“Keeping your Favorite Oldies Alive” is the tagline for the band, and that they do, and have been doing since 2008, when the Keepers first got together. Band leader Marvel Gardner had been giving vocal lessons for years and one of her students, Ken Stettler, recruited her and two of his music buddies to form a band. All were music veterans, having played the folk scene for a number of years, so the act came together quickly.
Stettler has been a member of the Sonoma County Folk scene, and prior to forming the Keepers, was a member of Late Harvest. Gardner got her first paid singing gig at age seven by performing “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?” in a talent show. Bruce Edelstein had recently discovered the banjo, and soon after was requested to “get that thing out of the house” by his family, so he figured he had better find a folk group to join, and Tom Kuhn, discovering that less is more when it comes to strings, and with the ukulele not always taken seriously, holds the bottom down playing stand-up bass.
The Keepers will be keeping the magic of ‘60s folk music alive this Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, where they will perform songs from the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, the Beach Boys, the Grateful Dead and more.
The show kicks off at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public of all ages. The Sonoma Valley Friends of the Library provides the financial support to make this and all the musical events at the Library possible. For more info, point your browser to sonomalibrary.org
There’s “Jazz in the Barn” on Sunday, Aug. 14 in El Verano and the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society has brought in some pretty big names. The bill has drummer Sylvia Cuenca and her Quartet which consists of trumpeter Eddie Henderson with Essiet Essiet on bass and Peter Zak on piano. Cuenca has a resume that would impress even the most seasoned of musicians, with a 17 year stint with Terry Clark and has played with Billy Taylor, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Kenny Barron and Ray Drummond to name just a small few. She has also appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival and other festivals all around the world, along with numerous television appearances.
Henderson almost had no choice in what he was going to be, with his mother being an original “Cotton Club” dancer and even had a trumpet lesson from the great Louis Armstrong when he was just nine years old which led to his becoming a member of the San Francisco Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. Henderson was also influenced but friend of the family Miles Davis and at 17 gigged with the jazz legend. That led to a three year stint with Herbie Hancock but Henderson had another calling; medicine, which he has practiced simultaneously along with gigging since 1968, receiving degrees in Zoology and General Medicine. He has recorded 22 albums with him as the band leader and over 30 more with numerous jazz legends.
The event takes place at Many Moons Ranch, 18500 Carriger Rd. Sonoma, 373-0700 and tickets are required. For tickets and more info, point your browser to sonomavalleyjazzsociety.org/jazz_in_the_barn
Danny Click is back at Rossi’s 1906 Roadhouse on Saturday, Aug. 13, for an encore performance of his own style of blues. The Indiana native made his way through Austin TX paying dues in the blues scene before ending up in Fairfax in Marin County in 2006. He quickly connected with the regional stars and started the “Hell Yeah’s” with Bonnie Hayes, among others and took up a residency at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax. Branching out to other clubs in the area, Click is finally achieving the recognition he rightly deserves as a blues player and songwriter, with a number one song ‘Wait my Turn” on the Indie World Country chart in Nashville.
Currently promoting his latest album, “Holding up the Sun” you can catch Click and the Hell Yeahs for an 8:30 p.m. show.
Setlist – The Rundown
Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, Aug. 12: Voices in my Head. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13: Bobby Mosley. 7:30 p.m.
Barking Dog Roasters, 18133 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 939-1905
Saturday, Aug. 13: Craig Leske and Carl Finney. 3 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 14: Maya Briggs. 3 p.m.
B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, Aug. 14: Falcon Christopher. 2 p.m.
Cornerstone, 23570 Arnold Dr, Carneros, 933-3010
Saturday, Aug. 13: Stewart Degner. 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 14: Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson. 1 p.m.
El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Saturday, Aug. 13: Shakedown Choir, Bumblin’ Bones, Family of Light Band and light show by Mad Alchemy. 9 p.m.
Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Aug. 12: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.
HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Aug. 12: Vince Costanza. 5 p.m. David Thom and Friends. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13: Dan Martin. 1 p.m. Jaydub and Dave Aguilar. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 14: Anthony Presti. 1 p.m.
Hood Mansion Lawn, N. Pythian Rd off Hwy 12, Santa Rosa, 833-6288
Tonight, Aug. 12: “Funky Fridays” with Full Steem. 7 p.m.
Many Moons Ranch, 18500 Carriger Rd. Sonoma, 373-0700 – Tickets Required
Sunday, Aug. 14: “Jazz in the Barn” with the Sylvia Cuenca Quartet and Trumpeter Eddie Henderson. 7 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, Aug. 12: Deluxe. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13: Mostly Simply Bluegrass. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 14: Stadler-Gibbons Band. 2 p.m.
Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Saturday, Aug. 13: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.
Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, Aug. 12: Closed for private event.
Saturday, Aug. 13: Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs!. 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 14: Brandon and the Bees Knees. 5 p.m. Blues Jam. 9:30 p.m.
Schellville Grill, 22900 Broadway, Sonoma, 996-5151
Saturday, Aug. 13: Butch Engle and Styx. 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 14: Butch Engle and Styx. 12:30 p.m.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, Aug. 12: Tilted Halos. 6 p.m.
Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Aug. 12: Ryan Tatarian. 6 p.m. the New Copasetics. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13: Full Circle. 5 p.m. the doRiaN Mode. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 14: “Open Mic and Mimosas.” 1 to 7 p.m. Acrosonics. 5 p.m.
Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 996-5217
Saturday, Aug. 13: the Keepers. 2 p.m.
Swiss Hotel, 18 W Spain St. Sonoma, 938-2884
Saturday, Aug. 13: Rett Hamer Blues Band. 2 p.m.
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