Yea, I had to look it up too, so I’ll save you the trouble. Bon Temps is French for “Good Times,” as in “Let the Good Times Roll.” New Orleans can certainly count on it, as that’s where Johnn Murphy, known as “King Daddy Murr” is relocating to after a long career at the Sonoma Developmental Center and as the reigning king of Sonoma Valley music. The list of local acts Murphy has played in over the years is way too long for this space, but many of those that played with him over the years are throwing a going away party for him, and in true ‘King Daddy” fashion, it is a benefit for F.I.S.H. as well. On the bill is the Whiskey Thieves, Ten Foot Tone, the Jami Jamison Band, BackTrax and, of course, EZ Kewl. As we write this, folks are already coming out of the woodwork to sit in at the show to be held at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, including the children from Sonoma Music Arts School, who will play a couple tunes. There are rumbles of a possible harmonica blow-out. The Saturday, Oct. 23, event is no cover, with donations at the door. There will be food from Meadowbrooke Catering and Beer from Olde Sonoma Public House and wine donated from many Valley wineries. All will be donating a portion of the proceeds to F.I.S.H. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. and is family friendly; even Popo the Clown may show up.
BackTrax will be laying down three sets of Tom Petty songs electric -style tonight, Oct. 22, at Steiners Tavern. Rumor has it that Sue Albano will be doing a duo of the Stevie Nicks-Tom Petty song “Stop Dragging my Heart Around” with yours truly. That alone ought to be worth the price of admission, oh, wait. There’s no cover.
The event is called ‘Howl” but it has nothing to do with Halloween. That is the sound of the wolf, the mascot of Altimira Middle School and there will be howling at Little Switzerland on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m., when Flash Fiction takes the stage as a fundraiser for the school. Also on the bill will be DJ Bubba. The evening includes appetizers, a silent auction, buffet dinner, Texas hold ‘em and dancing. Tickets can be purchased in advance in the Altimira school office and picked up at will call the night of the event for $35 each, or at the door for $40 each.
Cornerstone Gardens in Carneros will have Blame Sally for a one night show tonight, Oct. 22, at the outdoor pavilion on the property. Doors are 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Stephanie Ozer will be performing at the Jewish winemakers event called “Kugel, Knishes and Cabernet” on Sunday, Oct 24, at Burlingame Hall. This will be the first in what they are hoping to be an annual event that showcases the 5,000 year history of Jewish winemaking. The event kicks off at 1:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at www.shir-shalom.org/winemakers or at Readers Books and Tiddle E. Winks for $30 in advance $40 at the door.
Sonoma Springs Brewery will have the sounds of Tony Gibson and Dawn Angelosante tonight, Oct. 22, for a 7 p.m. show.
The Plaza Bistro will have Will Sellenraad in the back room tonight, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Sellenraad has earned a fast growing reputation of being at the forefront of a new generation of jazz musicians, known for his brilliant improvisations and his compelling, emotive compositions. There is no cover for the show
Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza tonight, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards will have Adam Traun and the Traumatics tonight, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m.
The Lodge at Sonoma has Terry Disley in the piano lounge tonight, Oct. 22, for a 7 p.m. show. Saturday, Oct. 23 brings Mike Greensill to the lounge, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover for either show.
Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Misner & Smith tonight, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. for an evening of Americana music. Saturday, Oct. 23, brings in High Country for a night of bluegrass. Both those shows start at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, has Greenhouse playing Celtic classics for an early evening show, kicking off at 6 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.
The Schellville Grill has EZ Kewl tonight, Oct. 22, for a dinner set starting at 7 p.m.
The Cork Pullers are doing the winery circuit this weekend, starting Saturday, Oct. 23, at Ravenswood Winery for a 1 p.m. show. Sunday, Oct. 24, has the boys in Glen Ellen at Imagery Estate Winery, also for a 1 p.m. show.
The long-awaited CD release of the live recording of the Joe Chaplain Band from the April 17 show earlier this year at the Barking Dog in Boyes Hot Springs, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, at, where else, the Barking Dog in Boyes. The band will be laying down all the tracks from the live album as well as some originals. Showtime is 6 p.m. and donations are accepted.
The Hellhounds are on the road this weekend, starting Saturday, Oct. 23, for a show at Uva Trattoria in Napa that kicks off at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, has the band on Treasure Island for the Blues by the Bay show. The band has a 2 p.m. set time.