The Friday, April 29, Column

Soundbytes – Bits and Pieces

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Hula Mai

Break out the Hawaiian shirts, the grass skirts and your ukulele, as it’s time, once again, for the monthly Hawaiian dance party. Saturday, April 30, the group will be dancing and singing at the Sonoma Valley Womans Club, kicking off at 2 p.m. The event is primarily for fun and to invite the community to participate, enjoy and learn about Hawaiian music, but the proceeds from the event have been helping with the costs of upkeep and maintenance of the historic 100 year-old building. Del Medina, referred to in the local hula circles as “the North Bay’s King of Kanikapila” leads the afternoon from many Hawaiian songbooks. “Kanikapila” means Hawaiian jam session. The party 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, be it on a guitar, ukulele, kazoo or even a foot stomper or two. Admission is a $5 donation and snacks will be provided with beverages available for purchase.  For more info, point your browser to hulamai.org

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Tortoise

Yet again, Jeff Bundschu is bringing in music acts to the historic Redwood Barn on the property at Gundlach Bundschu Winery and allowing Sonomans to see bands they would likely never see. The barn has just been remodeled and is ready to rock. Tortoise, hailing from Chicago, has been paying dues for 25 years and is currently on a world tour that will take them all the way to Poland through July. The act is supporting it’s latest album “The Catastrophist” which is the first in nine years and the first ever with vocals. Over the years, the band has experimented in dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism. Opening the show will be Chris Cohen. Doors are at 7 p.m. with the show kicking off at 7:30 p.m. There will be food and beverages available, but no outside food, drinks or chairs of any kind will be allowed. Parking is free for wine club members and people who carpool. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at gunbun.ticketfly.com

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Stagefrite

The Sonoma Charter School is presenting “Viva Las Vegas” as a fundraiser on Saturday, April 30, at Rossis 1906 Roadhouse and the evening will be action packed. The doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner service and the entertainment starts at 7 p.m. with Full Circle. Then Transcendence Theater takes the stage to perform three Vegas-inspired numbers, then it’s time for the showgirls with the Amor Do Samba Brazilian dancers. Stagefrite then takes the stage at 9 p.m. for an evening of dance songs from the ‘70s and ‘80s. In between acts, there will be auction items made by the children of the school as well as larger ticket items like tickets to a San Francisco Giants game. “Our focus at this fundraiser is not only to raise money to sustain our programs, but to also celebrate our community… “ said Kevin Kassebaum, Director of Sonoma Charter School. There are a number of ticket options available, including after-dinner dance only. For tickets and more info, point your browser to sonomacharterschool.org

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Jami Jamison

Set List – The Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, April 29: The Bee Rays. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: Don Trotta. 7:30 p.m.

Barking Dog Roasters, 18133 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 939-1905
Saturday, April 30: Tim McNamee. 3 p.m.
|Sunday, May 1: Dave Bingham. 3 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, May 1: Bray.  2 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, April 29: DJ Cal. 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: DJ Hi – C. 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, April 29: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St. Sonoma, 938-5277
Saturday, April 30: Tortoise and Chris Cohen.  5 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, April 29: Anthony Presti. 5 p.m. Chris Hanlin. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: Matt Bolton. 1 p.m. Garrin Benfield. 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 1: Vardo. 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, April 29: Bear Flag Trio. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: Back Alley Comedy. 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 1: Savannah Blu. 7 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Saturday, April 30: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

Plaza Bistro, 420 First St E. Sonoma, 996-4466
Tonight, April 29: Bryan Girard Trio. 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, April 29: Tri-Tip Trio. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: Sonoma Charter School fundraiser with Stage Frite and Full Circle. 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 1: The Second Street Band. 5 p.m. Blues Jam. 9:30 p.m.

Schellville Grill, 22900 Broadway, Sonoma, 996-5151
Saturday, April 30: Butch Engle and Styx. 12:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, April 29: The Jami Jamison Band. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, April 29: John Allair and Julia Harrell. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: The Marks Brothers. 5 p.m. Tri-Tip Trio. 8 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, 574 First St. E., 938-8313
Saturday, April 30, Hawaiian Jam Session – 2 p.m.
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The Tuesday April 26, Column

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Tsunami

Weekday rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Wednesday, April 27: Kyle Martin and Kristen Pearce. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 28: Guaren Teed and the Dolly Mamas. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 29: The Bee Rays. 7:30 p.m.

