Well, it is October and the Oktoberfests are in the air, and the one that will be at the Moose Lodge on Saturday, Oct. 15, will be a benefit for Sonoma Valley Teen Services. Sonoma Valley Teen Services provides resources for teens in the Sonoma Valley to overcome obstacles that arise in their home, work and social environments. Programs are specifically tailored to empower teens by offering the opportunity to become productive young adults 13 to 18 years old. Some of the programs include “Lovin’ Oven,” that you may have seen selling baked goods at the farmers market, math tutoring, the bikes + program, where refurbished bicycles are provided for those that need them, the No Name Cafe at the high school, Teen Safe Ride, the Shop, the local teen music venue and much more. JoyRide will be providing the music for the event, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Community Cafe will be providing the dinner, and there will be a silent auction as well. For tickets and more info, call 299-9378.
The Sonoma Valley Grange in Boyes Hot Springs has a community barn dance on Saturday, Oct. 15, kicking off at 8 p.m. Much like square dancing, the caller, Mavis McGaugh and band Heartstrings, will walk you through the dance, which will be to Irish and bluegrass music. The event is open to all, with dancers under the age of 21 admitted free.
The Kathmandu Corner will have the debut performance of Broken Moon tonight, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. The band is comprised of local duo Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly, along with Sarah Summers, with the addition of rhythm section Andrew Emer on bass and J. B. Duff on drums. Saturday, Oct. 15, the corner has the Timothy O’Neal band, also at 8 p.m. There is no cover either night.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has Joyride in the Snug tonight, Oct. 14, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Oct. 15, brings in the Perfect Crime, playing folk, blues and ballads, also at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, Aidan O’Reilly and friends take over the Snug at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma welcomes Michael Bloch today, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m. later tonight, the inside stage has Bobby Jo Valentine. Saturday, Oct. 15, the garden stage has local boogie-woogie star Wendy DeWitt at 1 p.m. Later that day, on the inside stage, it’s the Courtney Janes at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, it’s Nate Lopez on the garden stage. There is no cover for any of the shows.
Tonight, Oct. 14, it’s the Carrtunes in the tasting room at Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards for a 6 p.m. show. The band is welcoming a new vocalist to the fold, Caryn Prince will be debuting tonight with the band. There will also be food available from Community Cafe.
Centre du vin, inside the Ledson Hotel has music from Amber Gougis on Saturday, Oct. 15, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
The Swiss Hotel has the local blues act the Rett Hamer band on the back patio on Sunday, Oct. 16, for a 2:30 p.m. show. There is no cover.
El Verano Inn welcomes Motogruv tonight, Oct. 14, for a 9 p.m. show. This will be the last west-coast show for the band before they travel to New Orleans to promote their new CD, titled “Nowhere and Here.” Grandfather Paradox opens the show, and there is no cover.
The Sonoma Garden Park is having a potluck on Saturday, Oct. 15, as one of many events that will benefit the park and the Sonoma Ecology Center. There will also be a pie-baking contest and live music from the Penny Hens. The event starts at 11 a.m. and for more info, call 996-0712, ext.110.
Sonoma Springs Brewery welcomes Toby Germano as a solo act on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m.
The Plaza Bistro has jazz tonight, Oct. 14, from Swing Fever. Since 1978, the band has been touring the Bay Area paying tribute to the great swing eras of the 1930s and ‘40s. Saturday, Oct. 15, the bistro welcomes the Eric Muhler Duo, featuring Michael Wilcox on bass. Showtime both nights is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.
The Cork Pullers will be doing their thing at Ravenswood Winery on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. as part of the Pickberry release party.
The Blue Moon Saloon has karaoke on Saturday, Oct. 15, kicking off at 9 p.m. The Sunday night blues jam continues this Sunday, Oct. 16, as well, kicking off at 10 p.m.
Stephanie Ozer will be playing Solo Piano Night at the Jazz School in Berkeley on Saturday, Oct. 15, kicking off at 8 p.m.
Points North will be at the Great American Music Hall tonight, Oct. 14, for an 8 p.m. show.
The Jon Popenoe Blues Band will be in Napa at Uva Trattoria tonight, Oct. 14, kicking off at 8 p.m.
The Hellhounds will also be in Napa tonight, Oct. 14, at Cuvee, for a 9:30 p.m. show.
Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island
Dan Hicks and Bayside Jazz – Friday, Oct. 14.
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio
Super Diamond – Friday, Oct. 14.
Mystic Theatre – Petaluma
AZ/DZ – AC/DC tribute – Friday, Oct. 14.
Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa
Vince Gill – Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa
Jason Bonham – Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Uptown Theater – Napa
Bonnie Hayes and the Wild Combo – Friday, Oct. 14.
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael
The Edge – Acoustic – Friday, Oct. 14.
Southern Pacific Smokehouse – Novato