The Friday July 3 Column

Local Musician Spotlight – James Domizio

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James Domizio

Most 16 year olds are typically thinking about getting a drivers license, maybe a job, but James Domizio has one thing on his mind. Music. Having gone to a Waldorf methods public school here in Sonoma, Woodland Star, part of the curriculum is that you learn to play a different instrument each year, and you learn to read music, so music was just like painting or spelling for young Domizio. With the skill almost taken for granted, it wasn’t until sixth grade that he started to play around with a guitar. This one only had 2 strings on it, so the prospect of actually playing it wasn’t good, but something clicked. Earlier in life, when he was nine or ten, his father Dean, a drummer and currently on tour with Molly Hatchet, tried to teach him the rudiments of drumming, but much like many kids, Domizio just wanted to play.

He then focused on learning instruments and writing songs and taught himself drums, bass, piano, guitar and even banjo and started putting things together. Since he couldn’t play all the instruments in a band, once he got his first act sorted, he became the guitar player and singer-songwriter. The first project he put together was a three-piece and they played the scores from video games, and they learned much from the experience. “If you’re going to be in a band” said Domizio, “you don’t go out and book a gig without actually knowing any songs.” Some might call that motivation, but to Domizio, it was lesson learned.

Once he started writing original songs, he found acts like Weezer and the Foo Fighters suited his feel, upbeat pop hard rock songs that were short and sweet. Since then, he has put together two discs, one an early demo, and an EP called “&” on which he wrote and performed all the tracks on all the songs. He named the act “Stone Marigold,” after two of his favorite words.

On the current release, simply titled after the name of the band, he also wrote and performed all the tracks, minus three that his dad Dean laid down drum tracks on when he was in town recently. Dad has also done all the mixing and mastering, with files exchanged over the internet, as dad lives in Florida.

The CD release party is scheduled for August 15, in Napa at a private event, but you can get full versions of the songs from the demo and the EP, and even a sample from the new album by pointing your browser to stonemarigold.bandcamp,com

Primarily the guitar player and singer in the band, we asked about how Domizio felt now that he has a band together to perform all his original compositions and going forward to write new songs, how much influence would his bandmates have in the direction of the music, Domizio replied, “I do have a musical vision for the act, but I’d be hard pressed to not let my bass player say he’s hearing something in the song that I’m not hearing and at least hear that out.”

Look for the act to be in Sonoma Valley sometime in the future, but in the meantime, point your browser to stonemarigold.bandcamp.com.

 

Featured Weekend Event – Independence Day on the Plaza

The Cork Pullers

The Cork Pullers

If it’s your first time being at the “Hometown Fourth of July Celebration” on the Historic Sonoma Plaza, get ready. Lovingly referred to by some as “Mayberry on acid,” the day begins with a real hometown parade, that goes off at 10 a.m. with marching bands, horses and even dancing bears (we might be wrong about that one). Close to 15 thousand people will be lining the streets of the Plaza. After the parade, the festivities shift to the Plaza right about 11:45 a.m., where there will be patriotic readings and songs by the Hometown Band. After things settle down, it’s time for some live local music, kicking off at 1 p.m. with the band Never Fear. The act consists of winemakers Rich Little and Jeff Bundschu, along with Scott DiMartini on drums playing versions of classic rock songs. 3 p.m. brings the Cork Pullers to the stage playing a variety of folk and rock classics from the ‘60s and beyond. The vocals are a key feature with this act, and they are regularly asked to perform the National Anthem at ATT Park for the San Francisco Giants.

Not to be outdone, a few years back Murphy’s Irish Pub unveiled the “All American Music Festival” in the alley out in front of the pub and featured a number of acts all day long. Paired down a little this year, there are three acts that will be performing, starting with local favorites Ten Foot Tone playing a number of original rock songs with a tasty cover or two thrown in, kicking off the day at 11:30 a.m. Next up is the Timothy O’Neil band for a 3 p.m. start time. The evening is wrapped up by Sue Albano’s band Tsunami playing classic rock and rock standards starting at 6 p.m. and going until the fireworks go off in the evening. There is no cover for the day.

Set list – The Rundown

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

Tonight, July 3, Ron Dubin and the Rosetown Ramblers – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 4, Chris burns, Freddie Hughes & Kelvin Dixon – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 5, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.
Monday. July 6, Graceland Unplugged with Dallis Craft – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 7, Big Chief with Lou Rodriguez

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

Tonight, July 3, Full Circle – 7:30 p.m.

