Funky Fridays Concerts Move to Historic Hood House

March 10, 2016 in News

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, in conjunction with concert organizers Bill Myers and Linda Pavlak, announced today that the Funky Fridays concert series will move to the grounds of the Hood House this summer. Hood House is located at the base of Hood Mountain Regional Park in Sonoma Valley off Highway 12 at Pythian Road. 

“We are pleased to secure this new location for this family-oriented event,” said Myers and Pavlak, who co-founded Funky Fridays in 2013. “We welcome the opportunity to have Funky Fridays continue to benefit the remarkable parks in our community.” 

“Our organization is honored to be involved with Funky Fridays,” said Melissa Kelley, executive director of the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. “Funds raised from this concert series will help support our parks, and the concert location also will introduce attendees to the historic landmark of Hood House and the potential for improvements at this site.” 

The promoters have announced a vibrant line-up of popular bands to perform during the 4th Annual Funky Fridays. The 15-week concert series will be held on the spacious front lawn of Hood House from 7 to 9 PM on Fridays throughout the summer, debuting Friday, May 27. Neighbors can walk from nearby neighborhoods and other concert-goers can park at one of three parking lots in the Los Guilicos complex. Ticket prices remain $10 per person. Parking will be $10 per vehicle or free for Regional Parks members with a parks pass. The band schedule and more details are available on the event website at funkyfridays.info and on the Sonoma County Parks’ website at sonomacountyparks.org.  

For the past three summers, Funky Fridays was held at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and benefited efforts by Team Sugarloaf to support that park. The rapid growth of this popular fundraiser resulted in the event outgrowing the Sugarloaf venue. Moving forward, the event coordinators will continue to support Sugarloaf by working with Team Sugarloaf to explore smaller live music events in the amphitheater.   

“We are honored by the community support and involvement in Sugarloaf, and we will keep finding ways to bring the community into the park,” said park manager John Roney. 

In 2015, Sonoma County Regional Parks constructed a Bay Area Ridge Trail section at the Pythian Road entrance to Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve. Regional Parks recently completed road improvements connecting this trail to the intersection of Highway 12 and Pythian Road. The improvements include a road crossing and signal modifications at the Pythian Road and Highway 12 intersection, which will enhance the safety for residents of Oakmont who may walk to the new concert location.   

“Many of our attendees live in Oakmont, and this new spot for the concerts offers easier access for them to continue enjoying live music in a beautiful outdoor setting,” Myers said.  

Funds raised from the 2016 concerts will support projects related to Hood House, Hood Mountain Regional Park, and other county parks projects in the Sonoma Valley.   

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation raises funds, fosters partnerships and advocates on behalf of Sonoma County Regional Parks. The Parks Foundation has directed more than $3.5 million to county parks projects since its inception in 1998. The nonprofit currently is raising funds to build more trails at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, sponsor environmental field trips for local school children, and support swim classes and water safety programs operated by Regional Parks.

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