Glen Ellen is once again a hotbed of live music in the Valley this weekend, with lots of happenings brewing. Music is back again, every Sunday night at Olive and Vine and this Sunday, Oct. 14, will feature Chris Hanlin and some of his session players from Los Angeles, and even a string quartet from the Sonoma State University Music Department. Hanlin is expected to re-create a good portion of his latest CD release, in addition to some new tunes as well. The Sunday evening shows will feature music and a special supper menu, and the room vibe is a bit different from the singer-songwriter sessions the venue hosted last year. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show kicks off at 7 p.m.
The Glen Ellen Village Street Fair is also happening on Sunday, Oct. 14, and in addition to the 100 or so booths that will line Arnold Drive, there will be live music as well. The day kicks off at noon with a parade that will feature, among other things, the Sonoma Valley High School Marching Band and then the festivities begin, with everything from a quilt raffle to an alley just for childrens activities. Arnold Drive will be closed from the Jack London Saloon all the way to Warm Springs Road, with the stage set up in front of the Glen Ellen Post Office. The order of appearance, with no specific set times, is the Solcats, Traffic Jam, the Cork Pullers and Buck Nickels and Loose Change. There is no cover for the event and all are welcome.
The Grist Mill Bar and Grill also has music, on Saturday, Oct. 13, with local Glen Ellen boys Tudo Bem. Over the past 25 years, the members of Tudo Bem, Peter McCauley, Pat O’Connell and David Aguilar, have been fortunate enough to grace the stage with the likes of Jackson Brown, Norton Buffalo, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, “Ramblin” Jack Elliot, the Doobie Brothers and even Bo Diddley. Showtime is 8 p.m. and there is no cover.
Buena Vista Winery will be the place for the celebration of the Sonoma Valley Muse on Saturday, Oct. 13, and what better place to honor this years recipient, Count Agoston Haraszthy, than at the winery he started back in 1857. Arriving guests will be treated to performances from a series of soloists featuring violin, viola, flute, oboe, clarinet and vocal performances by students of the San Francisco Conservatory. Once in the reception area, patrons will be entertained by the Fil Lorenz Orchestra featuring vocalist Lori Carsilo. This nine-piece band will bring an array of musical styles starting with ‘30s “Big Band” selections, straight through to pieces from every subsequent decade. During dinner in the courtyard of the recently restored champagne cellar, guests will be entertained by a classical quartet, and be treated to performances from Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble, and the voice of Cynthia Tarr. The beneficiary of the evening is part of the project to raise the final dollars to transform Andrews Hall into Sonoma’s first dedicated performance venue for local and regional performers and audiences. For tickets, event time and more info, call 938-4626, ext. 1.
It’s time once again for the Sonoma Bartender Battle on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. The event, as fun as it is, as actually 100 percent non-profit, with all funds raised split evenly between American Legion Jack London Post 489 and Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor 111, both here in Sonoma Valley. The Town Square will be defending its sweep of the festivities from last year and Train Wreck Junction will be back again for dancing after the event. Tickets, if available, will be at the door, or in advance at Steiners Tavern, Eraldi’s Mens Wear or the Town Square.
Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes JoyRide tonight, Oct. 12, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Oct. 13, it’s Arann Harris and the Bad Farmers, also kicking off at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, local favorites Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly will be at the pub for an early show, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes jazz legends Mad and Eddie Duran tonight, Oct. 12, for a new start time for every show, 6:30 p.m. There is no cover.
The Ledson Lounge has Jess Petty on Saturday, Oct. 13, for a 7 p.m. show. Petty plays trumpet and flugelhorn sings in a strong jazz vocal style that is his own, and is considered a world-class musician. He began his musical career in the Monterey Bay area, gigging with other musicians, and studied with Bud Clooney, trumpeter with the Harry James Band. There is no cover for the show.
Sonoma Springs Brewery welcomes Dan Martin tonight, Oct. 12, for a 7 p.m. show.
The Blue Moon Saloon has Conscious Culture Shock with a number of reggae DJ’s tonight, Oct. 12, kicking off at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, it’s the Gentlemen Soldiers playing a Pogues tribute, starting at 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, the blues jam rolls on, starting at 10 p.m.
Michael Hinton will be at the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa on Saturday, Oct. 13, with Keystone Revisited, kicking off at 9 p.m.
Stephanie Ozer will be at the Hotel Healdsburg tonight, Oct. 12, in the lounge starting at 7:30 p.m.
Adam Traum is on the road all weekend, starting tonight, Oct. 12, at Cuvee in Napa and on Sunday, Oct. 14, in Marin at the Marin Community Music School Workshop, getting underway at 3 p.m.
Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island
Miles Schon Band – Friday, Oct. 12
19 Broadway – Fairfax
Charlie Musselwhite – Friday, Oct. 12
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol
Sol Horizon – Saturday, Oct. 13
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol
Dark Star Orchestra – Sunday, Oct. 14
Uptown Theater – Napa
John Lee Hooker Jr. – Saturday, Oct. 13
Biscuits & Blues – San Francisco
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience – Sunday, Oct. 14.
The Warfield – San Francisco.