Wednesday Night Market Photo Booth

The #OutThereSR Welcome Wagon was at the Wednesday Night Market, where we helped celebrate the Santa Rosa community in the newly reunified Courthouse Square.  Check out the photo booth portraits from the event:


Welcome aboard local melody mavens, this is your SR Sessions ambassador speaking. We’ll be taking off momentarily, and we’re expecting a rollicking ride through the Santa Rosa music scene. So, unfasten your seatbelts and feel free to dance around the cabin. You’re about to soar to the local sounds of “The Out There Tapes: A Compilation by Gremlintone”.
Look, listen, learn and download below. But don’t forget to get out there to see these great performers live at your local venue.
And thank you for flying Out There, we hope you enjoy your trip.

“Since you’ve been Gone” by The Easy Leaves

Sonoma County musicians Sage Fifield (Guitar/Vocals) and Kevin Carducci (Bass/ Vocals) keep trucking on with their sweet country sound. Their most recent album, affectionately named “Fresno” released on Omega/Redeye, reflects their love for the laid back scene they found in the central California ag-town.

“Got to Have It” by Arann Harris

After stepping away from performing for 2016, Arann Harris recently snuck back onto the scene for a few choice gigs, and made a trip to Gremlintone. This rare and anticipated track is a visit from a major player in the local scene, who is sorely missed but far from gone! The track stays true to Harris’s mixture of chilling blues and gritty soul. Bringing the energy, poetry and wicked guitar licks that we all love.


“Sad and Lonesome” by The Brothers Comatose

“Sad and Lonesome” is a rompous ode to the songs that pull you out of the blues. Maybe this foot stompin’ five-piece bluegrass tune will be your new hot-summer pick me up. Petaluma natives Ben and Alex Morrison, on guitar, banjo and lead vocals, Gio Benedetti on bass, Philip Brezina shredding fiddle and Ryan Avellone topping it off with mandolin.

“Witness, Witness, Witness” by The Crux

Been wondering, “Where is The Crux?”? Well, band leader Josh Windmiller has been busy with SR’s latest music venue, The Lost Church, but here’s a Crux favorite. Voted best folk band by The Bohemian reader’s poll 3 times since their formation, The Crux’s most recent album Crux Interpretum (Aug/2016), was recorded to cassette tape at John Courage’s Gremlintone analog studio.

“Wandering Woman” by Ashley Allred

Nostalgic, Ethereal, and deep with feeling, song writer Ashley Allred previously of Odd Bird, rocks you into a dream-like tune from the road. Written and performed by Ashley Allred and John Courage; the track gives a sweet taste of their unique and polished vintage style.


 “I Can’t Be There” by Frankie Boots

Frankie Boots and The County line = good times. This raucus folk-rock Americana band has been missed, while Frank gets his feet wet in New Orleans. But Frank’s in town, and this song hits the spot. By the time you read this he’ll already be gone, but you can still hear his latest album Pagan Ranch, released in January 2017. A “solo album of 8 Country/Soul heart-warmers” produced at Gremlintone, and recorded while Boots packed his bags for Louisiana.


“Oh Mama” by David Luning

David Luning was raised in Forestville, but has been doing big things countrywide (and getting into trouble by the sounds of it). This summer he’ll be touring the West Coast with his new album “Restless”. If you’re a fan of rock, bluegrass, country combo you’ll love this album.


“Serenity Day Spa” by Sean Hayes

On this track, Hayes shows his grittier side, with John Courage accompanying him on electric guitar. But his newest album “Low Light” released in August 2016, is full of slow-jam rock grooves and soul singing. A long time rocker in the Bay Area, with an 8 album discography that starts in 2002.


 “Why Don’t You Love Me No More” by Bootleg Honey

This 5 piece, country/grass, female led group steals hearts everywhere they go. They released new tunes at their last show, with Gwyneth Moreland, and welcomed back founding member Hannah Jern-Miller to the Bootleg Honey lineup! They packed The Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol, and blew the house down.


 “Two Feet” by John Courage

John Courage has been steadily rocking in the Bay Area for over 10 years, with visits to the Pacific Northwest and Santa Fe, New Mexico. His love for vintage, 70’s guitar rings true throughout his 3 album discography. Courage is not only a featured artist, but the creator and audio engineer at Gremlintone studio. As the loved and revered musician he is, Courage was invited to sit in with Ashley Allred, Sean Hayes, Bootleg Honey, Timothy O’Neil Band, and Arann Harris, in the recording of this compilation.


