The Friday, July 1, Column

Junior Boogie
Junior Boogie

Soundbytes – Red White and Blues

It’s time for “Red, White and Blues” this Sunday, July 3, at Rossie’s 1906 Roadhouse, when Junior Boogie brings in an all-star cast of players for the all-day event. Boogie,was recently given the “Bay Area Blues Society’s 2012 West Coast Best Blues Harmonica Award” and has opened and played with the likes of Johnny Winter, Dr. John, Jackie Green, the Doobie Brothers, Buddy Guy, Dave Mason, Gregg Rollie, Taj Majhal and more.

The day kicks off at 2 p.m. with Boogie giving a short verbal history of the blues, with some examples played by him on harmonica and he will be spinning some old vinyl as well. Then his band, which includes Luke Domingue and Zakk Murphy, will take the stage for a set. Next up is Rich Kirch. Kirch is a blues guitar legend, having toured with John Lee Hooker for over 13 years and up to Hookers passing. Born in Chicago, he set out touring in the ‘70s with the Jimmy Dawkins Blues Band, playing the United States, Canada and Europe in ‘77 and ’81 and were part of the “American Living Blues Festival” that toured Europe in 1982. Junoir Boogies band will be backing Kirch.

Then it’s time for Freddie Roulette. Roulette is a blues lap steel guitarist, originally from New Orleans, but he was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. Roulette learned to play the steel guitar in high school and began playing in clubs in Chicago in his teens, and in 1965 began work in Earl Hooker’s backing band. Since then he has collaborated with Charlie Musselwhite, Henry Kaiser, Harvey Mandel and more and has also released several solo albums. Boogies band will also be backing Roulette with Kirch joining in as well.

The Second Street Blues Band hits the stage next. Best described as “Blues-Rock-Rhythm and Blues,” the act have an infectious sound with all five members having a diverse and vast experience playing professionally all over the country, individually sharing the stage with artists such as Muddy Waters, Elvin Bishop, Paul Butterfield and many more. With a style honed in clubs from Chicago to New Orleans to San Francisco and Seattle, the Second Street Blues Band comes together with a sound all their own.

Up next is the Shakedown Choir, which is Paulie Hips latest project and that rolls right into the legendary “Blues Jam’ which happens each Sunday night at Rossi’s. Formerly held at the Blue Moon Saloon, the event moved to Rossi’s when the venue closed three months ago. The “House Band,” which features Isaac Carter, Mikey Cannon, Stuart Sperring, Bob McBain and sometimes Phil Herrschaft and Adrian Trevino never seem to have a bad night, and local musicians are welcome to bring their axe, voice or drum sticks and sit in with the band.


The Cork Pullers
The Cork Pullers

Soundbytes – Fourth of July Music

Even thought it’s a Monday, typically a slow music day in Sonoma, there’s plenty going on after the parade around town. Lets check some of it out.

Murphy’s Irish Pub: “The All American Music Festival” Originally the idea of former manager Hunt Bailie, the event continues on with a full afternoon of local acts. The day kicks off at 11 a.m. with Dan Martin and Noma Rocksteady, followed by the Timothy O’ Neil Band at 2;30 p.m. Tudo Bem takes the stage at 6 p.m. and the Betty Blues wrap the night at 7 p.m. up until the fireworks at General Vallejo’s home. There is no cover.

Sonoma Plaza: Local music all afternoon kicking off that the Hometown Band, fresh off not one, but two appearances in the parade, playing patriotic songs starting at 11 a.m. Local Winemaker Rich Little and his band take over at 1:30 p.m. playing original rock and some tunes you’ll know as well. The Cork Pullers wrap up the afternoon at 3 p.m. with their amazing songs from the ‘60s and beyond along with great vocal harmonies. The music is free and open to the public.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall: Happy hour all day and music from David Bingham from 1 to 3 p.m. and then Bruce Gordon at 4 p.m.

The Generals Daughter: The annual Fourth of July barbecue is happening at 7 p.m. and along with front row seats for the fireworks, they have dinner with barbecue ribs, grilled chicken, potatoes, grilled vegetables and a variety of other snack items, and live music from the David Luning Band. Luning is a local singer-songwriter that has garnered accolades form some big names like Keith Urban and even appeared on American Idol. For tickets and more info, point your browser to

B & V Whiskey Bar and Grille: If you’re still not done after the fireworks, B & V has a DJ throw down with three DJ’s spinning, well, discs, and samples and maybe even vinyl. Dj Cal, Dj Hi-C, Mr. Regal and Persistence will kick off at 10 p.m.


T – Luke

Set List – The Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, July 1: Hooper and Sloss. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 2: The Tangled Up in Blue Band. 7:30 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, July 3: Don Trotta and Dann Walters.  2 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, July 2: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, July 1: Adam Traum. 5 p.m. Aaron Ford. 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 2: Quilles and Cloud. 1 p.m. Wendy DeWitt. 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 3: Vardo. 1 p.m.

Hood Mansion Lawn, N. Pythian Rd off Hwy 12, Santa Rosa, 833-6288
Tonight, July 1: “Funky Fridays” with Funky Dozen. 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, July 1: Jaydub and Dino 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 2: Solid Air. 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 3: The Pine Needles. 2 p.m.
Monday, July 4: The All American Music Festival. 11 a.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Saturday, July 2: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, July 1: T Luke and the Tight Suits. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 2: Sean Carscadden Quintet. 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 3: Red, White and Blues Day with Junior Boogie. 2 p.m. Blues Jam. 9:30 p.m.

Schellville Grill, 22900 Broadway, Sonoma, 996-5151
Saturday, July 2: Butch Engle and Styx. 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 3: Butch Engle and Styx. 12:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, July 1: BackTrax. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Plaza, 1 Broadway, Sonoma
Old Fashoined Fourth of July. Monday, July 4: The Hometown Band. 11 a.m. The Rich Little Band. 1 p.m. The Cork Pullers. 3 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, July 1: Solid Air. 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 2: Full Circle. 5 p.m. Freddie Hughes, Chris Burns, Calvin Dixon and  Willie Riser. 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 3: “Open Mic and Mimosas.” 1 to 7 p.m. The Acrosonics. 4 p.m.
Monday, July 4: “All Day Happy Hour” with David Bingham. 1 p.m. Bruce Gordon. 4 p.m.

Swiss Hotel, 18 W Spain St. Sonoma, 938-2884
Sunday, July 3, Rett Hamer Blues Band. 2 p.m.

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