Peacetown: Onye & the Messengers, Burnside, Solid Air and more

Aug 25, 2021 4:30 pm

Barlow Event Center


All of Sebastopol becomes Peacetown, USA, every Wednesday evening from 4:30-7:30 from July 7 to September 8, 4:30-7:30 pm. This year, Peacetown is a multi- stage event, mostly centered around venues at the Barlow, but all of downtown is getting into the act. Peacetown festival goers can enjoy the many art galleries, including the world class Sebastopol Center for the Arts, take a walk at the the Laguna de Santa Rosa (right next to the Barlow), visit Patrick Amiot’s sculptures on Florence Avenue,  or enjoy at movie at  Rialto Theatre.  Peacetown has morphed into a festival celebrating music, art, fine food, nature and our rich, diverse culture — and, as always, admission is always free!

Here’s the line-up for August 25:

Barlow Event Center: Onye & the Messengers

Live at Juilliard – Onye and the Messengers -

Led by renowned Nigerian percussionist and songwriter, Onye Onyemaechi, these diverse and professional musicians play a music that is a celebration of body and soul. With an captivating blend of influences ranging from Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, and other global grooves, The Messengers perform nationally and internationally for a wide range of audiences including festivals, clubs, universities, corporate functions, parties, and other concerts.

Crooked Goat Brewing Stage: Burnside


Igniting dance parties across the North Bay and beyond, Burnside blends funk, rock, and soul to bring good people together. From smooth and sultry to rock-your-socks-off, they invite you on an intoxicating musical journey of original tunes, channeling everything from Cake to James Brown to Amy Winehouse. Bassist Andros Howes towers over the stage, a funk-fueled, barefoot, groove-making machine. Guitarist Nash Weber, as busy on the pedal board as on his strings, serves up tasty riff after tasty riff. Soulful matriarch Jeanna Collet adds the vocal sweetness these boys need, but don’t be deceived: she’s got spice when ya need it most–watch out for that tambourine! At the drums, whether he’s putting costumes on or taking them off, Jason “Gigi” Berkman keeps the beat driving with mischief, magic and marvelousness. And jumping around at the mic, rhythm guitar in tow, Evan Wiig tells intimate stories about lives you might know, anthems for a movement, and occasionally you might catch him growling. But whatever the topic, whatever the style, wherever the party, “you can’t not dance to Burnside.”

Woodfour/Fern Bar stage: Solid Air


Solid Air is a music group based north of San Francisco, led by co-founders Allegra Broughton (vocals, guitar), and Sam Page (vocals, bass, baritone slide guitar), native Californians who have been performing for over thirty years at fairs, festivals, clubs, concert stages, wineries, coffeehouses and private events. Solid Air performs as a duo, trio and full band with high energy vocals, stellar musicianship, top-notch original songs and eclectic covers from jug band to cajun to classic rock ‘n’ roll for both listening and dancing, with references available. They have nine albums and one EP, including 2017’s Beautiful World and the 2019 EP undertow  (Jackalope Records), a song on Nina Gerber’s 2007 CD, “Good Music with Good People”, and the opening track (Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit in the Sky) on “Sonoma County Covers Project” double CD, (Jackalope 2015). Sam played bass on Lowell Levinger/Banana’s 2015 CD “Get Together – Youngbloods Classics” and Elvin Bishop’s “Gettin’ My Groove Back” (2005).  Highlights: 2005/2010 Kate Wolf Music Festival, 2010 Norton Buffalo Memorial Festival, 2011 Sausalito Arts Festival, 2012 Woody Guthrie Centennial, radio shows 2008 West Coast Live & 2011 KRSH-FM 501 Blues, KWMR’s 2007 “Sweethearts of the Radio”, opening for Suzanne Vega and Al Stewart at City Winery Napa (2015), for Loudon Wainwright III (2010) at Petaluma’s Mystic Theater and sharing the bill with Dan Hicks at the 2012 Armstrong Woods Old Grove Festival. Featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine (Jan.’95 & Nov. ‘07); NORBAY Award nominees (2007-2009); international radio airplay and rave reviews.

Community Market Stage: Jen Tucker & Kyle Martin

Folk rock duo.


HopMonk: Tony Marcus & Patrice Hahn