The summer music series at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University is about half-way gone, but there are still several strong shows to see and tickets are still available. Most events are held outdoors on the expansive lawn with the huge television screen in easy view.
Next Thursday, Aug. 19, the center is presenting Neon Trees. This hugely popular band has had several big hits, “Everybody Talks,” “Animals” and “Sleeping With a Friend.” Based in Utah, they had a setback recently when band leader Tyler Glenn suffered a stroke, and touring was postponed.
The pop-rock styled Neon Trees is back with a vengeance now. The stop at SSU is the first of a short trip around the midwest.
Saturday, Aug. 21, is a special night as the Santa Rosa Symphony tunes it up to play John Williams’s score live in front of an open-air viewing of the mega hit, “Jurassic Park.” It will be a collegiate take on an old-fashioned drive-in experience.
Saturday, Sept. 4 is the day that Tower of Power pulls into the hall. The band got its start in the late 1960s in Oakland, and now, 31 albums later, are still bringin’ the funk like nobody’s business. It will be one of those gotta go shows.
Friday, Sept. 17 will be a blast to the past when The Beach Boys perform to the Sonoma County audience. The boys have 41 albums listed in their discography, including the forgettable “Live in Sacramento” and their monumentally important “Pet Sounds.”
Lastly, Bay Area rock star Boz Scaggs performs the next night, Saturday, Sept. 18. Hailing from Texas and an original member of the Steve Miller Blues Band, Scaggs has had hit after hit. His guitar playing is still splendid, his voice as bluesy as ever.
All tickets can be purchased at the box office one hour before show time or at gmc.sonoma.edu. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors with some of your favorite live music.