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

Tonight, July 3, Kyle Martin – 7:30 p.m.

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

Tonight, July 3, Andrew Freeman – 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 4, Ten Foot Tone – 11 a.m. Timothy O’Neil Band – 3 p.m. Tsunami – 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 5, Million Dollar Giveaway – 7:30 p.m.

Sonoma Plaza
1 Broadway, Sonoma

Saturday, July 4, Never Fear – 1 p.m. the Cork Pullers – 3 p.m. .

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

Tonight, July 3, the Cork Pullers – 6 p.m.

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

Tonight, July 3, the Wayne De la Cruz Trio – 7 p.m.

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

Tonight, July 3, Sean Carscadden Quintet – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 5, Tri Tip Trio – 5 p.m

HopMonk Tavern
691 Broadway Sonoma – 935-9100

Tonight, July 3, Hannah Jern-Miller – 5 p.m. – Laura Zucker – 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 4, Wesley Woo – 1 p.m. Hand Me Down – 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 5, Kurt Huget – 1 p.m.

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

Tonight, July 3, Gentelmen Soldiers – 1955 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 4, DJ Lionize – 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 5, 3 on a Match – 3 p.m.

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

Sunday, July 5, the Cork Pullers – 2 p.m.

Schug Winery
602 Bonneau Road, Carneros – 939-9363

Saturday, July 4, Rhythm Dept. – 1 p.m.

Viansa Winery
25200 Arnold Drive, Carneros – 995-4740

Today, July 3, Richard Olsen Duo – 12 p.m. .

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

Tonight, July 3, Funky Friday’s with the Funky Dozen – 6:30 p.m.

Swiss Hotel
18 W Spain St. Sonoma – 938-2884

Sunday, July 5, Rett Hamer Blues Band

Schelville Grill
22900 Broadway, Sonoma – 996-5151

Saturday, June 6, Butch Engle – 12:45 p.m.

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

Sunday, July 6, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.

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

Saturday, July 5, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 6, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.

Westside Ramblers at Annex Wine Bar

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Westside Ramblers – Adam Traum & J. M. Berry

 

The Tuesday Night Market welcomes Codi Binkley and Friends tonight, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille presents reggae night tonight, June 30, with reggae DJ’s spinning dance music kicking off at 9 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub starts the “After Party” tonight, June 30, with David Thom Presents kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall has “Big Chief” featuring “Underground New Orleans Heritage Music” hosted by Louis Rodriguez tonight, June 30, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The El Verano Inn has Karaoke from Neelix One tonight, June 30, starting at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Open-Mic on Wednesday, July 1, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Calvin Ross on Wednesday, July 1, for a 7:30 p.m. showtime.

The Epicurean Connection welcomes Luke Erikson on Wednesday, July 1, 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, July 2, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes the Westside Ramblers with JMB and Adam Traum on Thursday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano presents the Thursday Project with Ryan Teterian on Thursday, July 2, kicking off at 8 p.m.

Aventine Restaurant in Glen Ellen has Full Circle on Thursday, July 2, kicking off at 5:30 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Dan and the Old Man Martin on Thursday, July 2, starting at 8 p.m.

The Epicurean Connection presents Kalei Yamanoha on Thursday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Full Circle on Friday, July 3, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. The venue is 21 and over only.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Wayne De la Cruz Trio on Friday, July 3, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Epicurean Connection presents Kyle Martin on Friday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m.

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall has Ron Dubin and the Rosetoen Ramblers on Friday, July 3, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano presents the Sean Carscadden Quintet on Friday, July 3, kicking off at 8 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents the Friday night summer music series on Friday, July 3, with the Cork Pullers kicking off at 6 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Andrew Freeman on Friday, July 3, starting at 8 p.m.

Funky Fridays continues at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park on Friday, July 3, with the Funky Dozen, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

 

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The Friday June 26 Column

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Top 8 – Driving Songs

There’s been the “Top 10” and the “Top 5” but being from Sonoma, we’re going to keep doing the “Top 8” on our lists, just because we can.

With NASCAR coming to town this weekend at Sonoma Raceway, we thought we’d take a look at our list of favorite driving songs. The Stars and Bars are not so prominent in the sport these days, but make no mistake, this brand of auto racing started in the south. Origins of the sport can be traced to the prohibition era, where bootlegging whiskey in the Appalachian Mountains meant you had to have a car fast enough to outrun the law. Once alcohol was legalized in 1933, bootleggers were still racing the law with modified street vehicles. The first sanctioned race was held at Daytona Beach in 1934, with a 250 mile race that 27 cars started with only 10 managing to still be running at the finish.

