Friday Night Live 2019

Friday, August 23 - Friday Night Live Closes The Season With Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Free summer concert series continues to deliver high-caliber musical talent, from May 31 through August 30

Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Cloverdale’s free summer concert series, has announced the lineup of bands scheduled to appear Friday nights from May 31 through August 30, 2019. Friday Night Live & Street Fair, produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance, offers a variety of family-friendly activities every Friday evening throughout the summer.

Downtown Cloverdale comes alive with Friday Night Live at the Plaza. In addition to high-caliber, party and dance music delivered by a variety of bands hailing from across the United States, FNL visitors will find many other attractions. Dinner is available from a number of food vendors and nearby restaurants; and premium Sonoma County wines and craft beers can be purchased by the glass. Hand-crafted arts, crafts and other unique, locally made items are available, along with a variety of kids’ activities, such as jumpy castles and rock-climbing walls, to ensure there is something for everyone at Friday Night Live in Cloverdale. The Street Fair opens at 6:00 PM and music begins at 6:30 PM.

Audiences are sure to experience the best of small-town America and free family-friendly, dance and party concerts at Friday Night Live at the Plaza in downtown Cloverdale all summer long.

For Prospective Bands

Priority consideration will be given to bands touring regionally/nationally that are upbeat, dance/party bands playing original music from a variety of genres. There is also the opportunity for local bands to support headline acts.

For consideration to have your band play Friday Night Live at the Plaza please email your band's website URL, and links to videos and/or music to Mark Tharrington (FNL Program Manager) 

Bands that are selected for the Friday Night Live concerts will be contacted by mid-April of the up-comming season.  Due to the high volume of submittals  we receive each year, we will only be contacting those that are selected.

Band information: directions to the venue [PDF] and Audio Hardware Listing [PDF]


CLICK HERE for a downloadable poster of the season lineup [PDF]. Note: the June 28th act is now T Sisters)

May 31 – Big Sam’s Funky Nation


Opening Act – Second Line

Genre: Power Funk               

Winery Sponsor: Rodney Strong

Concert Sponsor: Calpine at the Geysers

Offbeat Magazine’s “Best of the Beat 2018” Award Winner for “Best R&B/Funk Artist”, Big Sam’s Funky Nation is known for a boisterous blend of funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop, nothing short of seismic live “experiences, and a whole lot of Southern charm, Big Sam’s Funky Nation might very well be The Big Easy’s best kept secret

June 7 – Johnny Sansone


Genre: Electric Blues       

Winery Sponsors: Dry Creek Vineyard, Pedroncelli

Concert Sponsors: Cloverdale Edward Jones, Barbara McGuinness & John Mingo

A multi-award-winning bluesman, Johnny Sansone’s howling, rip-through-the-plaster voice and deep grooved harmonica riffs are the main attractions, but audiences will also appreciate the wit and wisdom of his character songs. "He has crept upon us slowly but surely, and now Johnny Sansone has become one of the best bluesmen/roots musicians on the scene ..." David Kunian, OFFBEAT MAGAZINE


June 14 – Hot Buttered Rum


Genre: Progressive Bluegrass     

Winery Sponsors: Goldeneye, Migration

Concert Sponsor: Bob & Candi Bialon

Hot Buttered Rum, a souped-up, left-coast string band, is the brainchild of five uniquely gifted musicians who weave their love of bluegrass, folk, jazz and soul into a riveting strain of Americana. String bass and five-alarm fiddle merge with guitar, banjo, mandolin and drums to frame the voices of its two contrasting writers, fueling a dance party with roots in Appalachia and its branches in California. 


June 21 – Yarn


Opening Act – Justin Schaefers & The Blind Barbers

Genre:   Americana      

Winery Sponsor: Ferrari-Carano

Concert Sponsor: Karma Dog Construction, MoE’s Eagles Nest

Yarn’s original Americana sound has developed into music that seekers of the unique see as the soundtrack of their lives. Yarn’s first four albums were recognized by the AMA’s and R&R radio charts, spending time in the top five at their highest point. This roots band has become one of the hardest-working and harder-touring bands for this generation’s digital natives and new music followers.


June 28 – T Sisters


Genre: Roots Indie-Folk/Americana

Winery Sponsor: Unti Vineyards

Concert Sponsors: Silveira Buick GMC

Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters have created a refreshing brew of indie-folk/Americana music. Blood sisters Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen flow seamlessly between styles and moods, from roots to pop and sassy to sincere, captivating listeners with their eclectic sound and soaring harmonies.


July 5 – The Carolyn Sills Combo


Genre:  Western Swing   

Winery Sponsor: Fritz Winery

Concert Sponsors: Ace Hardware, Bob Scott & Time McDonald, Papa’s Pizza Cafe

2018 Ameripolitan Award Winner “Western Swing Group of the Year”! Fans of classic country and western swing will love with The Carolyn Sills Combo's live show, chock full of three-part vocal harmonies, dueling guitar and non-pedal steel instrumentals and tight arrangements of their own distinct style of music known as 'spaghetti western swing.'


July 12 – The Turbans


Genre: Gypsy Klezmer

Winery Sponsor: Murphy-Goode

Concert Sponsor: Empire Mini-Storage, Syar Industries

Growing from the intertwining paths of many talented musicians travelling the world, this extraordinary project has grown in a few years from very humble beginnings, into a progressive name on the London music scene. Its members have gathered from countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Greece and England to perform in concerts and festivals around the UK, North America, Middle-East, Hong Kong, India and Europe, bringing their vibrant and unique sound to audiences who can do nothing more than smile, dance and shout for joy.


July 19 – Radio Free Honduras


Genre:  Tropical Latin Folk         

Winery Sponsor: Kelley & Young

Concert Sponsors: Barber Sound, LLC, Bob & Jennifer Jordan, Disbrow Family Farms

Radio Free Honduras takes Honduran Punta, mixes it with Spanish Flamenco, Rock 'n Roll, Jazz Fusion, and throws in a bit of Latin country music. Fronted by Honduran guitar virtuoso/singer/songwriter Charlie Baran, Radio Free Honduras is a mostly acoustic Tropical Latin folk-rock band.


July 26 – Remember Jones


Genre:  Soul-Pop

Winery Sponsors: Alexander Valley Vineyards, Miro Cellars, Williams Selyem

Concert Sponsor: Delores & Gary Arabian

Remember Jones is a one-of-a-kind soul/pop singer, storyteller and bandleader with a throwback vibe and authentic energy. He is collaboratively supported by a large ensemble of musicians, featuring female backing vocalists, a horn section, and a six-piece rhythm section.


August 2 – Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings


Genre:  Blues Slide Guitar  

Winery Sponsor: Geyser Peak

Concert Sponsor: Sonoma Clean Power

For nearly 30 years Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings have continued to bring the blues to its legions to fans around the world. Like his namesake, Rogers is a singer himself, and also a master slide guitarist with a distinctive and instantly recognizable style


August 9 – Royal Jelly Jive


Genre: Soul-Jive         

Winery Sponsor: Carpenter Wines

Concert Sponsors: Exchange Bank, Michael Laird, RE/MAX Full Spectrum

An intoxicating mixed drink of hard swingin’ soul-jive, Royal Jelly Jive dives deep head-first into the old school throwback sounds of the 1940's with a groovy new twist. Rapturous horns, sleek bass, elegant keys and swingin’ cymbals are just some of the sweet tastes you may devour if you’re lucky enough to catch them. All fronted by the sultry and soulful vocals of Lauren Bjelde, this band will have you stompin’ your feet with crooked delight until the moon comes back up again.


