The Friday April 17 Column

Pick of the week

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Tim Casey Benefit with Mark Larson and more – Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.

He was one of the new kids in the local music community, but certainly not new to music. After spending time in Nashville and other places around the country, Mark Larson re-connected with his long-time friend Tim Casey and convinced him to come out to Wine Country, and start a new life here. Things were going well for the guitarist, playing gigs local and in Napa Valley as well, then on Jan. 5, of this year, that all changed. Casey was involved in a head-on accident that totaled his van and almost took his life. Doctors and friends held out hope for his survival and against many odds, after a month in the Intensive Care Unit at Stanford Medical Hospital and numerous procedures, he was released from the ICU. The road to recovery has been slow and will take years.

The accident also totaled Casey’s van and destroyed essentially all his belongings, including all his amps and guitars. Some of his local musician friends have put on fundraisers to help defray some of the medical costs and tonight, April 17, there is another one scheduled at Annex Wine Bar, starting at 7:30. The evening will be special as it will feature Tim’s sister, Mary Casey-Bowers, who fronts her own act, Calling Mary, who has traveled from Virginia to perform at the event with the Mark Larson Band. Also on the line-up are Voices In My Head, Mark Dennis, musician and director of Sonoma’s Rock and Roll Choir, Vox Populi, the Smart Fellers will play a few tunes from the best of the best of their extensive song list with Sonoma musicians David Farrell and Cliff Zyskowski joining in the act as well.

In addition to the bands donating all their funds and tips for the evening, the venue will also be donating and there will also be a raffle, with all donated funds going to Casey. For more info about Tim, point your browser to timcaseysrecovery.mydagsite.com/home and for info about the event, point your browser to annexwinebar.com

Spin of the Week

This time it’s a spin around the island – Winery Music – April in Carneros

Since we all live here in Wine Country, we imagine it’s a lot like living near Disneyland, and you never go there. This weekend might be the time to not only visit some local wineries but enjoy some live music as well. It’s April in Carneros and the yearly event is back with many participating wineries just a short drive from the Plaza. Many wil have art and food and even the winemakers hanging around to answer questions and to make you feel even better, the event benefits the viticulture scholarship funds of Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College. But, let’s find some live music shall we?

The Weekend event happens both Saturday and Sunday, April 18 – 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anaba Wines – Sunday, April 19, only – The Screw Offs – The act is a slimmed down version of the Cork Pullers, who specialize in amazing vocal harmonies, so much that the act is asked a couple times a year to sing the national Anthem at ATT Park before the S. F. Giant games. Expect to hear some folk classics and other songs that you’ll know all the words to sing-along.

Cline Winery – Damir Stosic – This solo guitarist plays a variety of musical genres from romantic ballads all the way to classic rock.

Jacuzzi Family Winery – Jimmy Ashley – Also a solo guitar act, Ashley’s song list reads like a jukebox of all your favorite songs from ‘70s classic rock, to reggae and even contemporary country hits.

Schug Carneros Winery – The Movers – This blues act features the legendary Levi Lloyd and friends laying down classic blues. Lloyd spent years onstage with Joe Luis Walker among others and has toured the world playing the blues.

Larson Family Winery – You be the Star – That’s right! You pick the song and sing along to Karaoke at the Karaoke bar. We’ve learned that the key to karaoke is knowing when to stop when you’re in the penthouse, before you end up in the outhouse.

There are 16 wineries participating in the weekend event and walk up tickets are available each day, including a discount for the designated driver. For more info, point your browser to carneroswineries.org/events/

Set List – The Rundown

Erik James Tasting Room

Tonight, April 17, Ron Dubin and the Rosetown Ramblers – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, Left Coast Syncopaters – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.

Annex Wine Bar

Tonight, April 17, Tim Casey Benefit with Mark Larson and more – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, Ralph Cetola and Krazy Kat – 7:30 p.m.

Epicurean Connection

Tonight, April 17, Old Earth – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, the Leftovers – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, Misty Adana – 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Tonight, April 17, You Knew Me When – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, the Perfect Crime – 8 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards

Tonight, April 17, BackTrax – 6 p.m.

Plaza Bistro

Tonight, April 17, Steve Robardt Trio – 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall

Tonight, April 17 – DJ Isak – DJ Hi-C – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, Train Wreck Junction – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, Tri Tip Trio – 5 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern

Tonight, April 17, Hillwilliams – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, Vard0 – 1 p.m. Tommy Thomsen – 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, Genna and Jesse – 1 p.m.

Burgers and Vine

Tonight, April 17, Funktopus – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, DJ Isak – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 3 on a Match – 2:30 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery

Sunday, April 19, Melana Llopis – 2 p.m.

