Performers of all kinds will play throughout downtown to create a vibrant soundtrack to the Taste of Petaluma. Take a look at who's confirmed so far to help you plan your day around town. View the line-up for each site, then click the name of the act to learn more.
Elizabeth Boaz is a 17 year old singer/songwriter, guitarist, and performer who has performed around Sonoma County for over three years. Elizabeth brings a unique perspective of life into her music, spinning poignant lyrics that are both worldly but innocent, and looking at everyday events through an honest eye, filled with raw emotion and depth. Drawing on inspirations ranging from cameras to relationships and even her puppy, her music recalls classic singer songwriters while bringing her distinct personality to the forefront. Elizabeth has performed at fund-raisers, radio stations, charity events, rest-homes, school benefits, other local functions, and she has been featured in The Press Democrat and the Argus Courier.
Aboard Trolley: 12 – 1:30pm
Gary Sugiyama has played with several performing groups connected to hula halaus in the North Bay. Gary is active in several ukulele clubs in Sonoma County and has led workshops at the Sebastopol Ukulele Festival, Ukes on the Loose, and the Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival. One of the Ukulele groups, the Bohemian Ukuleles, is scheduled to play at the 2016 Ukulele Festival at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. He can also be heard on the soundtrack of the documentary "Leap of Faith," with the local band New Skye. This film by Lina Hoshino chronicles the efforts of local teens of the Community Church of Sebastopol who stood vigil over the Enmanji Buddhist Temple against vandals during the Second World.
Riverfront Gallery (132 Petaluma Blvd N): 12 – 1:30pm
Victoria covers popular music and oldies including but not limited to artists such as Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Whitney Houston, and more. Victoria has been performing all over the wine country since she was a little girl. Music runs deep in her heart, and that becomes clear when you hear her perform. Her deep, soulful voice is a joy to listen to. She looks forward to performing for the Taste of Petaluma Festival this year!
Hotel Petaluma: 12 – 1:30pm
This old-tyme string band will get your toes tapping with music that spans at least a hundred years. Their heart-felt vocals and boot stompin' fiddle tunes will remind you of times past when live music was the only entertainment on a Saturday night. Check out HomeBrew for Old-tyme traditional music, Irish tunes, blues, and little Jazz thrown in for fun.
Lauren Ruhl: fiddle, banjo;
Ana Anzore: upright bass,
Dana Allen: vocals, guitar
Water St. Beer Garden 12 – 1:45pm
Life After Forte
Life After Forte is a eight member jazz combo that plays a lively mix of jazz swing standards, latin jazz and retro rock and blues. Featuring three saxes, two trumpets and a rhythm section the band has performed around Sonoma County for 4 years. Music that's fun to listen to and fun to dance to.
Museum Wine Garden: 12 – 1:30pm
Petaluman Chris Newton has been performing almost as long as he's been playing. He first picked up the guitar at age 13 and began playing in many rock bands headlining at the Phoenix Theater numerous times. In college, Chris began studying music more seriously learning jazz with instructors such as Tuck Andress, Gary Digman and Bennett Friedman. He has applied his skills and knowledge of the fret board in order to play his favorite Motown/R&B tunes on the guitar. But don't be surprised if you hear some Jimi Hendrix or The Beatles tunes is his repertoire. In addition, Chris is also a singer/song-writer. He creates songs that share his experiences with life and love and he leaves an inspiring message reminding us that we are all capable of doing anything we put our mind to. His passion and love for music is present in all of his performances. He is currently working towards releasing his first solo album and is a full-time musician. He teaches at The Phoenix Theater in Petaluma.
Theatre Square: 12 – 1:15pm
Now & Zen
Sonoma County’s premiere band featuring the Zendrum, Now & Zen has been well-received by local audiences since 2011 and has a full repertoire of artfully crafted original compositions complimented by authentic renditions of classic rock songs by artists like Tom Petty, Eagles, Neil Young and The Traveling Wilburys.
WINE GARDEN: 1:30-3pm
Singer/Songwriter Anthony Presti grew up in Seattle during the 1990’s where he moved continuously until his teenage years, when he moved to Sonoma County. Presti's composes a unique style that blends the influences of his grunge roots with indie rock that has a country flare. His lyrics are honest and his music is compelling, with hooks in all the right places. He's been performing in the Bay Area for fifteen years, including performances at the Fillmore Poster Room, Lagunitas Brewery, The Phoenix Theater, Napa City Winery, The HopMonk Tavern and Brick and Mortar Music Hall, and just released his third full length record, Existentialism, recorded at the prestigious Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco.
Hotel Petaluma: 1:30 – 3pm
Siren Sister Dancers
Sister Sirens have been performing belly dance together for 7 years and have a wonderful blend of all types of Middle Eastern Dance, including Traditional Cabaret, Tribal Fusion, Modern Fusion and everything in between. Please visit Sister Sirens Progressive Fusion (director: Zyphire) at www.facebook.com/RedSirenProductions
Water St. Beer Garden: 1:45 – 2:15pm
Raks Rosa Dance Company
Raks Rosa Dance Company is a Sonoma County based Middle Eastern dance performance group, comprised of a group of women bonded together by their love of dance. Raks Rosa performs belly dance with passion and excellence wowing their audiences with their display of joy and movement. We LOVE to dance!
Theatre Square: 1:15 – 1:45pm
Whirl is a female-fronted alt-rock/powerpop band who has consistently won over audiences and critics alike with heartfelt live performances and beautifully-crafted, colossal hook-based, chart-friendly tunes. With a sound that has been described as ambrosial, hooky, intelligent, polished and passionate, the band has received glowing press and has touched audiences worldwide. Whirl was originally formed in London, England, and after performing extensively throughout the UK, relocated to the U.S., where Whirl has since performed throughout the East and West Coasts at venues as diverse as New York’s legendary Mercury Lounge, Knitting Factory and the Make Music NY Festival, Pennsylvania’s Crocodile Rock, Sacramento’s Cal Expo, San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill, Oakland’s New Parish and many more. Please visit www.WhirlMusic.com for more information and media.
Water St. Beer Garden: 2:15 – 3pm
Mike Saliani Band
Mike Saliani Band is a rock and roll group from Petaluma, California. They blend a nice mix of original rock, soul, and americana. They're always sure to get the people moving.
Theatre Square: 1:45 – 3pm