A reminder to steer clear of Highways 121 and 37 leading up to the main event on Sunday, June 28, unless you need to drive by during the event, when ironically, there is little traffic, as everyone is already there.

  1. Long May You Run – Stills /Young Band – 1976

The song is an ode to Young’s first car, nicknamed “Mort” which was a 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse that died in 1965 when its transmission blew in Blind River, Ontario, hence the lyrics “…but we missed that shift on the long decline, long may you run”

  1. Under My Wheels – Alice Cooper – 1971

Hard to believe Alice Cooper was already on his fourth release by 1971, but indeed the album “Killers” was critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone and Allmusic, and Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols proclaimed it the greatest rock album of all time. “…the telephone is ringing, you got me on the run, I’m driving in my car now, anticipating fun.” Kind of says it all.

  1. Hot Rod Lincoln – Charlie Ryan – 1955

It’s likely you’ve never heard Ryan’s version, but the 1971 release of the song by Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen reached number seven on the billboard charts. Originally written by Ryan about his own hot rod and a road race in Idaho, the song was changed to fit the lyrics to be Grapevine Hill in the Tehachapi Mountains, north of Los Angeles. “My pappy said son you’re gonna drive me to drinkin if you don’t stop drivin’ that Hot Rod Lincoln.” Yep.

  1. I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar – 1984

Released in the peak of the MTV era, the video might just be one of our favorites as well as the song itself. The story goes that Hagar was driving to Albany, New York after a vacation, driving at 2 a.m. going 62 MPH on a deserted highway. He got pulled over and given a ticket for going 62 mph with the officer telling him “we ticket over 60 mph.” Hagar replied “I can’t drive 55!” and as fast as the officer was writing the ticket, Hagar was writing lyrics. He finished the song late that morning at his destination in Lake Placid, New York. “When I drive that slow, you know it’s hard to steer, and I can’t get my car out of second gear” Well, maybe for Sammy’s Ferrari…

  1. Little Deuce Coupe – the Beach Boys – 1963

The car on the cover of the fourth album released by the Beach Boys actually has outlived many of the band members themselves. The 1932 Ford Coupe, originally bought by Clarence “Chili” Catallo in 1957 for $75 in Michigan, has been on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine in 1961, on the cover of the album in 1963, sold, and re-purchased by Catallo in the late ‘90s and has been on tour at car shows since then. “…and if that ain’t enough to make you flip your lid, there’s one more thing, I got the pink slip daddy” which will mean nothing unless you’re from California.

  1. Mustang Sally – Mack Rice – 1966

Any driving song list that doesn’t have this song on it is just wrong. There will be no discussion. Although you likely heard the Wilson Pickett version that came out the same year, with both artists having a top-20 hit with the song.

  1. Highway Star – Deep Purple – 1972

“Nobody gonna take my car, I’m gonna race it to the ground, nobody gonna beat my car, it’s gonna break the speed of sound…” Written on a tour bus in 1971by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and vocalist Ian Gillian when they were asked by a reporter how they wrote songs, so they wrote one, right then and there, and it became the opening song of almost every Deep Purple show for a number of years, even before it was ever recorded as a studio track. At the time, the band were record holders in the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest rock band in the world.

  1. Radar Love – Golden Earring – 1973

“I’ve been drivin’ all night my hands are wet on the wheel, there’s a voice in my head that drives my heel.” Even if you’ve never heard the song, you’ve likely felt that vibe. The song tells the story of a lover communicating telepathically with another as they’re on the way home to see them. “We’ve got a thing that’s called Radar Love, we’ve got a wave in the air…Radar Love.” Only the second U.S. breakthrough single for a Dutch act, preceded only by the Shocking Blue with “Venus” in 1969, and not to be followed until 1983 by Vandenberg with “Burning Heart.”

Del Medina

Del Medina

Pick of the Week – Hula Hoe-Down – Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club

Well, it’s not really a “Hoe Down” but more a “Kanikapila” which means a Hawaiian jam session, and presented by the local hula group Hula Mai. The event is led by ukulele impresario Del Medina, referred to in the local hula circles as “the North Bay’s King of Kanikapila” 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 with even an ounce of musical talent, be it on a guitar, ukulele, kazoo or even a foot stomper or two. The event gets under way at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, and admission is free but donations are encouraged as they will go towards the upkeep of the historic Woman’s Club building which is turning 100 years old next year. For more info, point your browser to hulamai.org.

