The Friday, Oct. 20, Column

Sean Carscadden

Soundbytes 

Well, what a couple of weeks. We’re going to get through this short piece without once using the “F” word, and we don’t mean Facebook. As with many disasters, musicians and musical fundraisers have become part of what is expected after, for many reasons beyond just raising money, but for camaraderie, a sense of normalcy and something to just get your mind off what just went down. A disaster like this would take ten Sonoma Music Festivals to make a large impact financially and immediately, but we will be at this for a long time, like months and years. It’s the small fundraisers that will go on for some time that will continue to help.

Although many musicians missed income from gigs, many we know lost all they owned too, including all their gear, which makes it tough to go out and make a living if that living is being a performing musician.

Things will never be the old “normal” again, but there will be a new normal, which as many move back from being evacuated, we are moving towards now, and many local musicians are already asking “What can we do? Let’s put on a show. Who’s going to coordinate all this?” There is one answer. All of us.

A number of Sonoma Valley musicians are in a closed Facebook group called Sonoma Valley Musicians Resources, created by local Timothy Benton and there we are helping our fellow musicians connect with gear, coordinating impromptu gigs at evacuation centers (Thank you Sean Carscadden and more) and wanting to do more. How do they connect with you, you with them? Well, I’m not good at some things, but coordinating and organizing seems to be something I am good at. So, with that, if you are a musician looking to connect with others, or an event or fundraiser looking to connect with musicians to play, I am offering to be that point person. Use my e mail, jmberry@sonomamusic.com or even connect on Facebook at the Sonoma Valley Music page or my personal page. It’s public and you can even send me a message without friending me up.  

We will get through this together Sonoma, and be bigger and stronger in the long run, which will be a long run. There will be trying times, for all, some more than others. Let’s remember to cut everyone a little slack, say Hi, or just smile. Who knows what they’ve been going through and let’s heal a bit through music.

See you at a show soon.

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Set List – The Rundown

These are the scheduled shows as submitted. Considering recent events, reach out to the venue for confirmation.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, Oct. 20: DJ Cal. 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21: DJ Willie. 9 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, Oct. 22: Lorin Rowan. 2 p.m.

Cornerstone, 23570 Arnold Dr, Carneros, 933-3010
Saturday, Oct. 22: Trotta, Walters and Lewis. 12 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Saturday, Oct. 21: Half People, Bumblin’ Bones and Gentlemen Soldiers. 8:30 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Oct. 20: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Oct. 20: Charley Paul 5 p.m. Witherward. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21: Danial Markham and Claire Morales. 1 p.m. Sugartown. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 22: Them Riders. 1 p.m.

The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Dr., Santa Rosa, 843-3824
Saturday, Oct. 21: Full Circle. 12 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, Oct. 20: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m. 

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Oct. 20: Bruce Gordon, Jenni Purcell and Jodi Stevens. 6:30 p.m. Sonoma Sound Syndicate. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21: Full Circle 5 p.m. Wang Dang Doodle. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 22: Love Jones. 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

The Friday, Oct. 6, Column

Slash

Songs of Autumn

The seasons are changing, you can feel it in the nights, and smell it during the evening, the “Sonoma Aroma” that is a mix of the traditional manure spreading, the fermentation of the grapes, and the latest Sonoma crop to be harvested, no, that’s isn’t skunks your smelling, it’s cannabis.

The second equinox of the year, which happened on September 22 this year, signifies the crossing of the sun across the celestial equator, and many festivals occur around the world in celebration. The “Harvest Moon” makes an appearance as well soon after the sun sets, enabling the bright moonlight to help farmers finish their harvest.

Many songs and folklore exist around the changing of the season, around the world and in many religions, so we’ve decided to come up with eight of our picks to, well, harvest by.

8) November – Tom Waits: Tom Waits has one of those voices that is unique in every way, sultry, salty, whiskey toned; there’s really no one like him. Born in Pomona, Ca. on Pearl Harbor Day, 1949, Waits is now a Sonoma County resident, and even has a room named after him at the famed Prairie Sun recording studios in Cotati. Waits released this song in 1993 on “The Black Rider” album, that was partially recorded at Prairie Sun. The song is short, with a haunted vibe of a female howling throughout the track. “November has tied me, to an old dead tree, get word to April, to rescue me.” Yikes.

7) September Song – Frank Sinatra: An American pop standard song composed by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson and debuted by Walter Huston in the musical “Knickerbocker Holiday” in 1938, and has since been recorded by just about every crooner since then, including Bing Crosby, Pat Boone, Mel Torme and more, along with pop artists Lou Reed and Jeff Lynne among others. Sinatra liked it so much he recorded it three times, in 1946, 1962 and 1965.

