Brad Paisley and Bonnie Hunt will headline “Thicker than Smoke,” a weekend of fire recovery events at Sonoma State University.

Sonoma County teacher and author Brandon Spars will kick off the event by hosting an evening of storytelling on Friday evening, Aug. 3, at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall. At least 10 local speakers will share their tales of survival and overcoming adversity following the firestorm.

The next night, Paisley and Hunt take over to host an acoustic concert at Weill Hall and on its outdoor lawn that will incorporate local stories.

Friday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall: An Evening of Community Storytelling. Learn more at

Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall: An Acoustic Evening with Brad Paisley, Bonnie Hunt & Friends, Learn more at

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 6.

Two hundred free tickets will be made available to first responders and others who suffered losses as a result of the fires. Contact the Box Office at to request tickets.