The Tuesday, Feb. 21, Column

Vetiver

Weekday Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Wednesday, Feb. 22: Cork Pullers. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 23: Acoustic Soul. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24: Calvin Ross. 7:30 p.m

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Thursday, Feb. 23: Brandon and the Bees Knees. 9 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24: DJ Cal. 9 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, Feb. 21: Neelix One presents Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, Feb. 24: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St. Sonoma, 938-5277
Friday, Feb. 24: Vetiver plus Alex Bleeker and Friends, Kacy and Clayton,
Jeff Manson.  6 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, Feb. 22: Open – Mic Night. 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24: Matt Bolton. 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Friday, Feb. 24: Pine Street Ramblers. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Friday, Feb. 24: Reggae Night with Byron Borges. 8 p.m..

The Reel Seafood House, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Friday, Feb. 24: Dan Martin. 7:30 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Feb. 21: “New Orleans R&B and American Roots Night” with Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 22: Jim Caroompas. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 23: The Electric Wattles. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24: Ryan Tatarian. 6:30 p.m. Magic. 8 p.m.

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 996-3055
Friday, Feb. 24: Sean Carscadden Trio. 9 p.m.

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

The Friday, Feb. 17, Column

Mikey Cannon

Mikey Cannon – Cannon School of Music

Sometimes when you’re on tour with your band, you roll into a town, then you meet a girl, then next thing you know you’re no longer with the band and opening a music school in the town with the girl. Well, that doesn’t happen to just anyone, but it happened to Mikey Cannon.

Born in 1976 in San Diego, Mikey Lee Cannon had music around him most of his life. His father played guitar, although not professionally or in an actual band, but jamming with his buddies and local musicians with young Cannon always nearby. When his father traded an old Toyota Corolla he had fixed up for a drum set for young Cannon, well, that was it. Essentially self taught, Cannon would go to rock concerts with his father, Santana, Rush, but it was the musicians that his father jammed with in the garage that influenced Cannon the most, and being able to play with musicians much older than himself brought him to a world of drumming that focused on Latin, Brazilian and world-rhythm beats, that would eventually shape his own personal style of playing.

Canon joined his first “real” band when he was 17, and as he focused on music, continued on to San Diego State University where he got a bachelors degree in music and hooked up with a touring act called the “B Side Players” and toured much of the country. When Cannon was 32, he eventually ended up in New York City which lasted a couple of years. “New York is a rough city” recalled Cannon. “Trying to be a musician and have a job and just get around, man, I won’t do that again.”  But it was while he was working at the Drummers Collective in New York that he hooked up with an act called “Izzy and the Catastrophics” and they were touring places that Cannon had never been; the south, New Orleans, and more. It sounded like a good idea to Cannon so off he went. The band leader had a girlfriend here in Sonoma, so not actually one of the stops on the tour, it became one. Cannon met a woman here as well, a singer, and a relationship was formed. Cannon left the touring act and settled in Sonoma, where the two started a music school, but the couple was not destined to be together forever. She had dreams yet to fulfill, and Cannon feeling that and knowing those feelings, let go, and off to Nashville she went, with Cannon staying in Sonoma, his new home town, and manned the school on his own.

The school started in 2013, and Cannon claims he has not advertised or promoted anything, yet. The students were all referred word of mouth and there never seemed to be a shortage of new musical learners. He still has the original location in Agua Caliente and had a temporary second location in the former Lanning Structures building in Boyes Hot Springs, but things just weren’t working out. An opportunity presented itself on the eastside of Sonoma, at the old sign shop across from the little league fields at 254 1st St. E. Cannon has pursued it diligently and just this last week got approval from the Planning Commission to proceed with his dreams. “We had to agree to a lot of things and we plan to comply with every one of them” said Cannon. “This is a great facility and we plan on having some open mics, not like in bars, but for the younger musicians in town that may or may not be our students.”  Cannon is hoping to open the facility March 1.

Cannon hasn’t been resting on his laurels. He keeps his chops up while playing with the Sean Carscadden Trio, 3 on a Match and T Luke and the Tight Suits. The regional act Frobeck recently called but Cannon had to decline. “With the school coming up full time, I need to be local a lot more” said Cannon. You can find out more about Cannon and the school by pointing your browser to cannonmusicschool.com.

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Soundbytes

Rubber Soul – Photo: Melania Mahoney

Rubber Soul at the Woman’s Club

How many causes can one band help in one night? Well, at least two on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, when the local acoustic Beatles tribute act Rubber Soul takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. The act has put together a new show that will showcase all the number one hits that the Beatles had throughout their career. Students from Altimira Middle School will be on hand to prepare and present small hot bites and sweet treats as well as teas and lemonade, and accepting donations to support their summer educational trip to New York and Washington DC. The door and proceeds from the beer and wine sales will go to the Woman’s Club to help with the funds to restore the historic building. The building celebrated it’s 100th birthday last year and a series of fundraisers have been held to keep the building functioning and up to date, and new codes as well. Tickets for the show can only be purchased at the door the night of the show. To learn more about the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, point your browser to sonomavalleywomansclub.org.

Ike Reilly

Ike Reilly at Hopmonk

It’s a rare Monday night show at Hopmonk Sonoma on Monday, Feb. 20, when Ike Reilly comes to town for an intimate solo show, kicking off at 8 p.m. Reilly has seven albums under his belt since hitting the scene with his solo work and his touring band “the Ike Reilly Assassination.” With former careers as a grave digger and a hotel doorman, one could glean plenty of songwriting material from those experiences. Reilly uses humor to combat despair as his songs tell tales of love, lust, struggle, drugs, drinking and the underdog. His latest release, “Born on Fire” could be his best to date, garnering critical acclaim from the New York Times, Esquire Magazine and Tom Morello of Rolling Stone declared Reilly as “…one of the best American songwriters of the last 10 years, both in delivery and lyrics. It’s, like, part Springsteen, part Replacements.” Reilly will be performing many songs from the latest album at the Monday show. There is no cover for the show.

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Mark Larson

Set List – The Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, Feb. 17: Mark Larson Band. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18: Tangled Up in Blue. 7:30 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Saturday, Feb. 18: DJ Cal and DJ Sol. 9 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Saturday, Feb. 18: Fly by Train and Flat Broke and Busted. 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Feb. 17: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Feb. 17: the Straw Wattles. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18: Smorgy. 8 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 20: Ike Reilly. 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, Feb. 17: Rivertown Trio. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18: Andrew Freeman. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, Feb. 17: Reggae Night with Byron Borges. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb.18: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Feb. 17: Ryan Tatarian. 6:30 p.m. Junk Parlor. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18: Acoustic Soul and Friends. 5 p.m. C. Z. and the Bon Vivants. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19: Fly by Train, 5 p.m. Acoustic Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, 574 First St. E., 938-8313
Saturday, Feb. 18: Rubber Soul – Acoustic Beatles Tribute.  7 p.m.

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 996-3055
Sunday, Feb. 19: Half People. 7:30 p.m.

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

The Tuesday, Feb. 14, Column

Peace of G

Weekday Rundown  

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Wednesday, Feb. 15: Mad and Eddie Duran. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16: Peace of G. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 17: Mark Larson Band. 7:30 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Thursday, Feb. 16: Brandon and the Bees Knees. 9 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, Feb. 14: Neelix One presents Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, Feb. 17: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, Feb. 16: Open – Mic Night. 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 17: Adam Traum. 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Friday, Feb. 17: Rivertown Trio. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Friday, Feb. 17: Reggae Night with Byron Borges. 8 p.m..

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Feb. 14: “New Orleans R&B and American Roots Night” with Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 15: The Acrosonics. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16: Plan Be. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 17: Ryan Tatarian. 6:30 p.m. Junk Parlor. 8 p.m.

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

The Friday, Feb. 10, Column

 

Joan Jett – Photo: Pinterest

Valentines Day Anti Love Songs

It’s almost Feb. 14, Saint Valentines Day, when couples everywhere are celebrating love, except for those who aren’t, of which many would just as well skip from Feb. 13 right to Feb. 15. Unlike many holidays celebrated in the United States, this one was not harvested from an ancient pagan ritual, but from a Christian legend honoring the martyrdom of Saint Valentine. Many stories are attributed to the legend, but one of the most popular is that the Saint was imprisoned in Rome for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to the legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

But the day is not all happy for many, so we’ve put together a list of the “Top eight Anti -Valentines Day songs” for you. Clearly the list could be much longer, and as we perused the possibilities, that became clear.

8) Love Hurts – Felice and Boudleaux Bryant – 1975
This song was a huge hit for the Scottish rock act Nazareth in ‘75, but it was actually written in 1960 by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant and originally released by the Everly Brothers. Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Roy Orbison and even Jim Capaldi from Traffic have released versions of the song. “I know it isn’t true, I know it isn’t true, love is just a lie, made to make you blue…”

7) You Ought to Know – Alanis Morissette – 1995
The lyrics were by Morrissette and Glen Ballard, with the music done by Dave Navarro, Flea and even has Benmont Tench, Tom Petty’s keyboard player on the track, the song will give chills to any man thinking of doing Morisette any wrong. The subject of the song has never been revealed by Morissette, although many have speculated, Morissette claims that when she write songs “…for herself and not for other people.” So it goes like “Does she know how you told me you’d hold me until you died, ’til you died, but you’re still alive… “ Yikes.

