The Friday, March 30, Column

Junior Boogie

Set List – The Rundown

Cannon School of Music, 254 First St. E., Sonoma, 400-3786
Tonight, March 30: Cannon Blast Open Mic. 7 p.m.

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

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, March 30: Wendy DeWitt. 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: Timothy O’Neil 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Saturday, March 31: Solid Air. 8 p.m.

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

The Reel Fish House and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, March 30: Pato Banton. 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: Junior Boogie and Friends. 9 p.m.  

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, March 30: Bruce Gordon and Jodie Stevens. 6:30 p.m. Roy Blumenfeld, David Aguilar, Kevin Zuffi and Tim Eschliman. 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: the Marks Brothers. 5 p.m. the Mark Larson Band. 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 1: TBA. 5 p.m. Sonoma Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 996-3055
Saturday, March 31: True Loves. 8 p.m.

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

The Tuesday, March 27, Column

Wendy DeWitt

Weekday Rundown 

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

Cannon School of Music, 254 First St. E., Sonoma, 400-3786
Friday, March 30: Cannon Blast Open Mic. 7 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, March 27: Karaoke, 9 p.m.

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

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, March 28: Open – Mic night. 8 p.m.
Friday, March 30: Wendy DeWitt. 8 p.m.

Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway Sonoma, 996-3877
Thursday, March 29: “Hal at the Moon” open mic. 7 p.m.

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

Palooza Brewery and Gastropub, 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 833-4000
Thursday, March 29: Black Cat Bone. 8 p.m.

The Reel Fish House and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Friday, March 30: Pato Banton. 9:30 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, March 27: American Roots Night with Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 28: Acrosonics. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 29: Nazar and Aiden Eljumaily. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 30: Bruce Gordon and friends. 6:30 p.m. Roy Blumenfeld, David Aguilar, Kevin Zuffi and Tim Eschliman. 8 p.m.            

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

The Friday, March 23, Column

Velvet Underground

SIFF Music movies – 2018

The Sonoma International Film Festival is back and amongst the movies about food, wine, fires, and spa destinations, there are a handful that are music related. There is also live music every day in the back-lot tent featuring many local musicians. See the Set List in todays issue for details on that. But for now, lights, camera, music!

Joe Frank – Somewhere Out There: Have you heard of Joe Frank? You’ve likely heard him. Originally born in France while his family was fleeing the Nazi’s, Frank (who’s original last name was Langermann) lost his father at five years of age, and then took on his mother’s new husbands last name. In his twenties, Frank studied at Hofstra University in New York and taught English and Russian literature and philosophy for 10 years at the Dalton School in Manhattan and later, while working as a music promoter, became interested in the power of radio. In 1977, Frank started volunteering at Pacifica Network station WBAI in New York, performing experimental radio involving monologues, improvisational actors, and live music during late-night, free-form hours.

Frank has performed in, and produced 18 dramas for the “NPR Playhouse,” which won several awards. You can hear him locally on KPFA as well. The documentary film covers Frank’s career on radio and on-line, and his highly produced radio shows can be described as innovative, abstract, underground, autobiographical, surreal, funny, disturbing, and thought-provoking meditations on the human condition.

The film features dozens of rare interviews with Joe’s friends, actors, engineers and closest associates and weaves the stories together with a wide variety of Joe’s radio shows to reveal his art, creative process, and personal life.

The film screens tonight, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building.

The Song of Sway Lake: The narrative film is billed as a “lush romantic drama about the vanished grace of America, and the spell cast by the melodies of the dead.”

It’s summer on Sway Lake, the most glamorous lake in the Adirondacks – former playground of the jazz-age New York aristocracy. Music collector Ollie Sway recruits his only friend, a rowdy Russian drifter, to help him steal a 78 record from his own family’s estate. Ollie believes that this mysterious piece of music, recorded at his grandparents’ wedding by Cole Porter’s lover, was hidden for him by his father before his suicide. He believes possessing the record will change his life.

The boys’ mission should be as easy as meeting a pretty girl on the water, but the arrival of the beguiling matriarch herself, Charlie Sway, changes everything. For Charlie has her own plans. And this song that hasn’t been heard in half a century may possess the answer to the deepest riddles about love and death.

