McCabe and Mrs. Miller at Cornerstone Gardens

No, we’re not talking about the 1971 film starring Warren Beatty, but a new musical duo that features Alison Levy, formerly of the Sippy Cups and Victor Krumenacher, from Camper Van Beethoven, who will be making their Sonoma debut on Saturday, May 1. Levy and Krumenacher have known and played with each other for years and the time seemed right to put a project together. The duo has a real Americana/folk vibe to them, not the new singer-songwriter thing we hear a lot of these days, but a Gillian Welch-David Rawlings vibe. This is the third in a series of shows being put on at Cornerstone by music writer Drew Pearce, founder of Bay Area House Concerts. Also on the bill that night will be Chris Von Sneidern. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. For tickets and more info, call Pearce at (415) 706-3800.

There is plenty of music at this years Cinco de Mayo celebration on Sunday, May 2, in the Grinstead Ampitheater in the Sonoma Plaza. Amongst all the other festivities, at noon La Rondalla Patzcuarense of Patzcuaro take the stage. 2:30 p.m. brings the Robert Ramirez Conga Bobby Drum Ensemble, followed by the Carlos Herrera band at 3 p.m. and Plan Be wraps it all up with a set that starts at 4:15 p.m. There is no cover for the days festivities.

Local Violin Virtuoso Nigel Armstrong picked up a new honor this last week, having picked up the Silver Medal in the senior division at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Oslo, Norway. Armstrong also won the Ole Bull and Arne Nordheim prizes. You can welcome Armstrong home at the Sonoma Classical Music Society concert on Sunday, May 9, at Jacuzzi Family Winery, where Armstrongs quartet will be performing. For more info, point your browser to www.sonomaclassical.org.

Larry Vukovich and his trio will be at the Plaza Bistro tonight, April 30. Vuckovich has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences for his hard-swinging bebop, post-bop, contemporary jazz, and down-home blues. With him tonight will be Chuck McPherson on drums and Michael Zisman on bass. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

The Lodge at Sonoma has jazz in the piano lounge with Mike Greensil tonight, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, with Jonathan Alford. Showtime both nights is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

Mondo American Beer Garden will have Vitamin Girl on Saturday, May 1, for a 7 p.m. show. The band features Ralph Cetola on guitar and his daughter Aria on vocals.

Imagery Estate Winery will have Jon Popenoe and his blues band on Saturday, May 1, for a 1 p.m. show.

Rue Manoche will be doing a double-header on Saturday, May 1, first at Landmark Winery and Vineyards for a 1 p.m. show then later that evening at the El Dorado Kitchen for a 6:30 p.m. show. That nights show will be the last for the EDK for the season.

Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be starting their season at the Ledson Lounge on Friday, April 30. Petty sings and plays trumpet while Chambers holds down the piano duties. The duo focuses on jazz and the Las Vegas nightclub sounds of Sinatra and Bennett. They also take requests. Showtime is 6 p.m. and there is no cover.

Sonoma Springs Brewery will have Dan Martin on acoustic guitar tonight, April 30, for an evening of music that kicks off at 7 p.m.

The Maldonado Brothers will be providing the tunes at the gazebo in the Sonoma Marketplace on Saturday, May 1, as part of a benefit for the Relay for Life called “Paint the Town Purple.” The brothers will be laying down blues and classic rock from 1 to 4 p.m. The festivities will continue at Steiners Tavern later that evening at 7 p.m. with the Glenn Carter band.

Jewel Matheson will be back at the Park Point club on Sunday, May 2, for her class called “Sweat Your Prayers.” The class is focused on the 5Rythyms method of expression and movement. Her band the Rhythm Ride will be with her that day. To join the class and more info, call Jewel at 480-5639.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Whiskey Thieves tonight, April 30, for a 7 p.m. show. Saturday, May 1, brings in the sizzling licks of Andrew Freeman for a 7 p.m. start. Sunday, May 2, the pub has a classic Celtic pub jam that starts at 6 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.

Showcase the Band will on the road to Calistoga on Saturday, May 1, for the Tamale Festival starting at noon. They are back in town on Sunday, May 2, at Little Switzerland for a 5 p.m. show.

Tudo Bem will be on the road to Napa at the Oxbow Public Market tonight, April 30, to entertain the shopping crowd starting at 6 p.m.

