The Friday May 22 Column

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Venue Preview – Funky Fridays – Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

2012 wasn’t a good year for California State Parks, many, including Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, were slated for closure in June of that year. Bill Myers and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Manager John Roney were hiking in the park, lamenting on the closure and what could be done to help. Both had a background in music and friends in the industry and wondered if the amphitheatre in the park couldn’t be used for music events to help raise money.

The idea was solid and well intentioned, but months went by and nothing had happened. That’s when Myers better half, Linda Pavlik asked him ”What have you done, when are you going to make this happen?” Myers hemmed and hawed and Pavlik jumped into action. A former county fair director that used to manage a million dollar entertainment budget, she bought a domain name, built a website and started making phone calls. She even came up with the name ‘Funky Fridays.” The kick-off year was 2013, and a learning year, as park regulations were sorted and getting the word out about the event. They found the event was well received, and were surprised to know most of the attendees were from the Santa Rosa area, and not Sonoma Valley.

Myers and Pavlik are a portion of the group calling itself “Team Sugarloaf,” which is made up of five local, park-supporting, non-profit organizations that have worked together to create a plan to keep the park open to the public, and includes Sonoma Ecology Center as the lead, Valley of the Moon Observatory Association to operate the observatory and related interpretive activities, United Camps, Conferences & Retreats to operate the campground facilities, Valley of the Moon Natural History Association to operate the Visitors Center and assist with volunteers, and Sonoma County Trails Council to maintain the trails.

Funky Fridays contributed over $30,000 to the park last summer, with the event drawing close to 500 people for each Friday night concert.

Food and beverages are available at the amphitheater during all concerts and folks are encouraged to arrive early, as parking gets full. Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks, beverages, or an entire picnic. The evenings can get chilly, so it’s suggested to bringing a blanket or a jacket.

The shows all kick off at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a variety of acts from Sonoma County. The Bruthas will kick off the third season tonight, May 22. For more info, point your browser to funkyfridays.info or call 833-6288.

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Photo: Robbi Pengelli – Sonoma Index Tribune

 

Local Musician Spotlight – Jon Shannon Williams

Jon Shannon Williams is one of the most colorful of the musical characters we have here in the Valley. You may catch him in one of his club acts, or even busking in the foyer of the Sebastiani Theatre or sitting in the Plaza strumming his signature acoustic guitar.

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?

I actually never set out to be a musician, it just kind of happened. There was always music at my house and we had a piano and I used to play with it, write some songs, was my solace for when I felt down or had troubles in my life. I guess when I heard someone else play one of my songs and I heard my own lyrics out loud, I guess that was the moment I knew.

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

I do still have it and still play it. I’ve painted it several times. It wasn’t a particularly expensive acoustic guitar, but I’ve never found one that sounds like it. I bought it from a follower of the Grateful Dead who was moving to Hawaii.

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

Hmm… Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Talking Heads. Definitely the Talking Heads, and lately Michael Franti. Franti has such a positive message and his songs are just so upbeat… really digging him lately

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

Ironically, my own bands. Ten Foot Tone and Driven. We’re working on a new CD for Ten Foot Tone called “Taste Good” so I’ve been listening to our songs a lot.

5) Tell us about your current acts.

It’s funny that both of them kind of came from the same place but are in two totally separate places in my life now. Driven was the act years ago and some of the members of that act turned into Ten Foot Tone and recently the guys from the original Driven and I have brought it back. There are a couple songs that both acts do, but the acts really have different goals and agendas. It’s like the right hand and the left hand. There are people that want to be lead singers and people that get to be. I’ve never had the “Rockstar Dream,” I just always wanted to be a good performer. I’ve also been doing a number of solo shows lately as well.

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

Imagine by John Lennon. Why? Not sure. It’s not actually my favorite song, but it puts religion and politics in it’s place, I like that part.

Set List – The Rundown

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

Tonight, May 22, Charlie “Cleveland” Hickox, Tim Eschliman and Luis Rodriguez – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 23, Wild Catahoulas– 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 24, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.
Monday. May 25, Graceland Unplugged with Dallis Craft – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 26, Big Chief with Lou Rodriguez

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

Tonight, May 22, Vitamin Girl – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 23, Tilted Halos – 7:30 p.m.

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

Tonight, May 22, Old Earth – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 23, Feral – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 24, Keady Phelan – 1 p.m.

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

Tonight, May 22, Staddler-Gibbons Band – 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 23, David Thom – 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 24, Dawn Angelosante and Joe Pennell – 7:30 p.m.

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

Tonight, May 22, Big Iron – 6 p.m.

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

Tonight, May 22, Stephanie Ozer Trio – 7 p.m.

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

Tonight, May 22, 1955 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 23, Rewind – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 24, 3 on a Match – 5 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern
691 Broadway Sonoma – 935-9100

Tonight, May 22, Anthony Bello – 5 p.m. – Dawn Angelosante and Joe Pennell – 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 23, Anthony Presti – 1 p.m. Tom Rhodes – 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 24, Tom Martin – 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 24, Listening Room – Box Set – 8 p.m.

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

Tonight, May 22, T Luke and the Tight Suits – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 23, DJ Hi- C – 9:30 p.m.

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

Sunday, May 24, Jason Bodlovich – 2 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars
9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood – 933-9305

Tonight, May 22, Tommy Thomsen Band – 5 p.m.

Schug Winery
602 Bonneau Road, Carneros – 939-9363

Saturday, May 23, Jaydub and Dino – 1 p.m.

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

Tonight, May 22, Funky Friday’s with the Bruthas – 6:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club
574 First St. E. Sonoma  

Saturday, May 23, Kanikapila with Del Medina – 2 p.m.

Bump Wine Cellars
521 Broadway Sonoma – 228-9214

Tonight, May 22, Wet is the New Dry – Poets and Musicians – 7 p.m.

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

Sunday, May 24, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.

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

Saturday, May 23, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, May 24, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.

Christain Dupree back at Annex Wine Bar

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Christian Dupree

 

The Tuesday Night Market welcomes Acoustic Soul tonight, May 19, at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille presents reggae night tonight, May 19, with reggae DJ’s spinning dance music kicking off at 9 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub starts the “After Party” tonight, May 19, with Michael Mullen kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The El Verano Inn has Karaoke from Neelix One tonight, May 19, starting at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Open-Mic on Wednesday, May 20, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Calvin Ross on Wednesday, May 20, for a 7:30 p.m. showtime.

The Epicurean Connection presents Bray on Wednesday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m.

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, May 21, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Christian Dupree on Thursday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Aventine in Glen Ellen has Rico and Jeremy on Thursday, May 21, kicking off at 5:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano presents What’s Shakin’ on Thursday, May 21, kicking off at 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Kevin Russell on Thursday, May 21, starting at 8 p.m.

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall has Charlie “Cleveland” Hickox, Tim Eschliman and Luis Rodriguez on Friday, May 22, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Vitamin Girl on Friday, May 22, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. The venue is 21 and over only.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Stephanie Ozer Trio on Friday, May 22, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Epicurean Connection presents Old Earth on Friday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano has 1955 on Friday, May 22, kicking off at 9 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille has T Luke and the Tight Suits on Friday, May 22, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents the Friday night summer music series on Friday, May 22, with Big Iron kicking off at 6 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes the Staddler-Gibbons Band on Friday, May 22, starting at 8 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Anthony Bello on the beer garden stage at 5 p.m. and Dawn Angelosante and Joe Pennell on the tavern stage on Friday, May 22, for an 8 p.m. start time.

Funky Fridays begins at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park on Friday, May 22, with the Bruthas, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

The Tommy Thomsen Band will be at Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood for “Wine Down Friday” on the tasting room porch Friday, May 22, starting at 5 p.m. Admission includes a glass of wine.

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

The Friday May 15 Column

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The Bumblin’ Bones

Spin of the Week

Bumblin’ Bones – Crumb Bum

It’s kind of unfair that when we go to listen to a new act or CD, we tend to automatically try to make comparisons to existing acts or songs. In the case of the Bumblin’ Bones debut release, “Crumb Bum,” it took three or four listens until we had it; and it wasn’t an easy reach. Think Nirvana mixed with the Smashing Pumpkins, some White Stripes and a little Tom Waits, not for vocals, but for attitude, and you have an idea of what the act delivers.

Formed just about a year ago, the local act has come a long way from the garage to having a CD of original tunes to release. The act consists of Ian Hinkley on vocals, guitar, keyboard and banjo, Matt Ruff on bass and vocals and Taylor Diaz not only laying down drum tracks, but guitar and mandolin as well.

The songs are all unique, some might even be considered “performance poetry” with a backing track, and we’re not sure yet if the “circus” piano that is a familiar theme throughout the album is soothing or haunting, or both. The songs are structured but most would not be considered dance songs, but more to hearing the message Hinkley is trying to lay down.

According to Hinkley, “The music embraces the honesty of life in it’s mundane moments as well as its heartbreaking moments. A song like “Parking Lot Heroes” tells the story of a worn and shallow man who feels truly lucky and beautiful to be drinking a 40 oz in a sun-pounded parking lot, while a song like “No One” is the inner monologue of a man who greedily loves somebody despite knowing that his love is ultimately disallowing her to flourish.”

The band is having it’s CD release party tonight, May 15, at B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille at 9 p.m. where you can check out the act and pick up the disc. There is no cover.

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10-questions – Sonoma Music Festival – Oct. 2 – 4

We spent a little time on the phone this week with promoter/philanthropist Bruce Cohn while he was in Nashville with the Doobie Brothers and posed some of the questions we’ve been hearing around town about the upcoming Sonoma Music Festival.

1) What was the reason behind the move from the winery to the Field of Dreams

BC: Basically the festival had just gotten too big for the facility. The hillsides and stairs made accessibility difficult and lets face it, the classic rock acts that we bring to the festival and the crowd aren’t getting any younger. The Field of Dreams is flat and accessible and seeing Jazz+ put on successful shows there, it just made sense. In addition, we will save almost 100 thousand dollars in set up costs, money that can be donated to the charities we support by putting on the festival.

2) Will the winery still be involved with the festival?

BC: Absolutely. All the wines poured in the VIP areas and chalets will be B. R. Cohn wines, but in addition, we’ll have at least ten other local wineries pouring and local restaurants will be there as well.

3) How will the festival deal with parking?

BC: We’ve worked with the city quite a bit on this and we’re going to just see how it goes this year and make adjustments if we have to. We’re encouraging locals to walk or bike to the festival. We are also in talks to have some of the schools or churches that are close to open up their lots for the festival and charge a small fee that they can keep and use to help their organizations. The Fourth of July events bring 10 – 15 Thousand people to the city that day. Our events will bring in a little over three thousand. We’re really thinking it will be a non-issue and our website will be updated as we get closer to the festival with parking options around town.

4) Will there be an auction fundraising dinner?

BC: No, we’ve replaced the Friday night dinner with an additional show. The costs of putting on the dinner were approaching the amount we could actually raise. The concert will be much more profitable for the charities. There will be auctions of one of a kind items during one of the set changes each day of the shows, giving people access to items that were previously only available to the dinner crowd.

5) Can people bring food into the festival?

BC: No, all food profits will be donated to the charity fund so we’re encouraging folks to buy food inside the festival.

6) What about water?

BC: No, that is the same as food. There will be plenty of beverages available for purchase inside the festival.

7) How will the festival deal with the noise ordinance?

BC: We plan to comply with the city’s ordinances. We have a 10 p.m. cutoff time for noise and we’ll likely wrap up the night time shows even before that time.

8) Are any new features or events planned for the weekend?

BC: We’re working on something fun that will raise additional money for the charity fund but we can’t announce anything quite yet. Soon though.

9) Will more acts be announced?

BC: Not really, we really don’t have any more time open. The evening shows can’t run too long and no one wants to get up earlier on a Sunday. The line-ups are set.

10) Who personally are you looking forward to seeing?

BC: Wow, it’s hard to pinpoint one act with this line-up. The Doobies have toured with Chicago in the past and it’s nice to have them together again. In all the years I’ve been in the business, I’ve never seen America live so I’m looking forward to that. Ringo of course, and having him in Sonoma really is a once in a lifetime event. I mean, a Beatle in Sonoma? The man is 74 years old and who knows how long he’ll be touring. Most of the folks in his band we’ve had at prior shows and are friends so that will be fun. I’ve probably seen the Doobie Brothers 3,000 times and they honestly just keep getting better and having Gregg Allman with them the same night is going to be great. We did a rock and roll cruise earlier this year and saw Edgar Winter and were so impressed with his show we knew we had to have him on the bill. The Doobie kids are always fun to see and Tommy Castro as well. The only time he played the festival he was ill but played anyways. Will be nice to see him healthy and play a set. Really, I’m looking forward to all three days, which is why we put together the three-day discount ticket package, and you don’t have to go all three days to buy one, share it with a friend or two.

JMB: For tickets and more info, point your browser to sonomamusicfestival.com

Set List – the Rundown

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall

Tonight, May 15, Ron Dubin and the Rosetown Ramblers – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, Flying Squirrels – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.
Monday. May 18, Graceland Unplugged with Dallis Craft – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 19, Big Chief with Lou Rodriguez

Annex Wine Bar

Tonight, May 15, Kelly Ann Miller – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, Don Trotta – 7:30 p.m.

Epicurean Connection

Tonight, May 15, Homebrew – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, This Old Earthquake – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, Jon Otis – 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Sunday, May 17, Z and the Benders – 7 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards

Tonight, May 15, Chris Hanlin – 6 p.m.

Plaza Bistro

Tonight, May 15, EaR Candy Trio – 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall

Tonight, May 15, DJ Isak – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, Bonedrivers – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, Tri-Tip Trio – 5 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern

Tonight, May 15, Star Bandits – 5 p.m. – Jon Shannon Williams – 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, Mokai – 1 p.m. the Mosey Boys – 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, Kyle Williams – 1 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille

Tonight, May 15, Bumblin’ Bones – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, Train Wreck Junction – 9:30 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery

Sunday, May 17, Lee Howard – 2 p.m.

Moose Lodge

Saturday, May 16, Showcase the Band – 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, Showcase the Band – 6 p.m.

Hot Box Grill

Sunday, May 17, Sonoma Soul – 5 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Regional Library

Saturday, May 16, Bach and Verse – 2 p.m.

Jacuzzi Family Winery

Sunday, May 17, Alexander String Quartet – 3 p.m.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Saturday, May 16, Sonoma Valley Chorale – Hungarian Organ Concert – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, Sonoma Valley Chorale – Hungarian Organ Concert – 3p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House

Sunday, May 17, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.

Blue Moon Saloon

Saturday, May 16, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.

Live music back at Aventine

The Cork Pullers

The Cork Pullers

 

The Tuesday Night Market welcomes the Cork Pullers tonight, May 12, at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille presents reggae night tonight, May 12, with reggae DJ’s spinning dance music kicking off at 9 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub starts the “After Party” tonight, May 12, with the Sean Carscadden Trio kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The El Verano Inn has Karaoke from Neelix One tonight, May 12, starting at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Open-Mic on Wednesday, May 13, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Calvin Ross on Wednesday, May 13, for a 7:30 p.m. showtime.

The Epicurean Connection presents Ben Weiner on piano on Wednesday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m.

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, May 14, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Ralph and Aria Cetola on Thursday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Aventine in Glen Ellen has Ariel Garcia on Thursday, May 14, kicking off at 5:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano presents What’s Shakin’ on Thursday, May 14, kicking off at 8 p.m.

The Epicurean Connection has Rooster Still on Thursday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Kevin Russell on Thursday, May 14, starting at 8 p.m.

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall has Ron Dubin and the Rosetown Ramblers on Friday, May 15, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Kelly Ann Miller on Friday, May 15, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. The venue is 21 and over only.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the EaR Candy Trio on Friday, May 15, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Epicurean Connection presents Homebrew on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano has DJ Isak on Friday, May 15, kicking off at 9 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille has Bumblin’ Bones on Friday, May 15, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents the Friday night summer music series on Friday, May 15, with Chris Hanlin kicking off at 6 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes the Staddler-Gibbons Band on Friday, May 15, starting at 8 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Star Bandits on the beer garden stage at 5 p.m. and Jon Shannon Williams on the tavern stage on Friday, May 15, for an 8 p.m. start time.

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The Friday May 8 Column

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Photo: Greg Rank

Pick of the Week

Vox Populi gets “Satisfied” at Sebastiani Theatre

“Wanted: People who want to learn vocal harmony” is how the ad in the paper read. The first week there were 10 people interested, the next week 20, the following week 30, six weeks later there were close to 50 people all interested in singing, and Vox Populi was born. The term is Latin, and translated means “Voice of the People” and the group has certainly turned into that. Founded by mark Dennis seven years ago, the “Rock and Roll Choir” has been involving and performing for the community ever since. Dennis knew he was on to something in the second year, when the local musical act Plan Be joined the group and the presented “Abbey Road – a Tribute to the Beatles” to sold out crowds at the Sebastiani Theatre, an act they even took on the road to Mill Valley at the Throckmorton Theater, also performing to sold out houses.

The audition is simple. You have to answer one question out loud; “Can you sing?” as Dennis feels if you are confident to be able to say that you can, you likely can, but until you can say it out loud, it’s no deal. Dennis puts a lot of effort into making sure all participants know their parts. This is not a bunch of people just “singing along,” but all members are assigned specific harmony lines and the songs are delivered with all 4 parts in the background and your line “up front” or boosted from the other vocal lines. Formerly a painstaking process involving burning endless CD’s, Dennis now has a group member that posts the tracks online. Dennis does this for every vocal line in every song the group performs.

