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While Boots is known to many for his acoustic affirmations, this week he unveils an altogether louder electric sound when he plays in Forestville this monthwith his new outfit, Frankie Boots the City Limits. The new trio promises to shred the stage at the old school Forestville Club with punk rockers Bucc Nyfe and high energy project Sharkmouth in a show dubbed Things, a play off the greatnew Netflix series Things (hence the awesome show flyer designed byBoots himself).This is an awesomelineup of Sonoma County bands, and at five bucks, it a steal of a show. Don miss Frankie Boots the City Limits when they play on Friday, Aug 12 at the Forestville Club,6250 Front St, Forestville. 8pm.Each year since 2005,the NorBays have recognized the best bands of the North Bay, with voting open to the public and gold record awards presented to winners. We back this year, with a free outdoor awards ceremony planned and a new category. Voting is now open for the 2016 NorBays.Before you join us for the awards show live in Juilliard Park in Santa Rosa on Sunday, Aug. 14, vote on categories includingBlues/R Country/Americana, DJ, Folk/Acoustic, Hip Hop/Electronic, Indie/Punk, Jazz, Rock, and Reggae. This year we also added a best Promoter category.With this write in ballot, you will help choose the winner. Enter your favorite local band from Sonoma, Napa or Marin Counties in each category. Winners will be announced in the Aug.10 issue.Voting ends Monday, Aug.8. at 12pm.It been awhile since longstanding Santa Rosa punk band Ashtray has been on stage in their hometown. Almost five years in fact. In the meantime, there been babies born, changes of scenery and side projects for the group, led by vocalistsSarah Jane Andrew and Dave Wiseman. Next week, July 8, Ashtray makes their return to Sonoma County with a show at Annie O Music HallinRailroad Square, presented by the Nor Bay Pyrate Punx.Also on the bill is Sacramento punk legends the Secretions, who themselves are celebrating their 25th anniversary of playing loud and fast with leather jackets and spiked hair, as well as Sonoma Countypunk bands the Quitters, Speed Wobble and Kitten Drunk. Like Ashtray, these bands all play an old school punk rock in the veins of the Ramones and Black Flag as well as a funky blend punk ska rock akin to Operation Ivy.This show is one of several concerts this summer being booked by the Nor Bay Pyrate Punx. The nonprofit group is actually one of44 united Pyrate Punx crews/chapters/collectives in the US, UK, Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands, Germany, Indonesia and Australia.Day in the Park will feature Oakland rockersSterile Mind, Santa Rosa band Hellbomber, all female North Bay punks Kitten Drunk and Santa Rosa sludge rock outfit Amnesia, though the local crowds will also get a rare chance to see two bands from Bogota,
Colombia Dead Hero and Final as they tour through the states this summer.Dead Hero is a four piece band playing a classic, riff heavy punk that recalls late ripped jeans, big hair and big noise. Finalboasts aggressively bold and furiously fast hardcore punk that nails down a darkly double timed sound.A Day in the Park will also havebarbeque courtesy of Knife for Hire and will run throughout the afternoon on Monday, July 4, at Doyle Park, Santa Rosa. Musicstarts at noon and admission is free. Donations are requested for bands and food.Get a listen to Dead Hero latest 12 Antisocial, below. Harris performs a farewell concert this weekend, June 4, at McNear Mystic Theatre in his hometown of Petaluma.The word from Harris is that he giving up a life on the road to focus on his family and work at Windrush Farm. Founded by his mother,Mimi Luebbermann, the working sheep farm produces quality wool fiber and educates the public about farm life through classes and camp events.While it understandable, it no less a huge loss for Sonoma County music scene.For this final concert at the Mystic Theatre, Portland blues duo Hillstomp and veteran solo performerSean Hayes join Harris in what expected to be a blowout party. Get details on tickets and more by clicking here.Best of luck, Arann. Thanks for the music and the memories.Taking place in the cultural heart of Santa Rosa, last year inaugural Railroad Square Music Festival, presented by the North Bay Hootenanny, was hands down one of 2015 days of music in Sonoma County. With two stages of bands belting out folk, rock and country music and wildactsfrom performance art groups like Circus Maximus, the free admission and all ages event perfectly captured the freewheeling, laid back and friendly way most people around here like to live their life.Now, the Railroad Square Music Festival is in the planning stages for round two, set to take place once again in the historic square on Sunday, June 5, 2016. And the first wave of acts has already been announced.Slated to appear at this year fest are the Easy Leaves,Royal Jelly Jive, the Dixie Giants, the Bootleg Honeys andJohn Courage; an eclectic blend of traditionalcountry, gypsy jazz, New Orleans jazz, Americana and rock and roll. And that only the ones we know about so far.In the wake of the devastating Valley Fire that wreaked havoc on Lake, Napa and even parts of Sonoma County two months ago, community support has remained strong. One such support group is Love Lake County, who have helped organize relief efforts and events since September.This weekend, Love Lake County hosts their next rocking charity event, with a gaggle of local acts taking the stage at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa to show support and gather funds for victims of the fire.The Corner Store Kids will also be on hand, offering their lo fi funk and jazz jams to get the dance floor grooving. Finally, soul funk outfit Marshall House Project are going to rock the night away with their uplifting sounds.All proceeds go to Valley Fire victims, so get out and show Lake County some love tomorrow, Nov 7, at Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. Doors at 6pm, music at 8pm. $10 $20.Northern California slacker art house garage band the Imperfections fall somewhere between the Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth in the underground rock spectrum. Their heavy distortions screams rock and roll,
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