Press Release: B.R. Cohn Fall Charity Music Festival Wrap-Up
GLEN ELLEN, CA (October 8, 2012) – Vintner, philanthropist, and music artist manager Bruce Cohn is thrilled to conclude the 26th Annual B.R. Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival, Gala Charity Auction Dinner, and the Celebrity Golf Classic.
Highlights included the reunion of Michael McDonald after 6 years with original Doobie singers and songwriters Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons for two shows; Kenny Loggins performing Sunday’s show and singing with the Doobies and Dave Mason; Buddy Guy on Saturday leaving the stage and wading well into the crowd; and guest appearances by Dave Jenkins of Pablo Cruise and Jeff Watson of Night Ranger guitar jamming with the Doobies.
Saturday’s October 6 concert featured a memorable performance by the Doobie Brothers reuniting with Michael McDonald. It was a thrilling afternoon of music by the legendary Buddy Guy, performing for his first time at the festival, as well as WAR, the Turtles, daughter of Doobie Brother Tom Johnston, Lara Johnston, and Scars on 45.
Sunday’s show again featured the reunion of the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald; also sets by Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason, the Turtles, Zen Road Pilots, Tyrone Wells, and son of Doobie Brother Pat Simmons, Pat Simmons Jr. opened the concert.
This year’s festival was held in the memory of Michael Hossack, the longtime drummer of the Doobie Brothers who passed away this year. The festival’s olive grove stage was renamed the Michael J. Hossack Memorial Stage. Performers this year were FAIRHAVEN, Jaime Kyle, Luv Planet and Pat Simmons Jr.
The popular and lively charity auction and dinner was held Friday, October 5 at the B.R. Cohn Winery’s 140-year old Olive Grove. The spectacular five-course meal was prepared by the who’s who of Sonoma Valley chefs including Jeffrey Lloyd of the Michelin rated Cafe LaHaye; Peter J. Smith of The Lodge at Sonoma; Ari Weiswasser of the hot new Glen Ellen Star; Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze of the Girl and the Fig; Carlo Cavallo of Sonoma Meritage and Scott Howard of Scott Howard Events and Brick and Bottle.
The celebrity golf tournament returned again to the famed Sonoma Golf Club on Monday, October 8. Celebrity golfers this year included Kenny Gradney of Little Feat and Bill Gibson of Huey Lewis and the News.
Over the years Cohn has been able to raise over 6 million dollars for various local and national charities including national veteran’s organizations. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be spread among several charities including: Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Redwood Empire Food Bank, The Guardsmen, Operation Homefront, and American Legion Post 489.
Event sponsors and partners included: KFOG 104.5/99.7, 107.7 The Bone, the River 97.7, 96.9 The Eagle, Lagunitas Brewery, Sonoma Index-Tribune and Sonoma Magazine, Fiji water, Napa Register, the Bohemian, Sonoma Chevrolet, The Flamingo Conference and Resort and Grapevine Party Rentals.
B.R. Cohn Winery is located at 15000 Sonoma Highway 12 in Glen Ellen. The tasting room is open daily from 10am – 5pm. Founded in 1984 by Bruce Cohn, the estate winery is known for its critically acclaimed, world-class, ultra-premium cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir and award winning gourmet estate olive oils, vinegars and gourmet specialty food products. For more information please call: 1-800-330-4064 or for other information: www.brcohn.com.