Set List – The Rundown

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

Tonight, June 26, Willis, Cochran and Davies – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, Charlie Hickox, Rene Jenkins, Tim Eschliman and Lou Rodriguez– 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 28, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.
Monday. June 29, Graceland Unplugged with Dallis Craft – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 30, Big Chief with Lou Rodriguez

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

Tonight, June 26, the Paquette Siaters – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, Don Trotta – 7:30 p.m.

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

Tonight, June 26, Windy City Jazz – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, Clusterfolk – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 28, Elispeth Summers – 1 p.m.

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

Tonight, June 26, Highway Poets – 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, Comedy with Joe Klocek – 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 28, One Eyed Riley – 7:30 p.m.

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

Tonight, June 26, Adam Traum and the Mosey Boys – Food Truck Friday – 6 p.m.

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

Tonight, June 26, the Dick Conte Trio – 7 p.m.

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

Tonight, June 26, DJ -Isak – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, Blues Box Bayou Band – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 28, Cannon School of Music Summer Concert – 4 p.m

HopMonk Tavern
691 Broadway Sonoma – 935-9100

Tonight, June 26, Taylor Brown – 5 p.m. – Dawn Angelosante – 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, Craig Corona – 1 p.m. Joe Price – 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 28, Sean Carscadden – 1 p.m.

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

Saturday, June 27, DJ Isak – 9:30 p.m.

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

Sunday, June 28, JMB and the Big O – 2 p.m.

Schug Winery
602 Bonneau Road, Carneros – 939-9363

Saturday, June 27, Rhythm Depot – 1 p.m.

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

Tonight, June 26, Funky Friday’s with the Blues Burners – 6:30 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars
9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood – 933-9305

Tonight, June 26, Jami Jamison Band – 5 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
755 W. Napa St. Sonoma – 996-5217

Saturday, June 27, Ancient Future Duet – 2 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club
574 First St. E. – 938-8313

Saturday, June 27, Hawaiian Jam Session – 2 p.m.

Jack London State Historic Park
2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen – 938-5216

Sunday, June 28, the Cork Pullers – 5:30 p.m.

Naked Wines
8450 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood – 408-0011

Sunday, June 28, Nate Lopez – 12 p.m.

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

Sunday, June 28, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.

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

Saturday, June 27, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 28, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.

Big Mountain reggae at Rossi’s 1906

 

Big Mountain

Big Mountain

The Tuesday Night Market welcomes Sweet Burgundy tonight, June 23, at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille presents reggae night tonight, June 23, with reggae DJ’s spinning dance music kicking off at 9 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub starts the “After Party” tonight, June 23, with Tommy Thomsen kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall has “Big Chief” featuring “Underground New Orleans Heritage Music” hosted by Louis Rodriguez tonight, June 23, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The El Verano Inn has Karaoke from Neelix One tonight, June 23, starting at 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Open-Mic on Wednesday, June 24, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents Calvin Ross on Wednesday, June 24, for a 7:30 p.m. showtime.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano presents a special night of reggae music with Big Mountain on Wednesday, June 24, kicking off at 8 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, June 25, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar welcomes MCM on Thursday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano presents the Thursday Project with Ryan Teterian on Thursday, June 25, kicking off at 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Richard Sumberg on Thursday, June 25, starting at 8 p.m.

The Epicurean Connection presents Jon Emery on Thursday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar presents the Paquette Sisters on Friday, June 26, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. The venue is 21 and over only.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Dick Conte Trio on Friday, June 26, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Epicurean Connection presents Windy City Jazz on Friday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m.

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall has Willis, Cochran and Davies on Friday, June 26, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano presents DJ Isak on Friday, June 26, kicking off at 8 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents the Friday night summer music series on Friday, June 26, with Adam Traum and the Mosey Boys kicking off at 6 p.m. It is also a food truck Friday event.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes the Highway Poets on Friday, June 26, starting at 8 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Taylor Brown on the beer garden stage at 5 p.m. and Dawn Angelosante on the tavern stage on Friday, June 26, for an 8 p.m. start time.

Funky Fridays continues at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park on Friday, June 26, with the Blues Burners, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

The Jami Jamison Band will be at Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood for “Wine Down Friday” on the tasting room porch Friday, June 26, starting at 5 p.m. Admission includes a glass of wine.

