Back Lot music at the Sonoma Film Festival

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The El Verano Inn has Karaoke from Neelix One tonight, March 24, starting at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Open-Mic on Wednesday, March 25, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Calvin Ross on Wednesday, March 25, for a 7:30 p.m. showtime.

The Epicurean Connection welcomes Kristen Pearce on Wednesday, March 25, 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, March 26, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Judy Williams on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.

The Epicurean Connection presents Mark McDonald Blues on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has Timothy O’Neil on Thursday, March 26, starting at 7:30 p.m

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano welcomes the Blues Defenders on Thursday, March 26, kicking off at 8 p.m.

The Back Lot at the Sonoma International Film Festival has the Westside Ramblers at 11 a.m., Ari Eisenberg at 1 p.m. and 3 on a Match at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.

The Eric K. James tasting room has Left Coast Syncopators on Friday, March 27, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Alternate Route on Friday, March 27, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. The venue is 21 and over only.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Dick Conte Trio on Friday, March 27, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Epicurean Connection presents Royal Jelly Live on Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano has Dylan Chambers on Friday, March 27, kicking off at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Loosely Covered on the tavern stage on Friday, March 27, for an 8 p.m. start time.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes the Sonoma Mountain Band on Friday, March 27, starting at 8 p.m.

Burgers and Vine has DJ Lionize, DJ Ryan I and DJ Triple Crown on Friday, March 27, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma welcomes Jason Bodlovich on Friday, March 27, for a 4 p.m. show.

The Back Lot at the Sonoma International Film Festival has Chi McClean at 11 a.m., Sean Carsdadden at 1 p.m. and Jamie Clark at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

Acoustic Soul will be at Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood for another “Uncorked and Unplugged” on the tasting room porch today, March 27, starting at 5 p.m. Admission includes a glass of wine.

The Friday March 20 Column

The Feature

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An All-Star duo is coming to the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center on Saturday, March 21, when Bob Malone and Trysette take the stage. Malone has a resume that is literally a mile long, and most recently has been John Fogerty’s keyboardist and appeared on Fogerty’s latest album, “Wrote a Song for Everyone” which was recorded in the historic Abby Road studios in London. Playing over 100 shows a year, he recently shared the stage with for Bruce Springsteen, Rickie Lee Jones, the Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, Dr. John and many others. Described as a “keyboard wizard” by the New Yorker magazine, his own music can be heard on Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight and the Rachel Ray Show, in addition, his CDs have earned top-20 spots on the Living Blues, Roots Music Report and Earshot radio charts.

Growing up on the northern rivers of NSW Australia, Trysette has been called Australia’s answer to Nora Jones by many, with influences such as Elton John, Carole King and James Taylor. Her lyric writing is intuitive and intelligently sensual. Trysette has a unique blend of attitude and sensitivity and according to Denny Seiwell, drummer for Wings and Paul McCartney, “She’s the real thing. ” After attending a live performance recently, Terry Greenberg of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal said “Trysette just knows how to put on a show with an infectious, spunky personality”.

Doors open for the show at 7 p.m. with show time at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance atsvbo.org or at the door if still available.

 

Spin of the Week: Ex’s With Benefits – Bad Hotel

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Sonoma has always had a great underground punk rock scene, and it’s nice to see it’s still alive and well with locals Dmitra Smith and Pascal Favre’s latest act, Ex’s with Benefits debut release “Bad Hotel.” Northwest Music Scene Magazine in Seattle has deemed it a frontrunner for best album of the year with this quote “They’ve set the bar very high for Seattle album of the year.” Smith and Favre are no strangers to the scene, with their prior act, Static People, making noise (pun intended) with two albums and an EP produced by Jason Carmer. The latest project from the local couple, along with bassist Alex Vincent and drummer Dave Place from Seattle, have laid down a combination of traditional punk rock with a blend of classic rock, with solid riffs, and Smith’s three-octave vocal range coming into play on many of the tunes. The songs take issue with social concerns shared by many, the government, the environment, drugs and Wall Street. Smith’s sultry vocals shine through on “I Want your Hands,” the story of wanting someone you just can’t have and “Hey You,” a saga of homelessness, with an accompanying video to be shot in April of this year. One of our favorites is the grinding tone of “A Shiny Way to Die,” a song about killing the oceans, that has a real Sex Pistols vibe to the rhythm. The act will be appearing locally at the El Verano Inn on Saturday, March 28, along with Get Dead, the Rinds, Junior Boogie and Free Works, kicking off at 9 p.m. If you’ve been yearning for a taste of some classic punk rock, you don’t want to miss this act. You can get the latest album and more info at exswithbenefits.com

 

Set List – The Rundown

Erik James Tasting Room

Tonight, March 20, Motordude Zydeco – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, Austin deLone, Tim Eschliman and  Roy Blumenfeld – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, Diva Singer Night and Community  Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.

Annex Wine Bar

Tonight, March 20, Hard Travelin’ – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, Tim Casey benefit with the Mark Larson Band – 7:30 p.m.

