Whiskey Thieves back in town

The farmers market is in the Plaza tonight, June 22, and will have the Whiskey Thieves under the palm tree at 6 p.m.

The farmers market after market party at Murphy’s Irish Pub is tonight, June 22, at 7 p.m. with the Brothers Comatose.

The Big 3 Diner will have music from Tom Martin on Wednesday, June 23, at 6 p.m.

Mondo American Beer Garden will have music from Steve Serra on Wednesday, June 23, at 7 p.m.

Steiners Tavern will have Robert Roots spinning dancehall reggae on Thursday, June 24, for a night of fun kicking off at 9 p.m.

The Bluegrass Bar and Grill in Glen Ellen will have the sounds of EZ Kewl on Thursday, June 24, for a 7 p.m. show.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have the Courtney Janes on Thursday, June 24, at 8 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro will have Dana Land in the backroom on Friday, June 25, at 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Boys Night Out on Friday, June 25, at 8 p.m.

Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza on Friday, June 25, at 6 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards will have Tom Duarte on Friday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m.

Jon Popenoe and friends will be at the gazebo in the Sonoma Marketplace on Friday, June 25, for a afternoon show at 5 p.m.

Steiners Tavern will have the Sean Carscadden band on Friday, June 25, for a 10 p.m. show.

Olive & Vine in Glen Ellen will have the Cynthia Tarr band on Friday, June 25, at 7 p.m.

Ten Foot Tone helps re-open the El Verano Inn

Its taken longer than they thought, and, most likely, cost much more than originally expected, but one of the most historic buildings in Sonoma Valley, the El Verano Inn, has under gone retrofitting and other improvements and will be having a grand re-opening party on Saturday, June 19, with Sonoma Valleys own Ten Foot Tone. The El Verano Inn is a local landmark, built in the late 1800’s and was home to the general store, the post office, several drinking establishments and many other businesses before Richard and Leslie Danon bought the building about 15 years ago. Richard Danon is a semi-retired hippie from the ‘60s and a music aficionado; you can find him at about every music event in the Valley, and has made sure live local music was part of the business plan for the establishment. We’ve been saying on radio and in print for years that the El Verano Inn is the last place you can really rock in the Valley, with the Danons bringing everything from jazz to death metal in to the venue. The event on Saturday will have appetizers and music from not only Ten Foot Tone, but Uncle Jesse and the Porch Junkies as well. Showtime is 9 p.m. The El Verano Inn is at the corner of Bay and Laurel in downtown El Verano.

SonomaSong is back in action on Saturday, June 19, at Gundlach Bundschu Winery and this time it’s a benefit for the Willmar Center. The show features the John Simon band, along with 25 vocalists singing the songs of the ‘60s and ‘70s. The repertoire includes Elton John, Queen, James Taylor and more. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the show going off at 7 p.m. Tickets are selling fast, but you can find out if any are still available by calling the Willmar Center at 935-1946.

Joe Chaplain and his band are back in action at the Barking Dog in Boyes Hot Springs on Saturday, June 19, with no theme this month, but some new tunes, as Chaplian describes, “…some hard-hittin’ heavy new dance and psych grooves.” Wow. Showtime is 6 p.m. and there is no cover. In addition, there will be a raffle, with free tickets given to folks and there will be winners. There is no cover, although they ask for a donation at the door, and the event is family friendly.

The Shop has a rave and an Open-Mic scheduled for Saturday, June 19, at 8 p.m.

Static People are back in action on Saturday, June 19, at the Mix hosted by the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. DJ Michel Saga will kick off the evening, which includes special drinks and appetizers. The event is free to museum members, and the price of admission will get you membership, allowing you free entry to the next Mix and other events at the museum. The night kicks off at 8 p.m.

Olive & Vine will have blues from the Rett Hamer band tonight, June 18, and they will have Adana Song on vocals with them. Show time is 7 p.m.

The Cabaret Jazz Duo will be at Rocket Cafe tonight, June 18. The band is comprised of Alex and Diego Garcia. The show kicks off at 6 p.m.

Steiners Tavern will have the Undo Cover band tonight, June 18, at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 19 brings DJ Dave to the tavern, also for a 10 p.m. start.

EZ Kewl will be at the Schellville Grill on Saturday, June 19, for a 7 p.m. dinner show. The jazzy gents then move into winery mode, with a show on Sunday, June 20, at Larsen Family Winery at noon.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards will have Debra Winters performing in the tasting room tonight, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 20, brings jazz to the venue, featuring Dan Goldfus for a 1 p.m. show. There is no cover for either show.

The Plaza Bistro will have Regina Maria Pontillo Quartet in the backroom tonight, June 18, at 7 p.m.

Black Cab will be at Little Switzerland on Saturday, June 19, for an 8 p.m. show. The band features Detroit” Danny Barbane on guitar and plays classic rock and some originals as well. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza tonight, June 18, at 6 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma will have John Groves tonight, June 18, for a 7 p.m. show in the lounge. Saturday, June 19, the lounge brings in local favorite Dick Conte, also starting at 7 p.m.

Landmark Winery and Vineyards will have the classical acoustic sounds of Eric Cabalo on Saturday, June 19 for a 1 p.m. show.

Vitamin Girl will be making a rare appearance at Mondo American Beer Garden on Saturday, June 19 for a 7 p.m. start. Vitamin Girl features the father-daughter combo of Ralph and Aria Cetola.

Imagery Estate Winery will have Josh Little and the Cal Poly jazz band for an afternoon of music on Saturday, June 19, starting at 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has Out of the Blue for a night of jazz, blues and a touch of western swing tonight, June 18, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, June 19, brings in the Perfect Crime, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, June 20, after being in the studio all week recording tracks for their upcoming release, will be the Whiskey Thieves for a 6 p.m. show.

Burning Broadway, winner of the recent Battle of the bands here in Sonoma, will be at the Phoenix Theater tonight, June 18, for a show that kicks off at 8 p.m.

Dave Chavoya of the Hellhounds will be all the way down in Fresno on Sunday, June 20, at the Tower Fathers Day Blues Festival for a 2 p.m. show. He will be backed by the band Deja Blue.

Natasha James is at Rancho Nicasio on Saturday, June 19 for an 8 p.m. show.

Hellhounds at Murphy’s

The farmers market is in the Plaza tonight, June 15, and will have Fred McCarty under the palm tree at 6 p.m.

The farmers market after market party at Murphy’s Irish Pub is tonight, June 15, at 7 p.m. with the Hellhounds.

The Big 3 Diner will have music from the Goodfellows on Wednesday, June 16, at 6 p.m.

The Kenwood Depot will have Open-Mic on Thursday, June 17, at 6 p.m. Get there at 5:30 p.m. to sign up for a slot.

Steiners Tavern will have Kit Kat karaoke on Thursday, June 17, for a night of fun kicking off at 9 p.m

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Elaine Dempsey on Thursday, June 17, at 8 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro will have Regina Maria Pontillo Quartet in the backroom on Friday, June 18, at 7 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma will have John Groves on Friday, June 18, for a 7 p.m. show in the lounge.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Out of the Blue on Friday, June 18, at 8 p.m.

Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza on Friday, June 18, at 6 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards will have Debra Winters on Friday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Steiners Tavern will have the UndoCover band on Friday, June 18, for a 10 p.m. show.

Rocket Cafe will have the Cabaret Jazz duo on Friday, June 18, for a 6 p.m. show.

Local musicians step up for Haiti

It may not be blazing in the headlines, but help is still needed for the people of Haiti and once again, the local music community is stepping up to help out. It’s being billed as “Band Together for Haiti,” and will benefit the students of the New Victoria Music School in Haiti. Local violin instructor Leta Davis is producing the event, which will feature the local klezmer band Simka, with guest singer Critti, aka Chris Davis-Dupree, as well as First Street Band, Shameless and the Little Fiddlers. The New Victoria Music School was started to give impoverished children access to music. After being buried in the rubble for 18 hours, blind violinist Romel Joseph knew that his mission was to rebuild the school, named after his daughter, in spite of the fact that he lost his wife and unborn child to the earthquake. This is the second time Joseph has had to rebuild the school; the first one succumbed to fire in 2000. The event takes place on Sunday, July 13, at 2 p.m. at the Sebastiani Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

You’ll have the chance to see a couple of jazz legends, teamed up with the man known as the “Sonoma Sinatra,” Stan Pappas, for an afternoon show at the Meritage Martini and Oyster Bar on Sunday, June 13. Mad and Eddie Duran will be backing Pappas for a 2 p.m. show in the back tent of the restaurant, for a trip down memory lane with songs from the Frank Sinatra catalog. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Sonoma Valley Music. For more info, call 938-9430.

BackTrax rock band is going for the trifecta this weekend, with three shows around the plaza, with the first one tonight, June 11, at Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards. The band will be paying tribute to the Beatles, in what will be an encore performance of the show from a few months back at the El Dorado Kitchen. Then the band takes all of Sunday, June 13, on, with an electric show at the Flag Day celebration put on by the Native Sons of the Golden West in the Sonoma Plaza at 1:30 p.m., followed by an acoustic show at Steiners Tavern the same day at 6 p.m.

Local independent music supporter Rand Rognlien, who runs the popular indie-music website MusicNomad.com, has released a line of instrument cleaning products that are environmentally friendly. According to Rognlien, “they are more human and environmentally friendlier than existing products on the market and use premium ingredients resulting in high quality…” The products, which are available for drums and guitars, are available locally at Sonoma Valley Music and a percentage of each purchase goes to the music advocacy program at Music Nomad.

Steiners Tavern will be rocking all weekend, starting tonight, June 11, with Isabelles Basement, who describe themselves as “a bunch of old dudes trying to be young dudes by playing in a rock band.” Whoa. Originally hailing from San Francisco, the band hits the stage for the show at 10 p.m. and there is no cover. Saturday, June 12, has the DJ sounds of Dr. XXXeno, also starting at 10 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has Kith & Kin tonight, June 11, for an 8 p.m. show that features traditional Celtic music. Saturday, June 12, brings in the bluegrass vibe ala Bill Monroe with Keystone Station, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, June 13, brings a couple locals with David Aguilar and Peter McCauley playing everything BUT Celtic music for a 6 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows.

The Lodge at Sonoma will have John Groves tonight, June 11, for a 7 p.m. show in the lounge. Groves is a melodic player, laying down jazz standards with a bit of pop influence.

Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza tonight, June 11, at 6 p.m.

The gazebo in the Sonoma Marketplace will have music from Jon Popenoe and friends on today, June 11, at 5 p.m. Some of the friends are Corey Jennings, Stuart Sperring, Lance Harrington and Jay Ligon.

The Shop will have a benefit tonight, June 11, with EMoney and the Jaywalkers for a show that kicks off at 7 p.m. The show will help to send Gabe Stein from the Jaywalkers and Ethan Cohen, who is EMoney, to El Salvador on a Seeds of Learning trip to help build a school. This may also be one of the last shows by the Jaywalkers, as the guys are going separate ways after graduating high school. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The event is 21 and under only.

The Plaza Bistro will have the Akira Tana trio tonight, June 11, for a 7 p.m. show in the back room. Tana, a San Jose native, has traveled, taught and played jazz all over the country. There is no cover for the show.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards has jazz on Sunday, June 13, with Sounds of Shade in the barrel room starting at 1 p.m.

Landmark Vineyards and Winery continues its complimentary concert series with the jazz guitar of Jason Bodlovich on Saturday, June 12. We’ve seen Bodlovich a few times, and we’ll bet he lays down a blues or fusion track as well as the jazz. The show gets underway at 1 p.m. and there is no cover.

Mondo American Beer Garden has the rockin’ sounds of Hard Travelin’ on Saturday, June 12, kicking off at 7 p.m.

Benziger Family Winery has Jon Popenoe for an afternoon on Saturday, June 12, for a 1 p.m. show.

A little further down the road, Imagery Estate Winery has folk tunes from the Cork Pullers on Saturday, June 12, going off at 1 p.m.

Turning Point is taking their popular dance show to San Francisco, playing at Mojito tonight, June 11, at 10 p.m.

The Hellhounds are in Napa at Uva Trattoria Saturday, June 12, for an evening show at 8 p.m.

EZ Kewl is at the A’Roma Roasters in Santa Rosa on Saturday, June 12, for an 8:30 p.m. show.

Jami Jamison is on the road all the way up to Monte Rio at the Highland Dell Lodge tonight, June 11, for an 8 p.m. show.

Local Americana and folk artist Adam Traum will be in Marin tonight, June 11, at a new venue, the Wipeout Bar and Grill tonight, June 11 for a 6 p.m. show. We’ll have to check out the club soon. The name alone makes it sound like a fun place.

Jazz mafia in town tonight

The farmers market is in the Plaza tonight, June 8, and will have the first in a monthly concert series put on by the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society that will feature the Jazz Mafia in the Grinstead Amphitheater starting at 6 p.m.

The farmers market after market party at Murphy’s Irish Pub is tonight, June 8, at 7 p.m. with the Green String Farm band.
Mondo American Beer Garden will have EX Kewl on Wednesday, June 9, at 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Open-Mic Plus on Thursday, June 10, at 7 p.m. This months featured artist will be Dave Aguilar.

Steiners Tavern will have Reggae Night with Robert Roots on Thursday, June 10, for a night of fun music kicking off at 9 p.m.

The Bluegrass Bar and Grill in Glen Ellen will have Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly for an evening of blues on the deck on Thursday, June 10, at 7 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma will have John Groves on Friday, June 11, for a 7 p.m. show in the lounge.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Kith & Kin on Friday, June 11, at 8 p.m.

Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza on Friday, June 11, at 6 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards will have BackTrax doing 2 sets of acoustic Beatles music on Friday, June 11, at 7 p.m.

The gazebo in the Sonoma Marketplace will have music from Jon Popenoe and friends on Friday, June 11, at 5 p.m.

The Shop will have a benefit on Friday, June 11, with EMoney and the Jaywalkers for a show that kicks off at 8 p.m.