 

 

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The Friday June 19 Column

Jeff Falconer

Jeff Falconer

Local Musician Spotlight – Jeff Falconer

Jeff Falconer could be referred to as a “Thinking man’s musician” with catchy, upbeat tunes that typically have a message, sometimes social statements, cloaked into his lyrics, and sometimes not so cloaked. He has mastered his finger-picking style and has a truly unique sound that is all his own.

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?

JF> I was fortunate enough to catch and bi intimate with a lot of the bands from San Francisco in the late ‘60s, before the “Summer of Love” and when the scene had not yet exploded; Acts like the Charlatons, Moby Grape, the Sons of Champlin and of course the Dead. They all had a free-wheeling spirit and sound and by that point I was pretty much hooked.

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

JF> Actually, my first instrument was a chrome Ludwig snare drum that I got when I was eight years old. I don’t think at that point in my life I had loved anything more. I soon got a used kick drum and some cymbals and became a drummer. Through my teens I played trombone, harmonica and sang in my first acts. It wasn’t until I was 17 that I got my first guitar, and no, unfortunately I have none of that gear any longer.

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

JF> I would say the most influential aspects of my playing are old blues finger pickers, cats like Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis, Robert Johnson. Learning all that was a real challenge but I knew I needed to, for myself.

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

JF> It’s not a new disc, but I’ve been wearing out the Derek Trucks album “Songlines.” Something about the way Trucks merges his southern styles with world music and other genres is really doing it for me these days.

5) Tell us about your current acts.

JF> Just myself, Jeff Falconer solo and the Jaydub and Dino act with Dennis Cordellos. Dennis and I go way back, starting to play together at Sonoma Valley High, lets just say a while back. We parted our music ways for about 30 years and then just started jamming again. We’re working on our third CD now. (JMB-You can catch the act this Saturday, June 20, at Schug Winery in Carneros at 1 p.m.)

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

JF> Wow, could be hundreds. I’ll just pull one out of the air. Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones, because it really caught the spirit of that age and time.

Sue and Mark of Tsunami

Sue and Mark of Tsunami

Set List – the Rundown

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

Tonight, June 19, Left Coast Syncopaters – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, John Allair and Julia Harrell Rodriguez – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 21, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.
Monday. June 22, Graceland Unplugged with Dallis Craft – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 23, Big Chief with Lou Rodriguez

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

Tonight, June 19, Mad and Eddie Duran – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, Vitamin Girl – 7:30 p.m.

 

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

Tonight, June 19, Lo Watters – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, the Borderline Boys – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 21, Loralee Christiansen – 1 p.m.

 

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

Tonight, June 19, Gypsy Jazz Caravan – 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, Perfect Crime– 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 21, Bonanza Kings – 7:30 p.m.

 

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

Tonight, June 19, the Rolling Blackouts – 6 p.m.

 

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

Tonight, June 19, Chris Amberger and his Hot Dogs – 7 p.m.

 

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

Tonight, June 19, DJ Hi-Isak – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, Freeworks – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 21, Tri -Tip Trio – 3 p.m

 

HopMonk Tavern
691 Broadway Sonoma – 935-9100

Tonight, June 19, Dave Hamilton – 5 p.m. – Hand Me Down – 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, Jimbo Scott – 1 p.m. Maverick – 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 21, Matt Bolton – 1 p.m.

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

Tonight, June 19, Gay Wine Weekend Party with DJ Midnight and pop-up video bar – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, DJ Hi – C – 9:30 p.m.

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

Sunday, June 21, Falcon Christopher Duo – 2 p.m.

Schug Winery
602 Bonneau Road, Carneros – 939-9363

Saturday, June 20, Jaydub and Dino – 1 p.m.

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

Tonight, June 19, Funky Friday’s with BackTrax – 6:30 p.m.

Schelville Grill
22900 Broadway, Sonoma – 996-5151

Saturday, June 20, Butch Engle – 12:45 p.m.
Sunday, June 21, Butch Engle – 12:45 p.m.

Moose Lodge
20580 Broadway Sonoma – 996-3877

Sunday, June 21, Showcase the Band – 4 p.m.

Sonoma Plaza
1 Broadway, Sonoma

Saturday, June 20, Hit the Road Jack – Hula Mai – 5 p.m.

Steiners Tavern
465 First St. W. Sonoma – 996-3812

Tonight, June 19, Tsunami – 7 p.m.

Naked Wines
8450 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood – 408-0011

Sunday, June 21, Acoustic Soul – 12 p.m.

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

Sunday, June 21, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.

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

Saturday, June 20, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 21, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.