6) September – Earth, Wind and Fire: “Do you remember, the 21st night of September? Love was changing the mind of pretenders, while chasing the clouds away.” Earth Wind and Fire sure does, as the song hit number one on the Billboard top 100 in 1978. The record label liked it so much, they re-recorded it and changed the title to “December” and the date to the “25th”, with the rest of the words and music unchanged. Recorded many times since, and not much by American artists, but worldwide, the song is still a staple of dance bands to this day.

5) Seasons of Wither – Aerosmith: Released in ’74, the song was one of the first rock power ballads that set the stage for the rock and metal eras to follow. Aerosmith’s career started off slow, big on the East Coast, but slow to make it out to the west. We recall first hearing of the act when a friend who had moved here from Boston raved about them, so we had no choice but to listen, as that’s all she played. Perseverance is hardly the word to describe the band, but after 47 years of touring, performing, fighting, breaking up and enduring countless musical genre changes around them, the band consists of the same five members that started the band back in Boston. Just another band out of Boston? You could say that.

4) Harvest Time – Luke Bryant: Released in 2011, the song has just about every country music cliché in its lyrics and represents the “New Country” sound that has taken over the genre in recent years. The official video could be a John Deere advertisement, with visions of tractors, grain silos and trucks a-plenty. “It’s harvest time in this little town, time to bring it on in, pay the loans down, fill the diesel tank up, and make another round, there’s a big red moon coming up in the sky.” The only thing missing is the dog.

3) Indian Summer – Poco: The title track of the ’77 album, was the last before Timothy B. Schmidt left to replace Randy Meisner in the Eagles, who he also replaced in Poco years earlier. The song has a decidedly Eagles vibe and you can hear what Schmidt added to the Eagles when he arrived. “There’s a full moon in the sky, it’s got a hold on me, I’m hypnotized. Like your love it’s getting stronger, please keep my heart a little longer.” Perfect.

2) Cold November Rain – Guns and Roses: One of the most ambitious undertakings from the most popular rock act of its time, the “Use your Illusion I and II” albums released in ’91 and subsequent tour essentially marked the beginning of the end of the band as known, disbanding after the tour in ’93. Lawsuits, drug use, personnel changes and bad decisions by just about all involved doomed the act, but not before they recorded their most epic album since the band’s debut in ’87. “Cold November Rain” was the longest song to ever enter the Billboard top 10 singles chart, topping out at number 3. Yes, even longer than Freebird. The video alone had a budget of over $1 Million and plays like a short movie. Whether or not we had just stopped watching MTV by then or they had stopped playing videos, we first saw the video only five years ago or so. If you have not seen it, check it out on Youtube. “Nothin’ lasts forever, and we both know hearts can change, and it’s hard to hold a candle, in the cold November rain.”

1) Harvest Moon – Neil Young: You had to know this one would be on the list somewhere, and having been a fan of Neil Young basically since the first time we heard ‘Old Man,” it lands number 1 for us. Much like Waits above, there are many that will say Young’s voice matches the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard, but we beg to differ. Released in ’92, it was the 20th studio album released by Young and was also the title track of the album. The album reunited many of the performers from the ’72 release “Harvest,” including Nicolette Larson. “Because I’m still in love with you, I want to see you dance again, because I’m still in love with you, on this harvest moon.” We heard you singing those words.

On a personal note, and we likely could have included a number of his songs in this list, the world lost an American music icon this week with the passing of Tom Petty. In our mind, easily one of the top three songwriters of this generation. Our thoughts go out to all that loved him and his music, which to many, became the soundtrack of their lives.  

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Jami Jamison

Set List – The Rudown

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, Oct. 6: DJ Willie. 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 7: DJ Tamayo. 9 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, Oct. 8: Bray. 2 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Oct. 6: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

Glen Ellen Fair, Arnold Dr. Glen Ellen
Sunday, Oct. 8: Ten Foot Tone. 1 p.m. The Illegitimate AC/DC. 2:30 p.m. the Jami Jamison Band. 4 p.m. Plus on the second stage: Radar, the Trips, RockCats.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St. Sonoma, 938-5277
Sunday, Oct. 8: Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions. 7 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Oct. 6: Charley Paul 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 7: Vardo. 1 p.m. Alec Lytle and Them Ryders. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 8: Garrin Benfield. 1 p.m.

The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Dr., Santa Rosa, 843-3824
Sunday, Oct. 8: Full Circle. 12 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Tonight, Oct. 6: Jeff Falconer. 9 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 933-9305
Saturday, Oct. 7: “Simmer Down Saturday” with the Jami Jamison Band. 6 p.m.

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

The Reel Fish House and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Saturday, Oct. 7: Benyaro. 8:30 p.m.  