Barking Dog Roasters, 18133 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 939-1905
Today, April 26: Stewart Degner. 12 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Friday, April 29: DJ Cal. 9 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, April 26: Neelix One presents Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, April 29: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, April 27: Open – Mic Night, 8 p.m.
Friday, April 29: Anthony Presti. 5 p.m. Chris Hanlin. 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Thursday, April 28: You Knew Me When. 7 p.m.
Friday, April 29: Bear Flag Trio. 8 p.m.

Plaza Bistro, 420 First St E. Sonoma, 996-4466
Friday, April 29: Bryan Girard Trio. 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Wednesday, April 27: Swing Dance Lessons with the Bee Rays. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 29: NovaZone. 7:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Friday, April 29: Jami Jamison Band. 6 p.m.

Steiner’s Tavern, 465 First St. W. #100, Sonoma, 996-3812
Friday, April 29: Tsunami. 7 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, April 26: “New Orleans R&B and American Roots Night” with Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 28: Frankie Bourne. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 29: John Allair & Julia Harrell. 8 p.m.

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

The Friday, April 22, Column

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John Fogerty – Photo: Paul Butterfield, Getty Images

Song List – The Baseball 8

The “Boys of Summer” are back on the brick dust and baseball season is underway, locally and in the big leagues. Whether we penned this or heard it somewhere else, baseball is truly the background music of summer, and the Sonoma Valley had a big part in it all. Old-timers will remember back when we had no major league ball on the West Coast, as the Giants and Dodgers didn’t get here until the late ‘50s, but there was a big baseball following here for the Pacific Coast League, with the Oakland Oaks and the San Francisco Seals making their spring training homes here in the Valley at ball fields and resorts here in  Boyes Hot Springs. Many of the summer resorts in the Springs and El Verano were destinations for fans that came up from the Bay Area at the turn of the century. Names like Joe DiMaggio and Lefty Gomez came up in the Pacific Coast League before moving to the Major Leagues.

So what does all this have to do with music? Jazz has had many versions of itself; Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans and East and West coast styles, but there seems to be no argument where the word “Jazz” originated, and that was right here in Boyes Hot Springs on March 8, 1913, when “Scoop” Gleason was reporting for the San Francisco Bulletin on the San Francisco Seals baseball performance, akin to todays version of the can of “Whopass,” Gleason wrote that the Seals had been “ … keeping their jazz in a can…and opening it at the tap of a gong…” It was later referred to by the local musicians, when asked “What kind of music are you playing?”  “Oh, it’s just some Jazz…”

With that in mind, let’s lay out the top eight baseball songs, with a decidedly NorCal twist and have some summer fun.

  1. Catfish – Bob Dylan

Originally recorder in 1976 and meant for the album “Desire,” the track is a tribute to Oakland A’s pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter didn’t make the cut until 1991 when it was released on the “Rare Recordings” compilation. Joe Cocker actually covered it in 1976 on the “Stingray” album

  1. Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen

I guess technically this should be ranked higher, but since I’m not a big fan of “The Boss” and it’s my list, it goes here. Released in 1984 on the ‘Glory Days” album, the song is not entirely about baseball, but harkens back to many memories of Springsteen’s formative years, which included baseball. The song hit #5 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1985.

  1. Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball? – Woodrow Johnson and Count Basie

Both writers released the song in 1949, and with the color barrier breaking, it became an instant classic with baseball fans.

  1. Talkin’ Baseball – Terry Cashman

A baseball ballad that laments the days and times of heroes gone from the past. In 1981, the song was released during the baseball strike of that year. Written in just 20 minutes, the song reflects back on the glory days of baseball from the ‘50s to the ‘80s, as after the strike, for better or worse, baseball would never be the same.

  1. Say Hey – The Treiners

The act was one of the crossover bands that was migrating popular music from swing to rock and roll, along the lines of Bill Haley, who was influenced by the bands stage antics. Although this particular song didn’t chart, the act had many hits in the swing era.