The Jami Jamison band will be at the Redwood Cafe in Cotati tonight, April 30, for a 8 p.m. show. There is no cover.

David Thom will be laying down tunes with the rock legend Banana in San Rafael on Sunday, May 2, in the evening at the downtown plaza at 6 p.m. Banana is one of the founding members of the Youngbloods, along with Jesse Colin Young.

Natasha James is on the road to the Presidio Yacht club in Sausalito tonight, April 30, for an 8 p.m. show.

Jess Petty back at the Ledson Lounge

The farmers market is in the Plaza tonight, April 27, and will have music from Rich Little playing the Chapman Stick starting at 6 p.m.

The farmers market after market party at Murphy’s Irish Pub goes off tonight, April 27, at 7 p.m. with the Steve Dudgeon quartet.

Mondo American Beer Garden will have Gem Metal Whistle on Wednesday, April 28, at 7 p.m.

The Big 3 Diner in Boyes Hot Springs will have the Kai Devitt-Lee on Wednesday, April 28, for a 7 p.m. show.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Barbwyre on Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m.

Steiners Tavern will have DJ XXXeno spinning reggae on Thursday, April 29.

The Plaza Bistro will have the Larry Vuckovich trio in the backroom on Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma will have Mike Greensil on Friday, April 30, for a 7 p.m. show in the lounge..

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have the Whiskey Thieves on Friday, April 30, at 8 p.m.

Jess Petty and Ken Chambers begin their summer run at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza on Friday, April 30, at 6 p.m.

Spring student concert at Sebastiani Theatre

The Sonoma Music Arts School will be presenting their spring concert Saturday, April 24, showcasing their students in performances of vocals and piano and will also feature two rock bands from the school. Under the direction of Brett Carillo, the bands Happy Tuesdays and Pooof will take the stage and lay down some original rock tunes. Also on the bill is a band from the Sonoma Valley Academy music program called the Action Figures, who will be playing rock covers from the ‘50s to the present day. The event is a fundraiser for the school, and proceeds will go to the Sonoma Music Arts School’s tuition assistance program, which helps students that might not have the financial means to still be able to get music education. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. at the Sebastiani Theatre and tickets will be at the door, or in advance at the school or Sonoma Valley Music. For more info, call 996-7661.

The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation is also having a fundraiser on Sunday, April 25, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, billed as ‘Are you smarter than a Sonoma Valley 5th grader?” There will be a game show like contest with over 20 local celebrities going up against a select group of 5th graders from Sonoma Valley schools. The game gets underway at 4 p.m. There is also a dance after the event that will feature Backtrax that starts at 7 p.m. You can purchase tickets for the game and the dance or just the dance itself. Food and beverages will be available and there is a special price for children, and families are encouraged to come out to the show. For tickets and more info, call 938-9566.

Although it’s not the best kept secret in the Valley any longer, but still one of those “in the know” events, is the Sunday night jam at the Blue Moon Saloon that gets rolling each and every Sunday about 9 p.m. Guitarist extraordinaire Isaac Carter and vocalist Phil Herrschaft are joined by some top-notch talent, and the addition of the new house bass player is no exception. Stuart Sperring has a tidy list of credentials, including playing in the Bammie award winning act out of Marin County, Lee Press on and the Nails. All local players are welcome to join in for a song or two, just show up and talk to Carter or Herrschaft.

Friends of Michael J. Kelley are putting on a benefit for him at the Grange Hall in Boyes Hot Springs on Saturday, April 24, at 1 p.m. Scheduled to play short sets are Tommy Thomsen, Ten Foot Tone, the Whiskey Thieves, Bob Taylor and friends and more. The show will be emceed by local crooner Jeff Gilbert. Kelley was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident over a year ago and is still recovering. There is no charge for the benefit, but donations will be accepted.

Showcase the Band will be playing the 5th annual Sock Hop at Little Switzerland on Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m. There will be rock and roll trivia and other fun games.

Garen Patterson will be performing his tri-lingual folk opera on Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25, titled “Martas Inferno” which will be sung in English, Italian and Spanish. In addition, Lambeth Sterling will be performing “Love & Sex in the Earth’s Spin Cycle,” a comedy on dating, relationships, and the South. The shows and are a benefit for the Andrews Hall seating project at the Sonoma Community Center. Show times for both nights are 7:30 p.m. and for tickets and more info, call Garen at 337-2313.

