Since the recent North Bay wildfires, benefit concerts to aid fire victims have popped up all over the region. This weekend, a trio of large events all embrace the theme of strength through unity as friends and neighbors recover from the devastation.
Here’s the lineup:
“Sonoma Strong: A Benefit Concert at the Village,” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Village Court, Montgomery Village shopping center, Santa Rosa.
The roster includes popular Bay Area party band Pride & Joy, Santa Rosa country singer Pete Stringfellow, West Coast Cajun and Zydeco band Gator Nation and local show band The Poyntlyss Sistars. Admission is free. All money raised by the sale of donated food, drink and T-shirts, plus proceeds from a raffle, photo booth and VIP table reservations — as well as direct donations by the event’s attendees, sponsors and business donors — will go to fire relief efforts. bit.ly/2zMzVLY
Montgomery Village owner David Codding, son of pioneering Santa Rosa developer Hugh Codding, has promised $50,000 in matching funds for the Redwood Credit Union’s fire relief fund and has guaranteed $10,000 from beverage sales.
“Since my dad helped build Santa Rosa, I’m going to do what I can to rebuild,” David Codding said.
The event also includes free barbecue lunch for first responders and their families from Harris Ranch and Cattlemen’s Restaurant.
“Wine Country Strong”: 2 p.m. Sunday. The Latin, hip-hop and rock sextet Ozomatli headlines. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville.
The event includes a chef’s picnic honoring first responders and emergency workers for their service during the fires. Donations to Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, Sonoma County Community Foundation Resilience Fund and Firefighter Relief Fund are recommended. Sold out. 707-944-9900, lincolntheater.com.
“Mendocino Strong Together”: Live entertainment, 4-10 p.m.; dinner, 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Redwood Empire Fairgrounds, Ukiah.
Performers include the singer Greg Schindel, Margie Rice String Quartet, guitarist Alex DeGrassi, pianist Spencer Brewer; composer and keyboardist Ed Reinhart, singer Paula Samonte and multi-instrumentalist John Mattern, with Waylon and the Wildcats and the Johnny Band closing the show. State Sen. Mike McGuire will serve as master of ceremonies. The event also features live and silent auctions. All donations will go directly to those in need and are being managed by North Coast Opportunities. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and are available at MendocinoStrongTogether.com or mendostrongtogether.brownpapertickets.com.
You can reach staff writer Dan Taylor at 707-521-5243 or email@example.com. On Twitter @danarts.
If You Go
What: Kate Wolf Music Festival
Who: Indigo Girls, Joan Osborne, Keb Mo, Los Lobos and more
When: June 28 to July 1
Where: Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville
Single-day tickets: $85 Thursday; $125 Friday, Saturday or Sunday; two-day pass $245; three days $285; four days $355. Multiday passes include camping
More Information: katewolfmusicfestival.com
Cloud Moss, who launched the Kate Wolf Festival in 1996 and continues to produce it, shares his top picks for this year’s event:
— A Celebration of Harry Chapin, the folksinger (“Cat’s in the Cradle”) who died in 1981, with members of his family and band. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28.
— A celebration of Utah Phillips, a troubadour whom Kate Wolf considered a mentor and who died 10 years ago, 4:45 p.m. Saturday, June 30.
Nina Gerber returns after eight years and will appear during several sets throughout the weekend.
Tom Paxton, the folksinger who turned 80 last fall, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30.
— Martha Reeves and the Vandellas bring R&B to the festival. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 30.