6) I’ll Never Fall in Love Again – Bacharach/David – 1969
During the late ‘60s it wasn’t uncommon to find several compositions from this illustrious songwriting duo on the charts, having penned  hits for the Carpenters, Tom Jones, B.J Thomas and dozens more. Several artists released versions of the tune at about the same time, but it was Dionne Warwicks that made it to number one on the Billboard charts. “What do you get when you fall in love? You only get lies and pain and sorrow, so far at least until tomorrow, I’ll never fall in love again.”

5) Love Bites – Def Leppard – 1987
Originally a country ballad, producer John “Mutt” Lange, who had produced hits for AC/DC, Foreigner, Huey Lewis and more, brought the song to the bands attention and after several re-writes, it was released on the “Hysteria” album as the follow-up to the wildly successful “Pyromania” yet this tune is still Def Leppard’s only Billboard number one hit. “I don’t want to touch you too much baby ‘Cause making love to you might drive me crazy.”

4) I Hate Myself for Loving You – Joan Jett/Desmond Child – 1988
Jett’s third single to reach the Billboard top-10 but the first one since 1982, and had former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor playing the solo. The song got Jett nominated for a Grammy in 1989. “I hate myself for loving you, can’t break free from the things that you do, I want to walk but I run back to you, that’s why I hate myself for loving you.”

3) The Salt in My Tears – Martin Briley – 1988
Forgot about this one didn’t you, or maybe you never heard it at all. An English session musician, Briley was best known for his work with other artists which included Julian Lennon, Meat Loaf, Olivia Newton-John, Tom Jones and many more. In the early ‘80s he decided to release some of his own material and had a cup of coffee with this song, reaching number 36 on the Billboard Top 100. “But I won’t cry for the wasted years, ‘Cause you ain’t worth the salt in my tears.”

2) 50 Ways to Leave your Lover – Paul Simon – 1975
Even with all the songs Simon has written, this tune was the only one to reach number one on the Billboard charts, where it stayed for three weeks. The tune, which has Phoebe Snow on backing vocals, is a tongue-in-cheek look at a way to get out of a relationship, and was written soon after Simon’s divorce from Peggy Harper. “Hop on the bus, Gus, you don’t need to discuss much, just drop off the key, Lee, and get yourself free”

1) Love Stinks – Peter Wolf/Seth Justman – 1980You had to know this one would be near the top, and for us, wraps up this list appropriately. Allegedly written by Wolf after his marriage to actress Faye Dunaway, the song laments all the things that one goes through after a breakup. “I’ve been through diamonds, I’ve been through minks, I’ve been through it all. Love stinks.”

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Tilted Halos

Set List – The Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, Feb. 10: Lynne O and Friends. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11: Tilted Halos. 7:30 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, Feb. 10: DJ Willie. 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11: DJ Cal. 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Feb. 10: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Feb. 10: David Thom and Vintage Grass. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11: Jaydub and Dino. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12: Peter Case in the Listening Room. 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, Feb. 10: Misner and Smith. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, Feb. 10: Reggae Night with Byron Borges. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb.11: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

The Presentation School, 20872 Broadway, Sonoma, 935-0122
Tonight, Feb. 10: Cold Hard Cash – Johnny Cash Tribute. 7 p.m

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Feb. 10: Ryan Tatarian. 6:30 p.m. 3 on a Match. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11: Lynne O and the Riots. 5 p.m. doRiaN Mode. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12: Fred and Jackie – Acoustic, 5 p.m. Acoustic Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 996-5217
Saturday, March 5: Old Dominion. 2 p.m.

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 996-3055
Tonight, Feb. 10: the Bumblin’ Bones. 9 p.m.

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

The Tuesday, Feb. 7, Column

David Thom

Weekday Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Wednesday, Feb. 8: Noah Trettor. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9: Calvin Ross. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 10: Lynne O and Friends. 7:30 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Thursday, Feb. 9: Brandon and the Bees Knees. 9 p.m.
Friday, Feb.10: DJ Isak. 9 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, Feb. 6: Neelix One presents Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, Feb. 10: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, Feb. 7: Open – Mic Night. 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 10: David Thom and Vintage Grass. 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Friday, Feb. 10: Misner and Smith. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Friday, Feb. 10: Reggae Night with Byron Borges. 8 p.m.

The Presentation School, 20872 Broadway, Sonoma, 935-0122
Friday, Feb. 10: Cold Hard Cash – Johnny Cash Tribute. 7 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Feb. 6: “New Orleans R&B and American Roots Night” with Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 8: The Acrosonics. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9: Wildflower Weed. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 10: Ryan Tatarian. 6:30 p.m. 3 on a Match. 8 p.m.

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 996-3055
Friday, Feb. 10: the Bumblin’ Bones. 9 p.m.

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