Jazz at the Healdsburg Plaza

Rhonda Benin @ Healdsburg FestivalWhen: Tuesday, June 3
Where: Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg Ave. @ Matheson St.
Time: 6 – 8:00 pm | FREE

One of the highlights of the summer in Healdsburg are the Tuesdays in the Plaza, free two-hour concerts by artists from bluegrass to jazz, country to ethnic. For the past decade-plus the first Tuesday in June has been reserved for artists from the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, and this year we’re  pleased to present the Groovemasters, featuring the magnificent Rhonda Benin.

Classic soul, old-school R&B, tasty funk, down-home blues and straight-up jazz are all on this belter’s menu. Starting out as an L.A. background vocalist, Rhonda estimates she has sung on more than 100 albums. She moved to the Bay Area in 1989, joining Linda Tillery’s Cultural Heritage Ensemble, which exposed her to all the historical forms of African American music, and more.

The Groovemaster Band1Rhonda spends a lot of time educating kids about music and African American culture. But singing is mainly what she’s about, and with the Groovemasters—Lorenzo Hawkins on keyboards, Timm Walker on bass, Wilson Brooks on drums and Charles Spikes on guitar— she’s got the engine behind her to get the party started. And finished.