Epicurean Connection

Tonight, March 20, Black Sheep Brass Band – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, Matthew Fay and Company – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, Jon Emery – 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Tonight, March 20, Deluxe – 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, the Perfect Crime – 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, Cavalcade of Howls with Jeff Falconer, Adam Traum, Fred and Jackie Holzhauer – 7:30 p.m.

Plaza Bistro

Tonight, March 20, John Stowell and Mike Zilber – 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall

Tonight, March 20 – Stompy Jones – 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, Noma Rocksteady Band with DJ Saucy 1 and DJ Tighten Up – 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern

Tonight, March 20, Sean Carscadden – 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, Deluxe – 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, Greg Loiacono and Dan Lebo Lebowitz – 8 p.m.

Burgers and Vine

Tonight, March 20, Bumblin’ Bones – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, DJ Isak – 9:30 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery

Sunday, March 22, Jeff Walters – 2 p.m.

Carneros Lodge

Today, March 20, Jason Bodlovich – 4 p.m.

El Verano Inn

Saturday, March 21, Tilted Halos and Wildflower Weed – 8:30 p.m.

Murphy’s hoppin’ on St. Patricks Day

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all day today, March 17, kicking off at 2:30 p.m. with the Live Oak Ceili Band, followed by the Keenen Irish Dancers at 4:15 p.m. and wrapping up the day will be the Gentlemen Soldiers, starting at 5 p.m.

The El Verano Inn has Karaoke from Neelix One tonight, March 17, starting at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Open-Mic on Wednesday, March 18, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Calvin Ross on Wednesday, March 18, for a 7:30 p.m. showtime.

The Eric K. James tasting room has “Vocalist Open Mic and Rhythm and Blues Dance Party” hosted by Dallis Craft and Louis Rodriguez on Thursday, March 19, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Garen Patterson on Thursday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has Dan and the Old Man on Thursday, March 19, starting at 7:30 p.m

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano welcomes the Blues Defenders on Thursday, March 19, kicking off at 8 p.m.

The Eric K. James tasting room has Moterdude Zydeco on Friday, March 20, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Hard Travelin’ on Friday, March 20, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. The venue is 21 and over only.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes John Stowell and Mike Zilber on Friday, March 20, for a 7 p.m. show.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano has Stompy Jones on Friday, March 20, kicking off at 8:30 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Sean Carscadden on the tavern stage on Friday, March 20, for an 8 p.m. start time.

Burgers and Vine has the Bumblin’ Bones on Friday, March 20, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.

Tribute for long-time pianist Joanne Connor-Metzger

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Joanne Connor-Metzger

 

Musicworks!Sonoma is presenting a celebration of life for Joanne Connor-Metzger at St. Francis Solano Church on Sunday, March 15, at 4 p.m. Conner-Metzger, who passed away earlier this year, was the long time pianist for the Sonoma Valley Chorale and many other local music groups. The show is called “Angels Arise” and is directed by James Griewe and accompanied by John Simon and will feature guest choirs from the Vintage House Choir and the First Congregational Church Choir. There is no charge for the show and all are welcome, but donations will be accepted to help fund the Jo Anne Connor-Metzger Music Scholarship Fund.

In the on-going effort to maintain the facility, the Sonoma Valley Womans Club is having another fundraising dance party with the Plan Be band on Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m. The venue is a landmark and now on National Register of Historic Places in California. The almost 100 year-old clubhouse is home to many events throughout the year, including memorials, concerts and shows and the Sonoma International Film Festival. Tickets will be available at the door.

The “Winter Music Series” continues on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center on Saturday, March 14, with a performance from the Free Spirits Gospel Choir. The choir, which boasts no religious affiliations, is directed by music director Cynthia Tarr and practices weekly at the center. This is their annual performance. Showtime that night is 7:30 p.m. with doors at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at the center box office or at svbo.org.

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library will be presenting chambr music in two shows on Saturday, March 14, when the Santa Rosa Symphony Brass Quintet will be performing. The first performance, at 1 p.m., is geared towards children and will be held in the library’s forum room with the program taking a fun look at the workings of a chamber music ensemble. The children will be introduced to the instruments, learn how they produce sound and about their role in an orchestra. The 2:30 p.m. concert is geared for adults and will be held in the main room of the library and will feature music from well- known composers and some not so familiar. Four hundred years of classical music will be covered, including works from composers Giovanni Gabrieli, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gioacchino Rossini, and Enio Morricone. The shows are free and open to the public, but donations to the library will be gladly accepted.

The “Listening Room” at HopMonk Tavern Sonoma will present Peter Case on Sunday, March 15, at 8 p.m. The grammy-nominated singer-songwriter arrived in the Bay Area in 1973 and eventually made his way to Los Angeles and formed the Plimsouls in the mid-‘80s. Tickets, if still available, will be at the door.

