The third show in a series of Young Emerging Artists, the Sonoma Community Center presents the Dillon Baiocchi Quintet tonight, Jan. 6, for a 6:30 p.m. show. Born in Santa Cruz, Baiocchi currently attends the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York on scholarship. Baiocchi has opened for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and for the Five Peace Band featuring Chick Corea and Christian McBride. His current band, the Dillon Baiocchi Quintet, has performed at the Tutuma Social Club, the Grotto, and Spike Hill in New York. Most recently, his Quintet has toured California, performing at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Senzala Restaurant and more. While on tour, Baiocchi also gave a clinic for the Soquel High School music department. In addition to his own band, Baiocchi can be heard playing with the Ben Murphy Orchestra and the Franky Rousseau Large Band, which just completed a tour of Canada. All proceeds from the series benefit Community Center’s arts education programs and community service events. Tickets can be purchased by calling 938-4626 ext.1, or at the door.
The Plaza Bistro has quite a line-up for the show tonight, Jan. 6, with the Dana Land Quartet. Appearing with Land tonight will be Carlos Reyes on violin, Cliff Hugo on bass and John Hoy on guitar. These guys have amazing careers on their own and to have them all in one band tonight will be a real treat. The no cover show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, the bistro has the Chris Amberger Trio, featuring Amberger on bass, Grant Levin on piano and Mitchell Wilcox on drums. That show also gets going at 7 p.m.
Local singer-songwriter Chris Hanlin has had his music featured in a documentary by Anson Musselman titled “A Portrait of Pat Carey.” Carey is an artist and activist in San Francisco and worked for some of the major Hollywood studios before moving to the Bay Area and opening the Pat Carey Gallery. The biographical documentary explores some of Pat’s internal motivations and life experiences that caused her to become one of the most colorful and enigmatic people in the San Francisco art scene. You can see the film by pointing your browser to http://vimeo.com/33064730. Hanlin will also have one of his songs, “Dustbowl of Dreams,” featured in the French 3D documentary called “California Dream” which will make it’s theatrical premiere in early 2012.
Olive & Vine has music as part of the Sonoma Songwriter Sessions on Sunday, Jan. 8, with John Burdick, kicking off at 5 p.m. With Burdick this week will be Michael Miller on keyboard and Gary Krohn on electric violin. Wine, beer and light fare will be available.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the longest running act at the venue tonight, Jan. 6, the Sonoma Mountain Band, and they have a treat tonight with special guest Dale Hooper who will be performing traditional country songs in the styles of Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, and more. Hopper will be coming down from Oregon specifically for this gig at the Pub. He has performed at the Oregon Opry and numerous other venues in Oregon. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Hopper was a musical force in the Sonoma area, leading his band, the Valley of the Moonshiners. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, the pub welcomes back Andrew Freeman for his monthly appearance in the Snug, also at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, the popular duo of Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly return for an early show, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.
In case you can’t wait until Sunday, the Kathmandu Corner in the back of the Taste of the Himalayas Restaurant has Sean Carscadden and Marty O’ Reilly tonight, Jan. 6, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, brings in the debut performance of the Rhys Wade Band, also kicking off at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover either night.
The Blue Moon Saloon has karaoke on Saturday, Jan. 7, kicking off at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, the blues jam continues, starting at 10 p.m.
Stephanie Ozer is in Healdsburg tonight, Jan. 6, with her duo, at the Healdsburg Hotel for a 7:30 p.m. show.
Crossfire will be doing two nights at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa, tonight, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 7. Both nights, the first 20 guests will receive a copy of the bands latest CD. Showtime both nights is 9 p.m.
Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island
English Beat – Friday, Jan. 6.
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol
Tower of Power – Friday – Sunday, Jan 6 – 8.
Yoshi’s – Oakland
Hot Tuna – Saturday, Jan. 7.
The Fillmore – San Francisco
Roy Rogers – Friday, Jan. 6
Napa Valley Opera House
Moonalice – Saturday, Jan. 7.
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael