Friday Night Live kicks off with New Orleans music from the John "Papa" Gros Band.

Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Cloverdale’s free summer concert series, has announced the lineup of bands scheduled to appear Friday nights from June 1 through August 31, 2018. 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 & Street Fair. “In addition to high-caliber, smokin’ hot music delivered by a variety of bands hailing from across the United States, FNL visitors will find many other attractions,” said CAA Executive Director, Mark Tharrington. Dinner is available from a variety of food vendors and nearby restaurants; 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 at the Street Fair, 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 & Street Fair in downtown Cloverdale all summer long.
June 1 – John “Papa” Gros
Genre: New Orleans Funk               
Winery Sponsor: Pedroncelli
Concert Sponsor: Calpine at the Geysers
Mixing the sounds of rock & roll, funk and rootsy Americana into a genre-bending gumbo that carries on the tradition of New Orleans, both honoring its past and helping to shape its future.
June 8 – Blue Water Highway
Genre:  Indie Americana         
Winery Sponsors: Saini Vineyards, Williams Selyem Winery
Concert Sponsor: Syar Industries
Touring across the US on a regular basis, this band continues to define themselves as a live act built on excellent musicianship, great songs, and a signature three-part harmony that sets the band apart from their peers.
June 15 – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Genre:  Blues Rock       
Winery Sponsor: Rodney Strong Vineyards
Concert Sponsor: Sonoma Clean Power
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.
June 22 – Afrolicious
Genre:   Afro-Tropi-Disco-Funk        
Winery Sponsor: Geyser Peak
Concert Sponsor: Delores & Gary Arabian
An 8-piece live band that emphasizes the organic elements, instrumentation and energy of a live ensemble combined with club heavy beats and textures the band’s weekly party has come to be known for.
June 29 – David Luning Band
Genre:     Americana     
Winery Sponsor: Virginia Dare Winery
Concert Sponsors: Ace Hardware; Cloverdale Edward Jones; Disbrow Family Farms
Luning’s music has been called “gritty, joyful, soulful Americana.” His earnest songwriting, lively storytelling, and rich, captivating voice will have you believing you’re listening to a hardened veteran of Nashville.
July 6 – Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Revue
Genre:  Honky Tonk      
Winery Sponsor: Ferrari-Carano
Concert Sponsors: Bob Scott & Tim McDonald; Exchange Bank; Munselle Civil Engineering
Combining evocative songwriting, impeccable musicianship, and a twinge of punk sensibility to boot, the group’s infectious swing energy has earned them their place in the upper echelon of New Orleans’ favorites and helped grow an avid fan-base to two-steppers around the world.
July 13 – Dirty Revival
Genre:    Funky Soul 
Winery Sponsor: Kelley & Young Wines
Concert Sponsor: Bob & Candi Bialon
This seven piece soul/rock band, hailing from Portland, Oregon, is quickly gaining notoriety for their inspired songwriting and impressive live performances and has been electrifying stages across the U.S. since 2013.
July 20 – Diego’s Umbrella
Genre:  Gypsy Rock           
Winery Sponsor: Francis Coppola Winery
Concert Sponsors: Empire Mini Storage, MoE’s Eagles Nest Deli
A Diego’s Umbrella show is a singular, ecstatic experience. Night after night they effortlessly blend eastern European sounds, marching drums, beautiful harmonies and catchy hooks with a showmanship that has all the fire and unpredictability of youth, marked by a chiseled refinement of years of experience on the road.
July 27 – Shinyribs
Genre:  Swamp Funk
Winery Sponsors: Goldeneye, Migration
Concert Sponsor: Ray’s Food Place
A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on, squeezed on, kissed on by this world-class band
August 3 – Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings
Genre:  Blues Slide Guitar  
Winery Sponsor: Fritz Winery
Concert Sponsor: Michael Laird – RE/MAX Full Spectrum
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 10 – The Nightowls
Genre:  Vintage Soul          
Winery Sponsors: Alexander Valley Vineyards, Dry Creek Vineyard
Concert Sponsor: Reuser Inc
Casting aside their years of reverent exploration and immersion in classic soul and R&B, the 10-piece band boldly paves its own path with the sensual pop and smoldering grooves of their newest release, We Are The Nightowls. Their debut album Good As Gold was named Top 10 of the 2014 Austin Music Awards Albums of the Year.
August 17 – The Stone Foxes
Opening Act – Justin Schaefers & The Blind Barbers
Genre:    Rock ‘n’ Roll
Winery Sponsor: Murphy-Goode
Concert Sponsor: Healdsburg District Hospital

The Stone Foxes are San Francisco’s rock band. They bear the torch of their predecessors with the knowledge that rock ‘n’ roll can move a new generation. They’ve played in front of thousands at festivals, headlined the legendary Fillmore Theater and supported acts like The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant and ZZ Top.
August 24 – Locos por Juana
Genre:     Latin Jam-Band
Winery Sponsor: White Oak Winery
Concert Sponsor: Redwood Credit Union
Locos por Juana is a GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY nominated bilingual Latin Jam-Band,
most notably recognized for their energetic live performance and unique fusion of
Latin, Caribbean, and American rhythms.
August 31 – Samantha Fish
Genre:  Rhythm & Blues    
Winery Sponsor: Rodney Strong Vineyards
Concert Sponsor: Rotary Club of Cloverdale
This charismatic young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful live performer. The New York Times called Fish “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power” and “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.
For more information visit or call (707) 894-4410.

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, Delores & Gary Arabian, Geoff & Nancy Dalwin and the David McChesney Family. Presenting Sponsors for the 2018 series are Calpine at the Geysers, Healdsburg District Hospital, Michael Laird REMAX/Full Spectrum, Ray’s Food Place, Redwood Credit Union, Reuser Inc, Sonoma Clean Power, and Syar Industries. Major Sponsors are Coors Light, Empire Mini Storage Cloverdale, MoE’s Eagles Nest Deli, and Lagunitas Brewing Company. Media Sponsors are Cloverdale Reveille, KRCB 91FM, and Sonoma County Gazette. Grants received from Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

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