Sonoma Springs Brewery will have the hippie mountain sounds of Wildflower Weed on Saturday, April 24, at 7 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma will have jazz both nights this weekend, kicking off tonight, April 23, with Mike Greensil on piano. Saturday, April 24, has Jonathan Alford tickling the ivories in the lounge. Shows both nights start at 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

The Plaza Bistro also has jazz tonight, April 23, with the Mads Tolling quartet. Tolling, Mike Abraham, George Ban-Weiss and Eric Garland came together through the eclectic San Francisco jazz scene. Tolling is an internationally renowned violinist, violist, and composer, is a two time Grammy award winner. He is currently a member of the Turtle Island quartet and soloist with bassist Stanley Clarkes band. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

Mondo American Beer Garden will have the popping sounds of the Cork Pullers on Saturday, April 24, at 7 p.m.

Steiners Tavern has music all weekend starting tonight, April 23, with the Sean Carscadden Trio. Carscadden will have with him tonight Andrew Emer on bass and J.B. Duff on the drums. Showtime is 10 p.m. Saturday, April 24, has the DJ sounds of Xeeno for a 10 p.m. show. The Big Easy hits the stage on Sunday, April 25, for an early show, kicking off at 6 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.

Murphy’s Irish Pub also has music all weekend, starting tonight, April 23, with the Two Rock Ramblers at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24, brings High Country to the pub for an 8 p.m. show and Sunday, April 25, brings the Celtic sounds of Greenhouse for an evening show that kicks off at 6 p.m.

The El Dorado Kitchen has Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly in the fireplace lounge on Saturday, April 24, for a 6:30 p.m. show.

Olive and Vine has music from Cynthia Tarr and the Guys tonight, April 23, for a 7 p.m. show. It’s rumored that there will be cake involved, but don’t quote us.

Imagery Estate Winery has EZ Kewl by the patio fountain on Saturday, April 24, for an afternoon of “jazziness” starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 25, brings the acoustic ‘70s sounds of the Sharks, also at 1 p.m. Folks are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the music. There is no cover.

Jon Popenoe will be at Landmark Winery and Vineyards on Saturday, April 24, for an afternoon of blues that goes off at 1 p.m.

Adam Traum will be at the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa tonight, April 23, for an 8 p.m. show.

The Hellhounds are on the road all weekend stating Saturday, April 24, with a show at Uva Trattoria in Napa that kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25, the bluesmen are off to Seghesio Winery in Healdsburg for a 1 p.m. start time.

Tom Martin at the Big 3

The Farmers Market is in the Plaza tonight, April 20, and will have music from Fred McCarty starting at 6 p.m.

The Farmers Market after market party at Murphy’s Irish Pub goes off tonight, April 20, at 7 p.m. with the EZ Kewl.

Mondo American Beer Garden will have The Ralph Cetola Experience on Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m.

The Big 3 Diner in Boyes Hot Springs will have Tom Martin on Wednesday, April 21 for a 7 p.m. show.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have the Tonewoods on Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m

Steiners Tavern will have Kit Kat Karaoke on Thursday, April 22. .

The Plaza Bistro will have the Mads Tolling quartet in the backroom on Friday, April 23, at 7 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma will have Mike Greensil on Friday, April 23, for a 7 p.m. show in the lounge.

Olive & Vine in Glen Ellen will have Cynthia Tarr and the Guys on Friday, April 23, at 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have the Two Rock Ramblers on Friday, April 23, at 8 p.m. for a night of Americana and folk.

Steiners Tavern will have the Sean Carscadden band on Friday, April 23, for a 10 p.m. show.

EZ Kewl will be at Wedekinds Nursery for a spring party on Friday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m.

Static People and the Don’t’s rock Little Switzerland

In what’s being billed as the “Sonoma International Film Festivals Filmmakers Bash,” two acts will take the stage at Little Switzerland on Saturday, April 17, for a night of punk influenced revelry. Sonoma Valleys own Static People, described by them as having a “post-punk-rock-opera” vibe, will be playing the venue for the first time. The band has spent the last seven months honing their sound, with the help of multi-platinum producer Jason Carmer, whose acts have included the Donnas and Third Eye Blind, among others. In true spirit with the festival, both guitarist Pascal Faivre and bassist Daedalus Howell will also be debuting separate films at the annual film event. The Dont’s, hailing from San Francisco, boasts an alternative rock sound and was named the Sonicbids spotlight of the week artist in February, 2007. The show is open to the public with tickets available at the door. Showtime is 9 p.m.

