The Tuesday night market has Ten Foot Tone tonight, Aug. 28, under the palm tree at 5:30 p.m.
The Blue Moon Saloon has DJ Saucy 1 with special guests tonight, Aug. 28, at 9 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents the after party with Rag Tag Sullivan tonight, Aug. 28, after the Tuesday night market.
The Sonoma Community Center presents a benefit for Pets Lifeline with an all-star line-up of players on Wednesday, Aug. 29, opening with Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly, followed by Talk That Talk that features Roy Blumenfeld of the legendary Bluesbreakers and members of the late John Lee Hookers band, and the evening ends with the Rett Hamer Band. For tickets and more info, point your browser to www.sonomacommunitycenter.org
Murphy’s Irish Pub has Solid Air on Thursday, Aug. 30, for a show that kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards welcomes BackTrax on Friday, Aug. 31, kicking off at 6 p.m. The night is also a food truck Friday event, with plenty of off the grid snacks available.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents Larry Carlin and Mostly Simply Bluegrass on Friday, Aug. 31, for an 8 p.m. show.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Dan Zemelman Trio on Friday, Aug. 31, for a 7 p.m. start time.
To many in Sonoma Valley, the Red and White Ball is just another event in the plaza that goes on and makes money for something or someone, but most really aren’t sure what. Much like the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival, coming up at the end of September, which helps raise money for over 20 different non-profit organizations in Sonoma Valley, the Red and White Ball is even more focused, and since 1990 has been raising money for a variety of things the community has been able to enjoy, such as the Historic Plaza itself, the Sebastiani Theatre and more. After taking a couple years off, the event is back in full swing and has one benefactor, the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. Not a week goes by without some headline about government cutting school budgets, and the Foundation has raised and donated more than $3 million dollars to local education. The event, which goes off on Saturday, Aug. 18, features the always popular Dave Martin’s House Party Band for dancing, after a dinner prepared by local chefs using all locally produced food, including some from the school garden projects the event has helped fund. The Cork Pullers will be providing the musical entertainment during dinner. You can join in the fun and support the schools for as little as a $25 dance only ticket, with other upgraded tickets available that include dinner and wine. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. and for tickets and more info, point your browser to www.svgreatschools.org/red-white-ball-tickets.html, or call 935-9566. All proceeds go to Sonoma Valley Schools.
The Jack London State Historic Park welcomes the Transcendence Theater back for two nights of music and performance, tonight and Saturday, Aug. 17 – 18, for a show called “What a Wonderful World” kicking off at 8 p.m. in the winery ruins at the park in Glen Ellen. Scheduled to perform are Brooke Tansley, who starred as “Belle” in “Beauty and the Beast” and was in the original Broadway cast of “Hairspray,” Peter Porte, who recently starred as “Ricky Williams” on “The Young and the Restless” and J. Austin Eyer, who was on Broadway in “How to Succeed.” For tickets and more info, point your browser to www.transcendencetheatre.org/tickets.
It’s time once again for the annual Cur-ville Dog Days Festival held in Kenwood on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Rockin’ Ranchito. The line-up this year is Woody Guthrie inspired, with performances by Adam Traum, Dale Henry Geistand the Strays, Festival of Friends, Johnny Harper and the Hard Times Choir, Doug Blumer and Bohemian Highway, Lindalou and Michael and more. The show kicks off at 1:30 p.m. with gates opening at noon. For tickets, directions and more info, point your browser to www.cur-ville.com.
The next in the series of Musical Markets at the Moose Lodge is coming up soon, on Saturday, Aug. 25, that will headline Prezident Brown and more, including the local act Traffic Jam, and tickets are going fast. For tickets and more info, point your browser to www.themusicalmarket.com.
Speaking of Traffic Jam, we’re giving a shout out to the local kids for winning the Battle of the Bands last weekend at the Sonoma County Fair. Good job guys and congratulations!
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards has the Hellhounds tonight, Aug. 17, kicking off at 6 p.m. and along with the band, there will be a Chevrolet Corvette showcase from members of Diablo Valley Corvettes and Corvettes of Sonoma County. There is no cover for the evening.
The Moose Lodge has the Scallywags for an 8:30 p.m. show tonight, Aug. 17. Tickets will be available at the door.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents the Cork Pullers tonight, Aug. 17, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Aug. 18, it’s the Perfect Crime, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Aug. 19, it’s an early show with Thick Soup, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes Le Jazz Hot Trio tonight, Aug. 17, for a 7 p.m. show. The trio features Paul Mehling on guitar, Isabelle Fontaine on rhythm guitar and vocals and Jeff Magidson on bass and vocals. Mehling is the leader of Hot Club of San Francisco, and the man dubbed the godfather of American gypsy jazz. He discovered the music of Django Reinhardt and the quintet of the Hot Club of France in grammar school. According to Mehling, “We have a swing or die approach to the music that’s distinctly American. We’re trying to challenge the tendency to slavishly imitate Django’s style, without watering down the gypsy tradition or diluting the music…” Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover. There is no jazz scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18.
