The Friday, Aug. 5, Column


Soundbytes – Petaluma Music Festival

Over the last nine years, the Petaluma Music Festival has quietly been bringing some fairly big regional names to the fairgrounds in Petaluma on Saturday, Aug. 6, all for the cause of supporting music in the schools, and this years festival is no different. The festival boasts 14 acts on three stages and this years headliner is Jackie Greene. Greene, a native of Salinas CA. has toured with many big names, including members of the Grateful Dead, Huey Lewis and the Black Crowes, will be continuing the “Back to Birth” tour and honestly, you never know who will show up on stage with Greene.

Also appearing on the main stage is Moonalice, Steve Kimock and the Mother Hips. Moonalice is a regional act and could be referred to as a “jam band” and in the spirit of bands from the past, have a custom poster made for each show by a variety of poster artists that they give away, as well as recording and giving away each show they play soon after completion on their website.

Steve Kimock is famous from his band Zero, among others, and he has literally played with each member of the Grateful Dead in their side projects a number of times, even having Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter contribute many songs to the last Zero album released, “Chance in a Million” from 2000.

Even though they were still college students, the Mother Hips got their first major label contract while still enrolled at Chico State in ’93 and haven’t looked back. Even through many changes in musical genre and personnel, the band plays on. For this show, the founding duo of Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono will feature the guitar talents of local axe-man Mark Karan.

The festival also has many smaller regional acts on the other stages, who could likely be on the main stage as well, like the Highway Poets, David Luning and Kingsborough. There is also much more than music going on, with many local vendors, live and silent auctions and a kids area for the young music fans. The festival kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and for tickets and more info, point your browser to


Nott the Hoople

Local Musician Spotlight – Fred Jardin

The musical British invasion of the early ‘60s took many by storm, but likely not more than it took Fred Jardin. A Bay Area native, Jardin was just seven years old when the life changing event hit him. It took him till he was 12 years old and learn how to play guitar and then the fun began. Over the years, Jardin has been in a number of original and “tribute” bands, including Freddie Meteor and the Asteroids, Brave New World, Nigiro Combo, the Steppenwolf tribute act Effenwolf and now Nott the Hoople, a tribute to the obvious.

“If you like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, the Who, Rod Stewart and the Faces, the Clash with a little bit of the Ronettes mixed in, you will love Nott the Hoople” said Jardin

Jardin bring his act to the El Verano Inn on Saturday, Aug. 6, for a free show kicking off at 9 p.m. Lets get to know him a little better.

1) Many musicians in our generation cite the Beatles on Ed Sullivan as that moment when they knew music was what they wanted to do. When and what was it that made you realize you wanted to be a musician?

FJ > The Beatles thing was huge for me. I remember being in my bunk bed with my brother and playing a broom like a guitar along to all the Beatles songs. After that, British rock music literally took over my life. I was really into Gerry and the Pacemakers as well.

2) That first instrument you owned. What was it and do you still have it?

FJ> It was a cheap Yamaha acoustic guitar, and no, I don’t have it. I think I may have paid $100 for it. I recall learning a couple James Taylor songs on it, and American Pie by Don McLean

3) Who are you’re primary influences in your music?

FJ > The entire British invasion essentially. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Kinks. Some obscure English musicians as well, and Gerry Marsden. Later after the Beatles broke up, David Bowie kind of took over for me; and Mott the Hoople, Marc Bolan of T Rex, and Mick Ronson.

4) What CD or playlist is in your car or your iPod?

FJ> I’m horrible about that. I’ll put a disc in and leave it there for months. Currently it’s the Beatles ‘Love” CD. There is always a surprise on there for me. I’ve been a big fan of Wilco lately as well.

5) Tell us about your current acts.

FJ > Just Nott the Hoople at this point, although I am working on a small project called “Soiled Raincoat” that covers some songs from an odd arrangement of musicians calling themselves the Dirty Mac which had John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell. They were the band in the Stones television special “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.”

6) If you could have written one song, which one would it be and why?

FJ> Wow. “All the Young Dudes” originally written by Bowie comes to mind first but actually “Hymn for the Dudes” by Mott the Hoople would be the one.


Craig Corona
Craig Corona

Set List – The Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, Aug. 5: Acoustic Soul. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6: Tangled up in Blue Band. 7:30 p.m.

Barking Dog Roasters, 18133 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 939-1905
Saturday, Aug. 6: Hugh Gallagher. 3 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7: Paul Christopulos. 3 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, Aug. 7: Dustin Saylor.  2 p.m.

Cornerstone, 23570 Arnold Dr, Carneros, 933-3010
Saturday, Aug. 6: Aldo Mosca Duo. 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7: Cork Puller Duo. 1 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Saturday, Aug. 6: Nott the Hoople. 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Aug. 5: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Aug. 5: David Hamilton. 5 p.m. Quiles and Cloud. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6: Born Lucky. 1 p.m. Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7: Craig Corona. 1 p.m.

Hood Mansion Lawn, N. Pythian Rd off Hwy 12, Santa Rosa, 833-6288
Tonight, Aug. 5: “Funky Fridays” with Tommy Thomsen. 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, Aug. 5: Wild Iris. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6: Drifting Rich. 8 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 933-9305
Saturday, Aug. 6: “Simmer Down Saturday” with the Bee Rays. 6 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Saturday, Aug. 6: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, Aug. 5: Second Line. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6: The Tommy Odetto Band. 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7: Brandon and the Bees Knees. 5 p.m. Blues Jam. 9:30 p.m.

Schellville Grill, 22900 Broadway, Sonoma, 996-5151
Saturday, Aug. 6: Butch Engle and Styx. 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7: Butch Engle and Styx. 12:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, Aug. 5: Rubber Soul. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Aug. 5: Ryan Tatarian. 5 p.m. John Allair and Julia Harrell. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6: The Marks Brothers. 5 p.m. Marina Crouse. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7: “Open Mic and Mimosas.” 1 to 7 p.m. Acrosonics. 5 p.m.

If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it.

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