The Friday, April 13, Column

Southbound

Set List – The Rundown

EJ-588 Hair Studio, 588 First St. W., Sonoma, 938-0588
Tonight, April 13: Sonoma Sound Syndicate. 7 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Saturday, April 14: Southbound and Wildflower Weed, 8 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, April 13: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, April 13: Jeff Campbell 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Tonight, April 13: John Emery. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 14: the Cork Pullers. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, April 13: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m.

Rancho Maria Wines, 481 First St. W, Sonoma, 215-5000
Tonight, April 13: Sterling Daisy. 7 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, April 13: Bruce Gordon and Jodie Stevens. 6:30 p.m. Scarlett Letters. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 14: the Marks Brothers. 5 p.m. Sean Carscadden. 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 15: Lynne O and the Riots. 5 p.m. Sonoma Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 996-5217
Saturday, April 14: Trio Capriccio. 2 p.m. 

If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it. jmberry@sonomamusic.com

The Tuesday, April 10, Column

Sonoma Sound Syndicate

Weekday Rundown                           

EJ-588 Hair Studio, 588 First St. W., Sonoma, 938-0588
Friday, April 13: Sonoma Sound Syndicate. 7 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, April 10: Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, April 13: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, April 11: Open – Mic night. 8 p.m.
Friday, April 13: Jeff Campbell. 8 p.m.  

Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway Sonoma, 996-3877
Thursday, April 12: “Hal at the Moon” open mic. 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Friday, April 13: Jon Emery. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Friday, April 13: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m.

Palooza Brewery and Gastropub, 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 833-4000
Thursday, April 12: Westside Ramblurz. 8 p.m.

Rancho Maria Wines, 481 First St. W, Sonoma, 215-5000
Friday, April 13: Sterling Daisy. 7 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, April 10: American Roots Night with Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11: Acrosonics. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 12: King Daddy Murr and the Prince of Thieves. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 13: Bruce Gordon and Jodi Stevens. 6:30 p.m.  Scarlett Letters. 8 p.m.       

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 996-3055
Wednesday, April 11: Scott Wilcox. 8 p.m.

If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it. jmberry@sonomamusic.com

The Friday, April 6, Column

“Captain” Chris Chesbrough

Local Musician Spotlight – Chris Chesbrough

Some people like to say “Let’s just sell everything and sail the South Pacific” but for Chris Chesbrough, it actually happened. Growing up in Marin County, he was always a “water guy” with his family living on boats and in 1972, they did exactly that and off to the South Pacific they went, where the young Chesbrough discovered the sounds of ukuleles and guitars and the soothing rhythm of the drums in the islands, where he spent three years just sailing around.

Back in Marin, and to reality, it was time for middle school and Chesbrough had the usual cadre of local rock bands, then into high school where the acts played the Marin circuit that was popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s; Uncle Charlies, New Georges, the 4th St. Tavern. A call to come live in Napa came from the famed Gil Nickel of Far Niente Winery to help maintain his boats and cars and off to Napa he went and has been there for 35 years.

In ’97 he started a band in the Napa Valley with locals and has been playing ever since and that has evolved into the act he is in today, Road Eleven. “If you had to put us in a box I guess you would call us Classic Rock” but we’re much more than that” says Chesbrough, and the act works in many genres of songs, including originals into their show.

You can catch the cat tonight, April 6, at the Reel in El Verano, kicking off at 8 p.m. Lets see what Chesbrough is all about.

1) Many musicians in our generation cite the Beatles or Elvis Presley on Ed Sullivan as that moment when they knew music was what they wanted to do. When and what was it that made you realize you wanted to be a musician?

CC > It really wasn’t a performance or a person, but more the feeling I felt when performing. Playing music is something I always did and really love all aspects of it, but when I performed and saw the reaction from the crowds, that’s what really made me think ‘this is what I want to do.”  

2) That first instrument you owned. What was it and do you still have it?

CC > I don’t have the very first one, it was a Flamenco Spanish acoustic guitar that I bought in Spain, but in the ‘70s I picked up an Ibanez Jumbo acoustic and still have it and the tone on that guitar is still second to none.    

3) Who are you’re primary influences in your music?

