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The warm weather is finally back, and that means Friday Night Live is, too.

And if the scorching set turned in by Big Sam’s Funky Nation at the first night of the season on May 31 is any indicator, we’re in for a special summer of music.

June 7 features the wailing blues harmonica and vocals of Johnny Sansone, a 2012 winner of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award for Song of the Year. A true bluesman.

June 14 brings Hot Buttered Rum, progenitors of progressive bluegrass. Traditional instrumentation, shining vocal harmonies and memorable songs, many with social commentary.

On June 21, Yarn will be spinning their musical tales of Americana roots music. They hail from New York, but sound like they’re from Appalachia. Roots, indeed. Local contenders Justin Schaefer and the Blind Barbers open the show.

June 28, it’s Cris Jacobs and his blend of styles billed as “roots soul.” Echoes of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, with a big shot of very modern studio production.

Friday Night Live is produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance, and is yet another example of the excellent work they do to support the Arts in Cloverdale. Visit

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center continues to present both theater and musical events in their excellent performance space. On Saturday, June 15, renowned vocalist Mete Tasin and his beautiful tenor voice will be offering a multi-cultural evening of World music. Joined by pianist Lara Garner and Didem Kurt on the kanun, a Middle Eastern stringed instrument, Mete Tasin will be touring the musical universe right onstage. Should be exotic, eclectic and entertaining.

Tickets are online at

Cloverdale Ale Co., home of world-class brew and great local music, keeps things rockin’ with Rock On A Roll on Saturday, June 8. Great classic rock covers and tons of fun.

Thursday, June 13, its Jazz Thursday with Big Blue House, bringing the swinging jazz, jazzy funk and groovin’ blues. They’ve been working on songs by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Freddie Hubbard, and will be joined by special guest Spike Sikes on keys as they road-test the new material.

Saturday, June 22 is the long-awaited return of Last of A Dyin’ Breed, premier exponents of Southern rock. If you love guitar-driven rock n’ roll as much as I do, then make sure to be at the brew pub for this band. Skynrd, Allmanns, Creedence and more. Rock on, y’all.

Support Live Music in Cloverdale. Remember, they call it playing music, but it ain’t nothin’ but hard work, years of it and having an appreciative, supportive audience is what makes it all worth it.

Paul Schneider lives and writes and plays music in Cloverdale and other Sonoma County venues. He can be reached at

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