Summer of Love 51st Anniversary Dance Party

Put on your dancin’ shoes, your fringed leather vest and your love beads, and put a big peace sign on your calendar for August 18.

The West Sonoma-based Thugz (“tribal hippie underground zone”), self described as “purveyors of Cosmic Americana & Old Time Psychedelic Music” will bring their Hippie vibes and music to Congregation Ner Shalom’s Cotati Cabaret, on Saturday, August 18 from 8:00 to 11PM as “The Summer of Love 51st Anniversary Dance Party”. The event is a fundraiser for Congregation Ner Shalom.

Based in western Sonoma County, the multi-faceted Thugz has delighted music fans of all ages and tastes. Rock, blues, country, psychedelic and various world music styles blend together at a Thugz show to bring the "positive vibes" of the 60's into the 21st century. Informed by the music of Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Miles Davis and others the Thugz' original songs and cosmic jams help to create a fun, communal spirit between band and audience.

Congregation Ner Shalom sits in what was once the Cotati Cabaret which, in the 1980s, was one of the premiere northern California rock and roll venues. The Thugz will perform on the same well-worn stage where Jerry Garcia performed in a side band he created with John Kahn, called Reconstruction.

“We’re a bunch of hippies,” says Mike Campbell, the Thugz’ bandleader and founder. “The Thugz are beyond just playing music,” he says. “It’s all about the people in our bands and our fans, who have been coming to see us for years, to celebrate the community that has kept us going. Also, we’re trying to promote those things that were good about the renaissance days of the 1960s. The more people that want to join us in that the better.”

The Thugz are: Mike Campbell - guitar, trumpet & vocals, Chris Lushington – bass, Sylvia Murphy - keyboards & vocals, Andre de Channes - guitar & vocals, Stephanie Salva - vocals, uke & percussion, Russ Kerger - keyboards & sax, and John Shebalin – drums.

Wine, beer and (legal) munchies will be available for purchase. There will be a raffle and a hippie era fashion show. So come out and strut your stuff!

Free tickets offered to Sonoma Fire Survivors for this concert. Please call (707) 664-8622 for information.  

 Tickets are available by calling (707) 664-8622 and online at

Supported by the North Bay Wildfire Emergency Fund of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay

August 18, 2018
12:00 AM
85 La Plaza
$30 (VIP); $20 (general); $10 (kids 12 and under). Complimentary for North Bay fire survivors.


Organized By: 
Congregation Ner Shalom
Event Contact Person: 
Vicki Allen