“Greyhound Days” by Misner and Smith

Megan Smith on upright bass and vocals, Sam Misner on guitar and vocals, and Josh Yenne on pedal steel guitar; Misner and Smith bring to the Americana-folk musical tradition, vivid imagery, poetic lyrics and sweet vocal harmonies. But, story telling is at the base of what ties this group together. Meeting first as actors, it was performing in “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” in 2004 that brought Sam and Megan together, in their love for roots music and harmony singing. This musical bond is a beautiful sight to behold.


 “Fifteen Cents” by Thistle Creek

Sounding just like an old time blue grass tune, this track will satisfy the fans with a taste for porch sittin and banjo pickin.  Written and played by Imri Vasale, accompanied by Allyson Makuch on vocals; Thistle Creek can’t be found on the internet, but only playing at friends houses, street corners and Farmer’s Markets. But that’s how blue grass is best enjoyed, in the living room, with fellow pickers and someone playing a set of dirty spoons left over from dinner.


“Places” by Timothy O’Neil Band

These guys are ready to party, busy playing gigs all over the bay area. With a folk-punk, bluegrass sound, they are on a steady incline and playing with some of the area’s leading artists.


Out There in the Middle of Everything will continue to cover exciting new music, art and culture happening in and around Santa Rosa. See us at the next big event, visit our website for exciting articles and updates, and reach out to let us know what you love about this great city!

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The Dripping Signature

In an unassuming side street of downtown Santa Rosa you walk by the indian restaurant and local newspaper building to a door between blacked out windows with white lettering. 4,000 square feet of warehouse with multiple levels and disciplines invites you into a land created for just one night. It’s a gallery but the art is not hung on the walls. It is the walls. Spray painted, wheat pasted portraiture, abstract, political murals from a group that has nothing to sell and alias identities to leave behind. The door frames, floors, stairs, and trash cans have all been given hand tags that fill in what space was left between mural art. Signatures drip, eyes pop out, figures can be deciphered to show the origin stories behind each style and we’ve been invited to a club that never meets but often works together under the cover of darkness.

If we were anywhere else this would be entirely illegal. Yet this has nothing to do with hate, crime or gangs. It is a celebration of an artform that is growing in acceptance, but rarely outside of the larger metropolitan area. Yet our local Riley Art Street and Village Art Supply carry niche spray paint brands with varieties of caps for calibration and pressure control. I am told that people came from across the state to see some of these pieces. Other attendees can be heard commenting “I didn’t know you could get that fine of detail”.

A well known local artist who has been working in this medium for 25 years sees them akin to sand mandalas, with beauty in their temporary nature. The curator likes to use the word “ephemeral” for the style and feeling. Each of the 40+ artists is a professional, they sell their art in other standard fine art and contemporary galleries with white walls, solo shows and rotating collections but with this event, they share a part of their creativity that rarely gives an invitation. We cannot take any of this home, we cannot claim it and add it to our collections. This is a glimpse into a scene that holds secrecy and trust paramount, anything else gets martyrdom. Some choose to add their efforts in the midst of the show. An artist gives out paint pens then fades back to watch their piece covered up and added to by the signatures of patrons.

I learn that there are hard rules. No churches, schools or houses. There is an ego threat, to be known can bring infamy that leads to being caught but a growing fanbase get excited by bolder efforts, although they will certainly get removed or painted over. Seeing an audience with a diversity of ages gives the anonymous creators of this exhibit hope that mainstream views are changing and the aspects of their work can be seen as multi-layered as any classic style. The initial reaction of destructive resistance can make way for an appreciation of color and imagery added to the grey and beige decor of a small city overflowing with creatives.

Santa Rosa is lucky enough to have small groups of determined people that clean out warehouses, put in time after work, coordinate friends and neighbors and open their spaces to show the outside what they’ve been working on. Pop-up events and festivals can be found throughout each season because our weather never really deters them. Something is stirring in our creative sector as more small galleries open their doors, businesses invite in local talent and curators weave together showcases. Events like these are all over the area, and throughout the year you just have to follow the right artist, catch the right conversation or walk down the right side street to share in the creation.

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Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival Photo Booth

We brought the #OutThereSR Welcome Wagon to the newly reunified Courthouse Square for the 123rd annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival, one of Sonoma County’s most honored traditions and one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in Northern California. Check out the photo booth portraits from the event: