Relay for Life kick-off bash

MacArthur Place will be the spot for this years Relay for Life kick off event to be held Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. BackTrax classic rock band will be providing an acoustic set and everything from how to organize a team to any other questions you may have will be addressed. There will also be cake and raffle prizes. The event is open to the public.

Robert Roots and Irie Sounds International will be providing the sounds for “Give Thanks Thursdayz” at Steiners Tavern on Thursday, Feb. 25, for a night of classic rock, reggae and hip-hop sounds. The show kicks off at 9:30 p.m. and there is no cover.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Dan Martin on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.

Sheila Whitney and her quintet will be at the Plaza Bistro Friday, Feb. 26. Showtime is 7 p.m.

The El Dorado Kitchen will have the Steve Dudgeon quartet on Friday, Feb, 26, for a night of smooth jazz. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have the Lonesome Holler String band on Friday, Feb. 26. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Olive & Vine in Glen Ellen will have music from Cynthia Tarr on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.

Blues blow-out for Cody at the Moose Lodge

Miracles Through Music and the Sonoma County Blues Society have come together to create an afternoon of music that features some of the finest blues acts in the county in a benefit at the Moose Lodge for local Cody Cordellos on Sunday, Feb. 21. Cordellos has been suffering from EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) since he was born and this is another in a series of fundraisers to help Cordellos with the costs of dealing with the life-long condition. Kicking off the day will be the Leesa Gomez blues band, followed by the Jody Counter blues band, featuring Adana Browning on vocals and wrapping up the day will be the Soulshine blues band. The event kicks off at noon and is billed as a family event and children are welcome. The will be food and drinks available and a raffle will also help to raise funds. Donation at the door is $10.

The Yard Dogs Road Show brings their circus-like musical act to the Sebastiani Theatre for two nights only on Sunday, Feb. 21 and Monday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The show features sword swallowers, dancing dolls, fire eaters and “hobo poetry,” all accompanied by music from the band. Advance tickets are available at the theatre box office. For more info, call 996-9756.

BackTrax rock band will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America with a 26-song acoustic tribute to the band tonight, Feb. 19, at the El Dorado Kitchen. The sets will start out with songs from 1964 and go all the way up to 1970, when the band finally broke up for good. The band takes over the fireplace lounge from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is no cover for the show.

Sue Albano and Mark Dennis hit the “stage” at Mary’s Pizza Shack tonight, Feb. 19, for an 8:30 p.m. show that features Albanos “smokin’ groove” vocals. The duo plays a mix of blues and some classic rock covers.

Ten Foot Tone hits the stage later tonight, Feb. 19, at Steiners Tavern for their debut appearance. Steiners owner Paul Spadero saw the band during the Relay for Life fundraiser recently and liked them so much he wanted a full evening of the band. Showtime is 10 p.m. and there is no cover.

Steiners is also starting to do regular live acoustic music every Sunday afternoon and this Sunday, Feb. 22, brings local Americana artist Adam Traum to the tavern. The show goes off early, from 5 to 8 p.m. and there is no cover.

The Plaza Bistro has jazz tonight, Feb. 19, with the husband-wife duo of Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap. Norris, on vocals, was a Columbia Records recording artist and appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Tonight shows, to name a few. Dunlap is the piano accompanist for Cleo Laine and has many studio and live sessions under his belt. The duo will be taking jazz standards from the Great American Songbook and work in some Brazilian tunes as well. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

The best kept musical secret in the Valley is the open-mic jam every Sunday at the Blue Moon Saloon, and this Sunday, Feb. 22, they will be celebrating their one-year anniversary. Each Sunday a variety of musicians show up to jam, some local, some from out of town, and put together an impromptu group to play a couple tunes. The house band is typically Phil Herschafft, Isaac Carter and Michael Briones, among others. Just show up with your instrument and join in. The jam kicks off Sunday at 9 p.m.

Olive & Vine will have the Jon Popenoe blues band tonight, Feb. 19, for a night of, well, blues. The band has Jim Holland on drums and tonight will have “the Journeyman,” Corey Jennings, on harmonica. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

Randy Cook and Jeff Hunter of the Maldonado Brothers will be playing as a duo at Imagery Estate Winery Saturday, Feb. 20, for a 1 p.m. show. The will be playing some classic originals from the band as well as some cover songs.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Cork Pullers tonight, Feb. 19, playing their own versions of folk classics. According to band leader Tim Curley, their music pairs perfectly with a pint of Guinness. He’ll also be showcasing some new tunes and a new guitar. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20, the pub has the folk music sounds of the Perfect Crime for an 8 p.m. show.

