The Friday, Sept. 25, Column

Luvplanet

Local Musician Spotlight – Mark McGee

What if you went to a recording session and ended up meeting your soulmate in life and music? That’s exactly what happened to Mark McGee that day in 1999 at SRS Studios in San Rafael when he showed up to record some guitar tracks with Nicole Sutton. The rest, they say, is history. But McGee’s musical journey started long before that.

Born in Oakland and growing up in Alameda, McGee was always absorbed by the music he heard on the radio, mainly early ‘70s classic rock. With a couple chords his older brother taught him when he was just ten years old, and a couple years of practice, McGee performed live for the first time when he was 16 years old. The act was called Overdrive, and for a young group, made their mark, opening shoes for Randy Hansen, Y & T and Quiet Riot, even playing the legendary Old Waldorf before it’s closing. The act was short-lived and McGee had then gotten into “Prog-Rock” and happened to meet Gary Strater who had been in the act Starcastle. Strater had ideas to put the act back together and tagged McGee as his guitar player. The act toured for a couple years then fell apart and McGee found himself back in the North Bay and connected with the up and coming metal act Vicious Rumors in ‘85, who had a nine-year run with Atlantic Records that produced seven albums, MTV videos and world tours. With the metal era winding down, McGee decided to pursue his own thing, but that wouldn’t last long. Some of his musical buddies had formed an act called the Alameda All-Stars and the late Gregg Allman had moved to the North Bay about that same time, and they recommended to Allman to lcheck out McGee for the lead guitar part. Allman agreed that he was indeed the man for his act, and McGee played live and recorded with Allman for ten years, the longest of any of Allman’s guitarists in his solo career. If you saw Allman at the B. R. Cohn show in the mid ‘90s, you heard McGee’s guitar work.

Meanwhile, back in 1999, McGee was working with Stu Hamm and Jeff Campitelli and working on his own music, but with the rhythm duo on the road with Joe Satriani, it was hard for McGee to keep the act together, so he and Sutton decided it was time to put their own act together.

McGee’s whole life was a search for something that family and church never seemed to fulfill and music was the missing piece, and meeting Sutton rounded all he was looking for in one package. “Nicole is an amazing songwriter with some really diverse influences” said McGee. “Born in Detroit she has the “Motor City” vibe, then moving to Los Angeles in the ‘80s before following the Grateful Dead for several years.” It doesn’t get much more diverse than that.

Naming a band these days is not an easy task, as let’s face it, most of them have been used. Originally the Love Junkies, McGee was served with a cease and desist from a band back east that had already trademarked the name, so McGee came up with a plan. He and Sutton would put six or so words in a hat, shake them up and pick then one at a time and see what happened. The first word was Love. The second was Planet. And Luvplanet was born.

Their music is all original, and broaches on subjects that don’t always make people comfortable, real things, real feelings that all lean towards the positive. “It’s hard to put our vibe onto a record, it’s really an act that works best live” said McGee.

Luvplanet will take the main stage at the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. Let’s ask McGee a little about his path to where he is today.

1) Many musicians in our generation cite the Beatles or Elvis Presley 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?

MM > It was really something that happened over time. From the time I was six to nine years old, I was just fascinated by music, and how it came out of the radio. My brother had an acoustic guitar and I would try to play it. He would come home from school and take it from me and tell me to leave it alone, then eventually he taught me a couple chords, but it was seeing the Kiss Alive album that really did it. I didn’t even know what it sounded like, but it was that and thought, “if I play music I can do this? “ That was pretty much it.

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

MM > It was a Partridge Family guitar that I got for Christmas when I was seven years old, but I honestly don’t remember ever owning it, I just saw a picture of me with it recently and can’t recall it at all. My first real guitar was a Global copy of a Les Paul that my mom got at Montgomery Wards for $67. It got stolen three months later from our practice studio. Someone that a friend knew found out who took it and told me who it was but I never did anything about it. I had never heard of the guy. Funny though, just a few years ago someone with that name, that I hadn’t thought about for like 30 years, posted something on my Facebook wall apologizing for “well, you know.” I never replied, but it was funny. If it hadn’t gotten stolen, I would still have that guitar. I was tempted to ask where it was, but didn’t. 

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

MM > My influences are really diverse and it kind of depends on whether we’re talking my influences in my playing or influences in my songwriting. The super groups of the ‘70s contributed a lot, Led Zeppelin, Queen, even the Beatles. My musical tastes have always been for melody over anything else, along with pop music, hits of the ‘70s. In Luvplanet, we take the approach of letting the songs take their own course, we don’t really force anything to happen. But singers were also a big influence on me, without a great vocalist, the band just doesn’t do it for me. People like Steven Tyler, Paul Stanley, Peter Gabriel and women artists as well, especially early Heart, and for guitar, guys like Angus Young, Steve Howe, Steve Hackett, Ritchie Blackmore, those kinds of folks.   

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

MM > Well, it’s always on shuffle mode, and it’s really diverse. You would hear maybe dome Bach, Mozart, Miles Davis, Mike Stern, Led Zeppelin, lots of classic rock. Lately I’ve been really into Steven Tyler’s solo album from a while back but this new album by Charles Kelley, the vocalist of Lady Antebellum. His voice just captivates. I can’t stop listening to it.  

5) Tell us about your current acts.

MM > It’s all about Luvplanet at this time. We’re supporting our fifth album “Rivertown” now and working on a new one for release next year. That’s pretty much the focus. I also teach guitar in person and online and am always looking for session work if the right thing comes along.    

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

MM > Wow, oh man. Can I text you later on this? No? Then “In the Light” by Led Zeppelin. Definitely one of my favorites.

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Rubber Soul

Set List – The Rundown

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, Sept. 22: Train Wreck Junction. 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23: DJ Tamayo. 9 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, Sept. 24: Ricky Montijo. 2 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Sept. 22: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Sept. 22: Michael Bloch. 5 p.m. Jimbo Scott. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23: Liv Lombardi. 1 p.m. Wendy DeWitt. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 24: Billy D. 1 p.m.

Madrone Estate Winery, 777 Madrone Rd. Glen Ellen, 939-4500
Sunday, Sept. 24: French Oak Gypsy Trio. 1 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 933-9305
Saturday, Sept. 23: “Simmer Down Saturday” with Sonoma Sound Syndicate. 6 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, Sept. 22: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m. 

Quarryhill Botanical Garden, 12841 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen, 916-3166
Tonight, Sept. 22: Wine Country Film Festival with Coyote and the Tricksters. 6:30 p.m.

The Reel Fish House and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, Sept. 22: Rubber Soul. 7:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, Sept. 22: Poyntlyss Sistars. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Plaza, 1 Broadway, Sonoma
Saturday, Sept. 23: Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival with Radar, 11 a.m. the Cork Pullers, 11:45 a.m. T Luke and the Tight Suits, 1 p.m. Magic, 2:15 p.m. Luvplanet, 4 p.m. Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs! 5:45 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 24: Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival with Sleazy Top, 10:45 a.m. Long Train Runnin’, 12 p.m. Ralph Woodson Purple Haze Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, 1:45 p.m. Rubber Soul acoustic Beatles tribute, 3 p.m.

Sonoma Barracks, 20 E. Spain St, Sonoma, 935-6382
Tonight, Sept. 22: Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival Gala with Notorious. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Sept. 22: Bruce Gordon, Jenni Purcell and Friends. 6:30 p.m. Solid Air. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23: Full Circle. 5 p.m. Rubber Soul. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 24: Jon Shannon Williams. 5 p.m. Acoustic Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

Viansa Winery, 25200 Arnold Drive, Carneros, 995-4740
Saturday, Sept. 23: Buck Nickels and Loose Change. 12 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 24: Buck Nickels and Loose Change. 12 p.m.

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

The Tuesday, Sept. 19, Column

Train Wreck Jucction

Weekday Rundown    

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Thursday, Sept. 21: Brandon and the Bees Knees. 9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 22: Train Wreck Junction. 9:30 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, Sept. 19: Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, Sept. 22: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, Sept. 20: Open – Mic night. 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 22: Michael Bloch. 5 p.m. Jimbo Scott. 8 p.m.

The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Dr., Santa Rosa, 843-3824
Thursday, Sept. 21: Bobby E and Sue Albano. 6 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma, 1325 Broadway, Sonoma, 935-6600
Thursday, Sept. 21: The Cork Pullers. 4:30 p.m.

Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway Sonoma, 996-3877
Thursday, Sept. 21: “Hal at the Moon” open-mic. 7 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Friday, Sept. 22: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m.

Quarryhill Botanical Garden, 12841 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen, 916-3166
Friday, Sept. 22: Wine Country Film Festival with Coyote and the Tricksters. 6:30 p.m.

The Reel Fish House and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Friday, Sept. 22: Rubber Soul. 8 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Friday, Sept. 22: Poyntlyss Sistars. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Plaza, 1 Broadway, Sonoma
Tonight, Sept. 19: Tuesday night market with Tangled Up in Blue. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Barracks, 20 E. Spain St, Sonoma, 935-6382
Friday, Sept. 22: Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival Gala with Notorious. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Sept. 19: American Roots Night with Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 20: Acrosonics. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 21: Plan Be. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 22: Bruce Gordon, Jenni Purcell and Friends. 6:30 p.m. Solid Air. 8:30 p.m.

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

The Friday, Sept. 15, Column

Sean Carscadden

Set List – The Rundown

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, Sept. 15: DJ Cal. 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 16: DJ Tamayo. 9 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, Sept. 17: People of Earth. 2 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Sept. 15: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Sept. 15: Clay Bell. 5 p.m. John Lester. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 16: Greg Lamboy. 1 p.m. Kyle Williams. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 17: Nate Lopez. 1 p.m.

The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Dr., Santa Rosa, 843-3824
Sunday, Sept. 17: Full Circle. 12 p.m.

Madrone Estate Winery, 777 Madrone Rd. Glen Ellen, 939-4500
Sunday, Sept. 17: Mac and Potter. 1 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 933-9305
Saturday, Sept. 16: “Simmer Down Saturday” with the Mayra Project. 6 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, Sept. 15: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m. 

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, Sept. 15: Rubber Soul. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Sept.15: Bruce Gordon, Jenni Purcell and Friends. 6:30 p.m. 3 on a Match. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 16: Marks Brothers. 5 p.m. What’s Shakin’. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 17: Lynne O and the Riots. 5 p.m. Acoustic Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W. Sonoma, 938-4105
Sunday, Sept. 17: Sonoma Valley Uncorked with Sean Carscadden. 2 p.m.

Winery Sixteen 600, 589 First St. W., 721-1805.
Sunday, Sept. 17: “Grenache Day Vinyl Sunday”, 2 p.m.

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

The Tuesday, Sept. 12, Column

3 on a Match

Weekday Rundown

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Thursday, Sept. 14: Brandon and the Bees Knees. 9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 15: DJ Cal. 9:30 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, Sept. 12: Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, Sept. 15: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, Sept. 13: Open – Mic night. 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 15: Clay Bell. 5 p.m. John Lester. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Friday, Sept. 15: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Friday, Sept. 15: Rubber Soul. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Plaza, 1 Broadway, Sonoma
Tonight, Sept. 12: Tuesday night market with Jeff Sanford’s Cartoon jazz septet. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Sept. 12: American Roots Night with Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 13: Acrosonics. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 14: King Daddy Murr and Prince of Thieves. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 15: Bruce Gordon, Jenni Purcell and Friends. 6:30 p.m. 3 on a Match. 8:30 p.m.

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

The Friday, Sept. 8, Column

Jon Shannon Williams

Spotlight – Thursday Night at the Moose

In eras of music gone by, the local fraternal organizations, Eagles Aeries, Elk’s Clubs, Moose Lodges and more provided many a band with their first opportunity to play live. Long before the arenas and concert halls and even bars, the local “meeting room” had all that was necessary to put on a dance or show. Stage, lights, likely a bar, parking and a dance floor. At the time “decent folks” didn’t go to jazz clubs, but it wasn’t long before people found out what they were missing. Meanwhile, the fraternal organizations provided what was needed to put on a “dance party.”

Fraternal organizations have been fading over the years, as let’s face it, the members are getting older and are not being replaced by new members. As the chapters see the membership drop off, slowly the local chapters are closed, leaving behind years of history and missed opportunity. Joining the organizations are inexpensive by today’s standards, and the price hasn’t gone up much over the years. About 60 dollars a year, and a willing sponsor, gets you in to the local “Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #2048.” Long past are the days of initiations and religious ceremonies as a pre-requisite to membership, today they are mainly social clubs, with many raising money to help local causes in the community, including local schools, 4-H Clubs, as well as money to local families going through hardships.

Sonoma is going through a similar issue with the Moose Lodge, located on Broadway south of four corners. Admit it, you’ve all seen the “Bingo Tuesday” sign and thought about going. But Jon Shannon Williams and others have an idea to give the lodge the shot in the arm it might just need to boost the membership, and provide a place for live, local music and other performances as well. As a member, certain benefits are bestowed upon you, such as hall rental, use of the fully licensed kitchen and more, which only a member has access to.

Williams is a member, as are several other local musicians, and many others in and about town who you likely know. Williams credits the late Hal Plumere for convincing him to join the lodge. “He was a great man, and told me that this was a local place for locals to have local events to help local causes and a place for locals to have fun; a club all of their own.” Williams continued “He wanted me to know they welcome new, younger members, that it’s important to keep this place for the future.” The words hit home for Williams. He joined, as did others, with visions of using the space for shows, events, even rehearsal. “If everyone in the band is a member, all we have to do is book the time.”

Williams has started out with a Thursday night open-mic, to try to fill the void left by the venues in town that have closed or stopped doing music in general lately. The venue boasts a brand new stage and Williams plans to have a back-line present for any and all to use, as well as a P. A. “We’re hoping to keep the momentum going and present shows and dances on the weekends, and not just music, but plays, poetry, art, art in general” says Williams passionately. “The venue could be a great place for just about anything you want to do, especially if you’re a member.”

