The Best 2019 Summer Events at the Green Music Center

Rohnert Park's Green Music Center has an incredible lineup of performances for a summer to remember.

The nights are longer, the kids are out of school and the smell of backyard barbecue fills the air—summer is finally here. The season of travel and music festivals is calling your name and we know the perfect place to spend summer nights. The Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, California has an impressive lineup of movies and musical performances that is sure to entertain. Their most popular venue, the Weill Hall and Lawn, is a great place to bring a picnic and have a memorable evening under the stars with family and friends.

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

Catch the biggest fireworks display in Sonoma County at the Weill Hall and Lawn this Independence Day. Sonoma County’s own Transcendence Theatre Company, and the Santa Rosa Symphony will be providing an evening full of dynamite show tunes and American classics. Be sure to bring the whole family and check out the Kids Zone for carnival games, bounce houses, face painting and more. Food will be available and lawn tickets will be under half price for kids 12 and under, so don't miss the most patriotic experience this Fourth of July. (Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. - Tickets: Starting at $25)

Trombone Short leaving on a wall

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Indulge in some New Orleans Jazz this summer with performances by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue. Their stunning music offers a wide range of jazz that pays homage to the classics while also infusing some of the new hip-hop/pop flavors. Providing support is the legendary Jon Cleary, a skillful tunesmith equally renowned around the globe as an accomplished keyboardist and guitarist, and a deeply soulful vocalist. Cleary’s thirty-five years of intensive hands-on work on the Crescent City scene has made him a respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. Arrive early for pre-concert beer tastings from Seismic Brewing on the Prelude Wedding Lawn. (Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. - Tickets: Starting at $25)

Live From Here with Chris Thile

Live from Here with Chris Thile is an exciting Saturday night event that will leave you sore from laughter and grinning from ear to ear. The engaging show is designed for a wide-ranging audience that features musical performances, comedy and plenty of audience interaction. Acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile welcomes a variety of well-known and up-and-coming talent to share the stage and create an unforgettable experience. You’ll be entertained by Chris, the show band, The Tallest Man on Earth, Gaby Moreno, Lulu Miller and Tom Papa. For an additional $20, you can experience a unique wine tasting before the concert so be sure to plan accordingly.  (Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. - Tickets: Starting at $25)

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Bluegrass Day

Quickly becoming a well-known tradition in Sonoma County, the Bluegrass Festival brings in a wealth of talented artists to Rohnert Park. Familiar names return this year in acoustic pioneer and innovator David Grisman along with fellow members of The Dawg Trio, Sam Grisman and Danny Barnes. Their signature mix of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, Latin rhythms, and klezmer music originated into a holistic approach they call “dawg music.” Joining them this festival is the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers and the esteemed singer-songwriter Alela Diane. They each bring their own unique and rhythmic music that is sure to please. (Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 2 p.m. - Tickets: Starting at $25)

4th Annual Craft Beer Fest

Pair the Bluegrass Festival with the Green Music Center's 4th Annual Craft Beer Fest on the same day. Featuring unlimited tastings of stellar brews, this year’s Craft Beer Fest showcases more than 20 breweries and cider makers. This includes presenting partner Lagunitas, Russian River Brewing, Plow Brewing, Cooperage, Barrel Brothers and Moonlight to name a few. Sally Tomatoes, Mountain Mike’s, Yanni’s Sausages, and Bohemian Creamery will also be on hand to provide free food to patrons and live music will be provided by Fog Holler. Soak up the sun and suds early in the day and end it with the sweet sounds of bluegrass to make this a well deserved day of fun. (Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Tickets: Starting at $30)

Double Vision Revisited

Bob James is a jazz legend and his career continues to define the genre and its direction. His 1980s collaboration with fellow jazz icons David Sanborn and Marcus Miller, Double Vision, dominated airwaves and even earned a Grammy Award. This will be the first time these three reunite since the album's release so you don't want to miss this rare opportunity. Before the show, Truly spiked seltzer waters, Angry Orchard cider, Sam Adams beer and Seghesio wines will all be available for tasting on the Prelude Wedding Lawn until show time. (Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. - Tickets: Starting at $25)

Charlie Daniels with a horse

Outlaws & Renegades Tour

Southern rock-influenced Travis Tritt continues to sell-out shows and appeals to country music fans around the world. He's considered to be a part of the early 90s class of country superstars that includes Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson. He'll be joined by the Charlie Daniel's Band that was formed by the Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels himself. The band introduced southern-rock sounds into mainstream country music with hits such as "Uneasy Rider," and "Simple Man." These legendary artists will be joined by up-and-comers, Love and Theft. With smash hits like "Angel Eyes" and "Runnin' Out of Air," this Nashville-based duo of Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles is quickly becoming a household name. Arrive early to the Prelude Wedding lawn for a special tasting of beer from the Coors family on this lively night. (Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 7 p.m. - Tickets: Starting at $25)

Free Events

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Sunday, July 14, 2019)

The Four Seasons of Sonoma County* (Sunday, July 28, 2019) *ticket required

The Little Mermaid's 30th Anniversary and Additional Film TBA (Saturday, August 10, 2019)

The Green Music Center’s Summer at the Green 2019 comprises 12 performances at Weill Hall + Lawn, spanning the genres from pop and country, to jazz, bluegrass, R&B and more.

Green Music Center Executive Director Jacob Yarrow reflects, “Summer at the Green is always a unique experience, and this year may be our most exciting summer to date. The great musicians will combine with the beauty of Sonoma County for unforgettable concerts. We’re thrilled share this exciting summer of music, and to bring our region together through the shared joy of live performance.”

The Green Music Center is the performing arts presenter at Sonoma State University. During Summer months the rear wall of the 1,400-seat Weill Hall is fully opened to reveal the beautifully landscaped and terraced Weill Lawn. Seating is available both inside Weill Hall, and outdoors in table and lawn seating, taking full advantage of unparalleled views of the Sonoma mountains. Lawn patrons are encouraged to bring blankets and low-back folding chairs and to pack a picnic or enjoy on-site concessions during the concert.

For all summer performances, lawn tickets are $25 to the general public, and $12.50 for children ages 2-12.

For tickets and more info call 1.707.664.4246 or visit gmc.sonoma.edu

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