The Tuesday, Dec. 6, Column

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Dale Geist

Weekday Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Wednesday, Dec. 7: Peace of G. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 8: Dale Geist. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9: Lynne O and Friends Christmas Show. 7:30 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, Dec. 6: Neelix One presents Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9: The Last Resort and Mid-Lyfe Crisis. 9 p.m.

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

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, Nov. 30: Open – Mic Night. 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9: David Thom and Friends. 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Friday, Dec. 9: Deluxe. 8 p.m.

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

Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma, 938-7442
Thursday, Dec. 8: Open Mic. 8 p.m.

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

The Friday, Dec. 2, Column

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Sonoma Hometown Band

Soundbytes  – the Hometown Band

The Sonoma Hometown Band is in action this weekend on Saturday, Dec. 3, for it’s annual Holiday show at Burlingame Hall kicking off at 2 p.m. The band is yet another truly unique piece of Sonoma with an ever changing cast of characters. The band began over 40 years ago when Rich Snyder, who was teaching at Sonoma Valley High School wanted to march in the Fourth of July parade and recruited a bunch of students to come along. That long-standing tradition carries on to this day, with the band actually marching in the parade twice. Parade organizers were lamenting the fact of only having one marching band in the parade so the band decided to change clothes and hats and march as the “Other Hometown Band.”

The performance on Saturday is billed as “Sounds of the Season” and will feature the premiere of “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” a holiday piece written by the ensemble’s current director, John Partridge, who got the idea for the piece from the voice of the band, Butch Engle after one of the Band’s concerts last year, Engle suggested Partridge write a setting of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” for him to perform with the band. The poem was originally published anonymously, but later Clement Clarke Moore claimed authorship, however, recent evidence suggests that the poem was actually written by Henry Livingston Jr. Regardless of the author, the band will have it’s unique take on it during the show.

The band performs only a few times a year, at the Fourth of July parade, the Memorial Day remembrance at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building and for it’s spring and fall concerts. After this show they will take a break until late January or so when they ramp back up with rehearsal and encourage new members. All are welcome, there are no auditions and to find out how to join, point your browser to sonomahometownband.org.

Saturdays show is free to the public and all are invited, although donations will gladly be accepted.

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Sean Carscadden
Sean Carscadden

Set List – The Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, Dec. 2: Voices in My Head. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3: TBA. 7:30 p.m.

Barking Dog Roasters, 18133 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 939-1905
Saturday, Nov. 3: Ian Hinkley and Deadbelly. 3 p.m.

Burlingame Hall, 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma, 996-1328
Saturday, Nov. 3: the Sonoma Hometown Band. 2 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, Dec. 2: DJ Isak. 9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3: DJ Willie. 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Dec. 2: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Dec. 2: Timothy O’Neil. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3: Quiles and Cloud. 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, Dec. 2: Sean Carscadden Trio. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Saturday, Dec. 3: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Dec. 2: Ryan Tatarian. 6:30 p.m. the New Copasetics. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3: Full Circle. 5:30 p.m. Tudo Bem. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4: “Open Mic and Mimosas.” 1 to 7 p.m. Acrosonics. 5 p.m. Blues Jam. 8 p.m.

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma, 938-7442
Tonight, Dec. 2: DJ Civilliansound. 9 p.m.

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

The Tuesday, Nov. 29, Column

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Jon Shannon Williams

Weekday Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Wednesday, Nov. 30: Calvin Ross. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 1: Jon and Judy Williams. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2: Voices in my Head. 7:30 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, Nov. 29: Neelix One presents Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, Dec. 2: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, Nov. 30: Open – Mic Night. 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2: Timothy O’Neil. 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Friday, Dec. 2: the Sean Carscadden Trio. 8 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Nov. 29: “New Orleans R&B and American Roots Night” with the Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 30: Tilted Halos. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 1: Open Mic. 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2: Ryan Tatarian. 6:30 p.m. the New Copasetics. 7:30 p.m.

The Friday, Nov. 25, Column

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Soundbytes – Shopping Songs

It’s “Black Friday” today and some of you will actually be venturing out to brave the masses looking for that one amazing deal, or maybe you’ll just end up at the food court beaten down by the sheer enormity of it all. Regardless, you’ll need some songs to keep you going. This was a tough one to compile, and since we don’t do ‘Top 10” lists, here’s the top eight shopping songs the way we see it. Have a few more? Feel free to comment below. .

8) Christmas at the Mall – Jerry Reed

Yep, the man that brought us “Amos Moses,“ “She Got the Goldmine…” and “When You’re Hot You’re Hot” also brings us a shopping song just perfect for the season and was released in 2007, just one year before his death of Emphysema in 2008. Reed may be remembered for his parody songs, but he was actually a prolific country musician and had his songs covered by Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee and even Elvis Presley. In 1971 and 1972 Reed was awarded the “CMA Instrumentalist of the Year.”

