SONOMA COUNTY CLUBS & VENUES
Comments by Rolf Olmsted
Ace in the Hole Pub---Hwy
116 at Graton Road, Sebastopol 707-829-1223.
A pub with local folk and such acts. The home of
hard cider around here.
Fifth Street, Santa Rosa 707-576-7765.
A genuine Coffeehouse. Fine espresso, fun people,
and they have coffeehouse music four or five nights a week. I dig the
little art shows and the punkster intellectuals. That could have been
me thirty years ago. They?re the future of the blues.
Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg 707-433-2337.
A nice bar in Healdsburg. They used to have a lot
more shows than they do these days.
Black Cat Bar &
Main Street, Penngrove 707-793-9480.
One fun crazy place. I dig the bras nailed to the
Blue Heron---Steelhead Blvd.,
Duncan Mills 707-865-9135.
A beautiful place to end an afternoon at the
ocean. Dinner shows too. Their music shows are fun.
Coffee Catz---6761 Sebastopol
Avenue, Suite 300, Sebastopol 707-829-6600.
A small place with good acoustic acts and such.
Street & Farmer's Lane, Santa Rosa 707-545-8530.
BIG wood dance floor and that 70s feel.
Salmon pink florescent lights.
Resort---16467 River Road,
The premier gay resort on the river has good shows.
Front Street, Forestville
Probably the best music room with a dance floor in
Sonoma County. The management doesn?t really push having shows. If
this place was active or if it was located closer to Hwy 101 it would be
Healdsburg Bar & Grill---245
Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg 707-433-3333.
A fine bar and restaurant with a big wood dance
floor. They tried to have shows here but didn?t get the support the
needed from the locals. Good occasional shows.
Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol 707-829-2062.
A small place with a big heart and bands. A tiny
dance floor right in front of the little stage. A cornerstone of the
local music scene.
Day Saloon (Santa Rosa)---120
5th Street, Santa Rosa 707-545-2343.
A great big hall that has all kinds of music
events. Home of the
Sonoma County Blues Society?s
weekly Wednesday Night Jam (7:00 - 11:00 pm).
Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa 707-585-1111.
This would be the best club in the Santa Rosa area
if the management would do strong booking. Presently it?s mostly
booking Mexican music.
Luther Burbank Center---50
Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa 707-546-3600.
Pricey big touring acts.
Main Street Station---16280 Main Street, Guerneville
A fun bar in Guerneville which books lots of jazz
and blues from local pros.
Manny's At The Airport---2250
Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa 707-573-6900.
A restaurant and bar in the Sonoma County Airport
building. Very clean.
Irish Pub---464 First Street East,
A fine pub with a varied music schedule.
Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma 707-765-6665.
The best music theatre venue in Sonoma County, it
has that 1940s feel. Nice dance floor right in front of the elevated
stage. Those seated can mostly see over the dancers. Humphrey Bogart
and Lauren Bacall are in there somewhere.
Quincy's Pub and Cafe---6590
Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park 707-585-1079.
The college bar.
Raven Theater---415 Center
Street, Healdsburg 707-433-5448.
A good theatre that?s used primarily for the
Raven?s great movie schedule. Features special shows. Going
through big changes and possible sale.
River Theater---16135 Main
Street, Guerneville 707-869-5706.
A historic venue for music in Sonoma County, in
recent years it?s been oriented to gays. Now they are returning to more
general music shows on Friday nights. Always fine sound and good dance
Rose Pub & Restaurant---2074
Armory Drive, Santa Rosa 707-546-7073.
British Isles pub that features a lot of Celtic
music, lately the new owners have been branching out into other music
including some blues.
Russian River Brewery---725
Fourth Street, Santa Rosa 707-545-2337.
A brewpub with pizza and bands four days a
week. Lots of concrete and hard finish make this a loud place. Twenty-somethings
in full fishing mode ("Many fish bite when you got good bait").
Broadway, Sonoma 707-996-5151.
A tiny place that has local musician shows
Ultralounge & Restaurant---528
Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707-528-4700.
Dance music every night at 9:30.
Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati 707-664-0169.
The bar with the bikes parked out front. Leather,
beer, and hormones.