CC > Stevie Ray Vaughan for sure. I like the texture of Jeff Beck’s compositions. I like Clapton but not really for his guitar, but the fact that he is always trying to improve as a vocalist. I like the drama od Queen and Freddy Mercury too but my all time favorite performer is Tommy Emmanuel. I took a lesson from him and it opened up so many doors in my mind when it came to playing and performing music. 

4) What CD or playlist is in your car or your iPod? 

CC > LP, and Buckethead. Have you ever heard of LP? (we had not) She has this amazing vibrato in her voice that I can hardly even describe. You really have to check her out. She does a cover of a Beyonce song that is out of this world. She will be at Outside Lands this year. I’m looking forward to catching that.

5) Tell us about your current acts.

CC > Road Eleven is the primary act now, for clubs and such. My wife and I do a lot of recording and have an acoustic duo called Full View that we gig with from time to time. Funny story, when I went to my wife’s house on our first date, as I waited in the living room, sitting around was a vintage Fender Bass, a classic Gretsch guitar, a black-face Fender Bassman. I literally proposed to her right there.    

6) If you could have written one song, which one would it be and why?

CC > (long pause) Jeez, there’s literally so many. I guess I would have to say “Stairway to Heaven.” It has literally everything a rock song can have and is so well written. I can’t really think of any others right off my head, I’d have to think about that one.   

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Set List – The Rundown

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, April 6: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St. Sonoma, 938-5277
Saturday, April 7: the Residents. 7:30 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Saturday, April 7: Shelby, Texas 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Tonight, April 6: Ragtag Sullivan. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: Jaydub and Dino. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, April 7: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m.

The Reel Fish House and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044.
Tonight, April 6: Road Eleven. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: Karen Shook. 7 p.m.

Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E. Sonoma, 996-9756
Saturday, April 7: Rue Manouche. 7 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, April 6: Bruce Gordon and Jodie Stevens. 6:30 p.m. Atomic Cocktail. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: Full Circle. 5 p.m. the Sidemen. 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 8: Bo Hammer Skins. 5 p.m. Sonoma Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 996-5217
Saturday, April 7: Rua Samba. 2 p.m.

If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it. jmberry@sonomamusic.com

   

The Tuesday, April 3, Column

John Arntz – Atomic Cocktail

Weekday Rundown 

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Thursday, April 5: Brandon and the Bees Knees. 9:30 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, April 3: Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Friday, April 6: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Wednesday, April 4: Open – Mic night. 8 p.m.

Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway Sonoma, 996-3877
Thursday, April 5: “Hal at the Moon” open mic. 7 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Friday, April 6: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m.

Palooza Brewery and Gastropub, 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 833-4000
Thursday, April 5: Greg Lamboy. 8 p.m.

The Reel Fish House and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Thursday, April 5: Grateful Bluegrass Boys. 9:30 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, April 3: American Roots Night with Lou A. Rodriguez, Tim Eschliman and Bruce Gordon. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4: Acrosonics. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 6: Old Earth. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 6: Bruce Gordon and Jodi Stevens. 6:30 p.m.  Atomic Cocktail. 8 p.m.         

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 996-3055
Thursday, April 5: Open Mic. 8 p.m.

If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it. jmberry@sonomamusic.com

The Friday, March 30, Column

Junior Boogie

Set List – The Rundown

Cannon School of Music, 254 First St. E., Sonoma, 400-3786
Tonight, March 30: Cannon Blast Open Mic. 7 p.m.

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

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, March 30: Wendy DeWitt. 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: Timothy O’Neil 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660.
Saturday, March 31: Solid Air. 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Tonight, March 30: Ryan Tatarian and Matt Silva. 6:30 p.m.

The Reel Fish House and Grill, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, March 30: Pato Banton. 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: Junior Boogie and Friends. 9 p.m.  

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, March 30: Bruce Gordon and Jodie Stevens. 6:30 p.m. Roy Blumenfeld, David Aguilar, Kevin Zuffi and Tim Eschliman. 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: the Marks Brothers. 5 p.m. the Mark Larson Band. 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 1: TBA. 5 p.m. Sonoma Blues Jam. 8:30 p.m.

The Starling Bar, 19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 996-3055
Saturday, March 31: True Loves. 8 p.m.

If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it. jmberry@sonomamusic.com