What's Up Sonoma County by Shekeyna Black ~ Feature: Mighty Diamonds

Sonoma County, CA. ~ Feb- ruary is chockfull of special shows in honor of Bob Mar- ley’s birthday, Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras. Let’s take a journey around the county to see what venues are offering in their line-ups to commem- orate these special occasions. Valentine’s shows happening on February 14 are as follows: The doRiaN Mode ,“explores the

Great American Song-

book as it dishes up vintage jazz, swinging R&B and soul- ful ballads” for your dancing pleasure at Redwood Cafe in Cotati at 7:30pm. See ac- claimed American composer, jazz singer and pianist Patri- cia Barber at the Occidental

Center for the Arts at 8pm. “Please join us for this special Valentine’s Day performance and

experience world-class

jazz in our intimate venue,” invites OCA. Blues Burners are playing at Coyote Sonoma in Healdsburg at 8pm. Rosen’s 256 North in Petaluma hosts “The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Party” at 8:30pm with music by Spikes’ Awesome Hotcakes, “Bring your sweet- heart, your appetite, and your dancing shoes…it’s party time.” The 2020 Mardi Gras shows include: A Mardi Gras Party Costume Party with the Pul- sators on Saturday, February 22 from 6-10pm at the Rio

Nido Roadhouse. Spikes’ Awesome Hotcakes play on Fat Tuesday at The Elephant in Room in Healdsburg from 6-9pm. There is a double-bill featuring Willard and Willy on February 25 on the Redwood Cafe Stage starting at 8pm. Willard Blackwell is the lead singer of Gator Nation. Mu- sic fans will recognize Willy Jordan, from Elvin Bishop’s Grammy-nominated “Big Fun Trio,” performing with Motor Dude Zydeco. Celebrate Bob Marley’s 75th Birthday with real Roots Reggae at Redwood Cafe at 8:30pm on Thursday, Febru- ary 6. According to the band’s bio, “Formed in Trench Town in 1969, Jamaica's premiere vocal trio The Mighty Dia- monds continue to record and perform songs from militant judgement pieces to the sweet- est of lovers’ rock ballads. The Diamonds celebrate the rare distinction of 50 years of music making together.” Also located in Cotati, Spancky’s Bar features DJ Selecta Kon- nex at 11pm playing some special tunes for the occasion.


Musical Notes in Sonoma County

Petaluma’s Mystic


features local favorites, Sol Horizon along with Tuff Lion at 8:30pm on February 6 in honor of Marley’s birthday. Music Aficionados will not want to miss “The Farewell Tour” by George Clinton & Parliament

Funkadelic on

Monday, February 17 at 8pm at the Mystic. According to the artist’s bio, “In reviewing

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from his relentless dedication to funk as a musical form.” On that note, have a Funky February!


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