Monophonics 4/7
 
10th Annual Beer Blossom Festival (FREE) 4/22
 
SEBASTOPOL, CA (April 3, 2017) - Dean Biersch, proprietor of the popular HopMonk Tavern (www.hopmonk.com) announces a lineup of stellar shows in The Abbey for April, May and June of 2017. The 250 capacity Abbey at HopMonk Sebastopol has established itself as a key/noteworthy stop for west coast touring bands and artists. “The sophistication and education of the North Bay audiences is feeding the artists performing at HopMonk,” enthused Biersch.  “It is proving to be a great fit with the help of a tight sounding room too.”    
Tuesday, April 4 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm. Cost: Free) – Every Tuesday at HopMonk Tavern is Open Mic Night, hosted by Ceni. No matter your age, it’s time to break out that old guitar, banjo, trombone or whatever else tickles your funny bone, and head on down to HopMonk Tavern’s open mic night. There are many acts that started at the open mic which are now playing gigs in the beer garden, opening for national touring bands and even headlining their own shows at HopMonk.
Wednesday, April 5 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm. Cost: $5) – Science Buzz Café hosted by Daniel Osmer.
Thursday, April 6 (Doors: 9pm, Show: 9pm. Cost: $10-$15) – Alixa and Naima interweave poetry, hip hop, multimedia theater, film, and intoxicating beats with on-the-ground activism to inspire movement building that is both creative and impactful. They have been at the forefront of the environmental and social justice movement for the last 12 years as key presenters from the United Nations to Rikers Island Prison. Climbing PoeTree has independently organized 27 national and international tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, India to Mexico, and throughout the U.S., including an 11,000 miles journey on a bus converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. They have shared the stage with visionaries such as Alice Walker, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Cornel West, Naomi Klein, and Dead Pez, to name a few. Alixa and Naima use the power of art to expose injustice, heal from violence, and make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible.
Friday, April 7 (Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm. Cost: $20) – Raised amid the rich musical culture and history of the San Francisco Bay Area, Monophonics proudly carry the torch through the generations into today's musical landscape. Holding on to tradition, but by no means purists of any kind, they play their own brand of music known as "Psychedelic Soul." The 2012 release of Monophonics last album In Your Brain saw the band pulling influences from such acts as early Funkadelic, Sly and The Family Stone and the The Temptation's Norman Whitfield produced records. With the new album, Sound of Sinning (April 1, 2015 on Transistor Sound Records), the band has grown in all areas of record making and felt a need to explore other important influences. While the group has come to cherish these inspirations, with Sound of Sinning they started venturing beyond, to the groups that were inspiring those soul acts to embrace the psychedelic sound of the 60's and 70's. Bands such as The Zombies, The Beatles, Beach Boys and Pink Floyd. Even with the experimentation of new musical territory, they display the sound that people know and love about Monophonics. Touching on Northern soul, doo-wop, rock and roll, Psych pop, and cinematic music, Monophonics show off their diversity while remaining true to their roots. Overall it's heartfelt music and old school vibes, without losing sight of the present. This is music steeped in that timeless feeling when people could write and produce songs that you could listen to over and over again. Sound of Sinning was produced by Kelly Finnigan & Ian McDonald and recorded on an old Tascam eight-track 1/4" tape machine at Transistor Sound Studios in San Rafael, CA.
Marshall House Project is a driving soul-funk outfit with one foot rooted in the deep pockets of the past and the other fearlessly exploring the deep fry of the future. The sound is an electric eclectic love-child: the product of an affair between Jimi Hendrix and the Funky Meters, after a long night of drinking with space aliens, and jamming to Bob on the jukebox. MHP delivers a mash-up of energetic funk and slinky soul with a psychedelic twist and a chili salt rim. The mission: to create an uplifting dance experience, spun full of twists and turns, interlaced with conscious reflective lyrics, expanding, contracting and alive like a universe unto itself.
Saturday, April 8 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 7pm. Cost: $10-$40) – Lady Abstract CD Release: “Against All Odds”. "Tune out, and Tune in. Just for a moment.
My intention behind the music is much deeper than it ever was. I understand now, that I have been blessed with a gift. Now I am dedicated to developing this gift into a positive and powerful movement. I present sounds that offer healing and understanding. Soulful, Real, Quality, Emotionally stimulating, music you can relate to and vibe on. Just a little something to get you through, moment to moment. – Lady A”
Sunday, April 9 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm. Cost: $12) – Lee Harvey Osmond is the brainchild of Tom Wilson. Acid folk from Hamilton, ON.
Tuesday, April 11 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm. Cost: Free) – Every Tuesday at HopMonk Tavern is Open Mic Night, hosted by Ceni. No matter your age, it’s time to break out that old guitar, banjo, trombone or whatever else tickles your funny bone, and head on down to HopMonk Tavern’s open mic night. There are many acts that started at the open mic which are now playing gigs in the beer garden, opening for national touring bands and even headlining their own shows at HopMonk.
Thursday, April 13 (Doors: 9pm, Show: 9pm. Cost: $10) – Producer/DJ - Rhythmstar is a specialist in Global Bass Music. Currently he is based out of The City of Angels, with roots planted deep in the jungles of Hawaii where he lived for over a decade. His sounds transport dancers across the Transnational landscape, through psychedelic bass music and boundary pushing subsonic polyrhythms. Performances have taken him across the US, playing clubs and festivals- that include the recent Cosmic Convergence Festival in Lake Atitlan Guatemala alongside Kalya Scintilla back to back on NYE, The Symbiosis Gathering of 2013, the Arise Music Festival, SXSW, and also The Hawaii Electronic Music Festival of the Big Island. He has supported artists such as: Bassnectar/ Ooah /Eprom/ David Starfire/Ana Sia/ Ill Gates and Thriftworks, as well as embarking on several headlining tours of his own. His newest EP on Street Ritual Records: Kissed By Fire has taken him to Oakland/SF/Nevada City/Santa Monica/Venice/Honolulu/Maui/and Brooklyn. His sound is unlike anyone else - It inspires a dance floor of seduction, revolution and spiritual warriorship through Hip Hop/Drum and Bass/Footwork/Cumbia/ZoukBass/Tribal Fusion/ and Burlesque, all seamlessly blended into a an electronic symphony that keeps the dancefloor activated with heart centered frequencies while shaking its soul to the core. 
Naughty Princess weaves beautiful melodies and sexy bass beats into a journey to inspire that dance floor heat! Jasmine Fraser grew up with the influence of traditional Indian music, and was inspired by the intricate Tabla beats and soaring vocals. Being part of the electronic music scene in Melbourne when it took off in the 90’s, her passion for dance was ignited, starting in the underground outdoor Trance scene and then moving into other genres as they emerged like Trip-Hop, Breakbeat, Jungle and Drum n Bass. Relocating to San Francisco in 2009 brought her into the West Coast Bass scene of Dubstep, Trap and 808, and it was here amongst the fabulously funky Burner crew who drop the best beats and throw down so hard on the dance floor that she really felt she’d found her tribe!
Friday, April 14 (Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm. Cost: $10) – The John Brothers Piano Company have already taken their music from the streets of Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco to the stages of First City Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Edwardian Ball and Outside Lands. Their unique original music is an explosive symphonic live experience that births from a simple combination of piano and clarinet reflective of BeBop Jazz and the music of the Roaring 20s intertwined with their individual and exciting contemporary style. It only takes a song to have you on your feet, dancing.
The Creak is a San Francisco based acoustic quintet rooted in the bluegrass and folk tradition, but with elements of blues and punk helping them forge a sound both new and old. Energetic performances and visible onstage chemistry inspire dancing, singing, stomping and fun.
Saturday, April 15 (Doors: 8pm, Show: 8:30pm. Cost: $20) – Back by Popular Demand! Steve Pile and Lazyman bring their George Harrison Tribute back to the HopMonk. Adding many special guests, including horns, keys, and pedal steel to the mix, Lazyman serves up many George songs that never got played on stage from classic albums like All Things Must Pass as well as staples from The Beatles and solo years. In recent George Tribute shows, they’ve had guests ranging from Jason Crosby and Marty Schwartz to Phil Lesh, so you never know who might show up. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear George Harrison songs like you’ve never heard them. It sold out last time, so don’t wait!
