The Friday Aug. 28 Column

Sean Carscadden

Sean Carscadden

Local Musician Spotlight –Sean Carscadden

Sean Carscadden is a musicians musician. Essentially self-taught, he has learned a number of styles of playing by forcing himself to stop playing what he liked and learn a completely new style of playing, be it finger-picking or an alternate tuning. He is currently a local instructor and plays regularly here in the Valley, but Carscaden is going to be one of those guys that goes from playing the local wine bar to touring in Dire Straits or similar, he is that good. You have three chances to catch him this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 29, at Hopmonk Tavern at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 30, at noon at Madrone Winery then an intimate show at Olive and Vine in Glen Ellen at 6 p.m. Lets get to know him a little.

1) Many musicians in our generation cite the Beatles on Ed Sullivan as that moment when they knew music was what they wanted to do. When and what was it that made you realize you wanted to be a musician?

SC> I think it must have been when I discovered Stevie ray Vaughn when I was 12 years old or so. My dad had all his albums and I just kind of discovered them. I recall then thinking this is what I really wanted to do.

2) That first instrument you owned. What was it and do you still have it?

SC> I do still have it, it’s a Yamaha acoustic guitar that my dad owned. My mom bought it for him as a present and it never really stuck with him and it sat under his bed for years. Once I decided I wanted to play guitar after discovering SRV, it was essentially the first guitar I played for the whole first year

3) Who are you’re primary influences in your music?

SC> You know, I like to listen to everything but I’ve been coming back to some obscure blues artists that likely no one has heard of. Blind Snooks Eaglin is one of my absolute favorites of all time and lately it’s been a guy named John Vandiver from Texas who died in the ‘80s and had only one recording that I know of, just him and his bass player.

4) What CD or playlist is in your car or your iPod?

SC> It’s the John Vandiver disc. I just got back from a tour and the last two weeks I’ve been listening to it. Maybe the time on the road made me think of it.

5) Tell us about your current acts.

SC> I have my solo act and my quintet and all combos in between. The quintet I’m really excited about, I’ve got Mikey Cannon on drums and Cliff Hugo on bass and a horn section as well. I’m also touring regularly with an act out of Santa Cruz called Miss Lonely Hearts. We just got back from a cross-country tour to Nashville that took us 6,500 miles in 18 days, 138 hours of driving and 14 shows.

6) If you could have written one song, which one would it be and why?

SC> “Lets Get it On” by Marvin Gaye. It just kind of says it all to me.

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Pick of the Week – Black and Blue Ball

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It’s being called the “First Annual” but we know it can’t be both, regardless, the “Black and Blue Ball” goes down on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Rossi’s Dancehall in El Verano at 9 p.m. and features a punk rock show of epic proportions. Kicking off the night will be the Evicted, punk rock from the East Bay, followed by Bobby Hollywood and the Quitters. The act is a veteran of the Sonoma punk scene and never disappoints. The Roadside Bombs are up next and feature a number of punk rock veterans, including members of the Muggers, the Burdens, Hoodhouse and more. Headlining the night is Sonoma’s own answer to the Pogues with the Celtic tribute act the Gentleman Soldiers. The act features Tony Gibson on guitar, J. B. Duff on drums and Marcos Garcia on guitar. The act keeps the songs true to the Pogues renditions and even includes numerous kazoo solos. The trio have spared no expense to bring the intensity of Irish music greats, drawing inspiration from the Dubliners, the Clancy Brothers as well as the Pogues and everything in between, old and new.

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Set List – The Rundown

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall
452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma – 996-1364.

Tonight, Aug. 28, Junk Parlor– 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29, Bob Edmundson and Friends – 4 p.m. – the Stevie Gurr Experience – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 30, Glenn Carter and Friends – 4 p.m. – Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.
Monday. Aug. 31, Graceland Unplugged with Dallis Craft – 7:30 p.m.