The David James tasting room, in the Mercato next to the Chocolate Cow, features Macy Blackman for an evening of jazz tonight, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m.
The Ledson Lounge has Jess Petty on Saturday, Aug. 18, for a night of trumpet and flugelhorn, and sings in a strong jazz vocal style that is his own. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.
BackTrax, the local classic rock tribute act, will be on the patio behind the Swiss Hotel on Sunday, Aug. 19, for a show that kicks off at 3 p.m. The venue is family and dog-friendly and there is no cover.
Wildflower Weed will be in the Olde Sonoma Public House on Saturday, Aug. 18, for an evening of hippie mountain music, kicking off at 7 p.m. There is no cover.
The Blue Moon Saloon has a Misfits tribute band, the Braineaters tonight, Aug. 17, for a 9 p.m. show. Opening the night will be Bite. Saturday, Aug. 18, it’s Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band, also for a 9 p.m. show. Sunday, Aug. 19, the Sunday night blues jam continues, kicking off at 10 p.m. There is no cover for any night.
Sonoma Springs Brewery welcomes Tom Martin to the brewery tonight, Aug. 17, for a 5 p.m. show.
It’s barn dance time again at the newly air-conditioned Sonoma Grange Hall in Boyes Hot Springs on Saturday, Aug. 18, kicking off at 8 p.m. Caller Mike Fynan will teach circle mixers and reels starting with easy moves and leading beginners to intermediate steps in a few fun hours. Plaid Menagerie will play Scottish music. A $5 – $7 donation is requested, but dancers under 26 are free.
The Epicurean Connection has Kat Jones on Saturday, Aug. 18, for a 7:30 p.m. show.
St Andrew Presbyterian Church has members of the Carrtunes sitting in with the choir on Sunday services, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Hellhounds will be on the road to Napa at Cuvee on Saturday, Aug. 18, for a 9:30 p.m. show.
Mad and Eddie Duran will be in San Francisco this weekend, tonight, Aug. 17, at Savanna Jazz, for a 7:30 p.m. show and Saturday, Aug. 18, at Rose Pistolas, for a 9 p.m. show.
Brewnel will be at the Twin Oaks in Cotati tonight, Aug. 17, for a 9 p.m. show.
Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island
English Beat– Saturday, Aug. 18
19 Broadway – Fairfax
Zydeco Flames – Friday, Aug. 17
Peri’s – Fairfax
Steve Kimock – Thursday, Aug. 23
Mystic Theatre – Petaluma
Tainted Love – Saturday, Aug. 18
Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa
Michael Bolivar – Friday, Aug. 17
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol
Manhattan Transfer – Friday, Aug. 17
Uptown Theater – Napa
In honor of the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary of playing as a band, BackTrax will be playing a two-set tribute to the band tonight, Aug. 10, at Steiners Tavern. The first set will cover songs from the ‘60s – the ‘early ‘70s, then followed by a second set that will take you to the ‘90s. The third set of the evening will be a set off all 80’s classic rock. Showtime is 8 p.m. and there is no cover. Saturday, Aug. 11, the band is at the Oakmont Golf Club for the “R.O.C.K in the USA Dance Party,” put on by the Oakmont Golf Club events team. The evening includes a four-course meal and a no-host bar. The party requires an advance ticket, which you can get, along with more info, by calling 537-3671.
The Moose Lodge has the classic honky-tonk sounds of Train Wreck Junction tonight, Aug. 10. Dinner will be available starting at 6 p.m. and the show kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. Sunday, Aug. 12, the moose welcomes Showcase the Band for an afternoon of dancing that starts at 5 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the folk and Americana sounds of Adam Traum and the Traumatics tonight, Aug. 10, kicking off at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, it’s a special one-night-only appearance by Benyaro, a duo based out of New York City and Jackson Hole Wyo. Tonight is part of the bands CD release tour, where they will be playing tunes from the disc, which is the duos interpretation of other peoples songs. Called “The Cover EP,” the disc features completely acoustic arrangements of songs written and/or performed by the late Sam Cooke, the late Etta James, Moby, Procol Harum, the late Blaze Foley and The Coasters. Showtime is 8 p.m. and there is no cover. Sunday, Aug. 12, it’s an early show with local favorites Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards has Five A.M in the tasting room tonight, Aug. 10, for a show that kicks off at 6 p.m. There is no cover.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes local jazz legend Dick Conte and his trio tonight, Aug. 10, for a show that goes off at 7 p.m. Tonight, his trio will have Steve Webber on bass and Bill Moody on drums. Saturday, Aug. 11, the bistro welcomes Terrence Brewer and Wayne De la Cruz for a night of jazz that also kicks off at 7 p.m. There is no cover for either show.
