While not exactly the Partridge Family, it’s truly a family affair when it comes to the Napa-based band Anadel. Anadels beginnings started when vocalist J. T. Bailey began to compose music and lyrics while in his teens. It wasn’t long until his sister, Keri Bailey, on violin and backing vocals, joined in. Soon after father, Tom Bailey jumped in on drums, and finally, brother Steven Bailey on keyboard. In 2010, the family decided to expand and develop their sound as a band and enlisted the help of two additional band members to fill out the sound, and Anadel came to be a gigging act. You can catch the act on Sunday, March 18, at Olive & Vinein Glen Ellen, as part of the Sunday Songwriter Sessions series. Showtime is 5 p.m.
BackTrax is back in action this week at the annual Rotary International St. Patricks day event on Saturday, March 17, at the Sonoma Community Center. The evening includes a corned beef and cabbage dinner, festivities and a raffle for a chance to win a two-week trip to Ireland or $10,000. Tickets can be purchased at the door starting at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.
The reggae act Midnight Sun Massive will be back in town at the Olde Sonoma Public House on Saturday, March 17, for a reggae island celebration. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a St. Patrick’s Day in Sonoma without action from Murphy’s Irish Pub on Saturday, March 17, and they’re getting an early start. Kicking off at 2 p.m. will be the Sweet Penny Royals. Following them at 5 p.m. will be the Gentlemen Soldiers and wrapping up the evening will be the Carrtunes. Friday, March 16, the pub welcomes the Hellhounds for an 8 p.m. show and on Sunday, March, 18, it’s the Shades of Green for an early show, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
The Grange Hall Barn Dance is back at the Grange Hall in Boyes Hot Springs on Saturday, March 17, kicking off at 8 p.m. Rebecca King, a renowned contra dance pianist in the Bay Area, will play with Howard Booster on fiddle and the moves will be called by caller Mike Fynan, who will teach the reels and circles in advance, then continue calling while the band plays. All attendees under 26 are admitted free.
Cynthia Tarr and the Guys will be at the Sonoma Community Center tonight, March 16, for a night of music. With Tarr tonight will be Cliff Hugo on bass, Ken Cook on piano, Alex Aspinal on drums and Randy Kwan on guitar and together they will perform two lively sets of jazz, rock, shuffles, ballads, cha cha, and soul. Tickets will be available at the door. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
The Heaters will be at Steiners Tavern tonight, March 16, with an all-star line-up. Typically on drums at the Sunday night blues jam, Adrian Trevino will be on guitar, along with Jason Huybers. Andrew Emer will fill the bass role with Bob McBain on keyboards and J. B. Duff on drums. Showtime is 10 p.m. and there is no cover.
The Epicurean Connection will have a variety of piano players as part of the Sonoma Gaydar group tonight, March 16, kicking off at 6 p.m. Enkidu wines will be on hand and apparently many members of the group play piano so they will be taking turns tickling the ivories.
Wildflower Weed will be at Wellington Vineyards as part of the Savor Sonoma event on Saturday, March, 17, kicking off at noon. The event is a ticketed event that gets you access to more than a dozen wineries in Sonoma Valley. For tickets and more info, point your browser to www.heartofsonomavalley.com.
The Moose Lodge has the polka sounds and much more from Showcase the Band on Sunday, March 18, kicking off at 5 p.m. If you’ve been missing the dances at Little Switzerland on Sundays, they’re trying to revive the scene at the lodge
The Ledson Lounge welcomes back Jess Petty and Ken Chambers on Saturday, March 17, for a 6:30 p.m. show. Petty plays trumpet and flugelhorn, and sings in a strong jazz vocal style that is his own, and is considered a world-class musician. He began his musical career in the Monterey Bay area, gigging with other musicians, and studying with Bud Clooney, a great trumpeter with the Harry James band. There is no cover for the show.
The El Verano Inn has the Mountain Squirrels on Saturday, March. 17, for a night of classic rock and roll with a tad of country. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. and there is no cover.
The Plaza Bistro has the Jeff Massanari Trio in the back room for a night of jazz tonight, March 16, kicking off at 7 p.m. Joining guitarist Massaneri tonight will be Tim Campbell on organ and Marshall Gentry on drums. Saturday, March 17, the bistro welcomes Kristen Strom with Scott Sorkin on guitar, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
“The Sonoma Sinatra,” Stan Pappas, will be on the road to Rickey’s Restaurant in Novato tonight, March 16, for a 7 p.m. show. Pappas will have with him Jon Shearer on piano.
Don Trotta will be at the Penngrove Pub on Saturday, March 17, at 9 p.m.
Bound to Ride is at the Rhythm and Brews event in Lakeport on Saturday, March 17, for a show at noon.
Local guitarist Michael Hinton will be with the legendary Barry “The Fish” Melton at Georges Nightclub tonight, March 16, for a 9 p.m. show.
On a personal note, we want to give our sincere condolences to the Hill family of Sonoma on the passing of patriarch Gerald Hill, a truly great American. His legacy will not soon be forgotten.
Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island
Jerry Hannan – Saturday, March 17.
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio
Unauthorized Rolling Stones – Friday, March 16.
Mystic Theatre – Petaluma
Peter Frampton – Saturday, March 17.
Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium – San Rafael
David Grisman Quintet – Friday, March 16.
Yoshi’s – San Francisco
Drive By Truckers – Friday, March 16.
The Fillmore – San Francisco
Marshall Tucker Band – Saturday, March, 17.
Uptown Theater – Napa
Little Feat – Sunday, March 18.
Uptown Theater – Napa
Barry “The Fish” Melton – Friday, March 16.
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael
Santa Rosa Symphony – Set Six – Saturday – Monday, March 17 – 19.
Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa