The West End is rich with creative people. They have a built- in base of West End fans who appreciate what they do. Put these upcoming dates on your calender- you won’t want to miss them!
August 5th, Friday to September 1st, Thursday- Art Show – West End artist Jenny Harp has a current art show entitled “Everything will Be Okay” from August 5th to September 1st. Location: Daredevils & Queens Artist Reception on September 1st 7:30 to 9 p.m.
August 9th, Tuesday- Mad Maggies (Celtic Polka) The Mad Maggies are seven musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area who play roots-driven, rowdy folk fusion with a dash of hot pepper and a swig of slivovitz — they kick up some dust. The West End’s own Tim Sarter on Bass. Location: Park Stage at Sonoma County Fair Time: 6:00, 7:15, 8:15 p.m.
August 10th, Wednesday– Wednesday Night Market. Every Wednesday night downtown Santa Rosa holds a market with produce, crafts, food and music. This is a great opportunity to see musical group, “Juan Boulder”- featuring the West End’s own Bob Murnane (Murnane Floors on W. 6th Street is a wonderful West End sponsor!). This promises to be a “foot stomping” good time- Juan Boulder will be alternating sets with a Clogging group. They will play on the Main Stage. Location: Downtown Santa Rosa Time: 5- 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Market
Petaluma, CA Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
August 14th- The Quarter Mile Combo plays at Live at Juilliard. Pure rockin’ Americana Rockabilly- this 4 piece Americana Rockabilly band features the West End’s own Justin Barr on guitar, vocalist Nettie Hammar, drummer Gary Daly and Todd Troublemaker on bass. A great show. They have a recently released cd “Motels, Gas and Beer”. You will note that the cover photo is shot in front of the DeTurk Winery building. Got to love that band! Free Sunday Concert Series. Enjoy listening to music in a lovely park setting. Great event for the whole family- including the dog. Location: Juilliard Park 227 S. R. Ave. Time: 5- 7 p.m. Live at Julliard info
August 14th– Miss Kitty and the Big Dogs at the So. Co. Fair Miss Kitty can shake her fringe like nobody else… amazing Swing, Jump & Blues. Location: Park Stage at the Sonoma County Fair Time: 6:00, 7:15, 8:15 p.m. Check out www.sonomacountyfair.com for full schedule, hours, shows and info.
August 20th & 21st– The Cotati Accordion Festival. A musical extravaganza. West End artists Amber Lee Baker and Tim Sarter (in the Mad Maggies) will perform. August 20th, Saturday- 11:30-12:00 Amber Lee & the Anomalies 5:15-5:55 The Mad Maggies August 21st, Sunday 10:55-11:25 The Accordion Babes Pagent with Hubbub Club Marching Band 5:00-5:15 Amber Lee Baker For full schedule and details go to http://www.cotatifest.com
September 2nd, Friday- Avery Risling-Sholl & Ken Risling– West Enders Avery Risling-Sholl, vocalist and fiddler extraordinaire, will be joined Ken Risling once again in the hallowed halls of Aroma Roasters.
Those who follow him know Avery has been studying traditional Scottish music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. He is back stateside for a brief stay, and wants to play in his home neighborhood. Songwriter Ken Risling (“Dad”) leaps with joy at another chance to team up with his son for an evening of melody, harmony, and singing strings. Other musical friends may show up as well. Join them for an evening of fun, music (and maybe a few tears). Location: Aroma Roasters 95 Fifth St Time: 8:00 PM
Artist and Performers : Are you a West End performer, artist or other talented individual? Don’t be shy! Share your performance dates and events with the neighborhood. Our West End Artist email go out about once a month- let us brag about you! Contact Lea Barron-Thomas at westend @sonic.net