The Doobie Brothers, The Turtles, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason and other artists will perform at this year's B.R. Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival. Concert dates are Oct. 6 and 7 at the B.R. Cohn Winery Amphitheatre in Glen Ellen.
The festival, including a charity auction and dinner, as well as a celebrity golf tournament, are courtesy of vintner, philanthropist and music artist manager Bruce Cohn.
Cohn said he's excited to have Mike McDonald join the show this year. McDonald was a member of The Doobies and also was an in-studio musician with Steely Dan. He has toured and performed with a variety of famous acts since then.
This year's charity auction and dinner will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at the winery’s 140-year old Olive Grove. Tickets are $200. The five-course meal will be prepared by Sonoma Valley chefs including: Jeffrey Lloyd of the Michelin rated Cafe LaHaye; Peter J. Smith of The Lodge at Sonoma; Ari Weiswasser of the Glen Ellen Star; Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze of the Girl and the Fig; Carlo Cavallo of Sonoma Meritage and Scott Howard of Scott Howard Events.
Here's the concert line up for Oct. 6 and 7:
Saturday: The Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald (for the first time in six years) and friends, Buddy Guy in his first appearance at B.R. Cohn, WAR, The Turtles, Lara Johnston, Scars on 45 and other artists to be announced.
Sunday: The Doobie Brothers and friends, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason, The Turtles, Zen Road Pilots, Tyrone Wells and Pat Simmons Jr.
This year’s festival will be held in memory of Michael Hossack, the longtime drummer of The Doobie Brothers who passed away this year. The festival’s olive grove stage will be renamed the Michael J. Hossack Memorial Stage. Luv Planet, Bob Schnieder and Pat Simmons Jr. are thus far scheduled to perform.
The celebrity golf tournament will be at Sonoma Golf Club on Oct. 8. Tee-off is at 11 a.m. Green fees are $300, which includes a seat at Friday’s dinner.
Special on-stage VIP seats for the concerts will be available. These include a meet-and-greet with performers as well as food and wine. VIP ticket prices range from $350-$1,000. General admission tickets are $85.00, with a special two-day offering for $150. VIP and general admission tickets for all events are on sale at www.brcohn.com and at the B.R. Cohn Winery Tasting Room.
Parking for the concerts will be provided at Sonoma Developmental Center in Eldridge. Gates at the winery will open at 10:30 a.m.
Proceeds from this year’s festival will be spread among several charities including: Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Redwood Empire Food Bank, The Guardsmen, Operation Homefront, and American Legion Post 489.
Event sponsors and partners include: KFOG 104.5/99.7, 107.7 The Bone, the River 97.7, 96.9 The Eagle, Lagunitas Brewery, Sonoma Index-Tribune and Sonoma Magazine, Fiji water, Napa Register, the Bohemian, Sonoma Chevrolet, The Flamingo Conference and Resort and Grapevine Party Rentals.
The B.R. Cohn Winery is located at 15000 Sonoma Highway 12 in Glen Ellen. Founded in 1984 by Bruce Cohn, the estate winery is known for its world-class, ultra-premium cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay.
For more information regarding the tournament and auction dinner please call 1-800-330-4064 ext. 126 or go to www.brcohn.com.