Sunday, April 16 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 8pm. Cost: Free) -- HopMonk Sebastopol is having "Comedy Open Mic" on the 3rd Sunday of every month with comedians from Sonoma County and beyond! Are you interested in performing? Think you have what it takes to be a stand-up comic? Now is your chance to find out! NO musical, ventriloquist or magic acts – stand-up or performance comedy only! Guiding you through the night, your alternating hosts: Jefferson Mars, award-winning comedian and street performer and Jon Lehre, prize-winning speaker and comic.
Tuesday, April 18 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm. Cost: Free) – Every Tuesday at HopMonk Tavern is Open Mic Night, hosted by Ceni. No matter your age, it’s time to break out that old guitar, banjo, trombone or whatever else tickles your funny bone, and head on down to HopMonk Tavern’s open mic night. There are many acts that started at the open mic which are now playing gigs in the beer garden, opening for national touring bands and even headlining their own shows at HopMonk.
Friday, April 21 (Doors: 8pm, Show: 8:45pm. Cost: $15-$18) – Bootleg Honey celebrates the release of their new single, "Colorado Calling", made possible by Creative Sonoma's Next Level Grant Program. The Americana Roots of the band have been spiced up by a new Soulful American Classic sound, produced and engineered by Bootleg Honey Drummer Mark Tarlton.
Finding inspiration in her family and hometown of Mendocino, California, Gwyneth Moreland will release the album Cider April 21 on Blue Rose Music. The collection features the focus tracks "Broken Road" and "The California Zephyr." Moreland also plays guitar, accordion, baritone ukulele and mountain dulcimer on Cider.
Saturday, April 22 (Doors: 12pm, Show: 12pm. Cost: Free) – Our 10th Birthday and Annual Beer Blossom celebration! That's right... it was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon 10 years ago that we opened our doors to the fine folks of Sebastopol with the intention of sharing our passion for beer, food and music. 10 years later were still just as enthralled to deliver the experience!! Join us in our HUGE outdoor beer garden for an afternoon of FREE live music right after the Apple Blossom parade.
The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are a rootsy rock n’ roll band born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Every bit as influential as their early surroundings, songwriters Jamie and Kellen Coffis’ blend of folk, blues, R&B and straight ahead rock are evidence of an upbringing spent listening to all of the right records from Tom Petty, Neil Young, and The Beatles.
The Easy Leaves run at the front of the Country music herd in their beloved California, headlining and filling big rooms (Great American Music Hall, The Independent, Mystic Theatre), main stage set at Outside Lands Festival (where Willie Nelson told them 'We should play together again'!), and other venerable festivals throughout the land.
Formed in the hills of small town Petaluma, The Highway Poets (previously known as Hillside Fire), began fusing their Rock/Funk//Blues-sound with Folk instruments and soul inspired song crafting. The sound that they created was a fresh, creative, eclectic sound that can only be narrowed down in the music industry to Rock Indie Americana.
Timothy O'Neil hails from Temecula, California. Currently, he has found himself rooted in the Folk/Americana Scene of Sonoma County. The Timothy O'Neil Band mixes origin roots of punk rock with a strong nod to bluegrass, folk, and a lifetime and adoration for songwriters and songwriting. Timothy O'Neil Band's new record entitled "TOB" Blends the sounds of energy ridden steam punk anthems with the soulful honesty of folk ballads. There is a unique yet familiar sound to the songwriting and undeniable edge to this bands work and especially their new album. Be prepared to sing along and have one hell of a good time.
Saturday, April 22 (Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm. Cost: $25) – The Bay Area's outlaw music bards bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of folk, punk, rock, and disco to stages and festivals world wide. This "High-Octane Hootenanny" will certainly delight those interested in a foot-stompin good time. Poor Man's Whiskey has evolved into a ragged, spontaneous beast pulling from equally deep wells of story-telling originals, expertly crafted covers and zany on-stage shenanigans.
One Grass Two Grass delivers high energy, hard driving, fun loving, old-timey, new-timey, good-timey, California string band music. Through richly lyrical, naturally inspired originals cushioned by a bed of old mountain tunes and the occasional stomping classic rock number, their unique sound is expressed as a mesh of yesterdays established protocols with the need to bring strings to the times in their own exciting way. Standing on the shoulders of the contemporary movement powered by The Old Crow Medicine Show, The Devil Makes Three, and The HackensawBoys, One Grass Two Grass forge their own style of this folk meets old-time meets rock meets bluegrass craze.
Tuesday, April 25 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm. Cost: Free) – Every Tuesday at HopMonk Tavern is Open Mic Night, hosted by Ceni. No matter your age, it’s time to break out that old guitar, banjo, trombone or whatever else tickles your funny bone, and head on down to HopMonk Tavern’s open mic night. There are many acts that started at the open mic which are now playing gigs in the beer garden, opening for national touring bands and even headlining their own shows at HopMonk.
Wednesday, April 26 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 8pm. Cost: $20-$50) – If you ever wondered what it would feel like to see two Original Texas Bad- Asses (OTBs) play their unique brand of traditional Tex-American music on the same stage, on the same night, you're about to find out.
It doesn't get any "realer" than this. Jim Heath (Reverend Horton Heat) and Dale Watson (Dale Watson & His Lone Stars) are indisputably living Texas icons. For the first time ever in their storied careers, they've decided to team up, and bring their big Lone Star personalities, songs and the stories behind the songs on a special solo tour to a select few cities across America playing small intimate venues. This is rare opportunity to see two of the most colorful Texas songsmiths ever , who will take you on a highly entertaining journey via the music that made them famous . Jim & Dale can definitely "talk the talk", but more importantly they "walk the walk" but seeing them solo is a completely different experience for fans. You'll gasp at their ability to make you laugh with the turn of a phrase, or cry with the bend of a string. You'll feel tingles of excitement & anticipation, as you behold the "two-headed monster of Texas music" that is Jim Heath & Dale Watson on tour together.
Friday, April 28 (Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm. Cost: $20) – If Louie Prima, Frank Sinatra and David Bowie dropped acid and had sex with The Dave Clark Five....The orphaned child of their unholy union would be El Radio Fantastique.
Malarkey is an old Irish slang word used in the 1920's as an expression equivalent to jive, gibberish, or nonsense. All guff aside; Patrick Malone (aka DJ Malarkey) is one of the hardest working DJ's to recently emerge out of Sonoma County (North Bay) area. Upon his return to Sebastopol in 2004, having graduated from recording arts school in Los Angles, he quickly jumped back into the club circuit as a full time DJ, engineer & event producer. It didn't take long for his funky broken-beat sound to kick up dust among event crowds, catering to both lounge and dance floors alike. His Juke Joint parties have helped pioneer the alternative dj sounds of "nu-funk", making a huge impact on the dance music scene in the small town of Sebastopol and on the west coast for the past 2 years. Malarkey has the keen ability to ascend fluidly from an early hour lounge funk, to peak time break beat shakers making him incredibly dynamic on the stage. Knowing when and where to go with the music, his sets are always evolving as a multi-genre melting pot of heavy broken funk, sexy latin shakers, boogie hip hop & banging breaks at all tempos.
Nicholas Jarvis Powers, self-taught pianist and songwriter, has been rolling around in the gutters of Contra Costa County since he was a little kid. Dylan and Kevin Gautschi are French brothers and are the sons of Pamela Wood, bass player for Bay Area rock legends Leila & The Snakes. Major Powers & The Lo-Fi Symphony play Adventure Rock.
Saturday, April 29 (Doors: 9pm, Show: 9pm. Cost: $20) – ill.Gates is a Toronto-based composer, performer and educator. Over the past 16 years, he has established a global fanbase and a reputation as one of the most dynamic electronic music artists around. He regularly tours across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Gates has headlined at such festivals as Burning Man, Shambala, the World Electronic Music Festival and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
Known for their jazzy chords, funky leads, heavy bass, and a healthy dose of traditional instrumentation, the duo SugarBeats has steadily stepped up the bar in their own brand of Glitch Hop and Future Funk since they launched in 2012. Their newest EP "Groove City Romance" takes it to a whole new level, featuring five different vocalists, two guitarists, one violinist, and a healthy dose of saxophone, as well as production quality rarely matched in the EDM scene.
Malarkey is an old Irish slang word used in the 1920's as an expression equivalent to jive, gibberish, or nonsense. All guff aside; Patrick Malone (aka DJ Malarkey) is one of the hardest working DJ's to recently emerge out of Sonoma County (North Bay) area. Upon his return to Sebastopol in 2004, having graduated from recording arts school in Los Angles, he quickly jumped back into the club circuit as a full time DJ, engineer & event producer. It didn't take long for his funky broken-beat sound to kick up dust among event crowds, catering to both lounge and dance floors alike. His Juke Joint parties have helped pioneer the alternative dj sounds of "nu-funk", making a huge impact on the dance music scene in the small town of Sebastopol and on the west coast for the past 2 years.
Sunday, April 30 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 8pm. Cost: $15-$20) – Scott Capurro was reared in Daly City, California; at age 3, he swam the English Channel. Since 1993, he's avoided AIDS by telling unsavory jokes in every English speaking country. Scott is trusting and thus surrounded by duplicity, yet he continues challenging himself, because he's physically challenged and emotionally unstable. Described by San Francisco Weekly (free press, edited by lesbians and designed by trannys with large hands and hidden agendas) as "stand-up in the very best possible sense - deadpan, ever-alert and hilarious" Scott has appeared in Mrs. Doubtfire, where, effortlessly, he played a homosexual; and Star Wars: Phantom Menace, where, breathlessly, he wore a body stocking. Scott knows David Cameron (wink, wink) and Nelson Mandela. Well, he's met Nelson once. They're both vegetarians. Actually, Scott is. Nelson said he was, to impress Scott. Cameron eats anything.
Tuesday, May 2 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm. Cost: Free) – Every Tuesday at HopMonk Tavern is Open Mic Night, hosted by Ceni. No matter your age, it’s time to break out that old guitar, banjo, trombone or whatever else tickles your funny bone, and head on down to HopMonk Tavern’s open mic night. There are many acts that started at the open mic which are now playing gigs in the beer garden, opening for national touring bands and even headlining their own shows at HopMonk.
Wednesday, May 3 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm. Cost: $5) – Science Buzz Café, presented by Daniel Osmer.
Friday, May 5 (Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm. Cost: $20) – Louisiana Love Act is a New Orleans inspired Funky Blues, Rock & Soul band founded by singer/songwriter Phil Colombatto in New Orleans, La back in 2012. After playing a string of shows together with Greg Anton, (Bay Area novelist and drummer of The Heart of Gold Band & Zero) the two began collaboration on a new record of original material written by Colombatto, Anton, and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, with 4 piece horn arrangements composed by the prolific New Orleans saxophonist Jason Mingledorff (veteran Louisiana Love Act collaborator known for his work with Papa Gros Funk and currently with St. Paul & the Broken Bones) Special guest Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band, known as 'The Keeper of the Flame" is a man who needs no introduction and since joining the record project has kicked the LLA tunes into overdrive with the incendiary soundscape he is so well known for conjuring with his B3 organ. Joined by soulful bass player extraordinaire John-Paul McLean (Melvin Seals & JGB) and a big ole funky horn section, this is going to be one of those shows that you do not want to miss!
Saturday, May 6 (Doors: 10pm, Show: 10pm. Cost: $10-$20) – DJ Minnesota is one of the most innovative and proficient electronic producers to come out of the West Coast bass music movement. His sound breaks aways from the various subgenres of EDM but holds onto origins of dubstep and hip-hop, creating a truly authentic experience for his audience.
A bass-based blend of East Coast and West Coast vibes, [Clever Alias] sets stay true to his dancefloor-as-church mindset, gritty city up-climb, multicultural heritage, love of music and lust for life. Since emerging in 2012, [Clever Alias] has quickly risen the ranks as a popular, dependable and busy DJ in the Bass Music and NorCal Festival communities. He is one of the most sought-after DJ's in the Ecstatic Dance community, founded its NYC chapter in 2012, and is a resident DJ for the Oakland and Nevada City, CA communities. He continues to enjoy dancing and making mixtapes - where his journey as a DJ first began.
