Murphy’s Irish Pub will be carrying on the tradition of a full day of local music on Sunday, July 4, with what they call the All-American Music Festival, which will kick off at noon in the alleyway between the pub and the Taste of Himalaya restaurant. The event will feature local beer and local barbecue and kicks off with Tudo Bem at noon, followed by the Whiskey Thieves at 2 p.m. Next up is the Carrtunes at 4:30 p.m., and the Hellhounds wrap it all up at 7 p.m., ending just before the fireworks at the Vallejo home. The event is free to all and is a benefit for the Sonoma Community Center. The pub also has music tonight, July 2, with the Sonoma Mountain Band at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 3, with favorite Andrew Freeman, also at 8 p.m. There is no cover for either of those shows as well.
The Sonoma Community Center has its hands full this weekend; as well as putting on the town’s Fourth of July parade, they have also planned an afternoon of events in the Sonoma Plaza on Sunday, July 4, that include more live music. The Hometown Band kicks off the day after the parade at 11:30 a.m. or, in actuality, whenever the parade finally ends. Carlos Herrera entertains the crown at 1 p.m. and the Cynthia Carr Trio wraps up the day at 3 p.m.
BackTrax will be up at B. R Cohn Winery on Sunday, July 4, after the parade for the Winery’s annual classic car show, which will allow you to see many of the cars in the parade up-close and personal. The event is a fundraiser for the Salvation Army and kicks off at noon. There is no cover and the family is welcome.
If classic Sonoma Valley punk rock is your thing, then the place to be is Little Switzerland on Saturday, July 3. Running the stage and emceeing the event, fresh off his appearance in the Bear Flag Revolt re-enactment will be none other than Austin Petersen, who may even jump in on a song or two with a random act. Kicking off the show will be the Porch Junkies, followed by High and Tight. Next up, though not technically punk rock, are local favorites the Whiskey Thieves followed by Sharp Objects and the Randumbs. This will be the first performance by the Randumbs in over ten years. If that wasn’t enough, next up is the Re-Volts, featuring members of the Swingin’ Utters and One Man Army, and then headliner of the night, Modern Action. Modern Action has four members of the Bodies, one from the Shifters and one from the briefs and in addition to all that, Modern Action will be releasing it’s latest CD, but will also have available 76 hand-numbered, limited-edition vinyl albums. The show will start outside in the beer garden and move indoors as the sun sets. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
Little Switzerland is also busy tonight, July 2, with Latin music from Estreno Musical, kicking off at 9 p.m.
The Plaza Bistro has NO MUSIC tonight, July 2, due to a private function.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards has the sounds of Five A.M tonight, July 2, for a 6:30 p.m. show. Sunday, July 4, the Winery will have jazz from locals Jason Bodlovich and Isaac Carter at 1 p.m. for an event that also features an art show. There is no cover for either show.
Ramekins Event Center will be having a Fourth of July dinner party on Sunday, July 4, that will feature the sounds of the Spirit of ’29 Dixieland Jazz Band, playing music before the fireworks show. For tickets and more info, point your browser to www.ramekins.com.
Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza tonight, July 2, for a 6 p.m. show.
The Jon Popenoe Duo will be at Lokal on Saturday, July 3, for a 7 p.m. show that will feature Dan Wolfe with Popenoe playing soulful blues, to go along with the “soulful” menu the venue offers. There is no cover for the show
Mondo American Beer Garden will have the sounds of the Cork Pullers on Saturday, July 3, at 7 p.m.
Olive & Vine will have the sounds of Plan Be tonight, July 2, for a 7 p.m. show.
Landmark Winery and Vineyards has Carlos Herrera and Dan Adela on Saturday, July 3, for an afternoon of Latin music that kicks off at 1 p.m.
The El Verano Inn will have Strange October Day on Saturday, July 3, at 9 p.m. for an evening of original rock. The band is fronted by David Hinkley, formerly of the Cavemen. There is no cover.
Mondo American Beer Garden has the folk sounds of the Cork Pullers on Saturday, July 3, for a 7 p.m. show.
The Lodge at Sonoma will have Mike Greensill tickling the ivories in the lounge tonight, July 2, for a 7 p.m. show. Saturday, July 3, brings in Jonathan Alford for a show that also gets underway at 7 p.m.
Bill Nelson and his band Turning Point will be in Napa at Ana’s Cantina on Saturday, July 3, for a 9 p.m. show
The Hellhounds will also be on the road on Sunday, July 4, for an appearance at D’ Donatello Winery in Healdsburg at 1 p.m. before boogieing down the road for the All-American Music Festival at Murphy’s that same day.