Jason Aldean announced several new dates on his extended We Back Tour, including Shoreline Amphitheater set for Friday, September 25th. 22 new summer shows were added to the existing tour. Opening the Shoreline show will be Brett Young @BrettYoungMusic and Mitchell Tenpenny @M10penny.
The Shoreline date in late September is the next to last show on the long tour that started last year. Tickets for some dates on the tour go onsale January 24th. New dates released today include several California shows to wrap up the 2020 tour
September 19th — San Diego @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 24th — Sacramento, California @ Toyota Amphitheatre
September 25th — Mountain View, California @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 26th — Irvine, California @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
An unforgettable chapter in country music history will be celebrated this year, as Rascal Flatts is hitting the road for the RASCAL FLATTS FAREWELL: LIFE IS A HIGHWAY TOUR.
With countless milestones behind them, the most awarded group of the genre’s last decade, announced today on CBS This Morning that they will mark their 20th anniversary this year with a triumphant farewell tour.
Kicking off on June 11 in Indianapolis, the tour will take Rascal Flatts from coast to coast, culminating in a bittersweet send off. Tickets will be available first as part of the Live Nation Country Megaticket. Check back for more information in the coming weeks.
Rascal Flatts announced their final tour dates on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday. Marking the band's 20th anniversary, the Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour will kick off in June in Indianapolis.
Register for first access to tickets and leave a memory on the fan wall at https://www.rascalflatts.com/farewelltour#.XhTaWc57mUk
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band and Stevie Nicks will headline the 2020 Bottlerock music festival in Napa May 22-24. Additional performaers include Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile. Three-day festival passes, from general admission to platinum VIP packages, go on sale at 10 a.m. PST Tuesday January 7
The general admission 3-day pass, at $359, provides access to 80+ bands on five music stages plus celebrity and chef mashups on the culinary stage.
VIP guests will have access to the VIP Village, an oasis featuring premium bars, expanded culinary offerings, comfy seats, shade, live acoustic performances on the VIP Acoustic stage, upgraded VIP-only restrooms for…gasp!…$849.
A 3-day Skydeck pass will set you back $1,599. Tickets at BottleRockNapaValley.com
Now that's what I call a holiday! National Bacon Day will be celebrated today, Monday, December 30th. In honor of this great day, I wanted to share my favorite recipe using bacon that I have been making for years!
Bacon Wrapped, Cheese Stuffed Jalepenos
The fun part about this is that it's like playing Jalepeno Roulette! Some are mild and some are just plain smokin' hot! And you never know until you bite into it. I used local bacon from Black Pig Bacon Company and it really makes a difference! It is made with spices and brown sugar, so you get extra flavor!
12 Fresh Jalepenos (pick medium size so they are easier to stuff)
8 oz package Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese - Shredded
2 Tablespoons milk
12 slices of Bacon - Black Pig Bacon Co.
1 tablespoon bacon grease
Salt & Pepper
1. Cut off the tops of the jalepenos and remove the gill and all seeds with a small knife.
2. Rinse the insides of them with water to be sure you have removed all of the seeds. Set aside.
3. In a cast iron pan, heat the bacon grease to just barely smoking. This means the pan is the right temperature.
4. Place the cleaned peppers into the pan and turn them occasionally to get a good blister on them. This will help dissapate some of the heat of the jalepenos.
5. Mix cream cheese, shredded cheese and salt and pepper together.
6. Add milk slowly to the cheese mixture for a frosting texture.
7. Place the cheese mixture into a large ziploc bag and squeeze to one corner.
8. Cut off the corner of the bag allowing an opening big enough to squeeze the cheese into the jalepenos.
9. Stuff the cheese mixture into the hollowed out jalepenos using the ziploc bag.
10. Wrap each stuffed jalepeno with bacon and secure with a toothpick.
11. Place them on a tray and freeze them for about 15 minutes. This will keep the cheese from melting out completely when grilling.
