BRUCE COHN CHARITY EVENTS DONATES $40,000 TO REDWOOD EMPIRE FOOD BANK

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BRUCE COHN CHARITY EVENTS DONATES $40,000 TO REDWOOD EMPIRE FOOD BANK In Sonoma County

Producer Bruce Cohn to present check Thursday, December 17 at 2p.m.

Who: Concert producer Bruce Cohn

What: To present check for $40,000 to Redwood Empire Food Bank

Where: The Redwood Empire Food Bank is located at 3990 Brickway Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. We are on the north side of Santa Rosa. The Airport Boulevard exit.

When: 2 p.m. Thursday December 17

Why: At the recently held 2015 Sonoma Music Festival formerly the B.R. Cohn Fall Festival at B.R. Cohn Winery part of the proceeds are earmarked for the Food Bank.  Bruce Cohn has supported this incredible Sonoma County organization for many years donating significantly.  This year’s Festival featured Ringo Starr, Chicago, the Doobie Brothers, and Gregg Allman.  Next year’s 2016 Sonoma Music Festival dates will be announced soon and details can be found at www.sonomamusicfestival.com

Contact: Michael Coats (707) 935-6203 or michael@coatspr.com

BRUCE COHN and Bruce Cohn Charity Events Giveaway Proceeds from 2015 Sonoma Music Festival

BRUCE COHN and Bruce Cohn Charity Events Giveaway Proceeds from 2015 Sonoma Music Festival

Sonoma, CA. – Bruce Cohn of B.R. Cohn Charity Events (BRCCE) announced today that after the success of the 2015 Sonoma Music Festival he is giving away generous amount proceeds from the charity concerts. Recipients such as Fisher House for returning veterans, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Bread and Roses Presents, American Legion Post 489, Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Sonoma Native Sons and other local charities received the lion’s share of the proceeds being distributed.

Next year’s 30th anniversary 2016 Sonoma Music Festival dates will be announced soon and will be held again at Sonoma’s Field of Dreams. Visit www.sonomamusicfestival.com for ticket and headliner information.

This year’s concerts, held over the October 2-4 weekend at Sonoma’s Field of Dreams, were a success on a number of levels.  In the 29-year history of the Festival (28 years at B.R. Cohn Winery), the inaugural Sonoma event sold a record number of tickets, held the first night time shows (with video screens), and raised a considerable amount of proceeds from both concessions and auctions.  In addition, the concerts, featuring a Beatle (Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band), Chicago, America, the Doobie Brothers, Carlos Reyes, Gregg Allman, Edgar Winter Band and Tommy Castro Band, have driven the accumulated tally Bruce Cohn has donated over the years, to nearly $7,000,000.

“We had great a great line-up of artists, fantastic weather, great wine, beer and food and  returning festival goers were all thrilled to have a seat,” exclaimed producer Bruce Cohn.  “I want to thank my team, our sponsors, our vendors, the many volunteers, the Field of Dreams and the city of Sonoma and of course everyone that bought a ticket in support of the great charities,”

Event sponsors and partners include: the Lise Sonnen Fund, Sonoma Chevrolet, KFOG 104.5/99.7, 107.7 The Bone, KOIT 96.5, the River 97.7, The KRUSH 95.9, T he Eagle, KZST, Sonoma Raceway, Sivas-Sonoma, KRON-4, the City of Sonoma, Lagunitas Brewery (still donating beer after all these years), Ramekins, HopMonk Tavern (through their participation made their largest ever charity donation), Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, Vanguard, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Sonoma County Tourism, Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sonoma Chevrolet, Valley of the Moon Magazine, the Bohemian, the County of Sonoma, Eventbrite and American Storage/Global Containers.

