While the Doobie Brothers, Heart and Bad Company rock the main stage, you’ll find plenty of Sonoma talent on the “Bea” stage at this year’s 27th B.R. Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival, running from Friday to Monday.
Were you to draw a quintessential rock star, it would probably look something like Paulie Hips, with tight leather pants, colorful scarves and a personality that explodes when it hits the stage. Born in Long Beach, Hips was signed to a record label at age 16, and has been writing and performing music ever since.
“We’re a dancey rock ‘n’ roll band who love to play a live show,” he said of his band, Paulie Hips and the Childbearers, which will open Sunday’s musical lineup on the “Bea” stage. “Hopefully now that we’ve added a piano, people will stop calling us punk rock. I guess because I grab my crotch and do the splits, people think we’re punk.”
Joined by Stevie Steele and Santino (a.k.a. Sonny Bones) on guitar, Josh Felter on bass, Michael Ramsey on drums and Ian Hinkley on piano, their music has developed a large Sonoma following with regular gigs at the El Verano Inn, Blue Moon Saloon and Olde Sonoma Public House. For this band, showmanship comes first, Hips said, right down to the sock he stuffs in his pants so he can later throw it at unsuspecting audience members midway through his performance.
[caption id="attachment_1591" align="alignleft" width="538"] Paulie Hips and the Childbearers will open Sunday’s showcase at the BR Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival in Glen Ellen. (Aimee Weiss/Special to the Index-Tribune)[/caption]