T Luke and the Tight Suits will be at Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood for another “Uncorked and Unplugged” on the tasting room porch today, March 13, playing Cajun and zydeco, starting at 5 p.m. Admission includes a glass of wine.

Rossi’s 1906 presents DJ Trius tonight, March 13, for the “Soul Train Sistahs’ Dance Party” Uzette Salazar from Radio Alice will be presenting a “Girlfriends’ Getaway Dance Party” to help you get down to all those great tunes from Soul Train. The event is part of the Wine Country Girls Weekend and it’s preferred that women only attend. Admission includes dinner, dancing and more. Tickets will be available at the door. Saturday, March 14, it’s an all-day early St. Patrick’s Day party, starting at 2 p.m. with Jon Williams on the patio, followed by Rewind, at 7 p.m. with DJ Saucy 1 finishing up the night. There will be food throughout the day, as well as “Feats of Strength” a bad dancing and kilt contest as well. For tickets and more info on both shows, point your browser to rossis1906.com.

Burgers and Vine presents Train Wreck Junction tonight, March 13, for the 9:30 p.m. start. Saturday, March 14, it’s the debut of the Adrian Trevino Trio. That show also kicks off at 9:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Craig Corona tonight, March 13, playing originals and folk standards and maybe even some John Denver, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, it’s Calvin Ross and Friends which also kicks off at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover but the venue is 21 and over only. For more info, point your browser to annexwinebar.com

The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, March 13, with Ron Dubin and the Rosetown Ramblers. Saturday, March 14, it’s Charlie Hickox, Tim Eschliman and Luis Rodriguez. Sunday, March 15, it’s “Diva Singer Night and Community Jam – A Celebration of Famous Female Singers” hosted by vocal coach Dallis Craft and drummer Karla Downey. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover any night, but there is a $10 minimum.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Bryan Girard Quartet tonight, March 13, for a 7 p.m. start. There is no cover.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Aaron Redner tonight, March 13, for an 8 p.m. showtime. Saturday, March 14, it’s Kyle Williams, also for an 8 p.m. start.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has Kith and Kin tonight, March 13, kicking off at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14, it’s bluegrass night with Larry Carlin’s Mostly, Simply Bluegrass, also kicking off at 8 p.m.

The Epicurean Connection presents Kevin Russell and his So-Called Friends tonight, March 13, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, March 14, it’s Garen Patterson, Bob Baeyen and mark Dennis, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. Sunday, March 15, it’s an early show from Misty Adana, kicking off at 1 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.

B. R. Cohn Winery has Jason Bodlovich on the tasting room lawn for a 2 p.m. show on Sunday, March 15. The public is invited, bit no outside alcohol is allowed.

The Barking Dog Roasters in Boyes Hot Springs welcomes Joe Chaplian singing “Hurdy Gurdy Man – the Love Songs” on Sunday, March 15, starting at 2:30 p.m. He will also be performing songs from Sandy Denny, Donovan, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, George Harrison, Lucinda Williams and more.

The El Verano Inn presents Mike Marshall Live, along with performances from Devious, Superdub, Dash, E-Money and Big Sess tonight, March 13, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The Moose Lodge welcomes Showcase the Band for a dance party on Sunday, March 15, at 4 p.m. Tickets will be at the door.

Sonoma Soul will be at the Hotbox Grill on Sunday, March 15, for a 6 p.m. show.

Olde Sonoma Public House has karaoke on Sunday, March 15, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Blue Moon Salon has Karaoke on Saturday, March 14, starting at 9 p.m. It’s the continuation of the blues jam on Sunday, March 15, starting at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover.

 

Defending the blues at Rossi’s 1906

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Bruce Gordon of the Blues Defenders

 

The El Verano Inn has Karaoke from Neelix One tonight, March 10, starting at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Open-Mic on Wednesday, March 11, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Calvin Ross on Wednesday, March 11, for a 7:30 p.m. showtime.

The Epicurean Connection welcomes Misty Adana on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The Eric K. James tasting room has “Vocalist Open Mic and Rhythm and Blues Dance Party” hosted by Dallis Craft and Louis Rodriguez on Thursday, March 12, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes MCM on Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m.

The Epicurean Connection presents Open Mic with Dale Henry Geist on Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has 4 Shillings Short on Thursday, March 12, starting at 7:30 p.m

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano welcomes the Blues Defenders on Thursday, March 12, kicking off at 8 p.m.

The Eric K. James tasting room has Ron Dubin and the Rosetown Ramblers on Friday, March 13, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Craig Corona on Friday, March 13, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. The venue is 21 and over only.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Bryan Girard Quartet on Friday, March 13, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Epicurean Connection presents Kevin Russell and his so-called Friends on Friday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano has DJ Trius on Friday, March 13, as part of the G3 Conference and is a “women only” event, kicking off at 8 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Aaron Redner on the tavern stage on Friday, March 13, for an 8 p.m. start time.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Kith and Kin on Friday, March 13, starting at 8 p.m.

Burgers and Vine has Train Wreck Junction on Friday, March 13, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.