Sonoma Community Center

Sunday, April 19, the Hugos – 6:30 p.m.

Studio 35

Tonight, April 17, Richard Standard and Mountain Dulcimer – 6 p.m.

Funktopus resonates at Burgers and Vine

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The El Verano Inn has Karaoke from Neelix One tonight, April 14, starting at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Open-Mic on Wednesday, April 15, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Calvin Ross on Wednesday, April 15, for a 7:30 p.m. showtime.

The Eric K. James tasting room has “Rhythm and Blues Singer Sit-in and Community Jam” hosted by Dallis Craft and Louis Rodriguez on Thursday, April 16, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Doug Carhart on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano welcomes the Blues Defenders on Thursday, April 16, kicking off at 8 p.m.

The Epicurean Connection presents Hannah Jern-Miller and Ben Dubin on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Ten Foot Tone on Thursday, April 16, starting at 8 p.m.

The Eric K. James tasting room has the Rosetown Ramblers on Friday, April 17, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents A Benefit for Tim Casey with the Mark Larson Band and Mary Casey-Bowers on Friday, April 17, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. The venue is 21 and over only.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Steve Robardt Trio on Friday, April 17, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Epicurean Connection presents Old Earth on Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano has DJ Isak and DJ Hi-C on Friday, April 17, kicking off at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Hillwilliams on the tavern stage on Friday, April 17, for an 8 p.m. start time.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes You Knew Me When on Friday, April 17, starting at 8 p.m.

Burgers and Vine has Funktopus on Friday, April 17, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents the Friday night summer music series on Friday, April 17, with Backtrax kicking off at 6 p.m.

The Friday April 10 Column

Pick of the Week

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Panda Bear and Ducktail – Gundlach Bundschu Winery – Thursday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.

We’ll be perfectly honest here, rarely if ever do we recognize any of the band names that Jeff Bundschu books for his Huichica Music Festival or the other shows throughout the year, and next Thursday, April 16’s show is no different. But, to us, that’s an opportunity to discover new musicians from all walks of life right in our own backyard, in this case, at the historic Gundlach Bundschu Winery. The historic grounds at Rhinefarm were home to the very first Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival back in 1897 and if dirt could talk, the stories would be endless.

Once again, Bundschu has brought two eclectic acts to appear on the new “Cave Stage” while the historic redwood barn undergoes seismic retrofitting, with an appearance by Panda Bear and support act Ducktails. We lamented years ago that we’ve essentially run out of band names and the kids these days are getting pretty creative. Panda Bear is actually Noah Lennox who grew up in Maryland and was Waldorf-schooled until eighth grade. He was always drawing panda bears on his early musical releases and the nickname became the artist. Primarily a keyboardist, his genres are essentially “house” and “techno,” with his formative years spent in Animal Collective where he even contributed tracks on guitar and drums. Although contributing to the band, he has been releasing solo albums as well since 1999. The latest release, “Panda Bear meets the Grim Reaper,” was released in January of this year.

His albums tell stories with music. “Some of the songs address a big change, or a big transformation,” says Panda Bear. “Meeting the Grim Reaper in that context I liked a whole lot.” The album signifies a pivotal point for an artist who has proven he can continue to evolve while remaining at the top of his game. “It’s sort of marking change, not necessarily an absolute death, but the ending of something, and hopefully the beginning of something else.”

Ducktails is actually Matt Mondanile of the band Real Estate and this is his alleged solo act, as he managed to include many musician associates on the tracks from his latest album, The Flower Lane. Musicians like Daniel Lopatin from Oneohtrix and Point Never, Joel Ford from Lopatin, Madeline Follin of the Cults and Sam Mehran from Outer Limitz, to name a few. The band’s music has been described as “hypnagogic pop,” “woozy, horizontal pop,” “lo-fi”, and “chillwave.” Early recordings were freeform jams, once described as “bizarre, krautrock-influenced sound collages” by Ryan J. Prado of the Portland Mercury, but his later material has more conventional song structures, more akin to his work in Real Estate.

For tickets and more info, point your browser to gunbun.com/calendar

 

Spin of the Week

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Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band

When it comes to Reggae music, let’s face it, we’re pretty old school. Bob Marley and Peter Tosh are what comes to mind and it’s nice to see a local act carrying on the tradition, with some minor new twists. Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band have come up with a full album of reggae music that would fit nicely on anyone’s iPod. The songs are all upbeat and positive, and Martin has definitely let the ska influence into the music with a full horn section as well.

