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Americana Made

Sebastopol's HopMonk goes back to roots for two shows


  • DL Anderson

HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol has a full dance card this week, and two of its best concerts include record releases by a couple of heavenly, harmonizing Americana bands—one from across the country and one from our backyard.

On Dec. 4, Chapel Hill, N.C., folk band Mipso (pictured) take the stage to play from their brand-new record, Old Time Reverie. The four-piece modern string band has lived on the road in the two years since their 2013 debut, and embrace bluegrass, early country music and rhythmic folk-pop in their latest effort, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard bluegrass charts. If the band looks familiar, you may have seen them in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

The next night, Dec. 5, HopMonk welcomes the Bootleg Honeys, Sonoma County's born-and-bred trio of Americana sweetness, to celebrate the release of their first full-length LP, Paint It Red. Alison Harris, Hannah Jern-Miller and Katie Phillips grew up in musical homes and bring three lifetimes of skill to the stage. Their dusty, chiming rock-and-roll guitars and powerful pipes make Paint It Red a lively and soulful collection of impeccable original tunes, perfect for dancing with your boots on.

Mipso plays with Dixie Giants on Friday, Dec. 4, and the Bootleg Honeys rock with Dirty Cello on Saturday, Dec. 5, at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. Doors at 8pm. $15. 707.829.7300.

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