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The Hootenanny State

North Bay local music event finds a home at the Epicurean Connection

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Josh Windmiller is striving to bring the North Bay sound to the world.

The frontman of folk-punks the Crux, Windmiller is increasingly involved in the music community, from the stage to behind the scenes, booking shows around the area under the umbrella of the North Bay Hootenanny. Since 2010, the Hoot's been a part of several local festivals, such as Petaluma's Rivertown Revival, and regularly occurring shows at venues like the now defunct Last Day Saloon.

When the Saloon went belly up, Windmiller had to make other arrangements. He met Sheana Davis, owner of the Epicurean Connection in Sonoma in 2013. Davis was interested in throwing parties at her cafe, and the Hootenanny was the perfect match.

Now the Epicurean Connection has become the new home base of many Hootenanny events, integrating the county's lively local scene into one exciting venue. This weekend, the North Bay Hootenanny presents Marin songwriter and flutist Keady Phelan (April 18), Sonoma County Cajun rockers T-Luke and the Tight Suits (April 19) and Americana master Dave Hamilton (April 20).

The Hootenanny continues with local-music showcase events through the year at the Epicurean Connection. Check our calendar listings for future events.

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