Martin grew up in a musical household, with his father Tom playing guitar, when the young Martin picked up the bug at 17 years of age, and dove into the local scene; things local like running The Shop, the former art/music space on Eighth Street East and performing his solo act at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma. Martin took a break from performing until 2009, while perfecting skill on drumming and working on his rhythm vibe and studied African music which led him back to his initial love of reggae and ska music.

Started as just a jam with friends, it soon became clear that the songs they were writing and the vibe being created should be a band and he Noma Rocksteady Band was born in 2012. The album was recorded in Sonoma at Under the Moon Studios and produced by Martin, Andrew Emer and Marcos Garcia. The now seven-piece act plays local and packs dance floors wherever they land.

They rhythm section is solid, held down by Mikey Cannon on drums and Andrew Emer on bass, which really keeps the beat going on all the tracks, which, for us, is crucial for a reggae vibe. The songs are hauntingly familiar, yet all original compositions by Martin. None of the songs are too long, coming in on an average of 3:00, but the act stretches them out a bit live. A couple of our favorites are the opening song, “Still Strong” and “Satellite” and like many other local artists have done, an ode to where we live with a track called “Valley of the Moon”

To find out more about the act, hear the songs and get the album, point your browser to nomarocksteady.com.

Set List – The Rundown

Erik James Tasting Room
Tonight, April 10, Charlie Hickox, Tim Eschliman, and Lou Rodriguez – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, Willis, Cochran and Davies – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 12, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.

Annex Wine Bar
Tonight, April 10, Carlos Herrera and Si Como No trio– 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, the Cork Pullers – 7:30 p.m.

Epicurean Connection
Tonight, April 10, Loralee Christiansen Trio – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, Deluxe – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 12, Deluxe – 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub
Tonight, April 10, 3 on a Match – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, Blithedale Canyon – 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 12, Mad Duran and Nancy Briggs – 7 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards
Tonight, April 10, Chris Hanlin Band – 6 p.m.

Plaza Bistro
Tonight, April 10, John Kaleen Quartet – 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall
Tonight, April 10 – the Cork Pullers – 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, Baggajo’s World of Reggae – 9 p.m.
Sunday, April 12, Dixie Giants – 5 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern
Tonight, April 10, Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, Chi McClean – 8 p.m.

Burgers and Vine
Tonight, April 10, DJ Hi-C – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, Fundraiser for TR Coleman – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 12, 3 on a Match – 2:30 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery
Sunday, April 12, Jason Bodlovich – 2 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars
Tonight, April 10, Rett Hamer Blues Band – 5 p.m.

Moose Lodge
Sunday, April 12, Showcase the Band – 4 p.m.

Blues in Kenwood at Muscardini Cellars

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The El Verano Inn has Karaoke from Neelix One tonight, April 7, starting at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Open-Mic on Wednesday, April 8, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Calvin Ross on Wednesday, April 8, for a 7:30 p.m. showtime.

The Epicurean Connection welcomes Kristen Pearce on Wednesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.

The Eric K. James tasting room has “Rhythm and Blues Singer Sit-in and Community Jam” hosted by Dallis Craft and Louis Rodriguez on Thursday, April 9, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes MCM on Thursday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano welcomes the Blues Defenders on Thursday, April 9, kicking off at 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes David Thom Presents on Thursday, April 9, starting at 8 p.m.

The Epicurean Connection presents Open Mic with Josh Windmiller and Old Earth on Thursday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m.

The Eric K. James tasting room has Willis, Cochran and Davies on Friday, April 10, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Carlos Herrera on Friday, April 10, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. The venue is 21 and over only.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the John Kalleen Quintet on Friday, April 10, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Epicurean Connection presents the Loralee Christensen Trio on Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano has the Cork Pullers on Friday, April 10, kicking off at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson on the tavern stage on Friday, April 10, for an 8 p.m. start time.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes 3 on a Match on Friday, April 10, starting at 8 p.m.

Burgers and Vine has DJ Hi-C on Friday, April 10, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents the Friday night summer music series on Friday, April 10, with Chris Hanlin kicking off at 6 p.m.

The Rett Hamer Blues Band will be at Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood for “Wine Down Friday” on the tasting room porch Friday, April 10, starting at 5 p.m. Admission includes a glass of wine.

The Friday April 3 Column

The Feature

 

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To say that Jami Jamison has paid her dues in the music scene would be a severe understatement. Singing for audiences since was just a child, it’s clear that performing is in her blood. With her sultry vocals and sassy moxie, whether she’s singing blues, jazz, swing, or even rock, you will have no choice but to pay attention. We did a stint with her act in the late ‘90s when the band was Indigo Rose, and we said then and will say now, Jamison is one of the best undiscovered female vocalists in the North Bay. Not that the North Bay doesn’t know who she is, but she can hold her own with just about anyone, anywhere.