The Chapel Concert series is back at the historic Sonoma Mission on the Plaza tonight, April 16, with a performance by Chus Alonsus and Potaje Trio. Billed as “an evening of Spanish and Latin music including classical, flamenco and folkloric styles.” Boasting worldwide musical credentials, three musicians, Chus Alonso, Tregar Otton and Mark Taylor will be putting on a clinic for all to enjoy. For tickets and more info, call 484-9552.

The Sonoma Valley Chorale is having a fundraiser tonight, April 16, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building that will include dinner, a talent show, entertainment throughout the evening by members of the chorale and even a silent auction. The proceeds of the event will go towards the cost of producing the shows the group performs. The party starts at 5 p.m. and tickets are available at Pharmaca , by calling 935-1576 or can be purchased at the door.

April in Carneros is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18, and if you’re not at a film, you can hit some local wineries, and many have live music. We’ll just run them down here. Adastra will have the old-time Appalachian sounds of the Cobb Stompers. Anaba Wines will have the Whiskey Thieves for a show only on Saturday, April 17.. Bouchaine Vineyards will have Jacqueline Nicole and Jeff Weinstein. Ceja Vineyards will host the fiery salsa sounds of Orquesta Borinquen. Larsen Family Winery will have the Nate Lopez trio. Meadowcraft Wines will have Ryan Robertson and Truchard Vineyards will have Richard Bolman. For tickets, times and more info, call (800) 366-2806.

Joe Chaplain is back at the Barking Dog in Boyes Hot Springs for an evening of blues on Saturday, April 17, playing favorites by Hendrix, Joplin and Robert Johnson. With Chaplain will be the Judkins brothers and Keith Ridenhour on saxophone. Showtime is 6 p.m. and there is no cover.

The Sunflower Caffe will present a singer-songwriter from Austin, Tx. On Saturday, April 17 at 4 p.m. Havilah will not only be performing live, but her songs are featured in the film”Leading Ladies” that will be playing at the Film Festival this weekend.

Showcase the Band, will be at Little Switzerland on Sunday, April 18, for an evening of European music that gets under way at 5 p.m.

Mondo American Beer Garden will have Dan Martin on acoustic guitar on Saturday, April 17, at 7 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro has music from Jazz Gitan tonight, April 16, for a night of Gypsy Swing, a style made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Jazz Gitan focuses on the swing era from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

Olive & Vine has the cool jazz and blues sounds of the Plan Be band featuring Robin McKee on vocals tonight, April 16. The show kicks off at 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub kicks off the weekend of music tonight, April 16, with Adam Traum for a 7 p.m. show. Saturday, April 17, has the folk sounds of the Perfect Crime at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 18, the pub welcomes the Green String Farm band who will be laying down Americana tunes and some originals as well. That’s an early show, going off at 6 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma has jazz tonight, April 16, from Wayne de la Cruz starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 17, the lounge will host John Groves at 7 p.m. There is no cover for either show.

Landmark Winery and Vineyards has the Latin sounds of Carlos Herrera and Dan Abela on Saturday, April 17, for a 1 p.m. show.

Imagery Estate Winery has music from the Sonoma Mountain band on Saturday, April 17, on the patio by the fountain. Sunday, April 18, brings the Notorious Shank Brothers to the venue, also for a 1 p.m. show. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the afternoon.

Steiners Tavern has DJ Dave on Saturday, April 17, for a night of dance music that kicks off at 9 p.m. Acoustic Sunday at the tavern has Jeff Walters making an appearance on April 18, at 6 p.m.

EZ Kewl has a busy weekend, starting tonight, April 16, at the Apple Box in Petaluma for a 6 p.m. show. Saturday, April 17, the jazzy gents are hanging out at Benziger Family Winery for an afternoon show that starts at noon. You can catch them for Brunch on Sunday, April 18, at 11 a.m. at the Schellville Grill.

The Maldonado Brothers will be performing a mini rock opera they’ve composed electrically at the Black Cat Bar in Penngrove tonight, April 16, for a 9 p.m. show.

Stephanie Ozer will be performing as a duo with Chuck Metcalf on bass at the Hotel Healdsburg tonight, April 16, for a 7:30 p.m. show.