The Friday April 24 Column

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Pick of the Week

Listening Room and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot – Sunday, April 26, 8 p.m.

It’s called the “Listening Room” because they want you to do just that; shut up and listen. But how can you make that happen with essentially a sports bar and beer pub ten feet away? Dean Biersch and K. C Turner thought long and hard and came up with the idea for the Sonoma HopMonk Tavern to surround the room with thick, theater curtains and install a state of the art sound system so there was no doubt that once the curtains closed, they meant business. In addition, rows of chairs were laid out. 60 to be exact, to make the experience even more intimate. “ We really wanted to give the room a lift so people can see that value of the ticket price” said Turner. The series is scheduled for twice a month at this time, with more shows being added over time. Currently Turner is pulling acts from his rolodex but that may change with acts that normally fill larger rooms stopping by the intimate venue on the Sunday nights.

This Sunday, April 26, the Listening Room presents Ramblin’Jack Elliot. Elliot is a folk legend, growing up inspired by rodeo and the music of Woody Guthrie, so much so that it’s said after Woody’s death at a 55 in 1967, that Guthrie’s son Arlo actually learned his fathers style of playing from Elliot. Elliot even had influences on a young Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and even Mick Jagger, who saw him busking on a train platform in London. The list of musicians Elliot has played with or had a part of their career is too long to even begin to list here. Elliot has appeared in movies portraying country singers and took home a Grammy in 1995 for his album “South Coast.”

The show kicks off at 8 p.m. and at time of this writing, tickets are still available, and will be at the door if not sold out.

Turner has big plans for the Listening Room, already presenting the likes of Chuck Prophet and Tim Flannery, with Megan Slankard, Box Set Duo and Mother Hips all with upcoming shows. For more info about the shows, point your browser to hopmonk.com/sonoma

 

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Hot Show of the Week – Italian Saxophone Quartet

Anytime you can get four saxophones together in one room, it’s a party, but get four Italian saxophone players together and look out. That’s what’s happening at the Vintage House senior center on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. The act, founded by Federico Mondelci in1982, has had a number of configurations over the years with Mondelci being the only original member, and performed at over 1,000 shows all over the world. The quartet has a number of “preset” shows that include Johann Sebastian Bach – Aria, Giovanni Gabrieli – Canzon Seconda and Jean Françaix – Petit quatuor pour saxophones. Sundays show will feature pieces from Ennio Morricone, Astor Piazzolla, Jean Baptiste Singelée and more. Bandleader and founder Federico Mondelci will perform on the soprano saxophone, along with David Bartelucci on alto saxophone; Pasquale Cesare playing tenor saxophone and Michele Paolini on the baritone saxophone. “The Quartet boasts a distinguished career and ranks firmly among the most interesting groups on the Italian musical scene, both for the uniqueness of its instrumentation and unquestionable quality of its performance.” Il Messaggero. Showtime is at 3 p.m. and for tickets and more info, point your browser to sonomaclassical.org.

The Sonoma Classical Music Society was founded in 2004 by George Ellman and Al Fisk with the mission to sponsor a series of classical music concerts of the highest professional quality. The society brings to Sonoma chamber music groups that may represent the unusual, such as Russian liturgical music and folk songs as well as the tried and true classics such as Beethoven’s Archduke Trio or any one of Mozart’s quartets. The group has also featured local violin prodigy Nigel Armstrong a number of times. They present shows in and around town and at local wineries as well, with a show coming up May 17, at Jacuzzi Family Winery. The group takes memberships and you can contact them at the website listed above.

Set List – The Rundown

Erik James Tasting Room

Tonight, April 24, Motordude Zydeco Trio – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, Stevie Gurr, Tim Eschliman and Kevin Hayes – 7:30 p.m.Sunday, April 26, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.

Annex Wine Bar

Tonight, April 24, Whitney Lockert – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, the Trees – 7:30 p.m.

Epicurean Connection

Tonight, April 24, Carolyn Mark – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, Keady Phelan – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, Gayle Skidmore – 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Tonight, April 24, Tommy Thomsen – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, Comedy Night – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, the Pine Needles – 7 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards

Tonight, April 24, the Incognito Band – 6 p.m.

Plaza Bistro

Tonight, April 24, Mad and Eddie Duran – 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall

Tonight, April 24 – T Luke and the Tight Suits – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, Closed for private event (no, that’s not the name of the band)
Sunday, April 26, Lone Star Regtrobates – 5 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern

Tonight, April 24, Solid Air– 5 p.m. – Junk Parlor – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, Pete Madsen– 1 p.m. Garrin Benfield – 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, Born Lucky – 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot – 8 p.m.

Burgers and Vine

Tonight, April 24, Tommy Odetto Group – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, DJ Hi-C – 9:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building

Sunday, April 26, Rumi’s Caravan – 3 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars

Tonight, April 24, Jami Jamison Band – 5 p.m.

Adobe Road Tasting Room

Sunday, April 26, Acoustic Jam – all welcome – 4 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club

Saturday, April 25, Hula Mai with Del Medina – 2 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House

Sunday, April 26, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.

Blue Moon Saloon

Saturday, April 25, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.

Moose Lodge

Sunday, April 26, Showcase the Band – 4 p.m.

Historic Sonoma Mission Chapel

Tonight, April 24, Oneness Dream – 7 p.m.

Vintage House senior center

Sunday, April 26, Italian Saxophone Concert – 3 p.m.

First Congregational Church

Saturday, April 25, the Hometown Band – 7 p.m.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Sunday, April 26, Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble – 3 p.m.

Motordude rides into Erik K. James

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The El Verano Inn has Karaoke from Neelix One tonight, April 21, starting at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Open-Mic on Wednesday, April 22, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Calvin Ross on Wednesday, April 22, for a 7:30 p.m. showtime.

The Epicurean Connection presents Kalei Yamanoha on Wednesday, April 22, 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 23, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Judy Williams on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano welcomes What’s Shakin’ on Thursday, April 23, kicking off at 8 p.m.

The Epicurean Connection presents Wineocerous on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Mike Z on Thursday, April 23, starting at 8 p.m.

The Eric K. James tasting room has the Moterdude Zydeco Trio on Friday, April 24, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Whitney Lockert on Friday, April 24, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. The venue is 21 and over only.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes Mad and Eddie Duran on Friday, April 24, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Epicurean Connection presents Carlolyn Mark and Dimtira on Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano has T Luke and the Tight Suits on Friday, April 24, kicking off at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Solid Air on the beer garden stage at 5 p.m. and Junk Parlor on the tavern stage on Friday, April 24, for an 8 p.m. start time.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Tommy Thomsen on Friday, April 23, starting at 8 p.m.

Burgers and Vine has the Tommy Odetto Group on Friday, April 24, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents the Friday night summer music series on Friday, April 24, with the Incognito Band kicking off at 6 p.m. It’s also a food truck Friday event.

The Jami Jamison Band will be at Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood for “Wine Down Friday” on the tasting room porch Friday, April 24, starting at 5 p.m. Admission includes a glass of wine.

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.