The film screens today, March 23, at 9 a.m. at Burlingame Hall and Sunday, March 25, at 1:45 p.m. at the Vintage House.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World: The documentary tells the little-known story of the role of Native Americans in popular music history. And brings to light a profound and missing chapter in the history of American music, the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and Taboo, and also features a who’s who of popular musicians in the soundtrack and in interviews, such as Buddy Guy, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, John Trudell, Steven Tyler, Taboo, Derek Trucks, Corey Harris, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Monk Boudreaux, George Clinton, Jackson Browne, Slash and many others.

The film screens today, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and again on Saturday, March 24, at 11:45 a.m. at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building.

The Velvet Underground Played at My High School: This animated short by Anthony Jannelli and Robert Pietri and was funded by a kickstarter campaign, tells the actual story of the legendary Velvet Underground’s first gig at Summit High School that turned out anything but good.

While on stage for merely 20 minutes, the Velvet Underground performed three songs, There She Goes, Venus in Furs, and Heroin. The Summit High School audience responded with, as one of the band recalled in 1983, a “murmur of surprise that greeted our appearance” that “increased to a roar of disbelief as we started to play” which “swelled to a mighty howl of outrage and bewilderment…” Half the audience walked out.

The film screens before both performances of Rumble, featured above.

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Codi Binkley

Set List – The Rundown

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, March 23: SIFF After-Party with Loosely Covered. 9:30 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, March 23: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, March 23: the Aqua Velvets. 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: Jon Gonzales String Band. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, March 23: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m.

The Reel Fish House and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, March 23: Train Wreck Junction. 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: Pulsators. 9:30 p.m.  

Sonoma International Film Festival, Back Lot, 120 First St. E.
Today, March 23: Chris Hanlin. 2 p.m. Adam Traum. 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: Codi Binkley and Friends. 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 25: Son of a Veach. 2 p.m. Keith Andrews. 4 p.m

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, March 23: Bruce Gordon and Jodie Stevens. 6:30 p.m. New Copasetics. 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: Wildflower Weed. 5 p.m. New Hip Replacements. 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 25: Jessie Lee Kincaid Band. 5 p.m. Sonoma Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 996-5217
Saturday, March 24: Four Shillings Short. 2:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, 574 First St. E., 938-8313
Saturday, March 24: Hawaiian Jam Session.  2 p.m.

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

The Tuesday, March 20, Column

Chris Hanlin

Weekday Rundown

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Thursday, March 22: Brandon and the Bees Knees. 9:30 p.m.
Friday, March 23: SIFF After-Party with Loosely Covered. 9:30 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, March 20: Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, March 23: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, March 14: Open – Mic night. 8 p.m.
Friday, March 23: the Aqua Velvets. 8 p.m.

Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway Sonoma, 996-3877
Thursday, March 22: “Hal at the Moon” open mic. 7 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Friday, March 23: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m.

Palooza Brewery and Gastropub, 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 833-4000
Thursday, March 22: Justin Cohen. 8 p.m.

The Reel Fish House and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Thursday, March. 22: Dumpstaphunk. 9:30 p.m.
Friday, March 23: Train Wreck Junction. 9 p.m.

Sonoma International Film Festival, Back Lot, 120 First St. E.
Thursday, March 22: Chris Estes. 2 p.m. Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson. 4 p.m.
Friday, March 23: Chris Hanlin. 2 p.m. Adam Traum. 4 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, March 20: American Roots Night with Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21: Acrosonics. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 22: Atomic Cocktail. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 23: Bruce Gordon and friends. 6:30 p.m. New Copasetics. 8 p.m.  

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

The Friday, March 16, Column

Picture of the musical Rowan Brothers holding instruments
The Rowan Brothers

Set List – The Rundown

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, March 16: DJ Cal. 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 18: Ugly Tattoo Contest with the Gentlemen Soldiers. 7 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Saturday, March 17: the Last Resort. 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, March 16: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, March 16: Matt Bradford. 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 17: Josh Field. 8 p.m.

The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Dr., Santa Rosa, 843-3824
Tonight, March 16: Karaoke at a comedy club. 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Saturday, March 17: Irish music and Irish dancers. 11 a.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, March 16: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m.

The Reel Fish House and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, March 16: Rowan Brothers and Keith Greeninger. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 17: Sonoma Sound Syndicate. 8 p.m.  

Rancho Maria Wines, 481 First St. W, Sonoma, 215-5000
Saturday, March 17: Sterling Daisy. 7 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, March 16: Bruce Gordon and Jodie Stevens. 6:30 p.m. Acrosonics. 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 17: Voices in my Head. 5 p.m. Scarlett Letters. 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 18: Lynne O and the Riots. 5 p.m. Sonoma Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

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