The Friday, May 20, Column


Soundbytes –Woodland Stock

With apologies to the original Woodstock music festival, they are billing it as “Eight hours of Peace, Love and Music” and calling it “Woodland Stock,” all as a benefit concert for Woodland Star Charter School. Woodland Star is the local the K-8 public Waldorf-methods school in the Springs. The education model is built on a strong academic foundation, incorporating the arts, imagination, critical thinking, self-confidence and a sense of delight, wonder and respect for nature and humanity, so a music festival is a perfect fit. The inaugural festival, presented last year, was the brainchild of school-parent Laela French, and this year, headed up by school-parent and local musician, John Arntz.

The day will feature seven bands on two stages, beverages, gourmet food, tarot readings with Kristine Gorman,”tattoos” by Shotsie Gorman, clothing, “Jumbo Jenga,” massage area, S’More station, face painting, hair braiding, henna tattoo and even a kissing booth. There will also be an area for childcare while the adults enjoy the afternoon of music. The day kicks off at 2 p.m. and the music acts scheduled, in no particular order, are the Westside Ramblurz, with Adam Traum, James Marshall Berry and Stacey Tuel, the Mesopotamians, Dale Henry Geist, David Bingham, Wildflower Weed, Hi-Fi Shakedown and Shameless.

The venue is being billed as the “Fetters Hot Springs Feral Cat Ranch” but is actually Arntz’s house at 17480 Sonoma Hwy. Parking will be at Larson Park or Flowery school, not at the venue. Tickets and admission will be at the door. For more info, point your browser to

Rubber Soul - Acoustic Beatles Experience
Rubber Soul – Acoustic Beatles Experience

Popo Fam Bam Benefit.

Once again, local musicians are stepping up to help a member of the community, this time Bryan Byrd, husband of Penny (Popo the Clown). Byrd has already kicked cancer once, but now is suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma of the bone marrow. The benefit is called “A Family Affair for Popo and the FamBam” and is being put together by Oscar Mooneyhan and Valley of the Mooneyhan promotions, with the space for the day donated by Ross’s 1906 in El Verano, where the event will be held.

In addition to music, there will be raffles and activities for children, as the event is all ages and open to the public. The day kicks off at 12:30 p.m. and will feature music from Plan Be, Rubber Soul and BackTrax. Plan Be lays down a unique jazz-style sound, infused with rock and soul. Typically an acoustic act, Rubber Soul will be doing their tribute act electric that day, and BackTrax will have a long set of danceable classic rock. There is a suggested donation at the door, but all will be accepted as a way to help offset the expenses the family is dealing with for Byrds treatments. For more info, you can find the event on FaceBook.

Junior Boogie

Set List – The Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, May 20: The Drifting Rich. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 21: The Tangled Up in Blue Band. 7:30 p.m.

Barking Dog Roasters, 18133 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 939-1905
Saturday, May 21: Frankie Bourne. 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 22: Hooper and Sloss. 3 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, May 22: Falcon Christopher.  2 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, May 20: Junior Boogie and Friends . 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 21: DJ Hi – C. 9 p.m.

Fetters Hot Springs Feral Cat Ranch, 17480 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma, 935-5991
Saturday, May 21, Woodland Stock with, the Westside Ramblurz, the Mesopotamians, Dale Henry Geist, David Bingham, Wildflower Weed, Hi-Fi Shakedown and Shameless. 2 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, May 20: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, May 20: Dove. 5 p.m. Jeff Campbell. 8 p.m.. 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 21: Aaron Ford. 1 p.m. Aqua Velvets. 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 22: Suburu/Nervo. 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, May 20: The Cork Pullers. 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 21: The Perfect Crime. 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 22: Bart Budwig’s Amperband. 7 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 933-9305
Saturday, May 21: “Simmer Down Saturday” with the Bee Rays. 6 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Saturday, May 21: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

Plaza Bistro, 420 First St E. Sonoma, 996-4466
Tonight, May 20: Steve Rubardt Trio. 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 21: The Drifting Rich. 6:30 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, May 20: Kevin Russell and the Rhythm Rangers. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 21: Tri-Tip Trio. 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 22: The Fam Bam Benefit for the Byrd Family. Plan Be, Rubber Soul and BackTrax. 2 p.m. Blues Jam. 9:30 p.m.

Schellville Grill, 22900 Broadway, Sonoma, 996-5151
Saturday, May 21: Butch Engle and Styx. 12:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, May 20: Wave Length. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 996-5217
Saturday, May 21: Trio Nuevo Amanecer. 2 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, 574 First St. E., 938-8313
Saturday, May 21: Vox Populi. 7:30 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, May 20: Solid Air. 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 21: Full Circle. 5 p.m. The Incubators with Katie Freeman and Chris Chappell. 8 p.m. Ryan Tatarian. 12 a.m.
Sunday, May 22: “Open Mic and Mimosas.” 1 to 7 p.m. Paula Szouka. 2 p.m.The Acrosonics. 4 p.m.
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