  1. Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio – Alan Courtney and Ben Homer

Joe Dimaggio was larger than life and one of the biggest names in the modern baseball era. With his movie-star wife Marilyn Monroe, the couple were seen as all-American. In 1941, DiMaggio, fresh out of the Pacific Coast League, took nbaseball by storm. The song was released in the middle of DiMaggios 56 game hitting streak.

  1. Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer

Written in 1908, the song, ironically, was written by two people who had never been to a baseball game. The song we all sing today in the middle of the seventh inning, or the “Seventh Inning Stretch” is actually the chorus of the original song, inspired by a sign at the Polo Grounds in New York where the Giants played, which simply said “Baseball Today.”

  1. Centerfield – John Fogerty

Some might argue that #2 should be #1, but this song has taken over as the most popular baseball song ever, and lour favorite, with Fogerty being the only musician elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame for penning the number. It took 10 years for Fogerty to recover from the carnage left by him losing all his songs he wrote for CCR, and the song was the title track of his comeback album. Most of the players mentioned in the song were center fielders. Released in 1985, the song hit #44 on the Billboard charts.

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Soundbytes – Bits and Pieces

Sonoman’s will be “Feeing the Bern” in the Valley on Sunday, April 24, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building when many like-minded folks will be getting together for a barbecue and live music to benefit the Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The day kicks off at 2 p.m. with speeches and hoopla, then at 4 p.m. the Junior Boogie Band opens the show. Boogie has played with numerous folk here and beyond, and was voted best harmonica player of the year in 2012 by the Bay Area Blues Societies West Coast Hall of Fame, so you never really know who Boogie is going to show up with him on stage.

Next up is Tommy Thomsen and friends. Thomsen was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame in Sacramento years ago and many other local branches since. Thomsen, a born and raised Sonoman, is no stranger to committing to his cause and belief, even spending 18 months in Lompoc Federal Prison during the Vietnam-era for his conscientious objector status. His act never disappoints.

Wrapping up the evening is another artist steeped in his convictions ands beliefs, Barry “The Fish” Melton. Melton was the founding member of Country Joe and the Fish, who performed at Monterey Pop in ’67 and Woodstock as well. Melton might be best known for his song “The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag,” which became an anthem of the hippie counterculture era, and also got him banned from network television. The song contains the famous lyrics. “…And it’s one, two, three, what are we fighting for? Don’t ask me I don’t give a damn Next stop is Vietnam…” Melton later passed the bar exam in 1982 and became a deputy public defender in Mendocino County as well as having his own criminal defense practice. Melton and his band have played locally occasionally, and lately has contained the likes of members of Big Brother, the Youngbloods and others.

There is a cover at the door but no one will be turned away if they don’t have it. Food and no-host beer and wine will be available. The event is family friendly and open to the public.

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Stacey Tuel – Photo: Scott Hales

Rundown – The Set List

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, April 22: Mark Larson Band. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23: Hi-Fi Shakedown. 7:30 p.m.

Barking Dog Roasters, 18133 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 939-1905
Saturday, April 23: Dave Bingham. 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 24: Paul Christopulos. 3 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, April 24: Dustin Saylor.  2 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, April 22: DJ Lionize. 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 23: DJ Hi – C. 9 p.m.

Flatbed Farm, 13450 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen

Spring Launch. Saturday, April 23. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dale Henry Geist, Uncle Poncho, Jonah Raskin, Bluegrass Bus, Stacey Tuel with JMB

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, April 22: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, April 22: Sean Carscadden. 5 p.m. Tommy Thomsen. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 23: Matt Bolton. 1 p.m. The Moseyboys. 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 24: Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson. 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, April 22: Tonewoods. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 23: An American Forrest. 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 24: Tim O’Neil Band. 7 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Saturday, April 23: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

Plaza Bistro, 420 First St E. Sonoma, 996-4466
Tonight, April 22: Grant Levin and Chris Amberger Duo. 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, April 22: Tri-Tip Trio. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23: Lee Presson and the Nails. 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 24: Eagles of Newtown. 5 p.m. Blues Jam. 9:30 p.m.

