Jason Bodlovich will be having a CD release party for his latest project, “The Culprit,” tonight, Aug. 6, at the Plaza Bistro at 7 p.m. The new disc features nine original compositions with styles including straight-ahead jazz, Brazilian and gypsy swing. Featured on the CD is Noam Lemish on piano, Sonoma local Miles Wick on bass and drummer James Stafford. Guitarist Randy Vincent makes a guest appearance on half of the session. Bodlovich had the idea to record the quartet after feeling the instant connection with Wick and Lemish at a gig in 2008. Bodlovich was also one of the key members of the local act, the Magflies, and plays currently throughout Sonoma with Isaac Carter as a guitar duo. Bodlovich, while playing guitar tonight, is no stranger to the drums as well, with his release “Blues for Dexter,” a tribute to jazz legend Dexter Gordon, where Bodlovich handled all the percussion duties. Tonights band will have Andrew Emer on bass. The new disc is dedicated to Janice King and The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society. There is no cover for the show.
Some fine barbecue will be coming to town at the Wild Thyme Catering in El Verano on Sunday, Aug. 8, for a food, wine, music and movie event. The menu, too long to lay out here, but you will probably find it in Kathleen Hill’s column in this edition of the Index-Tribune, looks delicious, and along with beer and wine tasting throughout the evening, there will be a book signing from barbecue chef Lolis Eric Elie, and then a showing of the movie, “Smokestack Lightning – Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country.” The Hellhounds take over later, with some delta and Chicago blues. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and for tickets and more info, call 996-0900.
Something special is coming to Andrews Hall in the Sonoma Community Center tonight, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. when Jonqui Albin and Earl Blue take the stage for what’s being called a combination of theater, art and music, with Albin’s art adorning the stage and Blue tickling the ivories. The band that night will be comprised of Steve Shain on bass, Steve Cohn on drums and local legend George Koehler on guitar. Tickets are available by calling the Sonoma Community Center at 938-4626.
The Sunflower Caffe has music and art tonight, Aug. 6, as well, when Sue Albano and Mark Dennis take over a corner of the patio to play some music and join in the artist reception for Mila Chaname and her teacher, Brooks Anderson. The no cover event gets underway at 5 p.m. and the public is welcome. Proprietor James Hahn has promised to greet everyone with a glass of bubbles.
Murphy’s Irish Pub will have the Sonoma Mountain band tonight, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, brings in Andrew Freeman from San Francisco for an evening of some sizzling guitar licks, also at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, has David Aguilar and Peter McCauley for an afternoon of everything BUT Celtic music. That show kicks off at 6 p.m.
Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza tonight, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards will have EZ Kewl tonight, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. If you miss the jazzy gents there, you can catch them at Imagery Estate Winery on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. and at the Schellville Grill for brunch on Sunday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.
The Lodge at Sonoma has Mike Greensil in the lounge starting at 7 p.m. tonight, Aug. 6. Saturday, Aug. 7, brings in Wayne De La Cruz for a show that also starts at 7 p.m.
Olive & Vine in Glen Ellen will have the Plan Be band tonight Aug. 6, for a 7 p.m. show.
The Cork Pullers have landed a gig at a local winery, local enough for us to still call it Sonoma…kind of. The venue is at Etude Winery, and we’ve heard great things about the venue and the wines. The Pullers will be playing on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. Etude Winery is on the way to Napa on Hwy. 121, with a turn-off on Cuttings Wharf Road.
The Blue Moon Saloon has crazy noisy karaoke music on Saturday, Aug. 7, kicking off at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, has the weekly open blues jam at the moon, with Isaac Carter, Phil Herschafft , and Michael Briones holding down the sounds. Any player interested in jamming, just needs to show up. Bring your guitar if you want to, but Carter is pretty generous with his axe. The jam starts at 10 p.m.
Sonoma Springs Brewery begins its weekly music events, with Brian Ruff on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. Ruff describes his tunes as “smoothed out original folk rock, gentle in spite of his name, but still knows how to bite when the song calls for it.” There is no cover for the show.
Mondo American Beer Garden has the eclectic sounds of Vitamin Girl on Saturday, Aug. 7, for a 7 p.m. show.
MacArthur Place has the Dan Goldfus Project, featuring Shawn Strub on vocals on Sunday, Aug. 8, at 4 p.m.
Landmark Winery and Vineyards will have the Latin guitar sounds of Carlos Herrera on Saturday, Aug. 7, for a 1 p.m. show.
Stephanie Ozer is taking her show on the road to the Oxbow Public Market in Napa on Sunday, Aug. 8, for a 3 p.m. show.
Jon Popenoe is on the road to Novato, for a show at Rickey’s Restaurant tonight, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
The Hellhounds are in Santa Rosa tonight, Aug 6, at A’Roma Roasters in Santa Rosa for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Aug. 7, the bluesmen are at Helen Putnam Park, also in Petaluma, for a 2 p.m. show.
Natasha James will be hitting the stage at the Sonoma County Fair on Sunday, Aug. 8, for a 1:15 p.m. slot. The show comes free with admission to the fair.