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Must-see performances abound this fall

  • Grammy-nominated American singer-songwriter Ledisi performs on the main stage during the 2013 Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

The summer concert season has sped by, with its free performances in the parks and country stars at county fairs. And during the coming month, the sound of music will gradually begin to move back indoors.

At the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, where the back of Weill Hall opens up for lawn seating, there will still be chances to have it both ways. Weill Hall has more than half a dozen big-name concerts lined up, with both indoor and outdoor seats available, for September, starting Wednesday with Elvis Costello and the Imposters.

The fall season at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts gets rolling Sept. 11 with singer Jennifer Nettles of the hit duo Suglarland, and gathers momentum Sept. 20 with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Colbie Calliat.

Meanwhile, two beloved outdoor music festivals, among the last of the year, return in the weeks to come: B.R. Cohn Annual Charity Fall Music Festival in Glen Ellen, Sept. 19-22, and the Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival, Sept. 20-21.

And for those who are looking for more than live music, the next month offers other treats, including the annual Wings Over Wine Country air show in Santa Rosa on Sept. 20-21 and the Wine Country Film Festival, running Sept. 17-21.

Here’s a sample of what’s coming up:

Green Music Center: The September line-up is stellar for Weill Hall on the Sonoma State University campus: comedian Gabriel Iglesias, Sept. 5; eclectic singer-songwriter Ben Harper, Sept. 13; jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis with singer Cécile McLorin Salvant;, Sept. 20; soul diva Diana Ross, Sept. 23, and country star Trace Adkins, Sept. 26.

All of these shows will offer both indoor and outdoor seating.

The 2014-2015 season at Weill Hall officially opens Sept. 28 with a gala featuring a tribute to Frank Sinatra performed by singer and pianist Michael Feinstein.

The Santa Rosa Symphony opens its season Oct. 11 at Green Music Center, with the San Francisco Symphony playing Oct. 16. Tickets, information: 866-955-6040; sonoma.edu.


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