September 11 events remembered in Sonoma

Tommy Thomsen

Sonoma will be taking part in the remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, with events presented all day Sunday, Sept. 11, by the Sonoma Community Center. The day will begin at 6:58 a.m. at the firehouse on 2nd Street West with the final bell ceremony, a moment of silence, and Perrin Cutting singing the National Anthem. The firehouse museum will also be open. At 9 a.m., the reading of the names will begin in the Grinstead Amphitheater in Sonoma Plaza. At noon, behind City Hall, the Hometown Band will perform, as well as a bagpiper performance. At 1 p.m. the official ceremony begins, with Teressa Byrne Foss sings the National Anthem, Rev. Nancy Taylor delivers the Benediction and Mayor Gallian, Councilman Ken Brown and 9/11 First Responder Fred Gusman will all speak. Following the ceremony, the Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble, the Sonoma Valley Chorale and the St. Andrew Singers will all present a performance that will include “Kyrie” which is being performed all over the world that day, as part of “Global Song for Peace.” The afternoon will wrap up with the Hot Flashes, led by Cynthia Tarr, followed by Tommy Thomsens All-Stars performing in the amphitheater until 4 p.m. Throughout the day, the Sonoma Community Center will have food and beverages for sale behind City Hall.

Brian Nova

Brian Nova is back in town for two shows at the Plaza Bistro this weekend, kicking off tonight, Sept. 9, and again on Saturday, Sept. 10. Nova called Sonoma home for several years, before moving on to Seattle. Nova has played and toured with some of the legends of jazz, including Joe Pass and Herb Ellis, and even recorded his latest CD with Steve Miller at his home studio. Shows both nights start at 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

The Kathmandu Corner has expanded the nightly live music to three nights a week, adding Monday night and billing it as “locals night.” Tonight, Sept. 9, the corner welcomes the Paper Dolls. Saturday, Sept. 10, brings in Sarah Summers and Monday, Sept. 12 has Sean Carscadden. There is no cover for any of the shows.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards has the Rolling Blackouts in the tasting room tonight, Sept. 9, for a show that kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

El Verano Inn has the antics of Ten Foot Tone on Saturday, Sept. 10, for a show that starts at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover.

Centre du vin in the Ledson Hotel has Jess Petty and Ken Chambers on Saturday, Sept 10, for a show that kicks off at 6 p.m.

Little Switzerland welcomes back the San Francisco Starlight Orchestra on Saturday, Sept 10, for a 2 p.m. show. The orchestra was started in 1986 as a tribute to the 1920’s ballroom dance orchestras of the day. The 14-piece band plays dance classics and encourages you to “come dressed to dance the fox trot, Charleston, tango, rumba, waltz, lindy and more.” For reservations and more info, call 938-9990.


JoyRide will be at Steiners Tavern tonight, Sept. 9, for an 8 p.m. show. There is no cover.

Larsen Family Winery will be hosting a Future Farmers of America benefit on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the winery. The event, which kicks off at 4 p.m., includes dinner featuring tri-tip from Sonoma Market and homemade chili, among other items. There will be a live auction hosted by Ed Vaughn and live music from the Rich Little Band. For more info or to purchase tickets, contact Becky at 938-3031 ext.104.

Landmark Winery and Vineyards presents Sharman Duran in the courtyard on Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at 1 p.m. There is no cover.

the Spazmatics

Gundlach Bundschu Winery is presenting the “Shake your Bundschu Dance Party” on Saturday, Sept. 10, that features ‘80s new-wave rockers the Spazmatics. Era-specific costumes are optional, but encouraged. There is also a shuttle that runs from the winery to the Sonoma Plaza every 30 minutes during the event. For tickets and more info, point your browser to All tickets will be held at will-call.

Michoacana Natural Ice Cream in Boyes Hot Springs has the local high school act Refuge on Saturday, Sept. 10, kicking off at 7 p.m. If you are interested in showcasing your musical talents, call the shop at 938-1173.

The new Studebaker Cheesecake Cafe, which replaced Fiorini on Napa St. will begin to have open-mic every Monday night, starting Monday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. They are billing the evening “Corner of the Sky” and are modeling it after the old Center of the Universe Cafe, that used to be at the Sonoma Community Center. The evening will encourage spoken word as well as music performances. To reserve a spot or for more info, call Stephan at 503-564-4184.

Sonoma Springs Brewery has the duo of Tom Martin and Corey Jennings tonight, Sept. 9, for a show that kicks off at 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has local bluesmen the Hellhounds tonight, Sept. 9, for an evening of Chicago and delta style blues. Saturday, Sept 10, the pub brings in the ever-popular Larry Carlin and his mostly, simply bluegrass act. Shows both nights start at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, has an early show that features Sean Carscadden and Sarah Summers, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.

Shiso Sushi and Grill will have live music in their new location in Maxwell Village on Saturday, Sept. 10, with Dan Martin at 9 p.m. The venue will also have a special late night menu available. There is no cover.

The Whiskey Thieves will be on an actual island this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 10, as they travel to Angel Island to the Cove Cafe for a show that starts at 2 p.m.

The Hellhounds are back in Napa at Uva Trattoria on Saturday, Sept. 10, for an 8 p.m. show.

Natasha James will be all the way down in Mountain View at the Art and Wine Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, kicking off at 11 a.m.

The Joe Chaplain Band will be playing a benefit for the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Services, of which he is a member, on Saturday, Sept 10, at Ursuline High School in Santa Rosa. Tickets will be available at the door, with a discount for children.

Mad and Eddie Duran will be in Benicia at the 1st Street Cafe on Sunday, Sept. 11, for a 2 p.m. show.


Last week in our piece about John Salz, we identified him as a nurse at Sonoma Valley Hospital. Although he worked at the hospital for 22 years, he was not a nurse. We regret the error.


Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island

Wonderbread 5 – Friday, Sept. 9
19 Broadway – Fairfax

Shana Morrison – Saturday, Sept. 10.
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio

Tommy Castro – Sunday, Sept. 11.
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio

UFO and Points North – Thursday, Sept. 15.
Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa

Willie Nelson – Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa

Vinyl – Friday, Sept. 9.
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol

Wine Country Ukulele Festival – Friday, Sept. 9.
Napa Valley Opera House

Bruce Hornsby – Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Uptown Theater – Napa

Chicago – Thursday, Sept. 15.
Uptown Theater – Napa


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