Stim's Parkside Grill & BBQ---557
Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa 707-539-6100.
A family barbecue restaurant with a big high
ceilinged back room set up for music. They rent it out for concerts
from time to time.
Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati 707-664-1000.
Jazz and experimental music in a good restaurant
with slow service.
Fourth Street, Santa Rosa 707-528-7566.
A new place just getting established. A restaurant
with music several nights a week. Jazz, funk, groove, and blues. Nice
location right downtown in Santa Rosa.
Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati 707-795-7878.
The ?Winds! Music?s Home in Sonoma County for
decades! Going through changes. It's been less of a musician?s bar
in the last year. Whether they'll book top talent or just bar
bands is up in the air.
Twin Oaks Tavern---5745
Old Redwood Highway, Penngrove 707-795-5118.
A real old time roadhouse tavern. Mostly rock/country
bands on the weekends, occasionally other kinds of music. A good jam
every other Monday.
Street (at Mill Street), Guerneville 707-869-3600.
Two bars and a restaurant.
In Jane's words: "dedicated to fun."
Closed in deep winter.
Willowbrook Ale House---3600
Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma 707-775-4232.
The best poolhall bar in Sonoma County with a
crowd of friendly locals. They book music sometimes but it isn?t easy
to find out about it. Bluegrass Thursday evenings, Goose's Blues
jam Sunday nights.
Fourth Street, Petaluma 707-769-7948.
Jazz, blues, and
intelligent rock at less than ear-splitting volume in a living room
setting. They have a real piano. This place is hip. Pork pie hat, dreadlocks, or
trailing filmy dress are optional.
NAPA COUNTY CLUBS
Ana's Cantina---1205 Main Street, St. Helena 707-963-4921.
An old time St. Helena storefront which books local bands of all types.
Calistoga Inn---1250 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga
A fine restaurant and inn, brewery, smallish bar. A tourist
audience on band nights.
Main Street, Napa 707-253-8474.
Rapidly becoming top blues
and jazz club.
Downtown Joe's---902 Main
Street, Napa 707-258-2337.
A brew pub with music.
Pacific Blues Cafe---6525
Washington Street, Yountville 707-944-4455.
A restaurant which books
blues acts once in a while.
Silverado Brewing Co.---3020-A
North St. Helena Highway, St. Helena 707-967-9876.
A brew pub with local
SOLANO COUNTY CLUBS
Benecia Road, Vallejo 707-552-2916.
This club has reduced its blues bookings to
MARIN COUNTY CLUBS & VENUES
Broadway, Fairfax 415-256-8020.
An intimate little place.
Broadway Blvd., Fairfax 415-459-1091.
A fun place with mostly loud rock acts,
Peri's Silver Dollar---29
Broadway, Fairfax 415-721-4086.
A bar with a great front covered patio
and a nice backyard. Mostly rock, but they book solid blues acts.
Pete's 881 Club---721
Lincoln Avenue, San Rafael 415-453-5888.
A card club with music. They book
pretty good jazz and blues acts.
Square, Nicasio 415-662-2219.
The blues version of the
old country restaurant roadhouse taken a bit upscale. Varied acts,
always strong musically.
Station House Cafe---Downtown
Point Reyes Station 415-663-1515.
A small place with
Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-2820.
One of California's
classic rock, roots and blues clubs. A good-looking place with a
lot of history.
Ted's Restaurant---218 Sir
Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 415-453-8600.
This restaurant has been sold and is
supposedly going to reopen as a "family restaurant." Music at Ted's had
been declining. We'll see if there's any music when Ted's reopens in
MENDOCINO COUNTY CLUBS & VENUES
Main Street, Point Arena 707-882-3456.
A 1920s movie house that's been restored.
Good movies and occasional music shows.
Caspar Road, Caspar 707-964-5565.
One of the most historic roadhouses left on the North Coast. Books
great touring acts of several kinds.
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY CLUBS
Pamona Street, Crockett 510-787-9942.
Classic working people's
bar with good music bookings. A fun place to dance.
Square Pub (formerly The
Park Place, Point Richmond 510-235-2532.
A good restaurant with
music on the weekend. They've already booked several solid blues