The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival brings a huge amount of free entertainment to the Plaza on Saturday and Sunday. Toss down a blanket and enjoy the music of many top local bands as well as special headliners. There will be Country Western to Jazz and everything in between! The Main Stage, located behind Sonoma City Hall in the middle of the Plaza, has a large grassy area for picnicking and dancing. Check out the Vintage Festival Beer Garden directly opposite the music stage at the doorstep of City Hall. Mingle with friends and enjoy the art show while listening to fabulous live music!
Friday – Gala :
Saturday – Something for Everyone :
11am – Radar (Main Stage)
Radar is a band of 10-12 year olds, who play in Sonoma County and areas near there. They have a venue of Classic Rock, with songs from many artists, including The Beatles, ACDC, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and many more. They got started about two years ago, and since then have played at many events, from block parties to birthdays, fundraisers to speeches.
11:45am – The Cork Pullers (Main Stage)
These five guys play familiar songs in a fairly distinctive style, all sung really well. Lots of good rhythms and fun other fun stuff.
Noon – Wildflower Weed (Acoustic Stage)
1pm – T Luke and the Tight Suits (Main Stage)
Although this band is somewhat new on the scene, the history of the music goes way back, and it started influencing the Domingue family in the 1950s, long before T-Luke’s time. Fast forward to the 1990s and you’ve got his grandson Richie Domingue taking his band Gator Beat up and down the west coast, throughout the south, and to parts of Canada while releasing five albums from 1991-2004. In the 1970s Richie moved from Lafayette, LA, where he grew up, to Northern California. There he met his wife Carolyn (Montreal, Canada) and started a family. This brings us to the present where T-Luke & The Tight Suits, led by Richie’s son Luke, carries on the tradition of music that began and is deeply rooted in the Domingue family. The band not only incorporates music from these roots, but also includes their own flare with a fresh, bluesy, soulful, down-home sound.
2:15pm – The Magic Band (Main Stage)
Magic is a Sonoma based band led by drummer Jim Holland. Magic plays a variety of dance music from Motown to rock classics. The band features Anette Moreno on vocals, Don Trotta on guitar, Dann Walters on bass , Dave Bringhurst on keyboards.
3pm – Acoustic Soul with Adam Traum (Acoustic Stage)
4pm – Luvplanet (Main Stage)
Singer/Songwriters Nicole Sutton and Mark McGee’s persuasive, genre bending songs blend rock, pop, jam, country and blues, creating the template for a new era of world class music. Their chemistry as songwriters, coupled with their supercharged vocal harmonies, are the heart of Luvplanet’s fresh, original sound. From powerful anthems to slow moving ballads to extended psychedelic jams, Luvplanet’s memorable songs and meaningful lyrics are timeless with their universal appeal. Sweet seductive vocals and acoustic guitars from Nicole Sutton, and masterful slide, shred and theme driven electric guitar from Mark McGee (former guitarist with Rock n Roll Hall of Fame’s Gregg Allman, from 1995-2004, 2007), together with weaving rhythms from bassist Tommy Sisco and drummer Michael Amos, lure you in with raw, genuine emotion.
5:45pm – Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs! (Main Stage)
Danny Click is one of Austin’s best-kept secrets, a musician’s musician who’d won the respect of some of alt-country’s biggest names but hadn’t yet found widespread recognition. That changed when Click’s CD, Life Is A Good Place, was released in April 2011 and spent more than 12 consecutive months on the Country, pop, and Americana radio charts. The first single, “Wait My Turn”, reached #1 on Nashville’s Indie World Country Chart, and the second single, “I Feel Good Today”, topped out at #14 on the NMW national Country chart alongside Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift. Click and his band “The Hell Yeahs”, have played more than 350 packed house shows over the past three years, as well as opening for legends Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples and Sonny Landreth.
Sunday – Tribute Day :
10:45am – Sleazy Top (Main Stage)
11:30am – Jaydub and Dino (Acoustic Stage)
Jaydub and Dino is an acoustic power duo featuring longtime collaborators Dennis Cordellos and Jeff Falconer. Performing original tunes and the occasional chestnut from their one of favorite songwriters or performers, their two guitar/one voice lineup provides a pleasing and very full sound They are pretty funny too.
12pm – Long Train Runnin’ (Main Stage)
Formed in 2011 to pay tribute to the Doobie Brothers, Long Train Runnin’ is a 6-piece band loaded with very talented, experienced musicians and vocalists that put on a high-energy show. Like the Doobie Brothers live shows, LTR has two drummers with one drummer doubling on percussion instruments such as congas and timbales. Several band members also double on guitar, keyboards and saxophone which gives the band a versatile and diverse instrumental presentation.
1:45pm – Ralph Woodson’s “Purple Haze Tribute to Jimi Hendrix” (Main Stage)
Ralph Woodson’s Purple Haze is not your typical tribute band. He has studied his idol to the point of being able to play the guitar behind his back, and with his teeth. Ralph’s a Hendrix authority, and it’s obvious when you see him perform. Ralph formed the Ralph Woodson Experience in 2001 (which became Purple Haze in 2010), focusing on the Hendrix material that he grew up with and always loved. Purple Haze has gained a steady following in the Bay Area and knock people out wherever they go. Ralph’s showmanship and command of the Hendrix material is second to none. See it for yourself!
2pm – Chris Hanlin (Acoustic Stage)
From Portland, Indiana to Long Beach, CA to a Lakota Sioux reservation in South Dakota, Hanlin’s story in an interesting one. He ended up in Sonoma, making an album and video with the single “Come Back Baby,” Even though the songs on the album were written to be able to be performed as a solo act, Hanlin wanted to recreate the process that took him years to accomplish as close to the recordings at least one time. Future plans include taking his solo performance on the road regionally, more with the house concert and listening group circuits. Hanlin will be enlisting a promoter friend out of Seattle to help with the logistics. “I’m a writer and performer” said Hanlin. “The business aspect of the music world has always been a mystery to me. I just want to play and bring music to the people.”
3pm – Rubber Soul acoustic Beatles Tribute (Main Stage)
Rubber Soul is a Sonoma based group of musicians dedicated to producing an accurate, acoustic version of the timeless music of the Beatles. Founded by Oscar & Kat Mooneyhan, the band has been building a very favorable buzz in the Sonoma County music scene since their debut in 2015 with their interpretation of the original songs.