The Friday, July 14, Column

Sean Carscadden

Spotlight – Sean Carscadden Final Sonoma Show

Sonoma Valley’s loss will be soon be Portland’s gain as local music mainstay Sean Carscadden will pull up roots from the town he was born and raised in and strike up to the Emerald City to pursue his music career, but not before one last show on Friday, July 21, at the historic Sebastiani Theatre. Carscadden will be pulling out all the stops for this one, not only is it his highly anticipated CD release party, but he will be showcasing two of his acts with two sets, first with Miss Lonely Hearts followed by his own band with a number of players added to the bill, making it a truly large band.

Joining Carscadden on stage that evening will be Wyatt Hesemeyer, Mischa Gasch, and Patty O’Connor with the band Miss Lonely Hearts laying down “Outlaw Country” tunes. After a short intermission, Carscadden kicks it up a notch with the most extended version of his own band to date, with Cliff Hugo on bass, Mikey Lee Cannon on drums, Doug Leibinger and Jason Thor on trombone, Dave Scott on trumpet, Ken Cook on piano, Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson on vocals and Josh Yenne on steel guitar who will lay down through a set of the “American Delta” inspired tunes.

Hundreds of players in Sonoma Valley have gotten their start in music from Carscadden, which was never part of the plan, nor was music for that matter. “A kid asked me if I gave private lessons and I started to say no and instead said yes, yes I do” and from then it was on. Carscadden grew up with no real interest in music and didn’t even own any records (remember those?), but starting a band sounded like fun, so at the age of 12, Carscadden was tagged as the guitar player. His father had an acoustic guitar lying around and Carscadden picked it up and the band was born. After a couple lessons with a friend’s mom, he was hooked.

Over the years Carscadden has been mentored by and has mentored many familiar names in the local music scene, like Louis and Paul Christopulos, Jason Bodlovich, Phil Herrschaft, Marty O’Reilly, Ryan Tatarian, Isaac Carter and members of his current act, Cliff Hugo and Mikey Lee Cannon to name just a few. He als started his own record label, with partner Andy Saks and recorder and produced albums for Sarah Summers, Miss Lonely Hearts and his duo with Marty O’Reilly.

Honestly, we always thought Carscadden would be plucked from the scene and land in Dire Straits or some other touring act, and it could still happen, he is that good. Carscadden is one of those players that appeals to listeners of all ages and makes other musicians just shake their heads in awe of his style and abilities.

The show on Friday, July 21, with doors at 7:30 p.m. is sure to sell out, and advance tickets can be purchased at the theatre box office or online at

Good luck Sean, and if there’s any truth to the legend of Chief Solano, you’ll be back, but if not, be sure to remember us when you make it with the “Big Boys.”


Train Wreck Jucction

Set List – The Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, July 14: Hooper and Sloss. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 15: Katie Garibaldi. 7:30 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, July 16: the Cork Pullers. 2 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, July 14: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

Hood Mansion Lawn, 389 Casa Manana Rd. Santa Rosa, 833-6288
Tonight, July 14: Funky Fridays with Gator Nation. 7 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, July 14: Shelby, Texas. 5 p.m. Wendy DeWitt. 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 15: Jimbo Scott. 1 p.m. Ali Kumar. 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 16: Craig Corona. 1 p.m.

Larson Park, 329 DeChene Avenue, Sonoma, 539-8092
Sunday, July 16: Springs Farmers Market with Stewart Degner. 4 p.m.

Madrone Estate Winery, 777 Madrone Rd. Glen Ellen, 939-4500
Sunday, July 16: Jay Messer. 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Saturday, July 15: Ten Foot Tone. 8 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 933-9305
Saturday, July 15: “Simmer Down Saturday” with the Bee Rays. 6 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, July 14: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m. Reggae Night with Byron Borges. 8 p.m.

The Reel Fish Shop and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, July 14: Miracle Mule. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 15: Train Wreck Junction. 8:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, July 14: Rubber Soul. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, July 14: Bruce Gordon. 6:30 p.m. New Copasetics. 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 15: Full Circle. 5 p.m. Iko Ya Ya. 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 16: the Fabulous 45’s  5 p.m. Acoustic Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 996-3055
Sunday, July 16: Sonoma Sound Syndicate. 7:30 p.m.

Viansa Winery, 25200 Arnold Drive, Carneros, 995-4740
Saturday, July 15: Ken Teel. 12 p.m.
Sunday, July 16: Justin Brown. 12 p.m.

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *