1990.

Formed by Petaluma High School music director Cliff Eveland, the Petaluma Music Festival last year raised over $30,000 for music programs in the town’s public schools. In addition to ticket sales, the festival boasts a silent auction and autographed guitar raffles to raise money for the kids.

The next day, Aug. 7, the 35th annual Sonoma County Blues Festival finds a new home at SOMO Events Center in Rohnert Park for an afternoon of masterful blues performers curated by longtime radio host Bill Bowker, who returns after a five-year hiatus.

Headlining the festival, Sonny Landreth learned blues slide guitar and incorporated improv jazz and classic rock riffs into it while growing up in Lafayette, La. Detroit veteran blues vocalist Janiva Magness, Mississippi multi-instrumentalist Lightnin Malcolm and North Bay favorites HowellDevine and Volker Strifler also grace the stage. For more info, see Concerts, this page.&