Schellville Grill, 22900 Broadway, Sonoma, 996-5151
Saturday, April 23: Butch Engle and Styx. 12:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, April 22: Stax City. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, April 22: Left Coast Syncopaters. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 23: Full Circle. 5 p.m. Iko Ya Ya. 8 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 996-5217
Saturday, April 22: Duo Giuliani. 2 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W. Sonoma, 938-4105
Bernie, Blues and Barbecue – Bernie Sanders Fundraiser
Sunday, April 24:Junior Boogie Band, Tommy Thomsen and Friends, Barry “The Fish” Melton. 2 to 8 p.m.

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The Tuesday, April 19, Column

Mark Larson
Mark Larson

Weekday Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Wednesday, April 20: Calvin Ross. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 21: Silver Horse Band. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 22: Mark Larson Band. 7:30 p.m.

Barking Dog Roasters, 18133 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 939-1905
Today, April 19: Stewart Degner. 12 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Friday, April 22: DJ Lionize. 9 p.m.

Cornerstone, 23570 Arnold Dr, Carneros, 933-3010
Tyge Williams Cellars
Thursday, April 21: The Kathy Kallick Band and the Grateful Bluegrass Duo. 6 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, April 19: Neelix One presents Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, April 22: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, April 20: Open – Mic Night, 8 p.m.
Friday, April 22: Sean Carscadden. 5 p.m. Tommy Thomsen. 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Friday, April 22: The Tonewoods. 8 p.m.

Plaza Bistro, 420 First St E. Sonoma, 996-4466
Friday, April 22: Grant Levin and Chris Amberger Duo. 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Wednesday, April 20: Swing Dance Lessons with Roveti and Meatballs. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 22: Tri-Tip Trio. 7:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Friday, April 22: Stax City. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, April 19: “New Orleans R&B and American Roots Night” with Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 21: Tsunami. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 22: Left Coast Syncopaters. 8 p.m.

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The Friday, April 15, Column

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The Curly Wolf

Local Musician Spotlight –Grant Benziger – The Curly Wolf

When you hear the name Benziger, especially here in Sonoma, your mind immediately goes towards wine, but in the case of Grant Benziger, you’d be wrong. Oh he still enjoys the fruits of the vine, but music was his calling from way back when he was young. Sitting in his dads office, Mike Benziger saw the young man taking a keen interest to the music on the radio and encouraged Grant. Next up; a trip the Klein’s Music for a $100 guitar. Young Grant couldn’t put it down.

Born and raised in Sonoma County, once he turned 18, Benziger was off to Hollywood to chase his dreams and attend music school at the Musicians Institute. He eventually hooked up with some like-minded musicians that also had appreciation for a variety of musical genres, punk, metal, country and the Curly Wolf was born. The act has now moved to Redondo Beach, which seems to be more to Benzigers liking than Hollywood.

Benziger is brining the act to Sonoma at B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille tonight, April 15, kicking off at 9 p.m. Lets find out a little more about him with the usual six questions.

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?

GB > Literally the moment I touched a guitar. Once my dad bought it for me, I rarely didn’t have it attached to me. I think one of the moments was when I saw the Bodies at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma about 2001. To see people I knew rocking like that really inspired me. Then my brother took me to a Metallica concert at Candlestick and that was it. I knew then for sure.

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

GB > That sunlight acoustic I got at Kleins music, and yes, I still have it. It stays in Glenn Ellen and I play it when I’m back home. My nieces play with it now and that’s nice to see.

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

GB >  For me, it’s ever evolving. Clearly we’re rooted in punk, metal and country, but I’ve tried hard to embrace all genres of music. Just because I like metal doesn’t mean I can’t like Dr. Dre or reggae. My sound turns into a melting pot of all my influences

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

GB > Boy, anything from Hank Williams III to Mastadon. Although when were writing it’s primarily our mixes and that’s what is there primarily now. We have a new single that is really different for us that I can’t wait to release.

5) Tell us about your current acts.

GB > The Curly Wolf is the main act, but we have this interesting concept act that is kind of a cross between the Blue man Group and Alice Cooper called Dead Marionette Theater. It’s really a Halloween style show with lots of theatrics and stage stuff going on. The dream is to bring that act to Vegas.

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

GB> Oh man, I’ve actually thought about that a lot of times, and came up with a lot of songs. I honestly think if you asked me every day, you’d get a different answer.

