Our annual NorBay Music Awards online readers’ ballot received its biggest turnout ever, and this year’s winners include a lot of new faces among the North Bay’s favorite bands, venues, promoters, DJs and more. The 2018 NorBay Music Award winners are:
Sean Carscadden Sonoma songwriter (pictured) effortlessly blends funk and blues into his electric and eclectic sound.
Bloomfield Bluegrass Band While the band is only a year old, its members have been active in the Northern California bluegrass scene for decades. facebook.com/BloomfieldBB.
The Dylan Black Project Soulful band remains a fixture at community concerts and gets the crowds moving. thedylanblackproject.com.
Third Rail Sonoma County outfit plays a hearty mix of contemporary country staples with splashes of R&B and classic rock. thirdrailband.com.
Eki Shola Soloist dazzles North Bay audiences with her worldly influenced synthesizer melodies and jazzy vocal harmonies. ekishola.com.
Fly by Train Penngrove’s folky five-piece band can ride the rails with the best of them with a self-described railroad-roots sound. flybytrain.com.
Pure Powers Independent Santa Rosa rapper continues to impress with his new LP, Year of the Peacock. purepowersmusic.com.
Justin Schaefers & the Blind Barbers With a frontman who just enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, this outfit’s future is bright. blindbarbers.com.
Acrosonics Catch this swinging band playing weekly on Wednesday nights at Sonoma Speakeasy.
Immortallica North Bay Metallica tribute act rips with a searing intensity. facebook.com/ImmortallicA707.
One Armed Joey Petaluma trio continues to build a following with melodic pop-punk songs full of infectious fun. facebook.com/onearmedjoey.
Stax City Big band led by saxophonist Cliff Conway blasts out a Memphis-inspired sound with a high-energy delivery. staxcity.net.
Sol Horizon Seven-piece band is renowned for both their energetic live shows and powerful lyrical themes. solhorizon.com.
Two Lions Band Geyserville guitarist and vocalist Mitchel Slade leads the four-piece, displaying a wide range of rock music. twolionsband.com.
Dave Hamilton Veteran songwriter is a folk and Americana master. davehamiltonfolkamericana.com.
DJ Cal Sonoma DJ is a favorite of the North Bay nightlife and spins a dance party mix of EDM and hip-hop. deejaycal.com.
Brian Griffith (KRCB) Start your mornings with music from Griffith’s weekday show airing 9am to noon on KRCB 91.1-FM. radio.krcb.org.
Sonoma Speakeasy Intimate music hall offers live music six nights a week just off the Sonoma Plaza. sonomaspeakeasymusic.com.
Tuesday Open Mic at Brew The coffee and beer house’s weekly open mic is inviting and often surprising. brewcoffeeandbeer.com.
Jake Ward The North Bay Cabaret’s master of ceremonies is everything that’s awesome about the region’s music and arts scene. facebook.com/jakewardpresents.
Railroad Square Music Festival Outdoor event in the heart of Santa Rosa is summertime must for music lovers. railroadsquaremusicfestival.com.