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Media contacts:  Michael Coats (707 )-935-6203 or michael@coatspr.com or

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Bruce Cohn and Ringo Starr

CHICAGO, RINGO STARR AND HIS ALL-STARR BAND, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS WITH MICHAEL MCDONALD AND GREGG ALLMAN CRUSH SONOMA

Ringo Starr - Photo: Pat Johnson
Ringo Starr – Photo: Pat Johnson

Over 10,000 People Attended Three-Day Music Festival

Sonoma, CA. (October 5, 2015) – The 2015 Sonoma Music Festival wrapped up an incredible weekend of fall weather, fun times, great nighttime and daytime shows, fabulous food and wonderful Sonoma wines this past weekend October 2-4. Over 10,000 music lovers from around the globe descended on wine country to attend the 3-day music festival at the Field of Dreams near downtown Sonoma. The nearly sold-out event (Saturday and Sunday sold-out) fundraising included auctions all 3-days from the stage with over $11,000 paid for a drum set from the late Doobie Brother Keith Knudsen. Twenty two bidders who paid to sing along onstage with the Doobie Brothers during their classic hit “Listen to the Music” raised over $50,000. That finale performance capped a brilliant festival weekend.

“What an incredible weekend of music and charity” exclaimed promoter Bruce Cohn.  “The new venue looked and worked perfectly, the crowds were large and enthusiastic and we’ll know in a few weeks how much we raised. Certainly in my long career in the music industry having Ringo Starr perform in Sonoma Valley is a big highlight.”

Musical highlights included a rousing festival kick-off with America and Chicago on Friday night; members of the Doobie Brothers, Edgar Winter, and America joining Ringo Starr on his sets finale of Little Help with My Friends and Give Peace a Chance; and of course a rare appearance of Michael McDonald with the Doobie Brothers. Additionally Sonoma Mayor David Cook and the city council proclaimed the weekend Sonoma Music Festival weekend.

The Sonoma Music Festival (www.sonomamusicfestival.com) was born from the desire of promoter B.R. Cohn Charity Events to change up its annual fall event formerly at B.R. Cohn Winery and move it closer to town for a more community event. The new Field of Dreams location not only put the concertgoers two blocks from Sonoma’s Plaza, it allowed the festival the opportunity to grow and generate more proceeds for charity.  This year’s beneficiaries include national and local veteran’s organizations including Fisher House, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Bread and Roses Presents, American Legion Post 489 and Sonoma Splash. Over its 29-year history BRCCE has raised over 6.5 million dollars for charity.

The 30th anniversary event is currently being scheduled.

Editorial: Sonoma Music Festival got by with a little help from its local friends

By Jason Walsh – Editor – Sonoma Index Tribune

“Don’t be the best in the world at what you do; be the only one in the world who does what you do.” – Bill Graham

Leave it to an ornery rock concert promoter dead 25 years to perfectly describe the Sonoma Music Festival.

The first ever SMF (well, after about three decades as the B.R. Cohn Fall Charity Music Festival) dug its rockstar stilettos into the downtown this weekend, bringing back the kind of big-name classic rock and $7 beers to the Field of Dreams not seen since Jazz Plus packed up its tents in 2011.

I attended Saturday, better known as Ringo Night.

Aside from bringing a Beatle to Sonoma, here’s what struck: All the things Aspen-based Jazz Plus did its first year to “seem” local, SMF didn’t have to do; it simply is local.

From the ‘tween band emcees to the volunteer “security” to the food trucks, wine and beer, it was essentially run by a bunch of people who could probably hear “Don’t Pass Me By” from their backyards, if they weren’t already at the show ushering people to their seats. And the level of the bands that played needs to be mentioned once again.

Chicago, Gregg Allman and the Doobies are all veterans of the arena circuit. And, OK, Ringo is a Beatle, we get that. But even the “side musicians” in the Oct. 3 show included Greg Rolie, the voice behind “Black Magic Woman” and “Evil Ways,” Todd Rundgren whose 1973 album “Something/Anything” and a resume as one of the best record producers of the 1970s are a good argument for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, plus Toto lead guitarist Steve Lukather and Mr. Mister frontman Richard Page. The catalog of hits played this weekend is deeper than an octopus’s garden.

The weekend of shows was raising money for Fisher House, which serves veterans seeking mental health treatment by providing comfortable digs for their loved ones near their medical facilities. Festival officials say they’ll have the fundraising numbers once the dust (and other substances wafting through the air) clears.

Peripherally, the festival almost certainly also raised no small amount of funds for nearby businesses – notably restaurants and wine venues, which bustled in the pre-Chicago and Ringo dinner hours on Friday and Saturday, not to mention Sunday evening’s post-Doobie come down.

