Earle Fest 2017: Los Lobos, California Honeydrops, Tift Merritt
On Saturday, September 23rd, the Earle Baum Center- Serving People with Sight Loss and SOMO Concerts invite you to the tenth year of the tremendously successful Earle Fest benefit. This day long pop-up festival brings two stages of national and local acts along with sight loss education, food trucks, artists and local vendors. Headlining this year are East L.A. Legends Los Lobos joined by Bay Area party band The California Honeydrops, Award Winning Songwriter Tift Merritt, and The Songs of Audrey Auld perfo Nina Gerber with The Pam and Jeri Show on the main stage. The locally focused HopMonk Tavern Sebastopol stage in the Redwood Grove features Sonomacana boot stompers The Timothy O'Neil Band, International Bluesy-grass Dirty Cello and Healdsburg's Emily Lois. Doors open at 3 PM with a 3:30 PM show start. Tickets are $55 for presale, $65 the day of and can be purchased at https://fanlink.to/EarleFest2017 Los Lobos Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut How Will The Wolf Survive? in 1984. Although the album's name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the band--David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin--saw parallels with their struggle to gain mainstream rock success while maintaining their Mexican roots. Perez, the band's drummer, once called their powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music "the soundtrack of the barrio." Three decades, two more Grammys, a worldwide smash single ("La Bamba") and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is surviving quite well -- and still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in that garage in 1973. The California Honeydrops The California Honeydrops don't just play music--they throw parties. Led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. They've taken the party all over the world, playing festivals of all kinds and touring widely across North America, Europe and Australia. In 2016 the Honeydrops were honored to support Bonnie Raitt on her North America release tour--and in the past have been privileged to support the likes of B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy, and Dr. John. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops' shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing. Tift Merrit Tift Merritt is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and recording artist. The Americana Music Association nominated Tift for 2004 Album, Artist and Song of the Year. "Broken," the first single from Another Country, parked itself at #1 on the Americana Airplay Chart for weeks, and was nominated for Song of the Year by the Americana Music Association. Tift Merritt's music defies categorization. Her uniquely satisfying stew of rock and roll, soul, folk and country has record stores scratching their heads and audiences dancing in the aisles and telling their friends. There's food for thought there, too--Tift knew she wanted to be a writer before she knew she wanted to be a musician, and her lyrics are carefully and finely crafted. Nina Gerber Nina Gerber plus Pam Delgado and Jeri Jones (of Blame Sally and The Pam and Jeri Show) will be performing the songs of Audrey Auld. Audrey Auld was one of a kind, equal parts feisty, hilarious and true. It was through her songs that she was able to venture into the dark places of life and shine a humorous light upon them all while reminding us that we are all just "spiritual beings having a human experience". Audrey left us on Aug 9th, 2015 leaving an incredible legacy of music that should continue to be heard. Nina Gerber, Jeri Jones and Pam Delgado have humbly stepped forward to be among the first to keep bringing her songs to you. All three have at one time or another been honored to have shared her stage, most notably the incomparable Nina Gerber who has performed with her on and off since 2005. Pam Delgado and Jeri Jones (2/5 of the band Blame Sally), in addition to several public appearances, joined her at San Quentin prison to perform songs from her album Hey Warden, a collaboration with her beloved writing students on "the inside". Please join them for a celebration of Audrey and her music, it will be a special night indeed! Timothy O'Neil Band Timothy O'Neil is a songwriter from Temecula, California, currently submerged in the Sonoma County Americana scene, Timothy O'Neil Band bares its influences of punk-rock and mixes it into songs, nodding to genres of bluegrass, folk, and singer-songwriter. Be prepared to sing along and have one hell of a good time. Dirty Cello From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you've never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin' bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping! Emily Lois Emily is a Sonoma County singer songwriter performing covers and originals at local venues, cafes, open mics and farmers markets. The Earle Baum Center Opened in 1999, the Earle Baum Center (EBC) is a 501(c)3 Community Benefit Organization, providing services to people with sight loss throughout Northern California. This unique community-oriented center, located on 17 beautiful acres in Santa Rosa, California, offers Independent Living Skills, Orientation and Mobility Training, a Low Vision Clinic and Assistive Technology services to people of all ages with sight loss. Instruction is focused on developing individuals' skills and building the confidence needed to live productive, fulfilling and independent lives. Notable Talent Notable Talent has been booking quality entertainment in the Bay Area, California and Nationwide since 1987. Sheila Groves-Tracey, owner and operator of Notable Talent, has been the talent buyer for The Mystic Theatre, The Uptown Theatre, The Twin Oaks Tavern, and the Sausalito Art Festival. Known in the industry as reliable, energetic and utterly professional, Sheila Groves-Tracey has been engaged in the entertainment business for 3 decades and is currently managing rising Americana star David Luning. Second Octave The team at Second Octave are committed to promoting high-end quality events, outdoor concerts and festivals in the North Bay with shows for all ages in a safe environment that supports local creativity, collaboration and commerce. Each SOMO Concerts event is a pop-up festival with local artists, vendors, food and more. The SOMO Concert Series is managed by these high-level music executives working alongside Sonoma County young professionals to create a regional destination and home base for great musical experiences. SOMO Village The SOMO Village Event Center, found at 1100 Valley House Dr. Rohnert Park, CA, 94928, is Sonoma Clean powered and features the latest sound technology custom designed for the venue's outdoor 1200-square-foot stage. It is located in the heart of SOMO Village, an environmentally friendly 200-acre, planned mixed-use community in Rohnert Park, CA, forty miles north of San Francisco.