.Take a Bow

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 and more. The 2019 NorBay Music Award winners are…


Dave Hamilton The veteran folk- and Americana-singer is a staple at local farmers markets, roadhouses and taverns. davehamiltonfolkamericana.com.


Sean Carscadden Whether he’s going solo or leading his full band, Carscadden continues to make effortless, eclectic Americana music. www.seancmusic.com.


Dylan Black Project Possessing just the right touch of funk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll, the four-man band is a must-have for summer fun. thedylanblackproject.com


Train Wreck Junction The seven-piece outfit appeals to country fans of all eras and ages. trainwreckjunction.com.

DJ (radio)

Bill Bowker North Bay radio host is a champion of the blues and the arts on-air at the Krush 95.9 FM. Krsh.com.

DJ (live)

Joshua Bluegreen-Cripps Full-time producer, promoter and performer has been featured at events across the Bay Area. partyevententertainment.com.


Eki Shola Solo star continues to prove anything is possible with her innovative ambient electronic melodies. ekishola.com.


Fly by Train Formed in 2014, the folk-rock five-piece act rides the rails of old school grass-fed Americana. facebook.com/flybytrain.

Hip Hop

Kayatta West Sonoma County performer brings a thought-provoking and empowering message to the music. instagram.com/kayatta_p.


Trebuchet Petaluma band known for their emotionally stirring indie-rock and annual Christmas concert. trebuchetmusic.com.


Nate Lopez The eight-string guitar master is a one-man jazz band, performing extensively at North Bay wineries, bistros, bars and elsewhere. natelopez.com.


Immortallica North Bay tribute to Metallica is as fast and loud as a bolt of lightning. facebook.com/ImmortallicA707.

Music Festival

Railroad Music Festival Set in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa, this free fest remains a community favorite. railroadsquaremusicfestival.com.

Open Mic

Tuesday Open Mic Night at Brew Coffee & Beer The inclusive weekly showcase includes local music, spoken word and more. brewcoffeeandbeer.com.


One Armed Joey Melodic punk trio is on the rise in the Bay Area, blasting a classic sound with catchy hooks. onearmedjoey.bandcamp.com.


Jake Ward North Bay Cabaret co-founder also produces public and private events. facebook.com/jakewardpresents.


The Big Fit The eight-piece funk-soul ensemble, formerly known as Frobeck, are a hit at North Bay festivals and venues, with their dance-inducing rhythm. thebig.fit.


Sol Horizon Longtime reggae champions are shining as bright as ever. solhorizon.com.


Two Lions Band Geyserville guitarist and vocalist Mitchel Slade leads the rock-fusion four-piece. twolionsband.com.


David Luning Nationally-known North Bay troubadour plays with a keen ear and a huge heart. davidluning.com.


Redwood Café The Cotati institution offers live music practically every night of the year. redwoodcafe.com.

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