The weekly Friday night music returns to Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards tonight, May 28, with an appearance by the Rolling Blackouts at 6:30 p.m. Also returning will be the barbecue, but this year it will be provided by Ladee’ Diner, who have a restaurant on Arnold Drive at the old Rob’s Rib Shack location. In addition to the Friday music, the winery has announced an art and jazz series in partnership with the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society that will bring jazz acts and a different artist to the winery every Sunday, starting this Sunday, May 30, from 1 to 4 p.m., when Elaine Lucia will be laying down the jazz. Ladee’ will also be there serving barbecue, but guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch as, according to tasting room manager Joseph Foss, both events are family friendly. In addition, this weekend is “Locals Appreciation Weekend,” which features discounts on wine that rivals the employee discount, but that is this weekend only.
Local singer-songwriters, and brothers, Diego and Alex Garcia have formed a new band they call the Official Story. According to Diego Garcia, “The band has found its sound in funky groove dance beats. With critical thinking lyrics and showmanship, this seven piece rock band is setting its sights on live shows and recording great music.” In addition to the Garcia brothers, the band includes James Harmon, Robert Gastelum, Kyle St John, Charlie Thompson and Jim Hurt. Look for a CD soon.
They call themselves “Sonomas best kept secret,” but they won’t be for long. The local act Static People will be having a CD release party tonight, May 28, at the Moose Lodge. The band was formed about a year ago when the four friends/musicians realized they lived blocks from each other. The band has an indie-rock sound and has been working with multi-platinum producer Jason Carmer, whose credits include Third Eye Blind, The Donnas and Run DMC among others. The doors open at 9 p.m. with DJ Brodie Giles spinning a set and there will also be pasta available for an additional charge, then Static People take the stage about 10 p.m. The show is 21 and over only.
Local jazz bassist Miles Wick and his trio will be at the Plaza Bistro tonight, May 28, for a final show before Wick heads out to New York. Wick grew up in Sonoma Valley and was the bass player for the Susan Sutton trio while he was in high school. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.
The Lodge at Sonoma will have Wayne De la Cruz tonight, May 28, for a 7 p.m. show in the lounge. De la Cruz plays a repertoire of jazz, blues and ballads, much of which come from the Great American song book. Saturday, May 29, brings in John Groves for a night of jazz standards with a tinge of pop. That show is also at 7 p.m. and there is no cover either night.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the local bluegrass monsters the David Thom band for a night of traditional bluegrass at 8 p.m. tonight, May 28, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 29, brings in Blue House for an evening of rock and blues, also at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 30, local favorites Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly will be playing folk, Americana and some original tunes as well for a 6 p.m. show.
Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza tonight, May 28, at 6 p.m.
Olive & Vine in Glen Ellen will have the sounds of Cynthia Tarr and the Guys tonight, May 28, kicking off at 7 p.m.
Sue Albano and Mark Dennis will be playing an open house for a new business, Pedal to Properties, which shows prospective home buyers properties on bicycles. The venue is at 645 First St. W. behind the Post Office. The show is at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.
Mondo American Beer Garden has Alligator and the Bayou Boogie band on Saturday, May 29, for a 7 p.m. show. Alligator is quite a character and as you can probably imagine, will be laying down plenty of cajun and zydeco classics. There is no cover for the show.
Landmark Winery and Vineyards has the Jim Adams jazz duo on Saturday, May 29, for an afternoon of, well, jazz starting at 1 p.m.
Imagery Estate Winery will have music from Bandwagon on Saturday, May 29, at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 30, brings the Sharks to the back patio, also for a 1 p.m. show.
The Shop will have a three band bill on Saturday, May 29, kicking off with Lloyd George, followed by Please Do Not Fight, with the headliner being Body or Brain out of Napa. Showtime is 8 p.m. and the show is 21 and UNDER only.
The Big 3 Diner will have the Chapman Stick sounds of Rich Little on Monday, May 31, for a 7 p.m. show.
Stephanie Ozer takes her show on the road to Healdsburg at the Hotel Healdsburg on Saturday, May 29, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Her trio that night consists of Andrew Emer on bass and Phil Thompson on drums.
Bill Nelson and his band Turning Point hit the road as well on Saturday, May 29, with a show at LaBarca in San Francisco. Showtime is 9 p.m.