Santa Rosa native and International DJ, Gabriel Francisco grew up on local parties such as Decadance! You can catch him on the dance floor during any Brainstorm and Monday Night Edutainment that he is in the country. Given his debut by Michael D. Rivera from local electronic group The Originalz, Gabriel took his love of music and movement abroad, dropping sets all over Europe, Thailand and Down Unda.
Sunday, May 7 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 8pm. Cost: $10-$12) – A highly acclaimed songwriter, often personal, often observational but not without flashes of influence from the dark underside of both theatre and literature – David J has exquisitely captured incisive portraits of artists such as Jack Kerouac, Joe Orton, Antonin Artaud and more recently Elliot Smith, Jeff Buckley, Spalding Grey and Hank Williams. His most recent album, 2011's 'Not Long For This World', featured a set pertaining to the subject of mortality and achieved high critical acclaim. This year will see a thirty year anniversary reissue of that solo debut ,'Etiquette Of Violence' which will feature a lavish two disc set.
Emily Jane White is a musician, songwriter, and poet from Oakland, CA. She began performing under her own name in 2003 and released her first album "Dark Undercoat" in 2007, with "Victorian America", "Ode to Sentience", and "Blood/Lines" following. White has cultivated a dedicated audience in Europe and North America.
Tuesday, May 9 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm. Cost: Free) – Every Tuesday at HopMonk Tavern is Open Mic Night, hosted by Ceni. No matter your age, it’s time to break out that old guitar, banjo, trombone or whatever else tickles your funny bone, and head on down to HopMonk Tavern’s open mic night. There are many acts that started at the open mic which are now playing gigs in the beer garden, opening for national touring bands and even headlining their own shows at HopMonk.
Saturday, May 13 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 8pm. Cost: $15-$18) – Over the past couple of decades, tribute bands have become big business in the world of concert promotion. And, not surprisingly, the more popular ones are the acts that are most authentic. Such is the case with Cash'd Out (Douglas Benson vocals, Kevin Manuel guitar, George Bernardo drums, and Stephen Rey bass), a San Diego based band, that channels Johnny Cash in about as close a manner to the real thing as it gets. How can you tell? Well, beyond critics having anointed Cash'd Out the "next best thing to Johnny Cash," and the group having won six San Diego Music Awards for Best Tribute Band, and being the only tribute band endorsed by the official Johnny Cash web page, JohnnyCash.com, the real proof lies in what members of Cash's inner circle have said. "Cindy Cash came to a show, we made her cry and she gave me a necklace with Johnny's hair in a glass locket," explains front man Douglas Benson. Benson added that Cash producer Lou Robin has also been to several Cash'd Out shows, and claimed that if he closed it eyes it was like "going back in time."
Tuesday, May 16 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm. Cost: Free) – Every Tuesday at HopMonk Tavern is Open Mic Night, hosted by Ceni. No matter your age, it’s time to break out that old guitar, banjo, trombone or whatever else tickles your funny bone, and head on down to HopMonk Tavern’s open mic night. There are many acts that started at the open mic which are now playing gigs in the beer garden, opening for national touring bands and even headlining their own shows at HopMonk.
Thursday, May 18 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 8pm. Cost: $8-$10) – The Magic Beans are a traveling band from Denver, CO set out to bring their unique, genre-blending music to the masses and inspire a good time. Their diverse songs move your mind, while tight grooves move your booty when they come to town or through the speakers. Drawing from a wide range of influences, The Magic Beans leave nothing off the table as they combine americana, funk, rock, and electronica into a one sound and sometimes even one composition. Their sound has been described as space funk, ameritronica, and groove grass. The group uses no pre-recorded tracks or samples in favor of a more traditional approach to music: original songwriting, diverse instrumentation, and continually pushing the envelope are what have set this group apart. Seamlessly combining acoustic roots music and traditional instruments with modern technology and electric dance music, The Magic Beans are as unique as their place of origin, the Colorado Rockies.Also performing will be The Drunken Hearts.
Sunday, May 21 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 8pm. Cost: Free) -- HopMonk Sebastopol is having "Comedy Open Mic" on the 3rd Sunday of every month with comedians from Sonoma County and beyond! Are you interested in performing? Think you have what it takes to be a stand-up comic? Now is your chance to find out! NO musical, ventriloquist or magic acts – stand-up or performance comedy only! Guiding you through the night, your alternating hosts: Jefferson Mars, award-winning comedian and street performer and Jon Lehre, prize-winning speaker and comic.
Thursday, May 25 (Doors: 8pm, Show: 8:30pm. Cost: $12-$15) – If a vegan rock band surprises you, consider that Dangermuffin are simply an embodiment of a new consciousness building across their generation, where respect for the Earth and its healing powers outweigh the distractions of modern existence. Even the musical frequencies Dangermuffin employs are chosen for their nurturing potential.
Friday, May 26 (Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm. Cost: $10) – Grateful Bluegrass Boys is a string band that plays traditional Bluegrass versions of Classic Rock favorites from bands such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Eagles, Rolling Stones and more. These songs, combined with classic Bluegrass and Country tunes, consistently have audiences singing and dancing along the whole show.
Saturday, May 27 (Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm. Cost: $25) – For over a decade, the unstoppable, international rock and roll party machine known as the Wonder Bread 5 have been thrilling audiences, and exceeding client's expectations around the globe.
Tuesday, May 30 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm. Cost: Free) – Every Tuesday at HopMonk Tavern is Open Mic Night, hosted by Ceni. No matter your age, it’s time to break out that old guitar, banjo, trombone or whatever else tickles your funny bone, and head on down to HopMonk Tavern’s open mic night. There are many acts that started at the open mic which are now playing gigs in the beer garden, opening for national touring bands and even headlining their own shows at HopMonk.
Friday, June 2 (Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm. Cost: $10) – Train Wreck Junction is driven by Nick Kardum’s dynamic lead vocals, matched with Ross Shafer’s pure country pickin’ and Chris Erbacher’s sweet soothing sounds of the steel…as they say though a band is only as good as their rhythm section and we’re so grateful to have such a solid rhythmic foundation with Joe Schettig on the acoustic guitar, Matt Sather on the drums, Boyd Bel on the bass and Gary Felder on the spoons. From the 1950s to 2012 this seven piece band flirts with all eras of country music, attracting audiences from nineteen to ninety! As they say “here for a good time, not a long time” we’re a fun lovin’ and free spirited combination of talented musicians that give the crowd that “true country” and we always have an epic time doin’ it!
Wednesday, June 7 (Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm. Cost: $5) – Science Buzz Café, presented by Daniel Osmer.
Friday, June 9 (Doors: 8pm, Show: 8:30pm. Cost: $15) – For over ten years, SambaDá has been mixing contemporary sounds with the roots of brazilian culture. Papiba is a master of Capoeira, an Afro Brazilian martial art form created by Brazilian slaves, which draws on music and acrobatic movements. Dandha was born into the rich Afro Brazilian traditions of Salvador, Bahia and the Carnival Group Ile Aiye, and started her dancing career at age 6. Ile Aiye has been in the forefront of Civil Rights in Brazil, promoting equality and justice, and is widely recognized as the first Afro Brazilian BLOCO or group to perform in Brazil's notorious Carnival celebrations.
In addition to the warm, comfortable and rustic ambiance of tavern, there’s also a unique outdoor heated beer garden bordered by 14 foot stone walls, and adjacent to the spectacular Abbey performance venue with its own bar, aforementioned draft beers and dance floor. Stop by Monday through Thursday between 3:00 and 6:00 PM for Hoppy Hour, featuring house beers for $3.75. The historic hall has one of the top sound systems in the county. HopMonk Tavern is located in a 100-year-old landmark building, which was once the powerhouse for the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railway, an electric railroad that once served Sebastopol. HopMonk is located at 230 Petaluma Avenue in Sebastopol, California. Phone (707) 829-7300 or visit www.hopmonk.com.