Petaluma Music Festival back on, in person, for August

After shifting to a full-virtual platform in 2020 due to countywide COVID-19 closures of public entertainment events, organizers of the Petaluma Music Festival have recently announced that the three-stage, multiple-artist, 10-hour-long extravaganza will be taking place Aug. 7, live and in-person, at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma.

The lineup of musicians, announced this week, includes some of Sonoma County’s most popular bands: SambaDa, the Motet, the Black Sheep Brass Band, Dirty Red Barn, Mestizo Beat, Kendra McKinley, Sebastian Saint James & The Highway Poets, The Commonheart, The Monophonics, Full Moonalice and the Time Has Come Revue (featuring The New Chamber Brothers and the T Sisters), and the Bandjango Collectif featuring Stella Heath.

The event will mark the beloved nonprofit festival’s 14th year, having become a dependable local benefit event in support of school music programs throughout Petaluma. Not surprisingly, as Sonoma County cautiously emerges from over a year of suspended and canceled events, there will be some conspicuous protocols in place to protect all participants.