Little Feat acoustic duo at Ramekins

You may have seen the full band at one of the shows over the years in the amphitheater at B. R Cohn Winery, and if so, you know how good these two guitarists play. Now is your chance to see them up close and in an acoustic setting. Fred Tackett and Paul Barrere of Little Feat will take the stage at the Ramekins Event Center on Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m. for one night in Sonoma Valley. The band has been performing since 1969, with Barrare joining the ranks in 1972, playing guitar beside the late Lowell George, co-founder of the band, who passed away in 1979 which essentially broke up the act. Tackett entered the fold in 1987 when the remaining members decided to put the band back together and the two have been playing together ever since. The duo will be playing songs from the Little Feat catalog of songs stretching all the way back to the inception of the band and will also be touching on the Americana songbook as well. The event is expected to sell out but tickets can be purchased by pointing your browser to, or at the door the night of the show, if still available.

The Alexander String Quartet will be in town on Sunday, March 28, for an afternoon of classical music at Burlingame Hall that kicks off at 3 p.m. The quartet will be performing the works of Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven, some of which will be played using the original score. The quartet is in its 29th year and routinely travels the country, so getting them to the Valley is a real coup for the Sonoma Classical Music Society. Tickets can be purchased online at, or at the door the day of the event.

The Parent Hospital Association is having a fundraising dinner at Cline Cellars on Saturday, March 27. The event, being billed as “Heroes with Heart – An Evening in the Emerald Isle” features a live and silent auction, dinner and an appearance by the Rowan Brothers. Funds raised at the event will help support special projects, specialized equipment, entertainment and other activities of direct benefit to the  residents of the Sonoma Developmental Center. For tickets and more info, point your browser to www.

BackTrax rock band will be doing a night of classic rock and dance music at Little Switzerland on Saturday, March 27, that showcases songs from the ‘60s to the ‘90s. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Cynthia Tarr and the Guys will be at Olive and Vine in Glen Ellen tonight, March 26, for a 7:30 p.m. show.

Steiners Tavern will have music tonight, March 26, from the Undo Coverband for a show that starts at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 27, brings DJ XXXeno to the tavern for a 10 p.m. start time as well. Sunday, March 28, brings Adam Traum and his full band, the Traumatics to the stage for an early show that starts at 6 p.m. Traum and the boys play a variety of songs, some originals and some covers, focusing on the Americana, folk and country genres. There is no cover for that show, or any of the shows at the tavern.

The Plaza Bistro will have jazz tonight, March 26, in the back room with an interesting bill. The marquee bills the show as Amedola vs Blades, in what sounds like a duel. The duo takes on big band era classics and covers them with just the two of them, using the versatility of the Hammond B3 organ to mock the sound of a whole band, a common occurrence during the ‘40s and ‘50s. The idea came about when the duo tried to cover Duke Ellingtons “Far East Suite,” and when it worked, they took the show on the road. The show starts at 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

Imagery Estate Winery will have music both days this weekend featuring local acts, starting Saturday, March 27, at 1 p.m. with the Maldonado Brothers. The brothers step over the line from time to time when they deliver their brand of classic rock covers with an original or two dashed in for flavor. Sunday, March 28, brings the jazzy gents of the Valley, EZ Kewl, to the fountain patio for an afternoon of “jazziness” that gets under way at 1 p.m. There is no cover either day and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, and enjoy a glass of wine as well.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has traditional bluegrass tonight, March 26, for a night with local favorites, the David Thom band. Thom and the gang play bluegrass classics and play them the traditional way, all sharing one mic and stepping up for individual solos. The foot stompin’ kicks off at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27, the Perfect Crime lays down folk, blues and ballads, also at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 28, brings an early show featuring Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly in for a show that kicks off at 6 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.

Mondo American Beer Garden has Rhythm and Vine on Saturday, March 27, for a night of Motown and rhythm and blues. Showtime is 7 p.m.

The El Dorado Kitchen has the French barrel organ sounds of Michel Saga tonight, March 26, for a 6 p.m. show.

The Barking Dog in Boyes Hot Springs has the Joe Chaplain band on Saturday, March 27, for their monthly soiree into the coffee shop, and this month the theme is “Spring Fever,” where the guys will be playing spring inspired tunes. The show is early, at 6 p.m. and the entire family is welcome.

