The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, in conjunction with concert organizers Bill Myers and Linda Pavlak, announces the return of the Funky Fridays concert series to the lawn of the historic Hood Mansion. The concerts will begin on Friday, May 26 with the well-known 5-piece band, The Bruthas, and run through September 1. Hood Mansion is conveniently located in Sonoma Valley off Highway 12 at Pythian Road, and concerts are 7-9 p.m. each Friday night.
Funky Fridays is in its fifth year as a 15-week concert series, opening Memorial Day weekend and running through Labor Day weekend. Proceeds benefit the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation with focus on parks projects in the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood, and Hood Mountain.
Funky Fridays features popular regional bands, who play under the stars at the grounds of the historic Hood Mansion, which is tucked into the Los Guilicos complex, north of Highway 12 off of Pythian Road. Attendees come for the mellow atmosphere, the dramatic setting at the foot of Hood Mountain, and to support parks through live music. It’s lawn seating, so guests bring low back lawn chairs, blankets and picnics and just enjoy a Sonoma County night.
This year’s concert series brings the return of the area’s most popular bands, as well as some newcomers to the event. Audiences will once again enjoy Rosetown Soul, Volker Strifler, Hour of Tower, Funky Dozen, The BluesBurners, Gator Nation, Soul Fuse, Soulshine Blues Band, Jami Jamison Band and A Case of the Willys. Newcomers include Frobeck, Stax City, The Poyntlyss Sistars and Dylan Black Project. The complete band schedule and more details about the
event are available on the event website at www.funkyfridays.info.
Ticket prices remain $10 per person. Parking will be $10 per vehicle or free for Regional Parks members with a parks pass. TIPS Tri Tip Trolley and the award-winning Rainy Day Chocolates will again sell food at the event. HenHouse Brewing Company returns as the Funky Fridays beer partner, and Kenwood Vineyards has signed on as the event’s first wine sponsor.
Audiences this year will see several improvements to the site, including a new industrial grade 600 square foot dance floor. Additionally, the stage location will change; it will face the mansion, creating more of an amphitheater effect for the audience.
The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation raises funds, fosters partnerships and advocates on behalf of Sonoma County Regional Parks. The Parks Foundation has directed more than $3.5 million to county parks projects since its inception in 1998. The nonprofit currently is raising funds to build more trails at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, sponsor environmental field trips for local school children, and support swim classes and water safety programs operated by Regional Parks.