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The Bumblin' Bones
The Bumblin’ Bones

Soundbytes – Bumblin’ Bones CD Release Party

The Bumblin’ Bones will be releasing their first CD titled “Let’s go Explorin’ – With Fire” this weekend on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the El Verano Inn with themselves and four other acts on the bill. It’s tough to categorize the bands music, but the best we could come up with was old Radiohead, blended with some surf, Tom Petty and a splash of new wave. With Ian Hinkley on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Matt Ruff on bass and Taylor Diaz on drums, the unlikely trio has come up with an interesting sound for sure. “Happenstance” is one that caught our ear with it’s almost classic- rock like melody and dynamics. Hinkleys vocals are heartfelt and bring a unique take to the words he has penned. “Pulled you Through” has an almost country-folk vibe to it until the middle of the song when the vibe morphs into an almost “Pearl Jam-like” jam and then they reign it right back to the country vibe.

Over a year in the making, the disc features 11 all-original tunes and will be available at the show which features a bevy of local talent. The evening kicks off early at 8 p.m. with the Jigs featuring the Bumblin’ Bones drummer, Taylor Diaz and fronted by Reba Gyzmo. Next up will be Rectifier, also featuring Diaz and fronted by the producer of the Bumblin’ Bones new album, Hamish Simpson. The Gentleman Soldiers take the stage next with their rambunctious tribute to the Pogues. Then the Bumblin’ Bones will take the stage and wrapping up the night will be the Shakedown Choir, which features Hinkley, and fronted by Paulie Hips. There will also be carnival games and prizes, unique handmade merchandise, surprise guests, and musical pollination.


Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble

They’re called the “Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble” and a larger gathering of the small stringed instrument you’ve likely never seen. Named for the famous apple that grows in the West part of Sonoma County, the act has been together for over 10 years playing an eclectic mix of world music, classical, Brazilian, Italian, klezmer and more. The act has recently added vocals to the songs and the audience is invited to participate. The act has played the San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins, Sonoma County Public Libraries, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, St. Helena Public Library and the group will be hosting the Classical Mandolin Society of America convention here in the Bay Area in 2018. The recent performance at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library played to a standing room crowd.

The act features a number of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, octave mandolins, plus guitar, bass and violin and has two Sonoma Valley residents in the mix, Jan Hansen on mandocello and Bob Baeyen on 2nd mandolin and octave mandolin. The show is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville Hwy. kicking off at 7 p.m. That evenings show will feature “Music from the Americas,” including Brazilian choros, Argentine tangos, Mexican marches and American fiddle tunes.

Tickets will be available at the door. For advance tickets, point your browser to and for more info, call 526-7763.


Sheila Whitney
Sheila Whitney

Set List – The Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, Nov. 18: Hooper and Sloss. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19: Mark Larson Band. 7:30 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Saturday, Nov. 19: Bumblin’ Bones CD Release party with the Jigs, Rectifier, the Gentlemen Soldiers, Bumblin’ Bones and the Shakedown Choir. 8 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Nov. 18: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Nov. 18: Kari Lynch. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19: Kyle Williams. 8 p.m.

Kivelstadt Cellars, 13750 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen, 938.7001
Tonight, Nov. 18: Open Mic. 6 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, Nov. 18: Blue House. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19: The Perfect Crime. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Saturday, Nov. 19: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Nov. 18: Ryan Tatarian. 6:30 p.m. 3 on a Match. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19: Tiki Art Show with the Trees, Wildflower Weed and more. 12:30 p.m. Full Circle. 5 p.m. S E Willis, Bobby Cochran and Ruth Davies. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 20: “Open Mic and Mimosas.” 1 to 7 p.m. Acrosonics. 5 p.m. Blues Jam. 8 p.m.

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma, 938-7442
Sunday, Nov. 20: J. James Trio with Sheila Whitney. 2 p.m.

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