Landmark Winery and Vineyards will have the classical guitar sounds of Eric Cabalo on Saturday, March 27, for an afternoon show that starts at 1 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

The Hellhounds are on the road to Napa on Saturday, March 27, for a show at Uva Trattoria that kicks off at 8 p.m.

Turning Point is also on the road tonight, March 26, all the way out to Pt. Reyes for show at the historic Old Western Saloon. The saloon is a step back into time, with old photographs and billiards and, allegedly, the best tasting beer in the county. The band takes the stage at 9 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Music Scene – 3/25/10

This week we have a live interview from Paul Barrere of Little Feat, who was nice enough to call in earlier in the week. We started this show out rockin’ and then got a little crazy then wrapped it up with Jeff Falconer giving us something to think about.


Band        –     Album         –           Song

Astral Kitchen – Diabolic Design – Diabolic Design

The Smokin’ Jaze – We Be Smokin’ – Wakin up with the Blues

Jeff Gilbert – I’m Old fashioned – Ain’t that a kick in the Head

Michel Saga – Paris  Cabaret – Salut Les Amoureux

Sachiko Kanenobu – Misora – Look up- The Sky is Beautiful

Gerard Serafini – Acoustic Fiction – Spideys Goodbye

Little Feat – Join the Band – Oh Atlanta (w/Chris Robinson)

Mike Lounibous – Full Tank of Love – More between You and Me

Jamie Clark – Demo – Lonely Love

Jeff Falconer – High Road to Doomsday – Act like you Care

Gem Metal Whistle at Mondo

Mondo American Beer Garden will have Gem Metal Whistle on Wednesday, March 24, for an evening of original Americana tunes at 7 p.m.

Rive Gauche Dining Club will have the sounds of Diego Jameau to accompany dinner on Wednesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. For more info, call 996-9453.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Jaydub and Dino on Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. Steiners Tavern will host “Give Thanks Thursdayz” with DJ Robert Roots on Thursday, March 25. Roots likes to kick off the show with some classic rock then move into classic and dancehall reggae music. Showtime is 9 p.m. and there is no cover.

Michel Saga will be at the El Dorado Kitchen Friday, March 26, providing the sounds of the French Barrel Organ. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro will have Wil Blades and Scott Amendola in the backroom on Friday, March 26, at 7 p.m.

Steiners Tavern will have the classic rock vibe of the Undo Cover band on Friday, March 26, at 10 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have the David Thom band on Friday, March 26, at 8 p.m. for a night of traditional bluegrass.

The Chorale is back on the big stage

The Sonoma Valley Chorale is back in action this weekend, with two shows that they’re calling “Brilliantly Bernstein.” The 100-voice choir group, led by David Irvine and assisted by Barbara McElroy, will showcase songs from “Peter Pan,” “The Lark,” “Mass” and “Trouble in Tahiti.” The group is in its 37th year of bringing chorale performances to the Valley. Both shows will be at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building starting Saturday, March 20, with an 8 p.m. stage time and a matinee on Sunday, March 21, at 2 p.m. There will be a 30 minute talk with the conductors before each show for those that want to show up a little early. For reserved seats and more info, call 935-1576.

The Hometown band is back in action at the Sebastiani Theatre on Saturday, March 20, with a show they’re calling “Wonderful World Music,” and will feature the music of John Phillip Sousa. Some of the selections to be covered include “Victory at Sea,” “Three Dances,” “My Fair Lady” and “Sousa’s Marches.” Showtime is 11 a.m. and there is no cover.

The Heart of Sonoma Valley Association is presenting Savor Sonoma this weekend and seven wineries are having music. You can catch the bands on both Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Landmark Winery and Vineyards will have the Laurent Fourgo Trio. Little Vineyards will have the Josh Little Trio. Loxton Cellars will bring in Seth Walker. Imagery Estate Winery will have the Sharks on Saturday and the Cork Pullers on Sunday. Benziger Family Winery will have Sparky Thorne. VJB Vineyards will have the Don Giovannis. Valley of the Moon Winery will bring in John Shearer. For tickets and more info, point your browser to

If you haven’t gotten your tickets to the rare acoustic show being put on by Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat at the Ramekins Event Center, you still may have time, but they are going fast. The show is on Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m. and Sonoma is one of only four venues the duo will be playing. The band is supporting its latest CD release titled “Join the Band” and features Little Feat covers by Bob Seger, Vince Gill and others. For tickets and more info, point your browser to

The Presentation School and Ramekins Event Center will be presenting Voces Intimae, a premiere Italian vocal trio on Monday, March 22 at the event center. The trio has played venues such as Carnegie Hall and devotes itself to the music of Hummel, Schubert, and Mendelssohn. The trio performs on period instruments with Riccardo Cecchetti on fortepiano, Luigi de Filippi on violin, and Sandro Meo on cello. For tickets and more info, call 935-0122, ext. 202.