Sonoma Plaza, 1 Broadway, Sonoma
Saturday, Oct. 7: Oktoberfest with Loosely Covered, the Mayra Project, the Cannon School of Music. 2 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Oct. 6: Bruce Gordon and Jodi Stevens. 6:30 p.m. the New Copasetics. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 7: Full Circle 5 p.m. Scarlett Letters. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 8: King Daddy Murr and the Prince of Thieves. 5 p.m. Acoustic Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 996-5217
Saturday, Oct. 7: Daniel Bennett Group. 2 p.m.

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 996-3055
Tonight, Oct. 6: “John Arntz’s Epic Birthday Party” with the Mesopotamian, Sonoma Sound Syndicate, the Mark Larson Band and the Alternatives 9 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 8: John Paul Hodge. 9 p.m.

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

The Tuesday, October 3, Column

John Arntz

Weekday Rundown

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Thursday, Oct. 4: Brandon and the Bees Knees. 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 5: DJ Willie. 9:30 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, Oct. 3: Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, Oct. 5: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St. Sonoma, 938-5277
Tonight, Oct. 3: Conor Oberst. 6:30 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, Oct. 4: Open – Mic night. 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 6: Charley Paul. 8 p.m.

Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway Sonoma, 996-3877
Thursday, Oct. 5: “Hal at the Moon” open-mic. 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Friday, Oct. 6: Jeff Falconer. 9 p.m.

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

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Oct. 3: American Roots Night with Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 4: Acrosonics. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 5: Jim Caroompas and Bob McBain. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 6: Bruce Gordon and Jodi Stevens. 6:30 p.m. New Copasetics. 8:30 p.m.

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 996-3055
Thursday, Oct. 5: Open Mic. 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 6: “John Arntz’s Epic Birthday Party” with the Mesopotamian. 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. 29, Column

Tudo Bem

Set List – The Rundown

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, Sept. 29: DJ Willie. 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30: DJ Cal and MiniMex. 9 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Saturday, Sept. 30: “Summer of Love Celebration” with Creatures of Habit and Chick Jagger. 11 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 1: Kristen Van Dyke and Justin Saylor. 2 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Saturday, Sept. 29: Tilted Halos. 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Sept. 29: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Sept. 29: Francesca Lee. 5 p.m. Low Flying Birds. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30: Joel Schick. 1 p.m. Garrin Benfield. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 1: Jimbo Scott. 1 p.m.

The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Dr., Santa Rosa, 843-3824
Sunday, Oct. 1: Gerard Serafini. 12 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Friday, Sept. 29: Tudo Bem. 9 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 933-9305
Saturday, Sept. 30: “Simmer Down Saturday” with T Luke and the Tight Suits. 6 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, Sept. 29: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m. 

The Reel Fish House and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Friday, Sept. 29: OddJob Ensemble. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30: Analog Us. 8:30 p.m.  

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, Sept. 29: BackTrax and “Food Truck Friday.” 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Sept. 29: Bruce Gordon, Jenni Purcell and Friends. 6:30 p.m. the Night Crawlers. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30: the Marks Brothers. 5 p.m. Bobby Cochran, Ruth Davies and S. E. Willis. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 1: Jim Caroompas. 5 p.m. Acoustic Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 996-5217
Saturday, Sept. 30: Children’s music series with Juan Sanchez. 11 a.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, 574 First St. E., 938-8313
Saturday, Sept. 30: Hawaiian Jam Session with Del Medina.  2 p.m.

Viansa Winery, 25200 Arnold Drive, Carneros, 995-4740
Saturday, Sept. 30: Rhyme and Reason. 12 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 1: Organix Duo. 12 p.m.

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

The Tuesday, Sept. 26, Column

Foxygen – Photo: Scott Witter

Weekday Rundown

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Thursday, Sept. 28: Brandon and the Bees Knees. 9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 29: DJ Willie. 9:30 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, Sept. 26: Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, Sept. 29: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St. Sonoma, 938-5277
Tonight, Sept. 26: Foxygen, Once and Future and Meg Baird. 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 27: Television. 6:30 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, Sept. 27: Open – Mic night. 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 29: Low Flying Birds. 5 p.m. Outlaw Bluegrass. 8 p.m.

Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway Sonoma, 996-3877
Thursday, Sept. 28: “Hal at the Moon” open-mic. 7 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Friday, Sept. 29: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Friday, Sept. 29: BackTrax and “Food Truck Friday.” 6 p.m.

Sonoma Plaza, 1 Broadway, Sonoma
Tonight, Sept. 26: Tuesday night market with the Cork Pullers. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Sept. 26: American Roots Night with Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 27: Acrosonics. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 28: Jim Caroompas and Friends. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 29: Bruce Gordon, Jenni Purcell and Friends. 6:30 p.m. the Magic Band. 8:30 p.m.

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