Funky Fridays Concerts Move to Historic Hood House
March 10, 2016
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
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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