There will be a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness called “Chalk up a Cure” on Saturday, March 20, in front of City Hall that is the senior project of high school student Jacquilynn McRice. The event will have carnival type games, ice cream donated by Ben & Jerrys and music from the band Grandfather Paradox. The event starts at 10:30 a.m.

The Shop will have Apollo Calling on Saturday, March 20, for a night of music at the teen only music venue out on Eighth Street East. The band features Max Gemmell on bass, Will Cotter on drums, Cody Wheeler on bass and Mike Denning on guitar. Opening the show will be Burning Broadway and some acoustic acts. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Ten Foot Tone will be back at Steiners Tavern tonight, March 19, for a night of original music. Showtime is 10 p.m. and there is no cover. Saturday, March 20, the tavern has the sounds of DJ Dave for a show that also goes off at 10 p.m.

Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly will be playing as the unit they call “The Shmarty Pants” will be at the Sonoma Springs Brewery tonight, March 19, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Sean Carscadden Trio will be at Maya Restaurant on Saturday, March 20, for a 10 p.m. show. That night, Carscaddens trio will have J. B. Duff on drums and Kyle St. John on bass. There is no cover.

Two of the members of the Maldonado Brothers will be playing as a duo at Sonoma Springs Brewery on Saturday, March 20, for an evening of acoustic music. Jeff Hunter and Randy Cook will be playing what they describe as “music you can use.” There may also be some special guests sitting in with the duo. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will be honoring a long-time performer of the venue who is no longer with us, passing away in December of 2008. John Kelley was a fixture at the pub and his former band, Kith and Kin will be paying tribute to him along with other friends tonight, March 19, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, March 20, the pub brings Elaine Dempsey to the snug for a night of original music. Dempsey is a singer-songwriter from Marin County. Showtime is 8 p.m. Sunday, March 21, brings the jazzy gents EZ Kewl to the pub, for an early show that kicks off at 6 p.m.

EZ Kewl plays earlier the same day, Sunday, March 21, at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma from 1 to 3 p.m.

The El Dorado Kitchen has the sounds of Chris Dupree tonight, March 19, for a 6:30 p.m. show.

Mondo American Beer Garden has the Ruff Brothers on Saturday, March 20, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Plaza Bistro has the Terry Disley Experience Trio tonight, March 19, in the back room for a night of jazz. Disley is quite the character and a monster in the jazz scene, having toured the Americas and the U.K. with his band Acoustic Alchemy. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

Sonoma Valley Music Scene – 3/18/10

This will be billed the ‘Uh’ show.. I apparently have fallen back into the habit of saying ‘Uh’ instead of just saying nothing.  A wise guitar player once said, “the blank space between all the notes you play will be more relevant than all the notes you do play” .. or something like that.. I have to get command of that space again.. but this show may have one of the best segues of all time.. see if you can find it.. I’ll enable comments on this post. If you listened to us over the last 5 years on terrestrial radio, you know I live for the segue.. We have a live interview from the Whiskey Thieves and some great tunes. We also have a new sponsor.. Loudmouth Golf.  Check them out..


Band        –     Album         –           Song

Gale Mead – Common Good – Hope Mountain

Jami Jamison band – Demo – Wild Women

Sue Albano and Mark Dennis – Songs You Know – If Lovin you is Wrong

Hobo Jungle – Roundabouts – In Between

Wingin’ It – Attunement – Love me Like you Do

Solcats – Shake the cage – Are you with Me?

Live interview – Whiskey Thieves

Whiskey Thieves – Almost Time – Last 10 days

Gary Wm. Koehler – Last Voyage – Shooting Star

Steve Dudgeon – Demo – ?

EZ Kewl – EZ Does It – On the Plaza