August 16 – The Young Dubliners


Genre: Celtic Rock

Winery Sponsors: Foppiano, Pellegrini

Concert Sponsor: Reuser Inc

The Young Dubliners have released eight albums of original material and one Irish ballad cover album to date. Their live set draws from all their albums and the new material. It is geared to the many festivals the band plays every summer with the usual upbeat, energetic delivery the Young Dubs are known for. Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called ‘Celtic Rock’, that label, as labels can often be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it’s not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows.


August 23 – DJ Williams’ Shots Fired


Genre: Funk Rock

Winery Sponsor: White Oak Winery

Concert Sponsors: Alexander Valley Film Society, Ray’s Food Place

With Shots Fired, DJ Williams has assembled an all-star roster of the nation’s leading funk-rock musicians. Their instant appeal comes down to Williams’ songwriting, matched live by his incendiary guitar solos and accented by the Shots Fired horns. Given D.J.’s penchant for topping off raw beats with refined melodies, Shots Fired is best served on the rocks and on the dance floor.


August 30 – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers


Genre:  Blues Rock    

Winery Sponsor: Rodney Strong Vineyards

Concert Sponsor: Redwood Credit Union

Blues great, Tommy Castro, has played thousands of shows to thousands of fans, packing dance floors and leaving them screaming for more. He captivates audiences with guitar playing honed to a razor’s edge, intensely passionate vocals and memorable songs.

Best way to enjoy Friday Night Live & Street Fair:

  • Festivities begin at 6:00 PM when the Street Fair opens with meals-to-go; sweet treats; wines and craft beers; locally crafted art, jewelry, clothing and wellness products; and kids’ activities.

  • Food booths at the Street Fair offer a wide variety of delicious meals. With choices from pizza to risotto, BBQ oysters to lamb gyros, there is something for everyone. Local restaurants are also open for early bird and late night specials.

  • Music starts at 6:30 PM.

  • Arrive early and bring your own lawn chair as seating/chairs are not provided. The concert seating area is limited.

  • Craft beer, local wines, and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase by the glass. 

  • The conditions of the ABC permit for Friday Night Live do not allow outside alcoholic beverages at the concerts. Also, please dispose of any alcoholic beverages purchased at the shows before you leave.


Friday Night Live at the Plaza is produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance. Underwriting support is provided by a number of generous local individual, business, and winery sponsors. 

 FNL’s Community Angels are Bob & Candi Bialon, David McChesney, Delores & Gary Arabian, and Geoff & Nancy Dalwin. Platinum Sponsors for the 2019 series are Redwood Credit Union and Silveira Buick GMC. Presenting Sponsors are Calpine at the Geysers, Reuser Inc, and Sonoma Clean Power. Major Sponsors are Coors Light, Empire Mini Storage Cloverdale, Exchange Bank, Michael Laird REMAX/Full Spectrum, MoE’s Eagles Nest Deli, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Syar Industries and Wine Industry Network. Media Sponsors are KRCB 91-FM and Sonoma County Gazette. Grants received from Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Concert Sponsors: Ace Hardware, Alexander Valley Film Society, Barbara McGuinness & John Mingo Barber Sound LLC. Bob & Jennifer Jordan, Bob Scott & Tim McDonald, Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce Cloverdale Edward Jones, Disbrow Family Farms, Karma Dog Construction, Papa's Pizza Café, Ray's Food Place

Event Supporters: Alvin L. Myers, Barry Hoffner, Claudia Clow, Cloverdale Automotive, Dianne & Mark Vernon, Dolph Green Eagle Tech, Furber Family, Healdsburg Sotheby’s International Realty, Kelder Engineering, Kristin Kurpinsky, Low Knob Press, Margaret Razon, Michael & Renay Fanelli, Recology Sonoma Marin, Rich & Amy Schaefers, Richard Nicholls, DDS, Russell Bertuccelli & Joanne Menapace, Speed of Sound Music, Steve & Paula Johnson, Windermere Platinum Real Estate

 For more information visit or call (707) 894-4410.