At press time, the festival still lingered in its honeymoon glow, as did Jazz Plus following its higher-love inducing first year with Steve Winwood. Good vibes are largely being reported, say pleased SMF officials, a complaint about parking here and there.

Of course this is also when lofty expectations by the locals start happening and soon Bruce Cohn, et al, will have to start brainstorming about how to top a Beatle. But maybe that’s a conversation for another day.

Because right now, Sonoma just had a festival with ticket sales that may have topped the population of the city.

Best in the world at what they do? Leave that for the Coachellas and SXSW’s to argue over.

The Sonoma Music Festival brought a Beatle to Sonoma. And it’s the only festival in the world that has ever done that.

Read the whole article here

Keeping rock ‘n’ roll, and charity, alive

By David Templeton
Sonoma Index Tribune

It has long been said that rock ‘n’ roll will never die.

If true, then the same thing can surely be said of rock ‘n’ roll gatherings like the Sonoma Music Festival, one of the Bay Area’s premiere rock events. After nearly 30 years in the Valley, Bruce Cohn’s high-octane, high-decibel charity event now has a new name, an exciting new home, an even stronger commitment to assisting American veterans, and – this year more than ever – an especially eye-opening array of musical legends that includes a one card-carrying Beatle, bringing the “Starr” power to an already stellar lineup.

Running Oct. 2 to 4, the annual music festival – formerly named the B.R. Cohn Charity Music Event – will take place at downtown Sonoma’s Field of Dreams, moving within walking distance of the Plaza after years at the Glen Ellen winery owned, until recently, by Cohn. With the sale of his 41-year-old enterprise to Vintage Wine Estates, Cohn – who has managed the Doobie Brothers since the band’s inception – has rebranded and relocated his music festival, originally established as a value-added event to a charity golf tournament (the day on the links was phased out a few years ago).

The event raises money for local and national charities, with special emphasis on veterans groups such as Fisher House, a national nonprofit providing lodging to families of veterans undergoing medical treatment. Other charities that benefit from the festival are American Legion Jack London Post 489, plus Bread & Roses Presents and the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Read the full article here…

The 2015 Sonoma Music Festival Announces Lineup For HopMonk Fest Garden Stage

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Friday, October 2 – Sunday October 4 at the Field Of Dreams

SONOMA, CA (September 9, 2015) – Dean Biersch, owner and proprietor of the popular HopMonk Tavern (www.hopmonk.com), and the 2015 Sonoma Music Festival (www.sonomamusicfestival.com), presented by B.R. Cohn Charity Events, are pleased to announce the lineup for the HopMonk Fest Garden Stage. Located in a pop-up beer garden created by Sonoma’s HopMonk Tavern, the additional stage will run in-between the sets on the main stage at the Field of Dreams.

Friday, October 2 (4:00-4:45pm, 5:30-6:00pm)Jeff Campbell’s onstage experiences have taken him to coast to coast countless times and found him sharing stages with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, The Grateful Dead, and opening for Train. After being crowned winner of Guitar Center’s National Singer Songwriter Competition out of over 13,000 entrants, his 2013 EP Release, “In Spite of Everything”, produced by 6x Grammy Winner John Shanks, premiered at #1 on the iTunes rock EPs and singles charts, following a performance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show.

Watch him strap an acoustic guitar on his back, board a public bus with 75 strangers, and traipse his way across the country. Here’s a singer-songwriter who loves nothing more than the sound of his voice reverberating off a music venue’s back walls. Yes, this is Jeff Campbell’s life, and as he’ll readily tell you, it isn’t so much a choice as it’s his calling. “This is just who I am” says the vocalist, impassioned songwriter and lifelong musician who with The Kitchen Sink, has at long last concocted the album that represents him at his core and is willing to do whatever it takes to feel the rush of human connection.

For Campbell, it’s all in the spirit of connectivity: eliminate as many barriers as possible between the writer and the audience. Sure, he knows he could record hundreds of videos on YouTube and pray one goes viral, but that’s not him. Even as his fanbase continues to swell, Campbell craves intimacy and immediacy. “Performing live is absolutely my favorite part of this thing.” Campbell says. “Whether it’s a big stage or a small room, there’s really no better feeling than connecting the music with the audience. When you know they’re with you, it’s the best ever.”

An emotional, evocative poet with a rock lover’s heart, Campbell navigated nearly a decade spent nursing a nine-to-five job before realizing you can only run so long from your true passion. Now, on The Kitchen Sink, he combines his hunger for stellar songcraft, rope-you-in riffs and threading melody into his most profound musical statement yet. It’s an album the soft-spoken singer views as his “…life’s work. So far.” and the passion and commitment to his craft is supremely evident in its cutting clarity.

Saturday, October 3 (4:00-5:00pm)Matt Bolton is a singer/guitarist/keyboardist/percussionist-live-on-the-spot music production/creation show originally from Kauai, Hawaii. He has toured nationally in bands with Todd Rundgren, Jesse Colin Young, Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) and many others. Matt picks from a seemingly endless collection of covers and originals to create an unforgettable live performance in which his ingenuity in looping magically reproduces the sound, feel, and energy of a complete band with no pre-recorded tracks.

Saturday, October 3 (5:00-6:00pm) – As seen on NBC’s The Voice, Roem Baur is a unique singer, songwriter, and self-taught multi-instrumentalist who cites Freddie Mercury, John Lee Hooker, Roy Orbison, & choral singing among his influences. He possesses “a ridiculous vocal range and a troubadour’s soul,” (RSLBlog.com) a sound that is seemingly from another musical era than his own. A mix of pure tenor, groove, and “a voice that seems to burn with fire” (Examiner.com) his live shows thrill audiences and peers alike. From superstars like Pink, Chris Isaak, Blue Oyster Cult, Pat Benatar, to the Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz, Baur has been praised publicly and to millions on social media for his “Wild” (Entertainment Weekly) stage show and his wailing version of blues, soul and 60’s-inspired rock n’ roll.

Residing in San Francisco, California, Roem has already gained a great reputation thanks to stints on NBC’s The Voice and a hugely successful run of shows at SXSW & CES. Even though to date Roem has only released one studio EP and one live EP (with Bob Weir’s TRI studios,) he is fast building a loyal fan base both the West Coast and across the US for his much anticipated upcoming release, produced by GRAMMY nominated Damien Lewis (Rihanna, Janelle Monae, Capital Cities.)

Sunday, October 4 (12:15-12:30pm, 1:15-1:45pm)Sean Carscadden hails from the San Fransisco bay area. For the past 15 years, Carscadden has been playing, teaching and producing music all over the west coast in a variety of projects. His past musical endeavours have lead him to play everything from Blues, Reggae, Hip Hop, Indie Folk, Country to New Orleans Funk

Sunday, October 4 (2:45-3:45pm)Codi Binkley and friends is a collaboration based on good timing and a little luck.  Keyboardist Matt Piazza had been talking to front man Codi Binkley for over a year about creating something to feed their music needs.  Then one day guitarist Carter West stopped by Codi’s Sonoma restaurant and a few cold beers later a collaboration was realized.  Soon after the trio invited Supertramp’s Clifford Hugo and Drummer Mikey Lee Cannon on board and the soul rock band was born. Citing influences from Maceo Parker to D’Angelo to The Allman Brothers the band has created a unique Soul Rock sound that combines jazz, funk, blues and even little hip hop.

The 2015 Sonoma Music Festival will run October 2-4 at the Field of Dreams near downtown Sonoma. Appearing at the successor to his fabled 28-year winery fall festival are Chicago with America on Friday evening Oct 2 doors at 4pm; Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band with Pablo Cruise Saturday October 3 with doors at 4p.m., and the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman plus Edgar Winter band and Tommy Castro Sunday afternoon October 4 doors at 11am. Tickets and information are available at www.sonomamusicfestival.com.

HopMonk Tavern serves premier American craft and international draft beers and will feature their unfiltered Kellerbier and Dunkelweizen at the festival. The eclectic tavern menu features grass fed beef, curried samosas, fresh mussels, slow roasted pulled pork and popular fish and chips. For more information visit www.hopmonk.com. HopMonk Tavern in Novato is located at 224 Vintage Way in the Vintage Oaks at Novato Shopping Center off Highway 101 and Highway 37. Phone (415) 892-6200. HopMonk Tavern Sebastopol is located at 230 Petaluma Avenue in Sebastopol, California. Phone (707) 829-7300. HopMonk Tavern Sonoma is located at 691 Broadway in Sonoma. Phone (707) 935-9100.

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2015 SONOMA MUSIC FESTIVAL LOCAL SONOMA TICKET ON SALE

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2015 SONOMA MUSIC FESTIVAL LOCAL SONOMA TICKET ON SALE

$47 SRO TICKETS AVAILABLE JULY 15 AT SONOMA CHEVROLET

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CHICAGO — America  – October 2

RINGO STARR AND HIS ALL-STARR BAND – Pablo Cruise – October 3

DOOBIE BROTHERS W MICHAEL MCDONALD – GREGG ALLMAN – October 4

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OCTOBER 2-4 Field of Dreams

Sonoma, CA. – Bruce Cohn of B.R. Cohn Charity Events (BRCCE) announced today tickets will go on sale July 15 for the special local ticket offering for residents of the Sonoma Valley.  The $47.00 base priced, standing room only tickets are available in person at the cashier’s window at Sonoma Chevrolet, 687 W Napa Street in Sonoma beginning at 10AM. Residents will need a valid ID showing they live in the Valley (Kenwood south to Schellville).  There will be a 4 ticket maximum purchase per person at 10 a.m.

The 2015 Sonoma Music Festival will be held, October 2-4 at the Field of Dreams near downtown Sonoma. Appearing at the successor to his fabled 28-year winery fall festival are Chicago and America on Friday evening Oct 2 doors at 4pm; Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band with Pablo Cruise Saturday afternoon and evening October 3 doors at 4pm; and the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman, the Edgar Winter Band, Tommy Castro and others Sunday afternoon October 4 doors at 11am. Tickets and information are available at www.sonomamusicfestival.com or tel:+1-888-810-2063.

Tickets will range from VIP experiences starting at $1000 and $350 to $219 gold circle (Fri/Sat) and $119 and $89 general admission seated tickets for all days. A limited amount of $47 local Sonoma tickets for standing room only will be available in person with locations announced soon. Special ticket packages including 3-day tickets and limo packages will also be available thru the website.

The Sonoma Music Festival was born from the desire of BRCCE to change up its annual fall event formerly at B.R. Cohn Winery and move it closer to town for a more community event. The new Field of Dreams location not only puts the concert goer two blocks from Sonoma’s Plaza, it allows the festival the opportunity to grow and generate more proceeds for charity.  This year’s beneficiaries include national and local veterans organizations including Fisher House and American Legion Post 489, the Redwood Food Bank, Bread and Roses and others to be announced. Over its 28-year history BRCCE has raised over 6.5 million dollars for charity.

“This is a very impressive 3-day line-up” exclaimed Bruce Cohn.  “Not only do we get to finally present a Beatle, but all of these great acts are a perfect fit for Sonoma and wine country. Come up to stay, shop and enjoy this great music filled fundraising weekend.”

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in at #13, the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists of all time. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.

As one of the two surviving Beatles, arguably rocks most popular bands ever, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band brings a hit filled show to Sonoma. Not only does he cover popular Ringo Beatle numbers, but songs from his illustrious solo career as well.  And if that’s not enough his All-Starr band includes Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather from Toto, Gregg Rolie formerly lead singer of Santana, Richard Page, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham. This is one hit filled show.

Formed in 1969 by Simmons, Johnston, founding drummer John Hartman, and bassist Dave Shogren, The Doobie Brothers made their mark with a run of punchy, melodic hits on Warner Bros. Records. They attained radio ubiquity in the late ‘70s, when the group’s expanded lineup was augmented by Michael McDonald, whose soaring lead vocals pushed the band to new commercial and critical heights. The band took a five year respite before regrouping in 1987 for a series of gigs benefiting veterans’ groups and children’s charities (ultimately raising over $3 million). Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, The Doobie Brothers have won four GRAMMY® Awards and sold more than 45 million records worldwide (including three multi-platinum, seven platinum, and 14 gold albums).

