Brewnel finally makes it to Sonoma Valley


Although most of the members are from Sonoma Valley, and Brewnel plays many high-profile venues all over the Bay Area, the group has yet to land a local show, until tonight, July 20, when the band takes over the Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards tasting room for a night of rock, blues and dance music. The band has just come off stints at the Novato Art and Wine Festival and the Sausalito Jazz and Blues by the Bay Festival, and will kick off in the tasting room tonight at 6 p.m. with wine specials and barbecue offered up by Mongo’s Barbecue. The band consists of Kerry Daly on vocals, Crystal Brunelle on guitar and vocals, Bob McBain on keyboards, Marius Pelsma on bass and vocals and Jim Sterling on drums. There is no cover for the show.

Jack London Park has a stage musical performance of “Dream the Impossible Dream” from the Transcendence Theatre Company tonight, July 20, for picnicking starting at 5 p.m. then the show in the winery ruins kicking off at 8 p.m. Last weeks show was sold out and received rave reviews. For tickets and more info, point your browser to

Showcase the Band

The Moose Lodge continues its Friday night music series tonight, July 20, with an appearance by Showcase the Band, and instead of playing polkas and waltzes, the band will be laying down rock and roll and dance tunes. Dinner will be available at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 8:30 p.m.

The El Verano Inn has rapper 4Tay from San Francisco tonight, July 20, performing the Players Club Anthem. Also on the bill is Benni Boom, Octavious, Superdub, Money Grippa, the F. C., Irie Sounds International, Saucy 1 and DJ Isaak. Showtime is 9 p.m. Saturday, July 21, the venue welcomes in locals Tudo Bem for a night of classic rock and blues. Showtime is also 9 p.m.

Vanessa Schilling makes her debut tonight, July 20, at Murphy’s Irish Pub with her band at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21, it’s the Perfect Crime, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, July 21, the pub welcomes back Dave Aguilar and Peter McCauley for an early show that kicks off at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.

Michael L. Castle

Michael L. Castle will be back at the Sonoma Springs Brewing Company for another night of folk, country and blues on Saturday, July 21. Showtime is 7 p.m.

The Sonoma County Fair is having a Battle of the Teen Bands on Saturday, August 11, and they are looking for Sonoma Valley bands to participate. There are a variety of rules like “…all performers shall be between 12 and 24 years of age. At least two members of your band must be between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age as of July 25, 2012. No more than two members of your group may be between the ages of 18 and 24 as of July 25, 2012” and many more rules. First prize is $1,000. For more info, shoot off an e mail to with “Battle of the Teen Bands” in the subject line.

Adam Traum will be at the MacRostie Winery tasting room on Eighth St. E. on Saturday, July 21, kicking off at noon.

Train Wreck Junction

The Plaza Bistro has Train Wreck Junction tonight, July 20, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, it’s Cynthia Tarr in the back room, also for a 7 p.m. show. With her that night will be Cliff Hugo on bass and Randy Vincent on guitar. There is no cover either night.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma welcomes back Matthew and the Unfortunates tonight, July 20, for a 9 p.m. show on the inside stage.

The Sonoma Valley Grange Hall in Boyes Hot Springs is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the monthly barn dance at the venue on Saturday, July 21. The event is also a fundraiser for the community kitchen the hall is planning. The night kicks off at 8 p.m. with caller Mavis McGaugh teaching the reels and circles in advance, then continues calling while the band, Drayton and Engle, play bluegrass music. A donation is requested, but dancers under 26 years of age are free.

The Ledson Lounge welcomes back Dan Daniels and Nicky DePaola on Saturday, July 21, for a 7 p.m. show.

Steiners Tavern has rock and roll classics from Loosely Covered tonight, July 20, for a 10 p.m. show. There is no cover.

The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance presents “Sangiacomo Under the Stars” on Sunday, July 22, with the Carrtunes performing. The event, held at the Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, is a benefit for the Mentoring Alliance and tickets are limited to 50 attendees. For tickets and more info, call 938-1990.

Showcase the Band will be playing at La Luz on Saturday, July 21, kicking off at 4 p.m. in Booker Hall at the facility. The event is a benefit for the Sonoma Chapter of Lideres Campesinas. For tickets and more info, call 938-5131, ext. 106.

Points North will be at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco tonight, July 20, for an 8 p.m. show.

Cuvee in Napa will be taken over by Sonoma Valley talent this weekend with tonight, July 20, Adam Traum gracing the stage for an 8 p.m. show and Saturday, July 21, it’s the Hellhounds, for a 9 p.m. show.

Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island

Wonderbread 5 – Friday, July 20
Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – Friday, July 20
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol

Charlie Musselwhite – Saturday, July 21
Yoshi’s – Oakland

Steve Kimock – Saturday, July 21
The Fillmore – San Francisco

Charlie Musselwhite – Friday, July 20
Napa Valley Opera House

Leo Kottke – Wednesday, July 25
Napa Valley Opera House

The Mavericks – Friday, July 20
Uptown Theater – Napa

Pride and Joy – Friday, July 20
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael

Gator Beat – Saturday, July 21
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael

Sheryl Crow– Friday, July 20
Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa

The Mother Hips – Friday, July 20
Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – Saturday, July 21
Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley

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