Sunday, Feb. 22, in what’s being billed as a Yard Dogs Road Show pre-party, the Green String Farm band will be playing their eclectic versions of familiar and not so familiar songs. That show kicks off at 6 p.m. and there is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.

Landmark Winery and Vineyards will have the sounds of Carlos Herrera and Stan Adela on Saturday, Feb. 20, for an afternoon of music by the fireplace. Show starts at 1 p.m.

Dan Martin will be making an appearance at Mondo American Beer Garden Saturday, Feb. 20, playing solo on acoustic guitar. His repertoire includes folk and reggae music. Show starts at 7 p.m.

The Sean Carscadeen Trio will be at Maya Restaurant on Saturday, Feb. 20, for night of rock and blues. Showtime is 10 p.m.

The Steve Dudgeon Quartet will be performing at Sonoma Springs Brewery on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. Sonoma Springs Brewery is at  750 W. Napa Street. You can catch an interview of Dudgeon from the Vinolivo event on this weeks radio show at www.sonomamusic.com.

EZ Kewl will be at Brixx in Petaluma tonight, Feb. 19, for a 9 p.m. show. They’ll be back in the Valley Sunday, Feb. 21 for a 1 p.m. show at Imagery Estate Winery.

Natasha James, fresh off a show at the Songwriter series at Deerfield Ranch Winery, will be on the road as well to the Highland Dell Lodge in Monte Rio tonight, Feb. 19 for a show that kicks off at 7 p.m. For more info, call 865-2300.

Points North is also on the road to the Quarter Note in Sunnyvale tonight, Feb. 19, form a show billed as “Guitar Night” that features three electric guitar orientated rock acts. On the bill with Points North will be Horizon of Fire and the Terry Lauderdale band. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Music Scene – 2/18/10

This week we have a live interview and performance from Steve Dudgeon and his quintet from the Vinolivo event last weekend.  Also some new sponsors.. hit their sites on the right..

Playlist:

Band – Album – Song

Don Trotta – Demo – Born to Rock and Roll

David Sydney Scott – Saxophone Pennywhistle – Rip this Joint

Astral Kitchen – Astral Kitchen – Sense of Doubt

Carter/Bodlovich – Shadow out of Time – The Nihilist

Sukhawat Ali Khan – Shukriya

Cavemen – Pleiades – Pumraw

Adam Traum – Meant to Be – Devil’s Band

Indian Valley Line – Peggy Sonoma and a Boxcar – Old Man

David Thom Band – The Thief – Stone Walls and Steel Bars

Gary Wm. Koehler – Nowhere to be Found – Get a life

Earl Blue in El Verano

The Rive Gauche Dining Club has the sounds of Earl Blue on piano on Wednesday, Fed. 17. For reservations and more info, call 996-9453.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Misner and Smith on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.

Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap will be at the Plaza Bistro Friday, Feb. 19. Showtime is 7 p.m.

The El Dorado Kitchen will have BackTrax on Friday, Feb, 19, for a two-set acoustic Beatles tribute. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.

Mary’s Pizza Shack on the Plaza will have music from Sue Albano and Mark Dennis on Friday, Feb. 19, for an 8:30 p.m. show.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have the Cork Pullers on Friday, Feb. 19. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Olive & Vine in Glen Ellen will have music from the Jon Popenoe blues band on Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.

Steiners Tavern will have Ten Foot Tone on Friday, Feb. 19. Show starts at 10 p.m.

Songwriters in the round at Deerfield Ranch

Four singer-songwriters, two of them local, will get together Sunday, Feb. 14, for an evening of music in the caves at Deerfield Ranch Winery. Pete Olson and Natasha James will be joined by Michael O’Neill and Jeffery Halford in the show which is modeled after the ones done by Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. Officially billed as “Wine & Roses: Songwriters in the Round/A Valentine’s Evening In The Caves,” the event will also be raising funds for the Kenwood marsh and the entire show will be streamed live over the internet and recorded in HD video. The show kicks off at 6 p.m. and tickets are only available by going to www.deerfieldranch.com. Deerfield Ranch Winery is at 10200 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood.

