Pancakes and music to benefit the SVHS music department

It’s being called “Pancakes N’ All that Jazz” and the day will feature music provided by local acts and students as well. The event is the senior project of Ron Perkins, who is a drum major for the pep band and his mentor for this project is David Irvine, leader of the Sonoma Valley Chorale. Playing throughout the day will be Dana Land and EZ Kewl, along with student performances by Barret Wilbur, David DeSmet and Jeff Peterson. The SVHS Jazz Band and the Jazzberries will also perform. The benefit is at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building on Sunday, March 14, and goes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a silent auction as well. The music department still needs to raise $15,000 to fund the students trip to New York in April. You can get tickets at the door or at Whole Foods on Saturday, March 13, during the vendor fair, as Whole Foods is supplying all the food for the event.

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is beginning the new series of The Mix, a social event at the museum on Saturday, March 13. The event will have an acoustic set by the Whiskey Thieves and DJ music by Michel Saga, along with appetizers and a signature cocktail made by “Cap’n Lou.” The event kicks off at 8 p.m. Members of the museum will get in free. You can become a member that night or just purchase admission. For more info, point your browser to

The “Sonoma Valley Battle of the Bands” is returning this year for its third season on Sunday, May 16, but is seeking bands that want to be in the competition right now. The event is sponsored by the Sonoma Community Center and being coordinated by local merchant Michael Halem. This year, the age for eligible musicians has been raised to 21 years. For more info, hit Halem by email at

La Luz will be having a benefit on Saturday, March 13, at Little Switzerland that will feature the music of Carlos Herrera. Herrera will be playing solo from 6 to 7 p.m. Herrera and his band will take the stage until 8:30 p.m. and will then be followed by Sapo Guapo who will play until 11 p.m. For tickets and more info, call Brenda Serrano at 938-5131.

The Chapel Concert series continues tonight, March 12, at the Mission Chapel. Tonights show will feature Steve Albini playing traditional music of Italy. Albini will be accompanied by Marcie Brown on cello, Steve La Porta on percussion and John Douglas on flute, saxophone and clarinet. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the Mission office.

Steiners Tavern will have the classic rock sounds of BackTrax tonight, March 12, for a night of dancing. The band plays songs that were hits from the ‘50s to the ‘90s. The show starts at 10 p.m. and there is no cover. Saturday, March 13, the tavern will have DJ music from XXXeno, starting at 10 p.m. Sunday, March 14, brings Sue Albano and Mark Dennis to the stage, for an early show that begins at 7 p.m. You can also catch a live interview and song from Albano and Dennis on the latest Sonoma Valley Music Scene show, podcast at

John Burdick will be back at the cozy confines of Olive & Vine tonight, March 12, for a night of original music, some blues and maybe even some new tunes. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

The El Dorado Kitchen has music from Keith Andrew tonight, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. Andrew has been described as “a rarified blend of smooth jazz, world beats; a distinctly chill vibe.” There is no cover for the show.

Mondo American Beer Garden has the folk inspired sounds of Wildflower Weed for a night on Saturday, March 13. Paul Whiting and Bill Sells of the Hoovers will be starting the show, which kicks off at 7 p.m. with an acoustic set. There is no cover for the show.

The Shop is presenting it’s first open-mic event on Saturday, March 13. The Shop, operated by Operation Youth, is the Valleys venue for teens to enjoy a night of music in a drug and alcohol-free environment. Young musicians wanting to play can sign up on the Shops facebook fan page, or at 6:15 p.m. the night of the show. The venue hopes to make the second Saturday of every month an open-mic night.

You will have two opportunities to check out Showcase the Band this weekend, starting on Saturday, March 13, for an early St. Patrick’s Day dinner dance at the Moose Lodge. That show gets under way at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 14, the band takes the stage at Little Switzerland for an early evening show that kicks off at 5 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro has the Andrew Emer quartet tonight, March 12, for a night of jazz. Appearing with Emer tonight will be Michael Abraham on guitar, Dayna Stephens on tenor saxophone and Shaun Lowecki on drums. The show starts at 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have a tribute to the Cotter family on Saturday, March 13. Noreen and Bill Cotter were regular players at the pub since the very beginning and now their family and friends play a show yearly to remember the couple. The show goes off at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 14, the pub welcomes back the Brothers Comatose for an evening of eclectic Americana music. That show starts at 7 p.m.

EZ Kewl is on the road Saturday, March 13, to Santa Rosa and an evening at A’Roma Roasters. Showtime is 8:30 p.m.

The Whiskey Thieves are playing a new venue in Santa Rosa tonight, March 12, at the Chrome Lotus. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. The venue is at 505 Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa.

Stephanie Ozer will be in Napa at the Mustard Festival on Saturday, March 13, playing with the Mary Jensen quartet. The band will play three sets during the day on the Silo’s jazz stage. Show times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Hellhounds will also be in Napa at Uva Trattoria on Saturday, March 13, for an 8:30 show. There is no cover.

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