The popular rock choir Vox Populi will be back at the Sonoma Community Center on Monday, July 2, for a command performance of “People get ready…There’s a train a-comin’” that will feature the music of Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, the Beatles, the Kinks, Michael Jackson and more. Accompanying the choir will be Plan Be. Formed in 2007, Vox Populi is the brainchild of local musician, Mark Dennis. The number of choir members has swelled to over 70 fun-loving, talented singers who perform sophisticated multi-harmony versions of well-known rock and roll songs. The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Sonoma Rotary Challenge Grant. For tickets and more info, call 938-4626.
For the fourth year in a row, B. R. Cohn Winery will be presenting the Charity Car Classic on Sunday, July 1, with a number of classic cars on display, food, wine and live music from local favorites Tudo Bem. The event will benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Admission is free and all are welcome, but any donations are welcome. The event starts at noon and runs until 5 p.m.
The Sonoma Hometown Band is welcoming all that want to participate in the annual July fourth parade around the Plaza with the band to show up at one or both of the rehearsals they are having. The first one is on Sunday, July 1, and the second on Monday, July 2, both days at 6 p.m. in the McDougall Center at the Sonoma Development Center in Glen Ellen. For more info, call 538-8482.
Sean Carscadden has thrown together an all-star band for his show tonight, June 29, at Steiners Tavern that features Mikey Cannon on drums, Bob McBain on keyboards and Cliff Hugo on bass. Showtime is 10 p.m. and we suspect there will be a groove or two laid down. There is no cover.
Gundlach Bundschu Winery presents an evening of food, wine, film and dancing on Saturday, June 30, with the presentation of “Take this Waltz” which has not yet been released in theaters, followed by dancing to Crossfire. The evening gets underway at 6 p.m. and there will be food trucks at the event as well. For tickets and more info, point your browser to www.sonomafilmfest.org.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents 5 a.m. tonight, June 29, at 6 p.m. There’s some sort of irony there but we’re not sure what. It will also be a food truck Friday event, with up to five food trucks in the parking lot. There is no cover for the event and all are welcome.
The Swiss Hotel has the Neverland Express on Sunday, July 1. The band is a collage of locals headed up by winemakers Rich Little and Jeff Bundschu and Scott DeMartini as well. The show will be on the back patio and kicks off at 3 p.m. There is no cover.
Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes the David Thom Band tonight, June 29, for an evening of traditional bluegrass. Saturday, June 30, it’s Blue House. Both shows kick off at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 1, it’s a Celtic pub jam, for an early start at 3:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.
The Plaza Bistro has violinist Mads Tolling tonight, June 29, for a 7 p.m. show. Tolling is an internationally renowned violinist, and accomplished composer and is also a member of the two-time Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet. As a soloist, Tolling regularly tours as jazz violinist with bassist Stanley Clark. Since 2007, Tolling has lead his own group, the Mads Tolling Quartet. Saturday, June 30, also at 7 p.m., it’s local jazz guitarist Randy Vincent. Vincent began his career in Florida and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1980. Vincent divides his time between performing and teaching, and has performed and/or recorded with Joe Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hutcherson, Leny Andrade, Mel Martin, Benny Barth, and many more. There is no cover either night.
Jason Bodlovich and his group will be on the road and busy on Sunday, July 1, with a show at Truett and Hurst Winery in Dry Creek Valley at 1 p.m. followed by an evening performance at the Russian River Brewing Company that same night at 7 p.m.
Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island
Peter Rowan and the Rowan Brothers - Sunday, July 1
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio
Dickey Betts and Great Southern – Saturday, June 30
Mickey Thomas and Starship – Sunday, July 1
Los Lobos – Sunday, July 1
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Monday, July 2
Steel Pulse – Tuesday, July 3
Preservation Jazz Hall Band – Wednesday, July 4
The Temptations – Wednesday, July 4
Marin County Fair – San Rafael
Marillion - Friday, June 29
The Fillmore – San Francisco
Mickey Hart Band - Saturday, June 30
The Fillmore – San Francisco
Unauthorized Rolling Stones - Saturday, June 30
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael
Dream Theater – Sunday, July 1
The Warfield – San Francisco.
Delta Rae – Friday, July 29
The Independent – San Francisco