Bananas At Large Inc. Opens Store In Downtown Santa Rosa, CA, The Retailer’s First Additional Location in its Nearly Four-Decade History

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Bananas At Large has been a Bay Area business since 1974. Consistently involved with the local music community, professional in-house teaching staff, hosting clinics, workshops, live performances, helping promote music and arts education, donating time, funds, and equipment to local organizations. The Bananas At Large team gives back to the community and are excited to be expanding that community to now include Sonoma County. Owner and President of Bananas At Large, Alan Rosen quotes: “As a welcome to our new community we will be hosting a grand opening for October 1 through October 3rd. We have great activities, prizes, demonstrations and live music lined up for our festivities. We have formed partnerships throughout the years with the artists we serve and have many talented acts volunteering to help support by performing at our Grand Opening Concert October 3rd, beginning at 11:00 am. A few of the confirmed artist include Jeff Watson of Night Ranger’s new project, Vernon Black and the Family, Tal & Amber Morris, Justin Bordessa, Greg Marra Band, Sunday Gravy (featuring members of 808 Band), Olivia Gibson (featuring Bill Gibson of Huey Lewis & The News), FroBeck and other Special Guest and prizes to be announced."

Owner and President of Bananas At Large, Alan Rosen, recently traveled to Washington, DC to appear before Congress and Senate leaders to advocate music and arts in education. Along with Alan was Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, singer Taylor Dane, the President of VH1, and the President of NAMM. Industry journal The Music Trades this month ranked Bananas at Large No. 102 on its list of the top 200 music retailers nationwide. We offer a greater selection of unique brands than any store.

Bananas at Large’s Santa Rosa, 515 Ross Street, (707) 542-5588 location will offer a great assortment, with unique options, including computer recording, specialty microphone, DJ equipment, all basic such as Guitar, Bass, Drum, Keyboard needs and will host 12 to 15 music teachers.

Bananas supports all local schools, PTAs and Booster Clubs thru advertising and donations. Y Recently Bananas was acknowledged for assisting Heads Up raise over $120,000 for San Rafael Schools. And we recently had a representative attend the California State PTA Convention Art Workshop. Bananas supports Relay For Life Cancer Walk, Young Performers Int’l., American Cancer Society, local Sheriff and Police departments in supporting Camp Chance for abused, homeless and neglected kids, local live music such as sponsoring the Open Mic Blues Jam’s at local venues, reading programs, local theater and film program.and more.

Alan Rosen Owner and President of Bananas At Large is quoted as saying “We look forward to taking our experience in Marin County and applying the same in Sonoma County, starting with becoming a part of the Sonoma County Community. We are very lucky to have several key team members who local to the area, have worked, performed and lived in Sonoma County. The area has a rich heritage and a very well known and active live music scene.”

Bananas at Large was founded in 1972 in San Francisco as a source for collectible guitars acquired from pawn shops. The store moved to San Rafael in 1974 under the ownership of Mr. Waxler and bandmate J.D. Sharp, who acquired full ownership in 1984. The store expanded to its current San Rafael location in 1989 and expanded to a warehouse across the street in 2000, occupying a total of 14,000 square feet.

Mr. Rosen started at Bananas in 1992 as general manager and part owner with his wife, Meredith. The Rosen’s purchased full ownership from J.D. and Andrea Sharp in 2007.

For more information, call (707) 542-5588 or 415-457-7600 or visit

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