Well, it seems the folks in the village of Glen Ellen just may have a regular live music venue back in their neck of the woods. After last weeks appearance of local favorites Plan Be, the new Grist Mill, in the location of the former Bluegrass Bar and Grill in Jack London Village, will have the Wildkats on Saturday, Oct. 29, for a Halloween party celebration. The band has quite a line-up, with members of Powerglide, the Jami Jamison Band and the Berry Brothers Band, all hooking up for a side project. The night kicks off at 8 p.m.
The final food truck Friday event of the year is tonight, Oct. 28, at Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards. BackTrax will be providing the music in the tasting room, and the theme for this months show is pink for breast cancer awareness month, and the band is hoping that even if you come in costume, there will be some pink on it. There is no cover for the show that goes off at 6:30 p.m.
Glen Ellen has quite a bit happening this weekend, with a ten- player piano concert taking place in the House of Happy Walls Museum on Saturday, Oct. 29. The players will be playing the storied “Model A Steinway” grand piano purchased by Jack London in 1910 from Sherman Clay & Co. in San Francisco as a present for his wife, Charmian. The piano was in Oakland when Wolf House burned in 1913, saving it from an early demise. Charmian played the piano regularly until she died in 1955. The piano then sat essentially untouched until 1988, when park rangers decided it should be played, and had a Steinway technician tune and upgrade the piano and it is now a well-maintained magnificent instrument. Ticket sales and donations generated by the concert will be donated to Valley of the Moon Natural History Association to further their efforts to operate the park beginning July 1, 2012. The show goes off at 4 p.m. and for tickets and more info, call 538-4391.
Centre du vin, in the Ledson Lounge welcomes back Jonathan Poretz on Saturday, Oct. 29, for a 6:30 p.m. show. Poretz blends the swinging vocal styles of Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin. There is no cover for the show.
The Kathmandu Corner welcomes Uni and her Ukelele and Deirdre Egan tonight Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, has the debut in the venue of Hillary Wicht and Jake Benning, also at 8 p.m.
El Verano Inn has the annual Halloween performance of the local act Ten Foot Tone on Saturday, Oct. 29, for a show and costume party. When we say show, you’ll know what we’re talking about if you’ve ever seen the band. If not, now is your chance. Jon Williams is as much a stage performer as a vocalist for the band, and he does them both well. According to band publicist, Mary Serafini, “the band has been known to show up on stage as such characters like KISS band members, Wizard of Oz, The Village People, Cat in the Hat, Adams Family, Three Little Pigs, clowns and even body parts. This year will not disappoint.” There is no cover for the show, that kicks off at 9 p.m. and there will be prizes for the best costume.
Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes the Sean Carscadden Duo tonight, Oct. 28, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Oct. 29, brings back the popular reggae act Midnight Sun Massive, also for an 8 p.m. show. The band was recently awarded the 2011 North Bay Music Award in the Best World/Reggae music category. Sunday, Oct. 30, has the Carrtunes for a Halloween show and celebration. The band will be dressed in costume and attendees are encouraged to do so as well. The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and there is no cover for any of the shows at the Pub.
The Plaza Bistro has a local group of jazz players tonight, Oct. 28, for a night of jazz classics, standards and some original compositions. The band consists of Max Bonick, Alex Garcia, Miles Tune, and Piro Patton, all from either Napa or Sonoma. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, the Bistro will feature Dana Land and a Halloween bash, with cash prizes for the best costumes. With Land that night will be John Hoy on guitar, Jeff Sanford playing multi-reeds and Doug Miller on bass. That show also starts at 7 p.m. and there is no cover either night.
The Olde Sonoma Public House welcomes the Official Story on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. The show will have a Halloween theme and the band will be covering songs from Prince’s album “Purple Rain.” There is no cover. On Sunday, Oct 30, its Karaoke with Cat, where you will have your chance to sing many Halloween themed songs. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. There is no cover either night.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Rory Cloud tonight, Oct. 28, for a 5 p.m. show. Later that night at 9 p.m., it’s Keith Andrew. Saturday, Oct. 29, Jill Cohen will be on the garden stage at 1 p.m. with Jen Tucker taking the indoor stage at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. it’s Chi McClean on the garden stage. There is no cover for any of the shows.
Little Switzerland has the 9th annual punk rock Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29, kicking off at 7 p.m. with Sharp Objects, featuring members of the Bodies and the Briefs, Code 415, Murderland, Roadside Bombs, Braineaters, Oil! and The Quitters.
The Blue Moon Saloon will be adding a twist to the weekly blues jam on Sunday, Oct. 30, with a prize for anyone in a costume. Whether or not the prize is one of the famed jello shots offered by the tavern is yet to be seen. The show kicks off at 9:30 p.m.
The Hellhounds will be on the road to Napa at Cuvee Restaurant tonight, Oct. 28, for a 9:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Oct. 29, the bluesmen will be in Penngrove at the Penngrove Pub, also for a 9:30 p.m. start time.
The Sonoma Sinatra, Stan Pappas will be bringing his swingin’ grooves to Rickeys Restaurant in Novato for an evening of Frank Sinatra songs on Saturday, Oct. 29, kicking off at 7 p.m.
Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island
Jeff Beck – Monday, Oct. 31.
Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa
Jonny Lang – Friday, Oct. 28.
Uptown Theater – Napa
Jeff Beck – Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Uptown Theater – Napa
Pride and Joy – Sunday, Oct. 31.
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael
Warren Haynes – Saturday, Oct. 29.
The Warfield – San Francisco.
Chickenfoot – Tuesday, Nov. 1.
The Warfield – San Francisco.