She has always surrounded herself with quality musical talent and her current act is no exception. Her long-time partner and guitar player, Dennis Cordellos, is a home-grown Sonoma boy and has been playing guitar since he was 14. The Berklee School of Music trained guitarist has toured the nation, and has performed with the likes of Paul Simon and Huey Lewis. He was also a staple in the well-known regional act Pacific Coast Highway.

Her current rhythm section is really tight, with “Little T” Terry Domingue holding down the drums and Tom Buckman on the bass. Buckman has been performing for 45 years and Domingue has quite a resume. He won’t brag about it, but he spent nine years as Merle Haggard’s drummer, touring the world and has the stories to back it all up. Growing up 20 miles from the Louisiana-Texas state line gave him respect of Cajun and the blues as well, as he toured with Joe Louis Walker as well as others.

Keith Ridenhour on saxophone also has quite a resume. The St. Louis native spent many years with Bob Kuban’s Brass Band, where he performed for over 50,000 football fans in Cardinal Stadium each weekend. Ridenhour also attended the Berklee School of Music and later went on the get a teaching degree in music and gives lessons in Sonoma Valley and also performs free shows at a number of care facilities around the Valley.

The act has quite a following and never disappoints. They will be at Murphy’s Irish Pub tonight, April 3, for an 8 p.m. show. If you have not seen the act, now is your chance.

Spin of the Week: Wildflower Weed

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“Can you teach me how to play guitar?” It’s likely countless bands started with those exact words, and in the case of WildFlower Weed, that was exactly the scenario. Mary Bennett had been watching her partner, Lane Means, fool around on the guitar over the years they were together, mainly for fun, but she wanted to write some music, so everyday after work, the couple would play guitar on the front porch of the old Victorian and learn chords, changes, progressions, that would eventually lead to songs. Roll the clock forward and the couple finds themselves in the Black Point String Band with several long-time music friends. The band was short lived but the seeds had been sown. Means wanted his own act and came up with the name that he felt reflected the couple “She’s clearly the wildflower” says Means with a smile, “so that must make me the weed.”

Playing out locally with the Black point String Band exposed the couple to many local players who, unbeknownst to them, lived right in the neighborhood. And the band was born. Weekly practice sessions with a number of local musicians led to the first CD release in 2012. “Down the Road We Go” featured a six piece act and numerous musical guests.

The act has essentially created their own genre of music, with Means calling it ‘Hippie Mountain Music” which seems to blend folk and a little country with Celtic and, well, a hillbilly vibe.

The couple decided then to pare down the act, and ended up with the most unlikely of bedfellows on guitar, Jeffro Hunter. Hunter is an accomplished metal and hard rock guitar player, but you wouldn’t know that from the melodic acoustic licks he lays down. The new trio decided it was time to cut a new CD and up to the attic in the old Victorian they went, with the attic now a fully functioning recording studio.

The new album, “From the Forest to the Sea” focuses on finger picking and utilizes a number of string instruments and like the previous release, features many local guest musicians. The disc is mostly original songs and even the covers they do are uniquely their own. “Blackheath Fair,” written by Paul Whiting, can only be called an acoustic Celtic drinking ballad, but other songs are gentle, like “Her Mantle so Green” with Bennetts vocals telling the story and smooth licks laid down by Hunter. The band covers a Kate Wolf song, “Redtail Hawk” and even has their own version of the Mungo Jerry classic “In the Summertime.”

You can catch the act around town and for more info and to get the CD, you can visit and like them on FaceBook at facebook.com/wildflowerweed

Set List – The Rundown

Erik James Tasting Room

Tonight, April 3, the New Copasetics – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 4, Chris Burns, Freddie Hughes and Kelvin Dixon– 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 5, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.

Annex Wine Bar

Tonight, April 3, Acoustic Soul – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 4, Mad and Eddie Duran – 7:30 p.m.

Epicurean Connection

Tonight, April 3, the Jelly Rolls – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 4, Matthew Fay – 7:30 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Tonight, April 3, Jami Jamison Band – 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 4, Andrew Freeman – 8 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards

Tonight, April 3, Z and the Benders – 6 p.m.

Plaza Bistro

Tonight, April 3, Le Hot Jazz – 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall

Tonight, April 3 – Sean Carscadden Quintet – 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 4, DJ Trius – 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 5, Acrosonics – 5 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern

Tonight, April 3, Nate Lopez – 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 4, Hand Me Down – 8 p.m.

Burgers and Vine

Tonight, April 3, Central Station – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 4, DJ Isak – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 5, 3 on a Match – 2:30 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery

Sunday, April 5, Carl Green – 2 p.m.