Music: NorBay Winners

‘Pac Sun’ readers name their favorite bands, and more

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Sean Carscadden is readers’ top pick for Americana musician.

Our annual NorBay Music Awards online readers’ ballot received its biggest turnout ever, and this year’s winners include a lot of new faces among the North Bay’s favorite bands, venues, promoters, DJs and more. The 2018 NorBay Music Award winners are:

Americana

Sean Carscadden Sonoma songwriter (pictured) effortlessly blends funk and blues into his electric and eclectic sound. www.seancmusic.com.

Acoustic

Bloomfield Bluegrass Band While the band is only a year old, its members have been active in the Northern California bluegrass scene for decades. facebook.com/BloomfieldBB.

Blues

The Dylan Black Project Soulful band remains a fixture at community concerts and gets the crowds moving. thedylanblackproject.com.

Country

Third Rail Sonoma County outfit plays a hearty mix of contemporary country staples with splashes of R&B and classic rock. thirdrailband.com.

Electronica

Eki Shola Soloist dazzles North Bay audiences with her worldly influenced synthesizer melodies and jazzy vocal harmonies. ekishola.com.

Folk

Fly by Train Penngrove’s folky five-piece band can ride the rails with the best of them with a self-described railroad-roots sound. flybytrain.com.

Hip-Hop

Pure Powers Independent Santa Rosa rapper continues to impress with his new LP, Year of the Peacock. purepowersmusic.com.

Indie

Justin Schaefers & the Blind Barbers With a frontman who just enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, this outfit’s future is bright. blindbarbers.com.

Jazz

Acrosonics Catch this swinging band playing weekly on Wednesday nights at Sonoma Speakeasy.

Metal

Immortallica North Bay Metallica tribute act rips with a searing intensity. facebook.com/ImmortallicA707.

Punk

One Armed Joey Petaluma trio continues to build a following with melodic pop-punk songs full of infectious fun. facebook.com/onearmedjoey.

R&B

Stax City Big band led by saxophonist Cliff Conway blasts out a Memphis-inspired sound with a high-energy delivery. staxcity.net.

Reggae

Sol Horizon Seven-piece band is renowned for both their energetic live shows and powerful lyrical themes. solhorizon.com.

Rock

Two Lions Band Geyserville guitarist and vocalist Mitchel Slade leads the four-piece, displaying a wide range of rock music. twolionsband.com.

Singer-Songwriter

Dave Hamilton Veteran songwriter is a folk and Americana master. davehamiltonfolkamericana.com.

Live DJ

DJ Cal Sonoma DJ is a favorite of the North Bay nightlife and spins a dance party mix of EDM and hip-hop. deejaycal.com.

Radio DJ

Brian Griffith (KRCB) Start your mornings with music from Griffith’s weekday show airing 9am to noon on KRCB 91.1-FM. radio.krcb.org.

Venue

Sonoma Speakeasy Intimate music hall offers live music six nights a week just off the Sonoma Plaza. sonomaspeakeasymusic.com.

Open Mic

Tuesday Open Mic at Brew The coffee and beer house’s weekly open mic is inviting and often surprising. brewcoffeeandbeer.com.

Promoter

Jake Ward The North Bay Cabaret’s master of ceremonies is everything that’s awesome about the region’s music and arts scene. facebook.com/jakewardpresents.

Music Festival

Railroad Square Music Festival Outdoor event in the heart of Santa Rosa is summertime must for music lovers. railroadsquaremusicfestival.com.

 

 

 

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