Gregg Allman is one of rock’s most acclaimed and beloved stars, possessing a distinctively soulful voice and singular songwriting ability that resonates through a musical career that spans nearly half a century. Gregg, along with the Allman Brothers Band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1995. At the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, the group was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. That same year, Allman’s critically acclaimed tell-all memoir, My Cross to Bear, spent several weeks as a New York Times Bestseller.

The Field of Dreams set-up, while different than the winery set-up, still allows in the BRCCE tradition, great sight lines and access no more than 150 feet from the stage. With the newly added night time headliners, video and projection screens will make sure you don’t miss a thing happening on stage. These are rain or shine shows.

Plans call for the best music, food and wine Sonoma has to offer. Many of the regions finest purveyors are joining in, including Laugunitas Brewing, a pop-up HopMonk beer garden, high-end and popular restaurants and of course some of the best wine in California including B.R. Cohn and many others. There will be no in and out privileges.

Because of the new location, visitors are only 45 minutes from San Francisco, and one hour from Sacramento.  Locals are encouraged to walk, ride a bike or car-pool. VIP, motorcycle and bicycle parking near the venue will be available and there is plenty of parking surrounding the venue in Sonoma.  Check in with the festival website for maps etc.

 Event sponsors and partners include: Sonnen BMW, the Lise Sonnen Fund, KFOG 104.5/99.7, 107.7 The Bone, KOIT 96.5, the River 97.7, The KRUSH 95.9, The Eagle, the City of Sonoma, Lagunitas Brewery, Ramekins, HopMonk Tavern, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Sonoma County Tourism, Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sonoma Chevrolet, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, The Flamingo Conference and Resort, the County of Sonoma and American Storage/Global Containers.

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Media contacts:  Michael Coats (707-935-6203 or michael@coatspr.com or

Allison Coats (707) 363-6508 or allison@coatspr.com

10 Questions for Bruce Cohn about the Sonoma Music Festival

Originally published in the Sonoma Index Tribune – James Marshall Berry

We’ve been hearing a lot of questions around town about the Sonoma Music Festival taking place Oct. 2 to 4 which, earlier in the year, found itself with a new name (formerly the B.R. Cohn Charity Fall Music Festival), a new location (the Field of Dreams, north of the Plaza) and its first-ever Beatle (Ringo!).

We spoke with festival founder and longtime Doobie Brothers manager Bruce Cohn (while he was in Nashville with the Doobies) and asked him about all the changes taking place, and most importantly – where are we going to park?!

What was the primary reason for the move from B.R. Cohn Winery to the Field of Dreams?

Basically the festival had just gotten too big for the facility. The hillsides and stairs made accessibility difficult and, lets face it, the classic rock acts that we bring to the festival and the crowd aren’t getting any younger. The Field of Dreams is flat and accessible and seeing Jazz Plus put on successful shows there, it just made sense. In addition, we will save almost $100,000 in set-up costs, money that can be donated to the charities we support by putting on the festival.

Will the winery still be involved with the festival?

Absolutely. All the wines poured in the VIP areas and chalets will be B. R. Cohn wines but, in addition, we’ll have at least 10 other local wineries pouring, and local restaurants will be there as well.

How will the festival deal with parking?

We’ve worked with the city quite a bit on this and we’re going to just see how it goes this year and make adjustments if we have to. We’re encouraging locals to walk or bike to the festival. We are also in talks to have some of the schools or churches that are close – to open up their lots for the festival and charge a small fee that they can keep and use to help their organizations. The Fourth of July events bring 10,000 to 15,000 people to the city that day. Our events will bring in a little over 3,000. We’re really thinking it will be a non-issue and our website will be updated as we get closer to the festival with parking options around town.

Will there be an auction fundraising dinner?

No, we’ve replaced the Friday night dinner with an additional show. The costs of putting on the dinner were approaching the amount we could actually raise. The concert will be much more profitable for the charities. There will be auctions of one-of-a-kind items during one of the set changes each day of the shows, giving people access to items that were previously only available to the dinner crowd.

Can people bring food into the festival?