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Train Wreck Junction

Soundbytes – Bits and Pieces

It’s April in Carneros, where many wineries in the Carneros region showcase their wares and pair them with food and this year, many have paired them with local music. The weekend-long event is a ticketed one, but some of the wineries are still open to the public, you just won’t get to partake in the free food and special deals. Appearing, in no particular order, Ceja Vineyards, 22989 Burndale Rd. Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, LaTiDo Salsa and Cuban music, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cornerstone, 23570 Arnold Dr, Carneros, Saturday, April 16, Ten Foot Tone. 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, The Cork Pullers, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards, 23555 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17,  the No Buenos, Noon to 4 p.m. Larson Family Winery, 23355 Millerick Rd, Sonoma, 938-3031, Saturday, April 16, Tommy Thomsen, 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 17, Train Wreck Junction. 1 to 4 p.m. Schug Winery, 602 Bonneau Road, Carneros, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, the Movers. 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. Starmont Winery, 1451 Stanly Ln, Napa, Sunday, April 17, Justin Diaz. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For tickets and more info, point your browser to carneroswineries.org

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Megan Slankard

The final show for this season in the “Listening Room” inside Hopmonk Tavern Sonoma will be held this Sunday, April 17, at a special time, 12:30 p.m. and will feature Megan Slankard. The young indie singer-songwriter has been very busy, just coming off tour with her band on the “Doers and Dreams” tour and is doing solo shows in the mean time. Without any major label support, Slankard has sold over 35 thousand copies of her first four albums and is now supporting her fifth, titled “Running on Machinery.”

The “Listening Room” shows at the tavern have been very popular with music enthusiasts that actually want to listen to the music without a lot of distractions and noise, and special sound proofing has been put in place to achieve just that. The shows typically sell out and this will likely be no different. For tickets and more info, point your browser to hopmonk.com/sonoma

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Michael L. Castle

Rundown – The Set List

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, April 15: Acoustic Soul. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16: Full Circle. 7:30 p.m.

April in Carneros – Tickets may be required

Ceja Vineyards, 22989 Burndale Rd. 931-6978
Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17: LaTiDo Salsa and Cuban music. 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cornerstone, 23570 Arnold Dr, Carneros – 933-3010
Saturday, April 16: Ten Foot Tone. 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 17: The Cork Pullers. 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards, 23555 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, 933-1917
Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17: The No Buenos. Noon – 4 p.m.
Larson Family Winery, 23355 Millerick Rd, Sonoma, 938-3031
Saturday, April 16: Tommy Thomsen. 1- 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 17: Train Wreck Junction. 1- 4 p.m.
Schug Winery, 602 Bonneau Road, Carneros – 939-9363
Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17: The Movers. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Starmont Winery, 1451 Stanly Ln, Napa, 252-8001
Sunday, April 17: Justin Diaz. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Barking Dog Roasters, 18133 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 939-1905
Saturday, April 16: Amos Munoz. 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 17: Michael L. Castle. 3 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, April 17: Jason Bodlovich.  2 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, April 15: The Curly Wolf. 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 16: T Luke and the Tight Suits. 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, April 15: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, April 15: Solid Air. 5 p.m. Deluxe. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 16: Hannah Jern-Miller. 1 p.m. Akarsha Kumar. 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 17: Megan Slankard. 12:30 p.m. Frankie Bourne 4 p.m.

Kivelstadt Cellars, 13750 Arnold Dr. Glen Ellen, 938-7001
Tonight, April 15: Dawn Angelosante. 6 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, April 15: Noma Rocksteady. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 16: Amy Wigton Trio. 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 17: 3 on a Match. 7 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Saturday, April 16: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

Plaza Bistro, 420 First St E. Sonoma, 996-4466
Tonight, April 15: Dick Conte Trio. 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 16: Nancy Briggs. 6 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, April 15: Travis Hayes and Zachary Carroll. 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 16: Roem Baur. 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 17: Blues Jam. 9:30 p.m.

Schellville Grill, 22900 Broadway, Sonoma, 996-5151
Saturday, April 16: Butch Engle and Styx. 12:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, April 15: Magic. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, April 15: Stevie Gurr, Tim Eschliman and Lou Rodriguez. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 16: The Marks Brothers. 5 p.m. Junk Parlor. 8 p.m.

Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E. Sonoma,  996-0311
Sunday, April 17: The Telegraph Quartet.  3 p.m.

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