Annex Wine Bar
865 W. Napa St. Sonoma – 938-7779

Tonight, Aug. 28, Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29, Tilted Halos – 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub
464 First St. E. Sonoma – 935-0660

Tonight, Aug. 28, Savannah Blue – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29, Amy Wigton – 8 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards
389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma – 933-3230

Tonight, Aug. 28, Ten Foot Tone – 6 p.m.

Plaza Bistro
420 First St E. Sonoma – 996-4466

Tonight, Aug.28, John Stowell and Mike Zilber – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug.29, Nancy Briggs – 7 p.m..

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall
401 Grove St. El Verano – 343-0044

Tonight, Aug, 28, Cork Pullers – 4 p.m. DJ Isak – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29, Black and Blue Ball – Epic punk rock – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 30, Kevin Russell and the Rhythm Bandits – 5 p.m

HopMonk Tavern
691 Broadway Sonoma – 935-9100

Tonight, Aug. 28, Solid Air – 5 p.m. – Dan Martin – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29, Star Bandits – 1 p.m. Sean Carscadden – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 30, Dan Goldfus – 1 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille
400 First St. E. Sonoma – 938-7110

Tonight, Aug. 28, the Bad Jones – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29, DJ Hi – C – 9:30 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery
15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen – 800-330-4064

Sunday, Aug. 30, Falcon Christopher Duo – 2 p.m.

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood- 833-6288

Tonight, Aug. 28, Funky Friday’s with the Jami Jamison Band – 6:30 p.m.

Epicurean Connection
122 W Napa St. Sonoma – 935-7960

Tonight, Aug. 28, Old Earth – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29, Mud Soup – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 30, Luke Erickson – 1 p.m.

Madrone Winery
777 Madrone Road. Glen Ellen – 939-4500

Sunday, Aug. 30. Sean Carscadden – 12 p.m.

Olive and Vine
14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen – 996-9152

Sunday, Aug. 30, Sean Carscadden – 6 p.m.

Schug Winery
602 Bonneau Road, Carneros – 939-9363

Saturday, Aug. 29, Jaydub and Dino – 1 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House
18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs – 938-7587

Sunday, Aug. 30, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.

Blue Moon Saloon
19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma – 996-3055

Saturday, Aug. 29, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 30, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.

Beatles in the park with Rubber Soul

 

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Rubber Soul – Acoustic Beatles Experience

The Tuesday Night Market has Ten Foot Tone tonight, Aug. 25, at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille presents reggae night tonight, Aug. 25, with reggae DJ’s spinning dance music kicking off at 9 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has the “After Party” tonight, Aug. 25, with Earnest Lovers kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall has “Big Chief” featuring “Underground New Orleans Heritage Music” hosted by Louis Rodriguez tonight, Aug. 25, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The El Verano Inn has Karaoke from Neelix One tonight, Aug. 25, starting at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Open-Mic on Wednesday, Aug. 26, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano has Swing Dancing with Buck Nickels and Loose Change on Wednesday, Aug. 26, kicking off at 8 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Calvin Ross on Wednesday, Aug. 26, for a 7:30 p.m. showtime.

The Epicurean Connection welcomes the Star Bandits solo piano bar on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Jack London State Historic Park is presenting the “Sundown Music Series” on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. with Rubber Soul – Acoustic Beatles Experience.

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall has “Rhythm and Blues Singer Sit-in and Community Jam” hosted by Dallis Craft and Louis Rodriguez on Thursday, Aug. 27, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano presents the Thursday Project with Ryan Tatarian on Thursday, Aug. 27, kicking off at 8 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Shameless on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Aventine Restaurant in Glen Ellen has Full Circle Trio on Thursday, Aug. 20, kicking off at 5 p.m.

The Epicurean Connection welcomes Jon Emery on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson on Friday, Aug. 28, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. The venue is 21 and over only.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes John Stowell and Michael Zilber on Friday, Aug. 28, for a 7 p.m. show. .

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano presents DJ Isak on Friday, Aug. 28, kicking off at 9 p.m.

The Epicurean Connection welcomes Old Earth on Friday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents the Friday night summer music series on Friday, Aug. 28, with Ten Foot Tone kicking off at 6 p.m. It is also a “Food Truck Friday” event.

Funky Fridays continues at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park on Friday, Aug. 28, with the Jami Jamison Band, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille has Bad Jones on Friday, Aug. 28, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Savannah Blue on Friday, Aug. 28, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall has Junk Parlor on Friday, Aug. 28, kicking off at 8 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Solid Air on the beer garden stage at 5 p.m. and Dan Martin on the tavern stage on Friday, Aug. 28, for an 8 p.m. start time.

If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it.

The Friday Aug. 21 Column

Soundbytes – Bits and Pieces

 

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Norton and Friends

 

PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) and a cure for it has become a cause lately for several local musicians, some no longer here with us. PKD causes cysts to grow in the kidneys, eventually leading to kidney failure, at which point a person would need dialysis or a transplant. PKD is one of the most common, life-threatening genetic diseases, affecting thousands in America and millions worldwide. At this point in time, there is no treatment or cure for this disease.

In 2009, the late Norton Buffalo, along with his musician friends, participated in a night of music to bring awareness and educate the public about Polycystic Kidney Disease, a disease his close friend, Doug Graham had inherited. Graham continues his efforts to educate the public about PKD and is hosting a concert at Studio 35 on Sunday, Aug. 23, kicking off at 1 p.m., which features a show with some of his former bandmates, including Dave Aguilar, Lisa Flores Buffalo, and David Brown. Local singer-songwriters Theresa Stoops and Jim Brumm will also participate by playing some of their original songs.

There will be information available to help educate folks about the PKD Foundation’s research, education, advocacy, support, and their annual “Walk for a PKD Cure,” which will be held on Sept. 26 this year. You can sign up to participate on your own or be on Doug Graham’s team, “Team Penguin”. Sonoma’s Alcadessa Marcie Waldron, will also be at the event to share information about her “Got the Dot” campaign to get a thousand Sonomans to put the pink dot on their license, to donate life to others.

The event is free but donations are encouraged. Studio 35 is at 35 Patten St. in Sonoma. For more info, point your browser to studio35sonoma or call Doug Graham at 334-5472.

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Del Medina

Del Medina

The Hawaiian dance party is back this weekend on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Sonoma Woman’s Club when Del Medina, referred to in the local hula circles as “the North Bay’s King of Kanikapila” takes the stage with his ukulele. “Kanikapila” means Hawaiian jam session, and is presented by the local hula group Hula Mai and all are welcome to bring an instrument and join in on the fun. The songs are half traditional Hawaiian and half American pop, so they’ll be room for anyone with even an ounce of musical talent, be it on a guitar, ukulele, kazoo or even a foot stomper or two. The event gets under way at 2 p.m. with doors open at 1:30 p.m. and admission is free but donations are encouraged as they will go towards the upkeep of the historic Woman’s Club building which is turning 100 years old next year. For more info, point your browser to hulamai.org

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B. R. Cohn Charity Events, producer of the Sonoma Music Festival, has announced the release of a specially priced two-day ticket for the Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3, shows, which will feature, Chicago, America, Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band, which includes Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Greg Bissonette, Warren Ham and more. Also on the bill is Pablo Cruise and Carlos Reyes. The charity concert has moved from the famous estate winery that features Cohn’s name to the Field of Dreams in downtown Sonoma. Over the years, the concert has helped raise over 6.5 million dollars for local and national charitable causes, with this years being Fisher House for Vets, Redwood Empire Food Bank, American Legion Post #489 and Bread and Roses. For tickets and more info, point your browser to sonomamusicfestival.com

 

Set List – The Rundown

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall
452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma – 996-1364.

Tonight, Aug. 21, Left Coast Syncopaters– 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, Luke Domingue, Bruce Gordon and Luis Rodriguez – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.
Monday. Aug. 24, Graceland Unplugged with Dallis Craft – 7:30 p.m.

Annex Wine Bar
865 W. Napa St. Sonoma – 938-7779

Tonight, Aug. 21, DaveEdJohn Quartet – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, Paquette Sisters– 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub
464 First St. E. Sonoma – 935-0660

Tonight, Aug. 21, Z and the Benders – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, Kari King Trio – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23, David Thom Experience – 7 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards
389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma – 933-3230

Tonight, Aug. 21, Death by Cowbell – 6 p.m.

Plaza Bistro
420 First St E. Sonoma – 996-4466

Tonight, Aug.21, Arun Luthra – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug.22, the Drifting Rich – 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall
401 Grove St. El Verano – 343-0044

Tonight, Aug, 21, Cork Pullers – 4 p.m. DJ Isak – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, BackTrax – 8 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern
691 Broadway Sonoma – 935-9100

Tonight, Aug. 21, Dallas Caroline – 5 p.m. – Tom Rhodes – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, Craig Corona – 1 p.m. Billy Manzik – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23, Jeff Campbell – 1 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille
400 First St. E. Sonoma – 938-7110

Tonight, Aug. 21, DJ Cal – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, DJ Hi – C – 9:30 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery
15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen – 800-330-4064

Sunday, Aug. 23, Madison Hudson Band – 1 p.m.

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood- 833-6288

Tonight, Aug. 21, Funky Friday’s with Tommy Thomsen and Wendy DeWitt– 6:30 p.m.

Epicurean Connection
122 W Napa St. Sonoma – 935-7960

Tonight, Aug. 21, Rule 5 Jazz Trio– 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, Brooke and the Caterpillar – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23, Karen Slavin – 1 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars
9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood – 933-9305

Tonight, Aug. 21, the Bee Rays – 5 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club
574 First St. E. – 938-8313

Saturday, Aug. 22, Hawaiian Jam Session – 2 p.m.

Studio 35
35 Patten St., Sonoma – 934-8145

Sunday, Aug. 23, Dave Aguilar, Lisa Flores and David Brown – 1 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House
18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs – 938-7587

Sunday, Aug. 23, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.

Blue Moon Saloon
19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma – 996-3055

Saturday, Aug. 22, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.

Z and the Benders roll through Sonoma

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Mike Z

 

The Tuesday Night Market has Z and the Benders tonight, Aug. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille presents reggae night tonight, Aug. 18, with reggae DJ’s spinning dance music kicking off at 9 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has the “After Party” tonight, Aug. 18, with Tudo Bem kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall has “Big Chief” featuring “Underground New Orleans Heritage Music” hosted by Louis Rodriguez tonight, Aug. 18, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The El Verano Inn has Karaoke from Neelix One tonight, Aug. 18, starting at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Open-Mic on Wednesday, Aug. 19, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano has Swing Dancing with Memory Lane on Wednesday, Aug. 19, kicking off at 8 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Calvin Ross on Wednesday, Aug. 19, for a 7:30 p.m. showtime.

The Epicurean Connection welcomes Kalei solo piano bar on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

The Rive Gauche Dining Club is back in action at the FAHA Manor in El Verano on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. with Wendy De Witt. Dinner reservations can be made by calling 996-0900.

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall has “Rhythm and Blues Singer Sit-in and Community Jam” hosted by Dallis Craft and Louis Rodriguez on Thursday, Aug. 20, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano presents the Thursday Project with Ryan Teterian on Thursday, Aug. 20, kicking off at 8 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Drifting Rich on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Aventine Restaurant in Glen Ellen has Full Circle Trio on Thursday, Aug. 20, kicking off at 5 p.m.

The Epicurean Connection welcomes Shawn Cahoon and Jon Emery on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma has the Cork Pullers by the pool on Thursday, Aug. 20, kicking off at 4:30 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille presents karaoke Thursday, Aug. 20, with Neelix One kicking off at 9 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Timothy O’Neil on Thursday, Aug. 20, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents the DaveEdJohn Quartet on Friday, Aug. 21, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. The venue is 21 and over only.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes Arun Luthra on Friday, Aug. 21, for a 7 p.m. show. .

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano presents the Corkpullers on Friday, Aug. 21, kicking off at 4 p.m. and DJ Isak kicking off at 9 p.m.

The Epicurean Connection welcomes Rule 5 Jazz Trio on Friday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents the Friday night summer music series on Friday, Aug. 21, with Death by Cowbell kicking off at 6 p.m.

Funky Fridays continues at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park on Friday, Aug. 21, with Tommy Thomsen and Wendy DeWitt, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille has DJ Cal on Friday, Aug. 21, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Z and the Benders on Friday, Aug. 21, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall has the Left Coast Syncopaters on Friday, Aug. 21, kicking off at 8 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Dallas Caroline on the beer garden stage at 5 p.m. and Tom Rhodes on the tavern stage on Friday, Aug. 21, for an 8 p.m. start time.

The Bee Rays will be at Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood for “Wine Down Friday” on the tasting room porch Friday, Aug. 21, starting at 5 p.m. Admission includes a glass of wine

The Friday Aug. 14 Column

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Vaud and the Villians

Soundbytes – Bits and Pieces

It’s billed as part vaudeville, part cabaret act and part circus, with an 18-piece orchestra and cabaret show, it is loosely themed as a traveling medicine show or “Americana Noir meets Moulin Rouge” with the presentation of a modern day, rock and roll spectacle. Whatever it is, it looks to be huge. According to band leader Vaud “When we began to select and write material for the show we had a simple criteria; vivid, uplifting and fun. A show to appeal to every age, color, creed, sexual orientation and political affiliation, akin to some wild Fitzgeraldian party that you had only dreamt could exist come to life before your eyes. When you leave a Vaud and the Villains show, you may find you are walking 8 inches off the ground”

The act has been playing Los Angeles and beyond since 2008 and is acclaimed for their powerhouse performances and diverse ensemble. Their local club shows have remained a coveted ticket for music lovers, hipsters and dreamers alike since their inception. The acts motto is “every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.” 2014 was a banner year for the act, selling out halls in San Francisco and San Diego and even played the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. After a slot at the Sacramento Music Festival, the act was voted crowd favorite, second only to Trombone Shorty.

Vaud is coming to Sonoma tonight, Aug. 14, at Rossi’s Dancehall in El Verano. Tickets will be available at the door. For more info, point your browser to rossis1906.com

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Keith Greeninger

In what is somewhat of a coup, Sonoma has managed to get an afternoon performance from singer-songwriter Keith Greeninger on Sunday, Aug. 16, at 3 p.m. at B & V Whiskey Bar and Grille. A fourth-generation Northern Californian, Greeninger would often fall asleep at night with a transistor radio under his pillow. When his grandfather gave him his first guitar, Greeninger moved from listening to creating his own music quite literally overnight. After traveling to Central America, where he helped rebuild war-torn areas, Greeninger settled in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where he could raise a family. 1997 marked a double release, as it were, with the birth of their first child and the release of Keith’s first solo album, “Wind River Crossing.” The record included musical contributions by well-known artists like Flaco Jimenez, Peter Michael Escovido and Martin Simpson.

Since then, Greeninger has won top songwriting awards at the prestigious Telluride Blue Grass Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Napa Valley Folk Festival. There is no cover for the show and the venue is family friendly.

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Local Musician Spotlight – Sonoma Sinatra – Stan Pappas

 

Sonoma Sinatra Stan Pappas

Sonoma Sinatra Stan Pappas

You may know Stan for a number or reasons, maybe as Mr. Shoe selling shoes, you may have gotten a real estate loan from him, or even bought a car from him, but there’s on thing certain, his passion is Frank Sinatra. Sinatra had an influence on almost every aspect of his life, and in this year that would have been Sinatra’s 100th birthday, Pappas has come out of semi-retirement and taken his Sinatra tribute act on the road again. You can catch him this Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Poseidon Tasting Room at Cornerstone in Carneros, kicking off at 3 p.m.

1) Many musicians in our generation cite the Beatles on Ed Sullivan as that moment when they knew music was what they wanted to do. When and what was it that made you realize you wanted to be a musician?

SP> Well, I knew long before the Beatles were around, I was 11 years old and I heard a Sinatra LP, “Swing Easy” and became a fan for life. Picked it up at a Walgrens in Stonestown for $3.99. That was a lot of money back then.