There still may be tickets left at the door tonight, Feb. 12, for Vinolivo at the Lodge at Sonoma in the Stone Room. The Steve Dudgeon quartet will be providing the entertainment, which kicks off at 6 p.m.

The El Dorado Kitchen will have the John Kaleen group tonight, Feb, 12. This will be the bands first show by the fireplace in the lounge. The band plays upbeat versions of jazz standards. Showtime is 6:30 p.m

Olive & Vine will have the John Burdick Band playing acoustic tonight, Feb. 12, and we mean really. Cliff Hugo will be playing a stand-up bass and drummer Dave McKee will be on congas. Burdick may also have a trick or two up his sleeve. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and there is no cover.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley will be holding its annual Sweetheart Auction on Saturday, Feb. 13, and the attendees will be dancing to the sounds of Crossfire. You may remember the band from the City party two years ago and rumor has it they will be back again this year. The event will be at the club and kicks off at 5 p.m.

The Ledson Hotel will have the Jess Petty duo in the lounge tonight, Feb. 12. Show starts at 6 p.m.

There will be drums and dancing at the Vintage House senior center on Saturday, Feb. 13, for an event that will benefit Haiti. The event will feature the earthy sounds of the djembe drum and dance to Afro-Haitian styles taught by Karen Devaney. The proceeds will go to the Haitian Health Foundation and kicks off at 11 a.m. For more info, call 360-8795.

Showcase the Band will be playing a sweetheart dance at the Moose Lodge on Saturday, Feb. 13. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with no-host cocktails and the band hits the stage at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 996-3877.

Dana Land and Jonathan Poretz will be at the Plaza Bistro tonight, Feb. 12, for a Valentines Day celebration that will feature Lands vocals. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Rumors that local rockers Astral Kitchen have broken up are not true, according to drummer Chris Blackard. Acknowledging that there have been some line-up changes, as has happened before in the bands 20-year run, band leader Blackard was quoted “our new CD is trying some very different styles of music, and will probably not be as rockin’ as our last effort was.” Look for the CD to be released soon.

The Hellhounds are on the road this weekend starting tonight, Feb. 12, at Jasper O’Farrels in Sebastopol for an 8:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Feb. 13, has the boys over in the big valley of Napa at Uva Trattoria for an 8:30 kick off. Both shows are no cover.

EZ Kewl is also on the road for a show at A’Roma Roasters on Saturday, Feb. 13, for an 8:30 p.m. show.

The Jami Jamison band will be doing a Valentines Day show on Feb. 14, at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma, for an afternoon set that kicks off at 1 p.m. There is no cover.

Landmark Vineyards and Winery continues its Complimentary Concert series on Saturday, Feb. 13, with an appearance by Adam Traum, inside the tasting room by the fireplace. Showtime is 1 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro will have the duo of Allison Scull and Victor Martin for an evening of jazz, folk, Latin and blues on Saturday, Feb. 13, for a 6:30 p.m. show.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has traditional Celtic music tonight, Feb. 12, from Kith and Kin. Saturday, Feb. 13, brings one of Northern Californias premier bluegrass bands to the pub. High Country will be in the snug for a night of bluegrass classics. Shows both nights go at 8 p.m.

Jon Popenoe will be taking his blues act on the road to Brixx in Petaluma on Saturday, Feb. 13, for a 9 p.m. show.

Jason Bodlovich will be the opening act at Hopmonk in Sebastopol on Saturday, Feb. 13. Bodlovich and his band hit the stage at 8 p.m. Check the Hot 45s for the headliner of the night.

The Lodge at Sonoma will have vibraphonist Yancie Taylor and his quartet on Saturday, Feb. 13, for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover.

Sunday, Feb. 14, is Valentines Day and there is plenty of local music out on the town. Showcase the band will be at Little Switzerland for an early evening show that kicks off at 5 p.m. The show is a couples celebration and all couples who met at Little Switzerland are invited to attend and be honored. BackTrax rock band will be doing an acoustic show at Steiners Tavern at 6 p.m. There is no cover. David Aguilar and Peter McCauley will be at Murphy’s Irish Pub for an evening show that starts at 6 p.m., playing everything except Celtic music. Mad and Eddie Duran will be doing a show at the Sonoma Community Center as part of the “Meet the Musician” series for a 3 p.m. show. For tickets and more info, call 938-4626. Dana Land and Jeff Massanari will be at the Lodge at Sonoma for an evening of love songs. Showtime is 7 p.m.