The open mic has slowly been picking up steam, since kicking off in early August, and starts each Thursday at 7 p.m. Artists and musicians that want to know more about Williams and his vision, can reach him at 815-8296. For more info about the Moose Lodge, point your browser to sonomamoose.org.

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Vintage Festival Team announces Weekend Music Acts

(Note: This may or may not be portions of the official press release, but I can say the acts are booked)

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival announces Weekend Musical Acts
“Something for Everyone” and “Tribute Sunday” on the bill

SONOMA, CA – The volunteer Board of Directors for the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival has announced the musical entertainment for the weekend with two full days of free live music in addition to an encore performance from Notorious at the Friday night Gala.

“We really wanted to once again feature local musical acts from Sonoma this year and we think there’s something for everyone on the Saturday bill” said Maria Toimil, president of the festival board. “Tribute bands have also become very popular and we’ve brought in some regional acts as well as some local bands for “Tribute Sunday.” We’re really excited about the Sunday performances”

Kicking off the day on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. is local teen act Radar, paying classic rock favorites. Next up is the Cork Pullers, with Tim Curley and friends. You may have caught them doing the National Anthem at AT&T Park recently. T Luke and the Tight Suits are back again this year. Bandleader Luke Domingue is the son of the late Ritchie Domingue from Gator Beat and proving the apple doesn’t fall from the tree, the act puts on an electric set of Cajun-Zydeco dance songs. The Magic Band playing rock soul and reggae takes the stage soon after followed by Luvplanet. Band leaders Mark McGee and Nicole Sutton are festival favorites and McGee has played with many acts over the years and has toured the world with Gregg Allman, Starcastle and the ground-breaking metal act from the ‘80s, Vicious Rumors. Wrapping up the day will be Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs!. Click is a veteran of the Austin, Texas music scene and now lives locally and his brand of rock, rhythm and blues will be sure to get you jumping.

Sunday, Sept. 24, it’s “Tribute Sunday” with four tribute acts that will bring you back to music of era’s gone by. The day kicks off early at 10:45 a.m. with a gathering of local music veterans paying tribute to Z. Z. Top as Sleazy Top. The members will be a surprise to all. With the absence of the Sonoma Music Festival and the appearance of the popular perennial headliners, Long Train Runnin’ will take you back to the ‘70s and ‘80’s with a tribute to the Doobie Brothers. Up next is Ralph Woodson with his “Purple Haze Tribute to Jimi Hendrix” that will dazzle you with licks from the great Jimi Hendrix. The day wraps up with the popular local Beatles tribute act Rubber Soul, playing acoustic Beatles favorites.

A new addition to this years festival will be the “Acoustic Stage,” located within the art area and under the redwood tree for festival-goers that want to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the main event. Performers include Wildflower Weed, Acoustic Soul with Adam Traum, Jaydub and Dino and Chris Hanlin.

Music for the weekend is free of charge and open to the public and families are invited to come down to the Sonoma Plaza and enjoy the music talent as they browse food, art and the many local non-profits that will be in attendance. For the full schedule of events, point your browser to valleyofthemoonvintagefestival.com

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The Curly Wolf

Set List – The Rundown

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, Sept. 8: the Curly Wolf. 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 9: DJ Willie. 9 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, Sept. 10: Justin Brown. 2 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Saturday, Sept. 9: Driven and Day Later. 8 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Sept. 8: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Sept. 8: Adam Traum. 5 p.m. Dan Martin. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 9: Born Lucky. 1 p.m. Aaron Redner. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 10: Mike Cunningham. 1 p.m.

Larson Park, 329 DeChene Avenue, Sonoma, 539-8092
Sunday, Sept. 10: Springs Farmers Market with John Christian and Carl Upthegrove. 4 p.m.

The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Dr., Santa Rosa, 843-3824
Sunday, Sept. 10: Full Circle. 12 p.m.

Madrone Estate Winery, 777 Madrone Rd. Glen Ellen, 939-4500
Sunday, Sept. 10: Danilo and Olga. 1 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 933-9305
Saturday, Sept. 9: “Simmer Down Saturday” with the Jami Jamison Band. 6 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, Sept. 8: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m. 

The Reel Fish House and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Saturday, Sept. 9: Tommy Thomsen. 9 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, Sept. 8: T Luke and the Tight Suits. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Sept. 8: Bruce Gordon, Jenni Purcell and Friends. 6:30 p.m. Scarlett Letters. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 9: Acoustic Soul. 5 p.m. T Luke and the Tight Suits. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 10: the Kerry Daly Band. 5 p.m. Acoustic Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

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