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Holly Stephey & Bruce Cohn BR Cohn Winery & Fall Music Fest

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~Celebrating 25 years In Sonoma there is a Legendary Festival that takes place, The B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival.

It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this for 25 years now,” reflects Bruce Cohn, sitting in his office on the winery grounds, recalling the early days of the B.R. Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival. “The very first show we did featured Graham Nash, Nicolette Larson and Little Feat and we made a whopping $500.”

“It was a beginning,” Cohn says. “It kept growing each year and eventually it took on a life of its own.”

This year’s lineup on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25 includes The Doobie Brothers,  Leon Russell, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Feat, Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Jim Messina, Greg Kihn and Sonoma favorite Carlos Reyes.

Bruce Cohn, manager of the California rock band, The Doobie Brothers, purchased the original area in 1974. He named the property the Olive Hill Estate Vineyards after the grove of 145-year-old olive Picholine Olive trees, from which he continues to make ultra-premium olive oil

After selling grapes to other wineries for several years, Cohn founded his own winery, B.R. Cohn,  The winery hosts an annual charity Fall Music Festival and golf event since 1987.   Bruce Cohn continues to live on the estate, from where he manages both the Doobie Brothers band and the wine and oil operations.