7) Customer – The Replacements

The critically acclaimed act out of Minneapolis never garnered the fame expected of them, and the act almost continually sabotaged their own career, even being banned from the famous club CBGB for being too loud and a permanent ban from Saturday Night Live in 1986 for performing so intoxicated they forgot the lyrics to their own songs. Originally a punk act, and even had Johnny Ramone produce one of their albums, this song is truly in the spirit of the Ramones.

6) Supermarket Blues – Eugene McDaniels

Born in Kansas City, KN in 1935, McDaniels was primarily a jazz and gospel singer, and had a couple hits and even a gold record in the early ‘60s, but turned to blues in the early ‘70s. McDaniel is credited with creating psychedelic soul-funk-jazz rhythms that are still sampled to this day. Released in 1971, the song never charted, but was included on the much acclaimed album “Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse.”

5) My City was Gone – The Pretenders

Originally called “The Ohio Song” the title was changed, as an act from the ‘60’s you may have heard of already had a song called Ohio. The song was first released as a B-Side to “Back on the Chain Gang” which was the comeback song after the death of bandleader Chrissie Hynde’s partner and Guitar player, James Honeyman Scott and her bass player, Pete Frandon, both of who died of drug overdoses within a year of each other. The song laments the loss of the open space in the town that Hynde grew up in ”…replaced by shopping malls.”

4) I Don’t Go Shopping – Patti Labelle

Best known for the number one hit in 1974, “Lady Marmalade” which sold over 1 million records, LaBelle got her start like many, singing in the gospel choir in her local church, signing her first record deal in 1971. This song never charted and even discovering it while researching this piece was a nice surprise, as Labelle’s soulful vocals really stand out. LaBelle has won nine Grammys and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004

3) Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles

One of many number one hits b\y the “Fab Four,” the act was under pressure to come up with another hit after the incredible success of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” the song was penned in a hotel in Paris by McCartney, although credit is given to John Lennon as well. Many speculated on the meaning of the song, but McCartney simply stated “The idea behind it was that all these material possessions are all very well, but they won’t buy me what I really want.” The song was the first one to be recorded without the traditional “Beatles vocal harmonies” that many were used to hearing.

2) Step Right Up – Tom Waits

If you could accuse Tom Waits of doing a rap song, this would be it, although released in 1976, it was long before rap was mainstream. Born in Pomona, CA in 1949, Waits taught himself how to play piano and developed his truly unique style. Waits could be called a musician, songwriter, poet, actor and much more, but at this point in his life, he is a cult icon and in many circles has the respect similar to the likes of Bob Dylan. The irony of this song is in Wait’s words it is “…indictment of advertising.” Waits currently lives locally, and we were fortunate enough to track in the “Waits Room” the last time we recorded at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati.

1) Shop Around – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

You had to know this one would be in any shopping list. Originally released in 1961, the song was penned by Robinson and Barry Gordy, and hit number one on the billboard charts. Proving the song had legs, the tune was covered in 1976 by Captain and Tennille and again reached number one. The story is about a mother counseling her son to “shop around for that special woman. We’re not sure that’s something you’ll find at the mall this year but stranger things have happened.

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Nate Lopez

Set List – The Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, Nov. 25: Hannah Jern-Miller. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 26: Noah Trettor. 7:30 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, Nov. 25: MC Persistence, DJ Ryan I from Blessed Coast and Moses Jee . 9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 26: DJ Cal. 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 27: Celebration for Kwasi with the No Buenos. 9 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Saturday, Nov. 26: Sugar Candy Mountain, the Proudest Monkeys and liquid light show with Mad Alchemy. 8:30 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Nov. 25: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Nov. 25: Nate Lopez. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 26: Shelby Lanterman. 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, Nov. 25: the No Buenos. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Saturday, Nov. 26: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Nov. 25: Ryan Tatarian. 6:30 p.m. 3 on a Match. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 26: the Marks Brothers. 5:30 p.m. Tri Tip Trio. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 27: “Open Mic and Mimosas.” 1 to 7 p.m. Acrosonics. 5 p.m. Blues Jam. 8 p.m.

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

The Tuesday, Nov. 22, Column

Sean Carscadden
Sean Carscadden

Weekday Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Wednesday, Nov. 23: Calvin Ross and Friends. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 24: CLOSED. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25: Hannah Miller. 7:30 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Wednesday, Nov. 23: DJ Cal, DJ Isak, DJ Willie, 9 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25: MC Persistence, DJ Ryan I from Blessed Coast and Moses Jee . 9 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, Nov. 22: Neelix One presents Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, Nov. 25: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, Nov. 23: Open – Mic Night. 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25: Nate Lopez. 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Friday, Nov. 25: the No Buenos. 8 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Nov. 22: “New Orleans R&B and American Roots Night” with the Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 23: Wildflower Weed and Friends. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 24: CLOSED. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25: Ryan Tatarian. 6:30 p.m. Sean Carscadden. 7:30 p.m.

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