Soundbytes – Miss Lonely Hearts
With the music industry in shambles these days, as music is essentially “free” now, many acts have taken up the model of the bands of the ‘50s and relied on touring, playing countless shows, picking up fans and selling their music directly to the masses. Since 2010, no one has done that better than Miss Lonely Hearts. Originally from Santa Cruz, the act has quickly gained respect and a following with their solid foundation of “Honky Tonk Country.” Akin to the San Francisco Giants World Series wins, the act has released a new album every even year since its inception, with the most recent release being produced by local Sean Carscadden and his label Delta Bound Records. The act has some originals, but has made it’s name by polishing their own versions of classic country covers, and beyond, even covering Judas Priest’s anthem “Breaking the Law” on the latest release, “ Lost Highway.”
“Listen to the record. It’s clear that these guys have something special going on. It’s a perfect blend of Tennessee Three rhythm and sweet country crooning that’s just a little rough around the edges…” said Cooper McBean of the band Devil Makes Three.
The act has played over 200 shows in 18 states over the last three years, including just about every music festival on the West Coast and your turn to catch them will be at Rossi’s 1906 Roadhouse on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 9 p.m.
Soundbytes – Epic punk and hard rock weekend at the El Verano Inn
People say a lot of things about the El Verano Inn in El Verano, some are even true, but one thing that is definitely true is that it is one of the last places you can truly rock hard in all of Sonoma Valley. Owners Richard and Leslie Danon have long welcomed the punkers, the heavy metal acts, even the “old school hippies” that Richard still loves to see in his club playing psychedelic rock. As long time San Franciscans, the Danons have a deep love for the music scene from the “Summer of Love” and the years after, including the changes and genres that have come since.
On music nights, the venue takes on a whole different vibe than the daytime scene, with packed houses typically the norm as people just have nowhere else to go see punk and heavy metal locally. The Danons have made the club a version of “Mabuhay Gardens North” of sorts, without the hole in the stage.
This weekend it’s a double header with punk rock tonight, Sept. 16, featuring Something on the Wing from Yreka, Reality Lost from Southern California, Plagar and additional acts to be added. The show kicks off at 9 p.m.
Saturday it’s time for some original hard rock and heavy metal and even some classic covers when the Dustin Smart Band and the Jason Bodlovich Group take the stage, then team up at the end of the night for an “All Star Jam” with members of both acts playing as “Dethchop” and will be playing metal covers from Iron Maiden, Metallica, Dead Kennedys, the MIsfits, Weezer, Spinal Tap, Nirvana, the Bronx and more.
Smart is one of the founding members of the local act Driven, and tonights show features some of the original members in his band. Bodlovich is a guitar monster, having opened for Joe Satriani and more and tonight will be the acts latest CD release party. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. and black leather is not required, but encouraged.
Set List – The Rundown
Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, Sept. 16: Mark Larson Band. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17: Full Circle. 7:30 p.m.
Barking Dog Roasters, 18133 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 939-1905
Saturday, Sept. 17: Jam Session. 3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18: Stewart Degner. 3 p.m.
B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, Sept. 17: Jason Bodlovich. 2 p.m.
Chateau St. Jean, 8555 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 257-5784
Sunday, Sept. 18: Mustache Harbor. 12 p.m.
Cornerstone, 23570 Arnold Dr, Carneros, 933-3010
Saturday, Sept. 17: Dave Hamilton. 1 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18: Katie Freeman Duo. 1 p.m.
El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, Sept. 16: Something on the Wing, Reality Lost and Plagar. 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17: “Six-String Deth Chop” with the Dustin Smart Band and the Jason Bodlovich Group plus the “Deth Chop Jam.” 9 p.m.
Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Sept. 16: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.
HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Sept. 16: Clay Bell. 5 p.m. Kyle Williams. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17: Jimbo Scott. 1 p.m. Ashton Whittaker. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18: Nate Lopez. 1 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, Sept. 16: Tim O’Neil. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17: Perfect Crime. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18: Tonewoods. 2 p.m.
Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Saturday, Sept. 17: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.
Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, Sept. 16: Acoustic Soul. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17: Miss Lonely Hearts. 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18: Brandon and the Bees Knees. 5 p.m.
Schellville Grill, 22900 Broadway, Sonoma, 996-5151
Saturday, Sept. 10: Butch Engle and Styx. 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 11: Butch Engle and Styx. 12:30 p.m.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, Sept. 16: BackTrax. 6 p.m.
Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Sept. 16: Ryan Tatarian. 6 p.m. Frankie Bourne. 8 p.m. Third Rail 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17: The Marks Brothers. 5 p.m. John Allair and Julia Harrell. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18: “Open Mic and Mimosas.” 1 to 7 p.m. Acrosonics. 5 p.m.
Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 996-5217
Saturday, Sept. 17: Chaskinakuy. 2 p.m.
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