Sonoma Springs Brewery has the acoustic sounds of Tom Martin tonight, Aug. 10, for a 7 p.m. show.
The David James Tasting Room, around the corner from the Chocolate Cow in the Mercato, has jazz tonight, Aug. 10, with Kevin Zuffi and Tim Eschliman. Saturday, Aug. 11, the room welcomes Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs. Showtime both nights is 8 p.m. and there is no cover.
Chateau St. Jean winery will be hosting the finals of the pianoSonoma concert tonight, Aug. 10, that will feature dual piano and chamber music performances led by Juilliard-trained master concert pianists Jessica Chow and Michael Shinn. The evening will also feature performances from the Sonoma Young Artists series, which wrapped up at the Sonoma Mission Inn this week. You must be 21 or over to attend the event, which kicks off at 6 p.m. For tickets and more info, point your browser to www.chateaustjean.com.
Local youth act Traffic Jam will be performing at the Battle of the Bands at the SonomaCounty Fair on Saturday, Aug. 11, on the Community Theater Stage, starting at 7 p.m.
The Jami Jamison Band will be at Papas Taverna in Petaluma on Saturday, Aug. 11, for a 7 p.m. show.
Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island
The Pulsators – Saturday, Aug. 11
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio
Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks – Sunday, Aug. 12
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio
Metallica – Neil Young – Foo Fighters and too many more to mention – Friday – Sunday, Aug. 10 – 12.
Golden Gate Park – San Francisco
Seal – Saturday, Aug. 11
Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa
ZZ Top – Wednesday, Aug. 15
Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa
The Tuesday night market has no live music tonight, Aug. 7, but will present the zucchini races. Yep, grab a zucchini and slap some wheels on it and let’s go racing!
The Blue Moon Saloon has DJ Saucy 1 with special guests tonight, Aug. 7, at 9 p.m.
The Sonoma Mission Inn welcomes Anne Miller and Vicky Wang as part of the Young Musicians in Residence Program tonight, Aug. 7. The show will be in the hotel lobby and kicks off at 5:30 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents the after party with Timothy O’Neil tonight, Aug. 7, after the Tuesday night market.
The Rive Gauche Dining Club is back in action on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the FAHA Manor on the lawn with bluesman Ron Hacker. For reservations and more info, call 996-0900.
Little Vineyards in Glen Ellen is presenting Jammin’ in the Vineyards on Thursday, Aug. 9, with a barbecue and a show by Rich Little and Friends, which include Josh Little, Dave Ronconi and Bill Nelson. Admission is free and food and wine will be available
Murphy’s Irish Pub has Open-Mic plus on Thursday, Aug. 9, for a show that will feature C. J. Giron, that kicks off at 7:30 p.m. To reserve a slot at the mic, call Steve T. Ney at 287-7109.
The Olde Sonoma Public House welcomes the Wind-Up Monkeys on Thursday, Aug. 9, for a 7:30 p.m. show.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards has Five A.M.on Friday, Aug. 10, kicking off at 6 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents Adam Traum on Friday, Aug. 10, for an 8 p.m. show.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Dick Conte Trio on Friday, Aug. 10, for a 7 p.m. show.
The Moose Lodge has Train Wreck Junction for an 8:30 p.m. show Friday, Aug. 10.
The David James tasting room, in the Mercato next to the Chocolate Cow, welcomes Kevin Zuffi and Tim Eschliman for an evening of jazz on Friday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m.
BackTrax will be playing a Rolling Stones tribute followed by an ‘80s set at Steiners Tavern on Friday, Aug. 10, kicking off at 8 p.m.
“Bringing the Unity back in the Community” is the tagline for a series of musical days to be presented at the Moose Lodge, with the first one happening on Saturday, July 7. Local promoter, Bo Sapper, producer of the Harmony Festival which is taking a year off, has partnered with James Hahn and Gabriel Salkin to present a day of live world music and DJ’s on indoor and outdoor stages, food and wine, massage, crafters, a children’s area, community awareness and much more. The event, billed as the Musical Market, is bringing some amazing names from the reggae world with the headliner being Sister Carol from Kingston, Jamaica and is known as the “Black Cinderella” and “Mother Culture,” Carol is a Grammy nominated singer, DJ, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, educator and humanitarian. Next on the bill is Junior Toots, son of Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals fame. Although Toots has the reggae gene, he has stepped out of his father’s shadow, creating his own style and energy, combining the sounds of roots reggae, hip-hop, ska, dancehall and rhythm and blues. Locals Midnight Sun Massive are also on the bill along with a new young rising star Joshua Hales. Sonoma-grown Hales has been a singer-song writer for most his life, but over the last few years has grown to be one the most progressive reggae artists in the bay area. DJ’s Selecta Rah Rah, Irie Sounds International are also on the bill, along with many more. The event is family friendly and kicks off at 4 p.m. Advance Tickets can be found at Sonoma Old School and the Sunflower Caffe and for more info, point your browser to www.themusicalmarket.com.
