EZ Kewl at Mondo

The Farmers Market is in the Plaza tonight, April 13, and will have music under the palm tree from Pete Olson starting at 6 p.m.

The Farmers Market after market party at Murphy’s Irish Pub goes off tonight, April 13, at 7 p.m. with the Jon Popenoe band.

Mondo American Beer Garden will have EZ Kewl on Wednesday, April 14, for an evening of jazzy tunes at 7 p.m.

Local guitarist Eric Barnet and Points North is opening for rock legend Ronnie Montrose Wednesday, April 14, at Pepperbellys in Fairfield at 7:30 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Kimrea and the Dream Dogs on Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m

Steiners Tavern will host DJ XXXeno spinning Reggae on Thursday, April 15. .

The Plaza Bistro will have the Jazz Gitan in the backroom on Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma will have Wayne De La Cruz on Friday, April 16, for a 7 p.m. show in the lounge.

Olive & Vine in Glen Ellen will have the Plan Be band on Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Adam Traum on Friday, April 16, at 8 p.m. for a night of Americana and folk.

The Chapel Concert Series is back at the Sonoma Mission with Chus Alonsus and Potaje Trio on Friday, April 16. For tickets and more info, call 484-9552

Live jazz is back at the Lodge

After a winter hiatus, jazz is back in the Gallery Jazz Lounge at the Lodge at Sonoma starting tonight, April 9, with Jonathan Alford at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 10, brings Dick Conti to the venue for a 7 p.m. show as well. There is no cover for either night.

The Plaza Bistro also has Jazz tonight, April 9, with an appearance by the Joshi Marshall Project, Marshall is the son of legendary jazz bassist Fred Marshall. The senior Marshall played with names such as Vince Guaraldi and drummer Max Roach. The younger Marshall has recently worked with Pete Escovido and even rockers the Black Crowes. The project kicks off at 7 p.m. in the backroom and there is no cover.

Local guitarist Michael Hinton has a big show tonight, April 9, at the Highland Dell Resort in Monte Rio with blues legend Nick Gravenites. Gravenites was inducted into the Blues Hall of fame in 2003 and played in the Electric Flag with guitar legend Mike Bloomfield. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. For more info, call 865-2300.

A band that has been making a little noise in town lately is back again this weekend at the Blue Moon Saloon on Saturday, April 10. Izzy and the Kesstronics, out of Brooklyn, New York, will be laying down a blend of ‘50s rock and roll with a taste of classic country, ‘30s swing, surf and bluegrass. Yikes. The band is currently touring the U.S with 21 tour dates in the month of April alone. Showtime is 9 p.m.

The Blue Moon Saloon also has the classic Sunday night house jam that happens every week, with this Sunday, April 11, being no exception. The band brought their act down the road a ways last weekend for a set at the “Save the El Verano Inn” party at the Little Switzerland. Isaac Carter and Phil Herrschaft and the boys always lay down nice sets and it you’re a local player, just show up and ask for as time slot. There is no cover and the night kicks off at 10 p.m.

Imagery Estate Winery has local music both days this weekend, kicking off on Saturday, April 10, with Black Cab, making their debut appearance at the winery. The band also played a set at the El Verano Inn shindig last weekend. Sunday, April 11, the winery has local jazzy gents EZ Kewl. Shows both days start at 1 p.m. and folks are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy the tunes.

Landmark Winery and Vineyards has the Americana sounds of Adam Traum on Saturday, April 10 at 1 p.m. That show will feature Traum in a solo-acoustic performance. There is no cover.

Steiners Tavern has the DJ sounds of Dr. XXXeno on Saturday, April 10, for a 10 p.m. show. Sunday, April 11, has the unplugged classic rock sounds of BackTrax at the tavern. The band is getting ready to re-create a portion of the successful Beatles tribute they performed at EDK, for the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation event coming up soon, so in addition to familiar rock classics, the band will be polishing up a Beatles tune or two. The show is an early one, starting at 5 p.m. and there is no cover.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has blues from the Hellhounds tonight, April 9, for an 8 p.m. show. The boys love to belt out Chicago and delta blues. The recent shows we’ve seen have the band about the tightest we can recall and put on a blistering set. Saturday, April 10, brings in Keystone Station for a night of traditional bluegrass featuring songs by the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe. That show also kicks of at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 11, brings in Dave Aguilar and Peter McCauley, members of Tudo Bem, for an evening of everything but Celtic music. We hear they will be laying down some disco. That show goes off at 6 p.m. and there is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.

Jon Popenoe is a busy guy this weekend, kicking off tonight, April 9, on the road to Rickeys in Novato for a show with Tom Wolfe that goes off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, Popenoe will have his blues band in the gazebo at the Sonoma Marketplace at 11 a.m. Later that day, the blues boys head over to Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma for an afternoon show kicking off at 3 p.m. that is open to the public. For more info, call the brewery at 778-8776.

The Hellhounds are on the road to Napa at Uva Trattoria on Saturday, April 10, for an 8:30 p.m. show.

Farmers Market music is back

The Farmers Market is back in the Plaza tonight, April 6, and will have music under the palm tree from Lane Tietgen starting at 6 p.m.

Mondo American Beer Garden will have the Ralph Cetola Experience on Wednesday, April 7, for an evening of whatever Cetiola feels like playing at 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Open-mic Plus on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m

Steiners Tavern will host Kit Kat Karaoke with Cat Smith on Thursday, April 8. .

The Plaza Bistro will have the Joshi Marshall Project in the backroom on Friday, April 9, at 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have the Hellhounds on Friday, April 9, at 8 p.m. for a night of delta and Chicago blues.

Benefit for the El Verano Inn at Little Switzerland

Yep, you read that right; a neighboring bar is hosting a benefit for the historic El Verano Inn that is currently undergoing county mandated structural upgrades. The building is one of the most historic in the Valley and why it isn’t an official historical landmark is beyond us, maybe the Index-Tribune historian Gerald Hill can follow up, but that’s for another day. Saturday, April 3, Ten Foot Tone and many other local musicians will take the stage at Little Switzerland, a venue that has been around almost as long as the El Verano Inn, with a variety of other local musicians to help raise funds to defray the costs of the massive overhaul of the building. In 1887 when the building was originally built, foundations were optional. Today, you don’t get away without them, and the seasoned building was sinking. We used to say on the terrestrial radio show that the only place you could still rock hard in the Valley was the El Verano Inn. Lately, Steiners Tavern has picked up the slack, but EVI owners Richard and Leslie Danon have done a great job over the years of providing a place for bands that aren’t necessarily mainstream an opportunity showcase their wares. We also think the building is important to the history of Sonoma Valley, and admire the efforts of the Danons to keep that look into the past alive. The show gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at Little Switzerland in El Verano and there is a suggested donation of $20.

Steiners Tavern will be hosting the Whiskey Thieves tonight, April 2, for a night of original rock and roll. Showtime is 10 p.m. The boys have just returned from the South by Southwest Music Conference and should have some tales to tell. Some might even be true. Saturday, April 3, the Tavern brings in DJ Dave for a night of dance music. That show also kicks off at 10 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro has local favorites, and jazz legends, Mad and Eddie Duran tonight, April 2, for a night of jazz. Eddie is a jazz legend, having played with the likes of Charlie Parker, Nat King Cole and Benny Goodman. Herb Caen once described Mad like this; “Mad Duran is just what jazz needs – soul, swing and a breath of femininity.” Tonight night, the band will include Smith Dobson on drums and Adam Gay on Bass. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

Cornerstone Gardens in Carneros has a house concert style show Saturday, April 3, with indie rock musicians Petracovich and Joe Rathbone starting at 7 p.m. For tickets and more info, contact Drew Pearce at (415) 706-3800.

The Sonoma Springs Brewery has the sounds of the Steve Dudgeon quartet on Saturday, April 3, at 7 p.m.

The hardest working band in the Valley, EZ Kewl, will be lurking in the wine world this weekend, with an appearance at Larson Family Winery on Sunday, April 4 at noon. If you miss them there, you can catch them Monday, April 5, at the new wine bar at the Big 3 Diner at 7 p.m.

Hard Travelin’ is busy this weekend with two shows on Saturday, April 3. The first is at Imagery Estate Winery with a 1 p.m. start time then the boys head to Mondo American Beer Garden for a night of acoustic music classics starting at 7 p.m. It’s rumored that the “Journeyman,” Corey Jennings will be joining the band for one or both shows.

Imagery Estate Winery will have music Easter Sunday, April 4, with the sounds of the NiteLites for an afternoon show that starts at 1 p.m.

Adam Traum will be at the El Dorado Kitchen tonight, April 2, for a show that will feature folk, country and Americana tunes. Traum will have with him a trio that includes Pat Campbell and Michael Yonchenko. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. and there is no cover.

Landmark Winery and Vineyards will have the acoustic sounds of Jason Bodlovich on Saturday, April 3, as part of their continuing Complimentary Concert series. Showtime is 1 p.m. and there is no cover.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has music from local favorites the Sonoma Mountain Band, tonight, April 2, for an 8 p.m. start time. Saturday, April 3, brings Andrew Freeman to the pub for a night of music that also starts at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 4, has a classic Celtic pub jam session beginning at 6 p.m.

The David Thom band will be sharing their traditional bluegrass music with folks at the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma on Saturday, April 3, at 3 p.m. We have it on good authority that folks from Sonoma Valley are welcome too.

The Hellhounds will be at A’Roma Roasters in Santa Rosa tonight, April 2, for a night of blues. The show kicks off at 8:30 p.m.

Mad and Eddie back in town

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have J. L. Stiles on Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro will have Mad and Edie Duran with Smith Dobson on drums and Adam Gay on Bass in the backroom on Friday, April 2, at 7 p.m.

Steiners Tavern will have hometown boys the Whiskey Thieves on Friday, April 2, at 10 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have the Sonoma Mountain band on Friday, April 2, at 8 p.m. for a night of folk and bluegrass.