No, all food profits will be donated to the charity fund so we’re encouraging folks to buy food inside the festival.

What about water?

No, that is the same as food. There will be plenty of beverages available for purchase inside the festival.

How will the festival deal with the noise ordinance?

We plan to comply with the city’s ordinances. We have a 10 p.m. cut-off time for noise and we’ll likely wrap up the night-time shows even before that time.

Are any new features or events planned for the weekend?

We’re working on something fun that will raise additional money for the charity fund but we can’t announce anything quite yet. Soon though.

Will more acts be announced?

Not really, we really don’t have any more time open. The evening shows can’t run too long and no one wants to get up earlier on a Sunday. The line-ups are set.

Who personally are you looking forward to seeing?

Wow, it’s hard to pinpoint one act with this lineup. The Doobies have toured with Chicago in the past and it’s nice to have them together again. In all the years I’ve been in the business, I’ve never seen America live, so I’m looking forward to that. Ringo, of course, and having him in Sonoma really is a once-in-a-lifetime event. I mean, a Beatle in Sonoma? The man is 74 years old and who knows how long he’ll be touring. Most of the folks in his band we’ve had at prior shows and are friends so that will be fun. I’ve probably seen the Doobie Brothers 3,000 times and they honestly just keep getting better, and having Gregg Allman with them the same night is going to be great. We did a rock-and-roll cruise earlier this year and saw Edgar Winter and were so impressed with his show we knew we had to have him on the bill. The Doobie kids are always fun to see and Tommy Castro, as well. The only time he played the festival he was ill, but played anyways. Will be nice to see him healthy and play a set. Really, I’m looking forward to all three days, which is why we put together the three-day discount ticket package, and you don’t have to go all three days to buy one, share it with a friend or two.

For tickets and more info, point your browser to sonomamusicfestival.com.

Bruce Cohn and Michael Coats on KSVY Morning Show

Bruce Cohn and Michael Coats Will lead a Community Discussion On KSVY Morning Show

Monday, May 4, 2015 – 9am

Sonoma, CA. – Producer Bruce Cohn and co-producer Michael Coats will join the KSVY (91.3 FM or www.ksvy.org) morning show on Monday, May 4th at 9 am to discuss and answer questions on the 2015 Sonoma Music Festival. This hour long live event will allow the community to get answers to any questions, and will allow promoters to lay out the current plans. Community members are encouraged to call the station call-in line at (707) 933-9133.

The 2015 Sonoma Music Festival will run October 2-4 at the Field of Dreams near downtown Sonoma. Appearing at the successor to his fabled 28-year winery fall festival are Chicago with America on Friday evening Oct 2 doors at 4pm; Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band with Pablo Cruise Saturday October 3 with doors at 4p.m., and the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman plus Edgar Winter band and Tommy Castro Sunday afternoon October 4 doors at 11am. Tickets and information are available at www.sonomamusicfestival.com

The Sonoma Music Festival was born from the desire of BRCCE to change up its annual fall event formerly at B.R. Cohn Winery and move it closer to town for a more community event. The new Field of Dreams location not only puts the concert goer two blocks from Sonoma’s Plaza, it allows the festival the opportunity to grow and generate more proceeds for charity. This year’s beneficiaries include national and local veterans organizations, the Redwood Food Bank and others to be announced. Over its 28-year history BRCCE has raised over 6.5 million dollars for charity.

The Field of Dreams set-up, while different than the winery set-up, still allows in the BRCCE tradition, great sight lines and access no more than 150 feet from the stage. With the newly added night time headliners, video and projection screens will make sure you don’t miss a thing happening on stage. These are rain or shine shows.

Event sponsors and partners include: Sonnen BMW, the Lise Sonnen Fund, KFOG 104.5/99.7, 107.7 The Bone, KOIT 96.5, the River 97.7, The KRUSH, 96.9 The Eagle, KZST, Sonoma and Glen Ellen markets, the City of Sonoma, Lagunitas Brewery, Ramekins, HopMonk Tavern, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Sonoma County Tourism, Sonoma Index-Tribune, Hearst Media, Sonoma Chevrolet, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, The Flamingo Conference and Resort, the County of Sonoma, and Grapevine Party Rentals.