2) That first instrument you owned. What was it and do you still have it?

SP> It was a trumpet and I actually do still have it. In junior high I played in a dance band. The conductor played trombone and had actually been a member of Tommy Dorsey’s band. He had a big influence on me.

3) Who are you’re primary influences in your music?

SP> Well, clearly Frank Sinatra, but many from the big-band generation: the Rat Pack, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin. I never really got into the rock and roll for whatever reason, I always stuck to the music I fell in love with.

4) What CD or playlist is in your car or your iPod?

SP> It’s called “Hit Parade of the ‘50s” but doesn’t have a rock song on it, it’s all big band stuff.

5) Tell us about your current acts.

SP> I’ve brought my “Sonoma Sinatra” act out of retirement for the 100th birthday of Sinatra. I had kind enough of it but once I realized the time of life it was, I had to bring it back. I’m not doing bars with it any longer, just wineries or non-profit events.

6) If you could have written one song, which one would it be and why?

SP> “Don’t Worry about Me” by who else? Frank Sinatra. I was going through a divorce several years back and those lyrics really helped me get through it. “Don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine.”

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Set List – The Rundown

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall
452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma – 996-1364.

Tonight, Aug. 14, Motordude Zydeco Trio with Billie Wilson, Ian Lamson and Willie Jordan – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15, Bob Edmondson and friends – 4:45 p.m.   p.m.  David Bennett Cohen and What’s Shakin’
w/Roy Blumenfeld, David Aguilar and Tim Eschliman – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 16, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.
Monday. Aug. 17, Graceland Unplugged with Dallis Craft – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 18, Big Chief with Lou Rodriguez

Annex Wine Bar
865 W. Napa St. Sonoma – 938-7779

Tonight, Aug. 14, Insomniact – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15, Hard Travelin’– 6:30 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub
464 First St. E. Sonoma – 935-0660

Tonight, Aug. 14, Michael Mullin – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15, Mostly Simply Bluegrass – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 16, the Tonewoods – 7 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards
389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma – 933-3230

Tonight, Aug. 14, Rett Hamer Blues Band – 6 p.m.

Plaza Bistro
420 First St E. Sonoma – 996-4466

Tonight, Aug.14, John Kalleen Group – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug.15, the Drifting Rich – 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall
401 Grove St. El Verano – 343-0044

Tonight, Aug, 14, Vaud and the Villians – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15, Gator Nation – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 16, Tri-Tip Trio – 5 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern
691 Broadway Sonoma – 935-9100

Tonight, Aug. 14, Greg Lamboy – 5 p.m. – the Mosey Boys – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15, Ricky Ray – 1 p.m. Deluxe – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 16, Jimbo Scott – 1 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille
400 First St. E. Sonoma – 938-7110

Tonight, Aug. 14, Gold Minor – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15, Tilted Halos – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 16, Keith Greeninger – 3 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery
15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen – 800-330-4064

Sunday, Aug. 16, Beso – 1 p.m.

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood- 833-6288

Tonight, Aug. 14, Funky Friday’s with Volker Strifler– 6:30 p.m.

Epicurean Connection
122 W Napa St. Sonoma – 935-7960

Tonight, Aug. 14, Deluxe – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15, Arizona and the Volunteers – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 16, Jon Otis – 7:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Theatre
476 First St. E. Sonoma – 996-9756

Monday, Aug. 17, the Carrtunes – 8 p.m.

Schelville Grill
22900 Broadway, Sonoma – 996-5151

Saturday, Aug. 15, Butch Engle – 12:45 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 16, Butch Engle – 12:45 p.m.

Poseidon Vineyards
23568 Arnold Dr, Carneros – 706-2020

Sunday, Aug. 16, Sonoma Sinatra – Stan Pappas – 3 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House
18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs – 938-7587

Sunday, Aug. 16, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.

Blue Moon Saloon
19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma – 996-3055

Saturday, Aug. 15, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 16, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.