12. Remove from the freezer and place them on a hot grill or place the tray into the oven for baking.
13. If on the grill - turn them several times until the bacon is cooked, then remove from grill.
14. If in the oven, bake for approx 20 minutes keeping an eye on the bacon. When the bacon is cooked, remove the pan.
14. Let them cool for about 10 minutes (trust me, you don't want to bite into these babies right off the grill!)
If you'd like to read more delicious recipes using bacon, visit my personal blog SueBonzell.com
The debate continues as to which Christmas movies should be in the top 10. I have compiled a list of movies that are MY favorites. I am guaranteed to watch at least the top 10 but likely all 30 of these. I'm a bit of a movie nut and there is nothing better than a cup of hot cocoa and a holiday movie binge spree! I had to separate out the top animated Christmas movies, because I just couldn't decide! Let us know what you think should be the top movies this season!
There is nothing like seeing Santa Claus during holiday time. Whether you are a child or a grown up “kid,” Santa seems to evoke genuine smiles and the idea of hope and faith in something bigger than we are. We delight in seeing kids having their childhood memories being formed right in front of our eyes. We may remember back to a simpler time, when there was an annual tradition of climbing on Santa’s lap and carefully explaining which toys we wanted to see on Christmas morning. Sometimes our wishes were granted, and it would reaffirm our belief in miracles. How DID he do that?! Then there were the times when we didn’t quite get all of the things we asked Santa for, and it was a learning opportunity. We had to learn that we don’t always get what we want, no matter how much we really wanted it.
Programs like Secret Santa are truly making Christmas miracles happen for so many families who are struggling at holiday time. We have an opportunity to change lives and create memorable cherished moments in time. If you would like to help fulfill wishes this holiday season with Secret Santa, click on SecretSantaNow.org to find out how you can make Christmas special for families in Sonoma County.
In the meantime, if you would like to visit Santa this season, here are your opportunities to fully embrace the holiday spirit starting with a kind word to and from The Big Guy!
Ongoing – Montgomery Village 11am – 3pm
Ongoing – Coddingtown
Ongoing – Santa Rosa Plaza 10am – 9pm
Nov 30 – Santa’s Riverboat Arrival in Petaluma 11:30 – 1:30pm
Nov 30 – Santa Pix with Your Pets! At Pet Club, Santa Rosa Ave 10am – 2pm
Dec 7, 14, 21 – Breakfast with Santa at Costeaux Bakery in Healdsburg – 9am – 11am
Dec 8 – Brunch with Santa at Ramekins in Sonoma 10am – 2pm
Dec 14 – Santa Fly-In at Pacific Coast Air Museum
Dec 17 – Petaluma Farmer’s Market – 12pm – 1:30pm
Dec 21 – Santa Rosa Farmers Market – 11am – 12:30pm
PG&E is planning a power shut down that could affect approximately 250,000 customers in portions of 22 counties in the Sierra Foothills, North Valley and North Bay. Other parts of the Bay Area are not expected to be included.
A Fire Weather Watch begins early Wednesday morning at 4 a.m. and last until 7 a.m. Thursday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch that includes the North Bay and the East Bay hills and the Diablo Range in the East Bay. Wednesday is expected to be the day PG&E is watching for high winds.
The counties are Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba.
Sergeant Joe Friday on “Dragnet” knew what to look for. One of the challenges of writing news stories, is wading through the pool of opinion based sources. Early in the morning, when I crawl into the News Room to begin the process of finding the latest information on the topics of the day, I sort through various versions of the same story, but from very different angles. I’ve come to trust some, and question others, simply because of trial and error. But, it’s all about getting the correct facts. The more facts you get, the more correct the story becomes, and the more clearly the story is conveyed to the listener.
Here’s an example of what I teach young journalists. Let say there’s a report of a violent situation between two people in a grocery store parking lot, where one hits the other so hard that it knocks the other down to the ground. And, that is all you hear about it. What is your immediate perception of that scene? That the person who hit the other is a criminal and should be arrested? Now, what if more information becomes available on that scene and you find out the person who was hit was actually attempting to rob the “hitter”? Does that make a difference in the way you view the person who did the hitting? Maybe not, because perhaps you’re thinking there could have been a better way to resolve the situation than violence. But, what if the robber was pointing a gun at the other person’s child? Suddenly the idea of a violent confrontation takes on an entirely different weight.
It is extremely important that both the reporter, and the listener, do everything they can to seek out all of the facts before jumping to conclusions. Knee jerk reactions, from inadequate information, are the cause of many problems within society, from politics to law enforcement, to equality to prejudice, and on and on. Get the facts, and then some more, before forming your conclusion. In the end, truth wins!
Tryusing different spices, citrus, booze, and fruits to give your cranberry sauce a little more flair this year!
Tomake your mashed potatoes stand out this year, try some new add-in’s like chopped ham, bacon bits, cream cheese, or chipotle seasoning!
Sangriaisn’t just for the summertime! Give your Champagne a little more of a Holiday Spice by adding some nutmeg and apples!
Can't go wrong with a classic homemade Mac n Cheese! Try finishing it off with a cheesy topping and pop it into the oven to make it even crispier!
Guests hungry before the dinner is ready? Everyone loves a cheese board! Dress up a typical cheese and cracker board with some meat slices, olives, pickles and honey for drizzling over the cheese!
Can’t forget about dessert! Crème brûlée isn’t just for the professionals! Just make sure to make your custard a day in advance and right before serving get your sugar and blowtorch out to finish off the signature crystallized topping!
The focus was on females at the 53rd Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards last night (11/13) in Nashville. Hosted by the multi-generational power trio of Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, the show featured tributes to and performances by female country artists old and new. If you didn't get a chance to watch or listen, the winners of the big prizes were as follows:
Song of the Year (for the songwriters): Beautiful Crazy, Luke Combs (Combs/Durrette/Williford)
After San Francisco’s ban on e-cigarettes, Sonoma County too is considering a ban on vape devices. While some argue that these devices are capable of reducing nicotine addiction for adults, according to county records between 2017 and 2018 tobacco use for young adults (specifically high school and middle school children) has skyrocketed almost 40%.
Some feel that the spike in tobacco use for teens is caused by flavors tailored to make smoking exciting for young people, and that a simple ban of these flavors might halt the epidemic. Others feel like an outright ban on these products is the only way to control the situation until the federal government takes action. It is still unclear whether those teens now addicted to nicotine would turn back to conventional cigarettes following a ban; which could be even more detrimental. Regardless of the ban, teens find ways of accessing products that they shouldn’t have access to. Just as the age requirement for buying these devices (21+ in California) hasn’t stopped e-cigarettes from being the biggest disciplinary issue at schools, a ban may not have the desired effect. Sonoma County is under pressure to respond and protect their most vulnerable population. Whether a ban on vape products helps or not, they are trying to do what the federal government has yet to act on.
Whatever they decide, if you or someone you know has experienced or are experiencing a health related issue that you think could be related to a vape product of any kind (including products containing THC), the FDA encourages you to seek medical attention and report the product to assist in determining what is causing these outbreaks.
The new Dan + Shay collaboration with Justin Bieber,“10,000 Hours” is already a massive hit around the planet. Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney co-wrote the song with Bieber and others. New Country 106-3 The Bull debuted “10,000 Hours” this past Friday morning in Sonoma County.
In its first 48 hours of availability, “10,000 Hours has hit 30 million streams globally. “10,000 Hours” appears in 45 charts globally, arriving at #1 on China’s Netease Chart and #2 on China’s QQ Music Chart. Apple Music’s Top 100 chart has “10,000 Hours” at #3 already and has kept the #1 spot on the iTunes Top Songs chart since it was released last Friday, October 4th, with the official music video reaching #5 on YouTube’s Trending chart, which includes all videos on YouTube.
Dan + Shay spent the past year on a Sold Out tour and just wrapped their time on Florida Georgia Line’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour and will join superstar Shawn Mendes later this month on his self-titled tour in Australia. Their latest album, Dan +Shay has hit over two billion streams globally.
The new Dan + Shay (Arena) Tour starts March 6 2020 in Nashville hitting close to 40 stops through October 2020. Two California dates announced this morning include San Francisco Chase Center October 23rd and Sacramento Golden 1 Center October 24th. Here's the entire 2020 tour below:
Next week's SOMO Village show by Josh Turner has been cancelled due to the tragic crash of his crew bus. Here's the official Statement:
Dear ticket holders,
Josh Turner and his road family have suffered a devastating loss. Please keep the
crew, band and Josh in your thoughts and prayers. Josh Turner’s show at SOMO on
Tuesday, September 24 has been cancelled. All ticket holders will be given a full refund.
Ticket holders for the Josh Turner show at SOMO can exchange their tickets to see Billy
Currington tonight Thursday, September 19th. Bring your Josh Turner tickets to the SOMO Box Office. Box Office opens today, September 19th at 5:00 PM for ticket exchanges to Billy Currington.
While it’s still hot outside, why not chill with a special someone at Amy’s Wicked Slush in Healdsburg. Whether you share one or get your own, you’re bound to agree on the fact that their flavors are nothing if not wicked! After you finish your slush, check out Spring Lake Park in Santa Rosa and go swimming, hiking, or relax on a blanket overlooking the lake with a speaker, snacks, or a good book.
Another way to impress your date, is spending a sunny afternoon at the Marin Cheese Factory in Petaluma. Lay out a blanket on the lawn that overlooks a small tranquil lake and have a picnic. Indulging in some fancy and delicious cheeses from the quaint storefront is encouraged, but not required.
For a romantic and FREE date night, bring your favorite snack to the best sunset spot in Sonoma County. Going east down Adobe Road out of Petaluma will take you to Sonoma Mountain Road (Careful it sneaks up on you! Don’t cause any accidents). Turn onto Sonoma Mountain Road and take it all the way up to the top of the mountain (about 5 miles) where there is a breathtaking panorama of the valley below. On a clear day it’s possible to see the Golden Gate Bridge from your parking spot. Make sure your car can tackle deep potholes, as Sonoma Mountain Road was named the worst road in Sonoma County in Press Democrat’s Rotten Roads competition. It’s worth the trek and makes for a (usually) peaceful evening. Be aware of the unspoken parking arrangement and be respectful to the people that live there (don’t block driveways, be too loud, trespass, litter etc).
After these suggestions, there are no excuses for not having a great next date!
When it comes down to it, California is the best place to raise a family. Wallethub recently released their rankings of the “Best Place to Raise a Family” in the United States.The study used metrics like attractions per capita, air quality, and high school graduation rate into account.
NorCal was VERY well represented. Fremont, San Jose, Sacramento, and San Francisco were all ranked in the Top 50, with Fremont being the 2nd overall best place in the US to raise a family. Santa Rosa was ranked 36th overall out of 182. It was 64th in “Family Fun,” 9thoverall in “Health and Safety,” 59th in “Education and Childcare,” and 28th in ‘Socio-Economic” ranks.
Santa Rosa is one of the least stressful places to live!
Wallethub’s annual ranking of the “least stressful” cities to live in was very kind to Sonoma County. Out of 182 ranked cities, Santa Rosa came in at 158. (The #1 ranking means the most stressed, so having a higher number means we are less stressed!)
Wallethub ranked cities from “most stressed” to “least stressed” by using statistics covering average weekly work hours and debt load to divorce. Things like commute times, income growth, and job security were also measured.
Santa Rosa was ranked 158th, grouping it with the least stressful cities in America. It ranked 150th in work stress, 154th in financial stress, 104th in family stress, and 71st in health and wellness stress. All great numbers! (Remember, the higher the better!)
Detroit, MI wound up being the #1 most stressful place to live in American. The least stressful? Fremont, CA! The Alameda County city ranked “very low stress” in all measures and nabbed the 182nd spot.
It’s big, it’s bouncy, and it’s coming to Santa Rosa. The World’s Largest Bounce House is coming back to Sonoma County Fairgrounds this summer. This thing is straight up LEGIT. Don’t worry mom and dad, there are adult sessions as well. The World’s Largest Bounce House has giant slides, ball pits, basketball hoops and obstacle runs, inflatable animals, trees and even a DJ. The fun doesn’t stop there either! In addition to the World’s Largest Bouncehouse, try out The Giant. It is a massive obstacle course with over 50 different obstacles where you can live out your American Ninja Warrior dreams! But wait….there’s more!
But wait there’s more….airSPACE transports you to another world with a giant maze, spaceships, aliens, giant planets and more! All three crazy attractions will be in Santa Rosa at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds August 30, 31 and September 1. Passes get you a timed session on The World’s Largest Bounce House and unlimited access to The Giant and airSPACE. All the information is at thebigbounceamerica.com.
Summer means cold beer, freedom, and grilled meats. Grilling meat is truly an art form, and I am here to make you the Picasso of beef, chicken, and pork.
Here are some tips on cooking to perfection:
PRE-HEAT, PRE-HEAT, PRE-HEAT! Make sure your pan or grill is hot enough and up to temperature before you grill. Meat shouldn’t touch a grill until its screaming hot. If you don’t properly pre-heat your grill, your food will stick and cook unevenly. To test: hold your hand over the grill, if you can hold it their without moving for more than 5 seconds, your grill isn’t hot enough yet.
STOP POKING THE MEAT! Constantly poking and pressing your meats will not only make them flavorless because of juices being pressed out, but will also add additional cook time to your product. Also poking your meat will cause juices to drip into the heat which can cause flare-ups which can ruin your food.
SEASON YOUR FOOD! Beef needs some help, but just something simple help. Salt and pepper are king. The worst thing you can do is under-season your meats and disappoint your company. Also try some BBQ rubs for some of the things you are cooking. These rubs have been crafted to give you the best flavor possible. No bland meat allowed!
CLEAN YOUR GRILL! Nothing is worse than a burger that tastes like the last 4th of July. Clean your grill, but don’t use a wire brush. The wire brush can cause scratches and dents that hold gross flavors and can wind up in your food. They can also break, leaving metal shards in your meats. Instead put your grill on high and let things burn off. I have also come to find that white vinegar will clean just about anything.
USE THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE & COOKING TIMES. If you are worried about temperatures, grab a meat thermometer! For ground meat mixtures (beef, lamb, veal, pork) you’ll want to cook the grub to a minimum of 160 degrees, and for chicken and turkey 165 degrees. For fresh beef, veal, and lamb steak or chops cook until 145 degrees.
For poultry (wings, thighs, breasts), the temperature needs to be 165 degrees. Fresh pork will need to be cooked until 145 degrees. All temps are from FoodSafety.Gov. Cook chicken breast (bone out) 3 minutes a side, I’m not good at temperature but this trick has never failed me. When you flip the burger put the cheese on immediately. Kraft cheese melts the best and always gives a nostalgic feel.
LET STEAKS REST! You don’ want the delicious juices going anywhere, so when you pull that gorgeous steak or tri tip off the grill, cover it with foil and let it rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting into it.
BULLET PROOF CHICKEN. Sue Bonzell has a surefire way of cooking bone-in or boneless chicken which of course has wine in it: grill each side enough to get some good grill marks, then put the pieces into a baking dish. Add a little white wine, sliced onions and whole garlic cloves. Cover and put it into the oven at 250-300 degrees for about another 30 minutes. It will steam it into perfection and will be falling off the bone!
Where was this perfect summer job when I was a kid?
Reynold’s Wrap is making dreams come true….paying someone to eat and travel all summer! You can become the Chief Grilling Officer for the foil king, while traveling across the country for two weeks (all expenses paid) in order to find the best ribs in America. You and a friend will travel far and wide trying to find the most delectable grub and make $10,000 in the process. Requirements? You must LOVE barbeque and share all your doings on social media platforms. Sounds like easy money!
If you think you can be the BBQ master and take the title of CGO to its limit, write a quick 100 word essay about why you deserve the gig and send it alongside a picture to careers@ReynoldsWrapCGO.com
We love winners here at The Bull and at Tuesday’s Pack Your Bags event, EVERYONE was a winner! Bear Republic Brewery in Rohnert Park was the perfect venue to host a fun party and allow us to give away some incredible prizes. Guests were greeted with a complimentary glass of bubbly from Gretchen at Harvest Moon Winery. Everyone enjoyed delicious food, beverages and some fun at our fabulous selfie station!
We brought 20 awesome bags, each filled with special surprises. One by one, the contest winners selected their bags. Once we were down to the final two bags and contest winners, it was time to choose the listener who would be going to Las Vegas to see Lady Antebellum from the second row! We dipped into the number bucket and selected Patrice Fistor-Jaehnig’s number as the winner of the grand prize fly away!
As an awesome turn of events, the victor of this trip also happened to be a random contestant chosen from the Bullpen at the site of the event! She won that very last ticket that we talked about. Our guests were rowdy, loud, enthusiastic and above all FUN! We loved seeing everyone cheering others on as they selected their bags and the prizes inside were revealed.
Another lucky listener won the Staycation at Vintner’s Inn plus VIP tickets to see Billy Currington at Somo Village in Rohnert Park. That prize was hidden away inside the Bear Republic bag!
Congratulations to all of the prize winners and special thanks to all of our sponsors and everyone who came out to party with us!
Sponsors include: Bear Republic Brewery, Montgomery Village, Halls Executive Gifts and Awards, Scandia Family Fun Center, Harvest Moon Winery, Epicenter, Cold Stone Creamery, Shutterbug Camera Shops, Sportsman Warehouse, and Dental Implant Center and Periodontics.
Possibly the worst and most laborious part about flying is security. The TSA is there to protect us, but sometimes waiting in long lines seems ridiculous until now. TSA Pre-Check has been around for a while, and allows travelers to breeze through security just a little bit faster (you don’t need to take off your shoes).
The Sonoma County Airport is helping its jet setters get through security just a little bit faster with a TSA Pre-Check event being held over a few weeks. The event will run from May 29 through June 14. You will need a few things before you show up. You must schedule an appointment online and bring either your passport or birth certificate (to prove your U.S. citizenship) AND a government-issued form of ID. The cost of TSA Pre-Check is $85 and is good for 5-years. You will also need to complete a fingerprinting screening.
Two courses and a glass of wine for under $40 in Sonoma County? You would be surprised how many eateries in your backyard can deliver on this promise.
Michelin, a world renowned restaurant guide book, recently announced its list of value-priced eateries in California, and some local spots made the cut. The rankings includes places like pizzerias, taquerias, and burger places. Local joints include Backyard in Forestville which has hacienda-style dining and Bravas and Chalkboard in Healdsburg which both offer small plates and local wines. Other spots to grab two courses and a glass of wine under $40 include Diavola in Geyserville, El Molino Central in Sonoma, Glen Ellen Star in Glen Ellen, Ramen Gaijin in Sebastopol, and Risibisi in Petaluma.
Check out some of the other Sonoma County meal deals here. (hyperlink below)