Sonoma County Has a New Music Writer - Yup, ME

A few months ago I started working with the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau again (I taught classes on Social Media for hospitality businesses back in 2009). This time I am taking on a new topic I haven't really explored before - MUSIC in Sonoma County.  

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE going to a show. Much of my younger 20's was spent seeing shows in the bay area (fave show back then was Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland was magical on stage) and my early 30's were spent at local shows at wineries, Healdsburg on the Square, West End Farmers Market, etc - enjoying a glass of wine or beer and friends. 

Then Rye came along and my time is pretty much taken up by baby stuff (thankfully Rye did get to see his first concert - WEIRD AL at the Green Center when he was 7 months old). Now, I have an excuse to catch a show and stay out past 8pm... Yup, it's my job. :) :) 

Each month I will be doing an overview of upcoming shows in Sonoma County, along with a few other pieces on local events, interviews with local musicians and, anything else the Sonoma County team needs from me. 

So, if you know of a good show coming to Sonoma - let me know! shana@shanaray.com! Thanks.

Read about the Green Music Center's 2017 Summer Lineup here: sonomacounty.com/blog/2017-green-music-center-summer-lineup-here.

Cause Marketing Panel in Sonoma County

Join myself and the PMG-North Bay board on Thursday, April 20th for our second PMG lunch program of the year. The topic: Cause Marketing and how helping the community can help YOU. ;) 

Get tips on how businesses and nonprofits can work together to benefit everyone. Learn about why helping the community can help your business get new customers, make current customers feel better about your brand, and make you feel better about your job.

Panelists:

  • Jen Oberti, Redwood Empire Food Bank
  • Kristel Corson, Clover Sonoma 

Jen Oberti is the Corporate & Community Relations Manager of the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB), Sonoma County’s largest hunger-relief organization. For the past four years, she has developed programs that connect corporate partners and their employees to the REFB’s mission of ending hunger in our community through giving, advocating and volunteering. By building these employee engagement programs, the REFB is able to align the needs of our community with the needs of local businesses.

Kristel Corson is the Director of Marketing at Clover Sonoma. This year she oversaw the branding change from Clover Stornetta to Clover Sonoma to focus on the community. She is a seasoned marketer, with over 20 years experience in managing businesses for long-term growth and profitability while creating strong brand equity. She has a passion for building lifestyle brands that create strong consumer connections through innovative new products, marketing programs, and retail strategy. 

Lunch will be provided by PMG Legacy Sponsor, the North Bay Business Journal. The event location is provided by Green Valley Consulting Engineers (we will be at a new location at the Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks center on 415 Steele Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 in the DeMeo Room (close to the In & Out) on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PDT).

Treat Yo Self

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted a large marquee sign for my living room... Even when I had roommates and my "stuff" consisted of boxes crammed in my closet in my room. The bigger the better in my opinion.

Marquee Sign for Content Marketing

I recently started noticing Instagram accounts with small marquee signs and decided to ask where they bought it. I finally came accross Mini My Cinema Lightbox LED boxes with 100 letters, numbers, symbols to create personalized marquee signs! It wasn't a huge sign that I always dreamed of, but it is better... It is a small sign I can use in my photography and Instagram stories for brands I work with (and myself, of course).

 

Start of 2017 Goals

According to the doctors, Ryeson is one of the most active kids they see... Anyone who has met Jeff or I just laughs and shakes their head when they hear this. Yup, Jeff & I have a curious little kid who never stops. 

Raising such an active kid means NO time for myself when we watch him... Which I know I was warned about, but you never truly understand until you are in the early stages of toddlerhood. 

So, as I sit here thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2017, my dreams are a little smaller and more personal than normal.. You know, like a shower more than once a week. Or time to make a proper breakfast each morning. 

My real goal for 2017 is to take a deeper dive into time management, especially the few hours each work day that Rye has a nanny to watch him.