Local band State Fair took the stage for the first time Tuesday at the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma for a concert to benefit La Luz Center.
The Americana band was started in fall 2020 by vocalists and guitarists Tanner Walle and Austin Ferreira with bassist Brad Maestas.
The band’s drummer Ben Tinsley, guitarist Josh Yenne and keyboard player Jesse Adams performed at the show.
Valley owner and singer-songwriter Tanner Walle began his new musical project with Sonoma resident and songwriter Austin Ferreira in the Fall of 2019 after a spontaneous meetup with mutual friends in their neighborhood of the Springs. What came quickly thereafter was a a boom of songwriting, finishing an album’s worth of new songs in less than a few months time. Taking inspiration from their shared favorites – John Prine, Dylan, the Stones – Austin and Tanner recorded their first full-length this past summer, produced by seven-time Grammy winner Hector Castillo (David Bowie, Philip Glass, Beck, Lou Reed). On the heels of their official release this Spring 2022, they will be running through their new album with the backing support of their full ensemble featuring Brad Maestas on bass and guitar (Bill Frisell, Donald Fagen, Ornette Coleman), and Ben Tinsley on drums, among others.