There is a big show at the Shop on Saturday, July 7, that features local teen rock acts Handshake and Stroke of Luck. The singer-songwriter and band leader of Stroke of Luck, Ari’ El Encarnacion has been an avid member of the Sonoma Valley High School music department throughout his entire high school career. Encarnacion has been chasing his musical dreams ever since he could crawl, learning to play the piano, saxophone, clarinet, guitar, percussion and is a vocalist as well. Recently, Encarnacion has shown a great interest in composition and has already put together a small portfolio of his musical achievements. He has benefited the community by working as a volunteer percussion teacher at Sonoma Music Arts School for the past year and has also been a high school counselor assisting musical instruction on percussion and saxophone with the Jazz Plus Middle School “Summerjam Band Camp” for the past two years. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door, and a portion of all ticket sales go to Sonoma Valley Teen Services.
Wildflower Weed just returned from the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival in Laytonville with an impromptu performance on the Arlo Hagler stage that had the crew and festival goers wanting more. “…the sound, the setting and everything was amazing!” said singer-songwriter for the band, Mary Bennett.
BackTrax will be in the tasting room at Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards tonight, July 6, for a 6 p.m. show. Food from Mongo’s Barbecue will be available, along with wines by the glass or bottle. There is no cover.
The Sunflower Caffe has Two Friends tonight, July 6, as part on the monthly artists reception. Headed up by Bob Edmondson of JoyRide, the duo plays a variety of acoustic classic rock. Showtime is 5 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes the SonomaMountain Band tonight, July 6, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, July 7, it’s the guitar picking of Andrew Freeman, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, July 8, it’s an early start for pub favorites Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.
Michael L. Castle will be on the beer garden stage at HopMonk Sonoma on Sunday, July 8, for a 1 p.m. show. There is no cover.
Steiners Tavern has Levi Lloyd and the 501 Band tonight, July 6, kicking off at 10 p.m.
It’s not too late to sign up for Sonoma Jazz Camp. At the camp, “campers” will dive into the basics along with advanced jazz repertoire. The basics of jazz theory will be touched on as well as improvisation in a fun friendly environment to encourage creativity. The two-week session will culminate in a professional performance at the Hanna Boys Center Auditorium. For this public performance, students will learn the basics of playing a live show from every angle, including performance techniques, set design as well as sound checking. The program has assembled an amazing group of instructors, including bassist Andrew Emer, who is the camp director, former jazz camp student pianist Jake Barrett, guitarist Isaac Carter, vocalist J Kevin Durkin, drummer Alex Aspinall, and saxophonist Roger Glenn. The day-camp runs for two weeks, beginning July 30, held each day from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For sign-ups and more info, call 373-0700 or point your browser to www.SonomaValleyJazzSociety.org.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes jazz legends Mad and Eddie Duran to the back room tonight, July 6, for a 7 p.m. show. Saturday, July 7 it’s Dan Zemelman on piano. With him that night will be Zach Ostroff on bass, Malachi Whitson on drums and Rose Armin Holland on vocals. That show also kicks off at 7 p.m. and there is no cover either night.
Showcase the Band will be at the Moose Lodge on Sunday, July 7, for an afternoon of polka and dance music. Showtime is 5 p.m.
Local Jim Fitzgerald will be part of the 40th anniversary presentation of the Kitchen Cut-ups where he will be playing guitar and providing vocals for the show that includes singing, dancing and comedy with a 15 – piece band, 15 soloists, and 14 dancers. The line-up includes past stars from the show that has been going strong since 1972. The show goes off at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park on Saturday, July 7, at 1 p.m. There will also be shows on July 10, 12 and 14. For tickets and more info, call 588-3400.
The Whiskey Thieves will be on the road to Sebastopol on Saturday, July 7, at HopMonk Sebastopol for a 10 p.m. show.
Jason Bodlovich will be on the road to Petaluma for a show at Brixx on Saturday, July 7, for an 8:30 start.
Gator Beat will be at the Rio Nido Roadhouse in Rio Nido on Saturday, July 7, kicking off at 6 p.m.