The group practices every Wednesday night, and he means every, as they only take about two Wednesdays off a year around the holidays, at Energy Studios in the Mercato Plaza.

“A real community has risin’ out of this thing” says Dennis, “Friends that were not prior are now, and even some relationships have come out of the group.”

The next performance by the group is slated for Monday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sebastiani Theatre, and all shows by the group at that venue are a benefit for the beloved theatre. They are billing it as “Satisfaction” and will feature songs from the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Sir Elton John, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Eagles & more. Providing the back line for the night will be Dennis on guitar, Mark Willson, also on guitar, Dave McKee on percussion and long-time sound man Pete Carlson providing sound reinforcement. The shows all sell-out, so advance tickets can be purchased at the Sebastiani Theatre box office, or at the door if available. If you cannot make that performance, the group will be presenting an encore performance on Saturday, May 30, at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, also at 7 p.m.

Upcoming Show

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Blue Rose Ball – Sebastiani Theatre – Saturday, June 13

We’ve said it before here in this space, the amount of rockstars that come to perform in our little Valley have to outnumber areas of similar size anywhere. OK, Maybe Austin Tx, but coming Saturday June 13, we’ve got a couple more showing up for a benefit for the Joseph Capone Scholarship Fund at the Old Adobe School. John Oates from Hall and Oates along with Holly Williams, granddaughter of the legendary Hank Williams will grace the stage at the historic Sebastiani Theatre. With them will be James Maddock, Nicole Atkins, Holt Brothers Abbey, Kelly Fitzgerald, T Sisters and Brothers Keeper with Jono Manson and Jason Crosby. In it’s second year, the inaugural event raised 25 Thousand dollars, enough to provide five year long scholarships at the school for families that could otherwise not afford to attend.

Oates was half of one of the most successful duos in popular music, in the ‘70s and ‘80s churning out hit after hit with his partner Daryl Hall to the tune of album sales of over 80 million. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a BMI Icon. Williams would probably frown on the fact that we pointed out her famous grandfather, as she has made it a point to become a signer songwriter in her own way, with her own words and not ride on his coattails, which has gained her much respect in the singer-songwriter community.

The mission of the Blue Rose Foundation is as follows: “The Blue Rose Foundation believes that equal access to resources starts children on an early pathway to success, and strengthens our families and communities. By awarding preschool scholarships to children from economically disadvantaged families, we foster a life-long love of learning and provide the children with the tools to reach their full potential.”

Tickets for the event are on sale now and for those and more information, point your browser to bluerosesonoma,org.

Set List – The Rundown

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall

Tonight, May 8, Left Coast Syncopaters – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, John Allair and Julia Harrell – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 10, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.

Annex Wine Bar

Tonight, May 8, Mad and Eddie Duran – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, Ralph Cetola and Krazy Kat – 7:30 p.m.

Epicurean Connection

Tonight, May 8, Kristen Pearce – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, Kevin Russell and his So Called Friends – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 10, Abbey and the Myth – 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Friday, May 8, Deluxe – 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, Mostly Simply Bluegrass – 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, Shards of Green – 7 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards

Tonight, May 8, Sugarfoot – 6 p.m.

Plaza Bistro

Tonight, May 8, Dalt Williams with vocalist Frankye Kelly – 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall

Tonight, May 8, Chaka Demus and Pliers and more – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, Zydeco Flames – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 10, the Smart Fellers – 5 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern

Tonight, May 8, Rob Larkin – 5 p.m. – Hand Me Downs – 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, Craig Corona – 1 p.m. Aqua Velvets – 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 10, Chris Hanlin – 1 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille

Tonight, May 8, DJ Hi-C – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, Ten Foot Tone– 9:30 p.m.

El Verano Inn

Tonight, May 8, Driven and Rag Tag Sullivan – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, Tilted Halos– 8:30 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery

Sunday, May 10, Jeff Walters – 2 p.m.

Larson Family Winery

Sunday, May 10, Cork Pullers – 1 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars

Tonight, May 8, Keith Andrew Band – 5 p.m.

Jack London State Historic Park

Sunday, May 10, Piano Concert – 2 p.m.

FAHA Center

Sunday, May 10, Alan Early Band – 1 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club

Saturday, May 9, Full Circle – 7:30 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House

Sunday, May 10, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.

Blue Moon Saloon

Saturday, May 9, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, May 10, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.