Variety show at Sebastiani Theatre


Mary Sue Ulven-Rank (Maris) thought it would be fun to have a private party at Sebastiani Theatre for her birthday and invite some of her friends. The thing rapidly grew into a “who’s-who” of local performers, and it became clear that she had to go public with the event, so on Saturday, May 5, kicking off at 2 p.m., it’s ”Cinco de Maris.” Zoe Rank will be reprising her role as “Trixie,” the Sebastiani Theatre’s ticket-taking mannequin, and brother Spencer Rank also returns to Sonoma, joining his sister on stage with Roger “the Magic Man” Rhoten, Jeff “the Last Crooner” Gilbert, Cliff Hugo, Tommy Thomsen, Dave Aguilar, Mario Allioto Jr., Sarah Summers, Mark Dennis, Cynthia Tarr, the Hot Flashes and the entire Rank family. Over the past 18 years, the Rank family has enjoyed participating in various Sebastiani productions, including Witchie Poo, holiday extravaganzas, Cat  Austin’s ETC!, Kate Kennedy’s Avalon Players and more. All event proceeds will help Roger and Diana Rhoten continue their mission to provide live entertainment and creative opportunities for all ages while preserving the historic Sonoma treasure, the Sebastiani Theatre. Tickets are available at Readers Books and at the box office, from Trixie, of course, on the day of the show.

The Mix is back at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art on Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m. with an evening of art, music, cocktails and an interactive art project inspired by the current exhibition “Color Theory: The Use of Color in Contemporary Art.” Guests are encouraged to wear their best ’60s inspired outfits. DJ Couleur will be laying down ‘60s grooves and Captain Lou will be bartending. Wines from Beaulieu Vineyards and Provenance will also be poured. The event is free to museum members, but for the price of admission, you will then become a member and be eligible for access to many of the events over the next year.

Luna Itzel

Mexican vocalist Luna Itzel will be performing for one night only in the Ledson Lounge tonight, May 4, for an evening of contemporary Mexican music. Itzel has Fourteen years and seven discs that have allowed her to interpret different musical styles. For Itzel, the traditional Mexican music is the best route to share what exists in her heart. There is no cover for the show.

The first, of what is sure to be many, benefits for Austin Ridge is set for Saturday, May 5, at the El Verano Inn, kicking off at 8:30 p.m. Several DJ’s will be stepping up to lay down oldies, rock, hip hop and dubstep to keep the evening hopping. There is no admission charge, but contributions will be accepted for Ridge throughout the evening.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has live music tonight, May 4, from Boys & Girls. Based out of Santa Rosa, their debut album “The Feel of the Sun” came out October 2011 and is a mix of vibes and styles ranging from the intense energy and emotion of The End, to the laid back groove of Winter Moon. Showtime is 9 p.m.on the inside stage. Saturday, May 5, the tavern welcomes Roem Baur. Picking up books from the local library, Baur taught himself guitar and piano and began writing songs that would inevitably lead to him to drop classical music to pursue his love of the blues, soul, and folk music. Showtime is also 9 p.m. on the inside stage. Sunday, May 6, it’s Nate Lopez who plays a custom electric 8-string hybrid bass-guitar and an acoustic 7-string guitar. Over the years, Lopez has acquired a broad array of musical interests and skills, and is always exploring different sounds and experiences. That show kicks off at 1 p.m. in the beer garden. There is no cover for any of the shows.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes the Sonoma Mountain Band to the snug tonight, May 4, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, May 5, it’s Andrew Freeman, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, May 6, it’s an early show, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. with Out of the Blue. There is no cover for nay of the shows at the pub.

Rancho Viejo Restaurant will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with an appearance by Carlos Herrera on Saturday, May 5. The event is also a celebration of the grand opening of the new patio at the venue and opening for Herrera will be the Folkloric Dance Group performing Mexican folk dance. After Herreras set, it will be Karaoke until 1 a.m. The evening kicks off at 5 p.m. and there is no cover.

The Blue Moon Saloon has DJ music tonight, May 4, with Ignite the Fire, Rap and Roll Music, DJ Bacchus, DJ Divine Proportions and special guests. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. and there is no cover. The blues jam continues on Sunday, May 6, starting at 10 p.m.

Sonoma Springs Brewery welcomes Dan Martin tonight, May 4, for a 7 p.m. show.

Louie and Patti from Showcase the band

The Moose Lodge has Showcase the Band on Sunday, May 6, for a 5 p.m. show. The venue is quickly becoming a great place for music and dancing, with a stage and a wooden dance floor.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Rolando Morales Duo tonight, May 4, for a 7 p.m. show. Morales will present a special Cinco de Mayo show highlighting “La Canción Latina,” songs from the popular Latin American songbook. There is no cover for the show.

The Whiskey Thieves are in Napa for a marathon show at Duckhorn Winery on Saturday, May 5, for a show that kicks off at 11 a.m. and wraps at 5 p.m.

Garen Patterson will be at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco on Monday, May 7, where he will be presenting a portion of his play, “Martta’s Inferno.” Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

The Hellhounds are on the road to Petaluma on Saturday, May 5, with a show at the First Edition, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.


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

Miles Schon– Saturday, May 5
19 Broadway – Fairfax

Petty Theft – Friday, May 4
Mystic Theatre – Petaluma

The Pulsators – Saturday, May 5
Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – Sunday, May 6
Biscuits & Blues – San Francisco

Bill Champlain – Friday, May 4
142 Throckmorton – Mill Valley

Benefit for Brad Dreyer at the Sonoma Veterans Hall

A benefit for Brad Dreyer, who was seriously injured in 2009 at just 20 years of age, when he was hit by a drunk driver while riding his skateboard, is slated for Saturday, May 7, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. Dryer has traveled a tough road since the collision, being in a coma for several months and when he finally awoke, essentially had to learn everything all over again, including how to breathe. He has made incredible progress over the last two years, being able to communicate with his fingers and even trying to re-learn how to play the guitar. Unfortunately, the insurance companies have not been as optimistic as his family, who have strived to get the young man the services they feel could help his recovery, and that is what the benefit will be funding; continued services for his daily care and therapy. The evening will start with the Steven Cohen Jazz Band playing jazz while guests enjoy appetizers. After a sit-down dinner, guests will dance to the sounds of Tudo Bem. There will also be a live and silent auction and a cash-prize raffle. To reserve a table, purchase a ticket and get more information, call 287-4440. To contribute or help without attending the benefit, point your browser to

The Sonoma Grange Hall in Boyes Hot Springs will be hopping on Saturday, May 7, with the sounds of Cynthia Tarr and Cliff Hugo. Many may remember the duo as Cynthia Tarr and the Guys from nights at Olive & Vine in Glen Ellen. Saturday, the duo will have with them Randy Kwan on guitar and Joe Shotwell on percussion. Tarr, whose vocals have been compared to Peggy Lee and K. D. Lang, has written and performed with Keb’ Mo’ and the Manhattan Transfer. Hugo has played with many artists, including Ray Charles and Melissa Manchester. He leaves to resume a world tour with Supertramp later in May of this year. The entrance fee of $25 includes a complementary drink. Thai food from neighboring E-Saan will also be available for purchase. Tickets can be had in advance at Pharmaca and Sonoma Valley Music. For more info, call 343-1354.

Valley of the Mooneyhan Promotions is presenting a show at Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards tonight, May 6, featuring BackTrax, performing a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute, and one raffle ticket just might win you two tickets to see John Fogerty at this year’s Jazz Plus show on Friday, May 20. Raffle tickets are $10 each and you can purchase as many as you want to try to win. “Flavors of the Bayou” buffet will be offered, as well as specials on Sebastiani wines. The night kicks off at 6 p.m. and unlike previously reported, there is no cover.

The Ledson Hotel will play host to Sheila Whitney tonight, May 6, for a night of classic jazz standards in the newly renovated and re-named Centre du Vin lounge. Whitney will be joined by Keith Saunders on piano and Chris Amberger on bass. The show kicks off at 6 p.m.

The Magnetics will be providing the entertainment at the Sunflower Caffe tonight, May 6, for the monthly artist reception, that this month will feature artist Suzanne DeVueve with wines poured by Petroni Wines. The night kicks off at 6 p.m.

Cornerstone Sonoma and Keating Wines are presenting Chris Von Sneidern on Saturday, May 7, for a 7 p.m. show. The San Francisco-based performer has recorded 13 self-produced albums over the past years, generally releasing one new album each year. Von Sneidern was also the subject of a documentary titled “Why Isn’t Chris von Sneidern Famous?” The film was featured in numerous film festivals around the world. For additional information about the show call 933 3010.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have the bluegrass and country sounds of the Sonoma Mountain Band tonight, May 6 for an 8 p.m. show. The band owns the title of the longest-running act to play at the pub over the years. Saturday, May 7, brings in Elaine Dempsey, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, May 8 has the Americana and folk sounds of the duo Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly, for an early show that kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

The Taste of the Himalayas presents Dawn Angelosante tonight, May 6, for a 7:30 p.m. show in the back room of the restaurant.

The Moose Lodge will be the place tonight, May 6, for a Cinco de Mayo celebration that will feature Showcase the Band, for a 7 p.m. show, which includes an authentic Mexican meal. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The Plaza Bistro has the Dick Conte Trio in the back room tonight, May 6, for an evening of jazz. Accompanying Conte tonight will be Bill Moody on drums and Steve Webber on bass. There is no cover for the show.

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will be presenting the MIX on Saturday, May 7, and will have the DJ sounds of Lionize. The event is free for museum members, and the cost of admission for the evening makes you a member for a year. The MIX kicks off at 8 p.m.

Steiners Tavern has the sounds of DJ Dave on Saturday, May 7, for a 9 p.m. start.

Mad and Eddie Duran are on the road to Petaluma tonight, May 6, at the Apple Box in Petaluma for a 6 p.m. show.

The Hellhounds will be in Napa at Uva Trattoria on Saturday, May 7, for an 8 p.m. show.


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

Tommy Castro – Friday, May 6.
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio

Shana Morrison – Saturday, May 7.
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio

First Fusion with Bob Weir – Saturday, May 7.
Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium – San Rafael

Metal Club with the Gray Coats – Friday, May 6
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael

It’s a Beautiful Day – Saturday, May 7.
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael

The English Beat – Saturday, May 7.
Bimbo’s 365 Club – San Francisco

Y & T with Kip Winger – Saturday, May 7.
The Fillmore – San Francisco

Pegi Young – Friday, May 6.
Napa Valley Opera House

Dana Land at the Plaza Bistro

Sonoma’s own jazz sweetheart Dana Land will be appearing at the Plaza Bistro tonight, March 18, for a 7 p.m. show. Land has been a mainstay in the local jazz scene since she decided to make her passion for jazz vocals a reality some years back, and sought out some local jazz musicians and produced an album, and she hasn’t looked back. She was instrumental in bringing jazz to the Lodge at Sonoma over the past few years, and also works the jazz camp for children during the summer. Tonight, Land will have with her Ross Gualco on piano, Kendrick Freeman on drums and John Hoy on bass and guitar. There is no cover for the show. In case you haven’t been to the Bistro in a while, they’ve switched the bar and the stage around in the back room, making for a different vibe from the room.

Jacuzzi Family Winery will host a return appearance of the Daedalus String Quartet on Saturday, March 19, at 5 p.m. No, this is not Deadalus Howells latest gig, last we heard he was still in Static People, this is a world renowned classical music act. The Daedalus String Quartet has performed in many musical venues in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan and has also been the Columbia University Quartet-in-Residence since 2005. Founded in the spring of 2000, the Quartet is composed of Min-young Kim and Ara Gregorian on violins, Jessica Thompson on viola, and Raman Ramakrishnan on cello. For more info on the show, point your browser to Tickets can be purchased at the website, or at the door, if available.

Local classical music buffs will be happy to hear that local violin protégé Nigel Armstrong was accepted into the Tchaikovsky Competition in Saint Petersburg, Russia, this June, which is a two-week competition and one of the most challenging in the world. Good luck to young Nigel.

The Sonoma Valley Chorale will have two performances, the second of which will be in Sonoma Valley at St Andrew Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m. They will be joined by guests from the Church of the Roses and members of the St. Andrew Choir as well for a tribute to those lost in the events of 9/11, the holocaust and other world events. Tickets for the Sonoma show are available at Pharmaca, the UPS Store or by calling 935-1576. The Saturday, March 19, show will be at the Church of the Roses in Santa Rosa. For more info, point your browser to

Pete Olson and his Cajun House Party Band will be tearing it up at Little Switzerland on Saturday, March 19, for an 8 p.m. show. Olson has been a staple in the local cajun music scene for many years and you never know who is going to show up at the show to sit in with the band.

The Olde Sonoma Public House has the Keith Andrews Band tonight, March 18, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, March 19, brings the debut performance of Third Party to the venue. Third Party has former BackTrax guitarist Noah Hill laying down rock, blues and even some country tunes. Showtime is 7:30 and there is no cover for either night.

Wildflower Weed will be in the studio this weekend recording their new, as of yet untitled album, that will be recorded at the Sonoma Valley Music studios with Gerard Serafini at the helm. Look for a release in late spring.

Moondance Cellars will have the father- son duo of Tom and Dan Martin on back-to-back days this weekend, as part of the Savor Sonoma event. The elder Martin, Tom, will be in the tasting room at Jack London Village in Glen Ellen on Saturday, March 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tom is also a member of the Sonoma Mountain Band and the Carrtunes. Martin the younger, Dan, will keep the room hopping on Sunday, March 20, with his blues and reggae grooves. There is no cover for the music, but for more about the event, point your browser to

There will be a fundraiser for Tim Dixon on Sunday, March 20, at Murphy’s Irish Pub from 1 to 5 p.m. Dixon has been undergoing treatment for cancer for the past several months and spent many years living in Glen Ellen and Kenwood. Dixon designed many rock and roll posters in the late ‘60s for big-name concerts across the country and in Hawaii. Several years ago he was commissioned to do a very large oil painting for Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa. Scheduled to perform are Faith Ako, Scott Gerber and Cori Wood, Dan Hicks, Steve Kahn, Tommy Thomsen, Ted Macklin, David Maloney and the Perfect Crime. There is a requested minimum donation of $10. For more info about the show, call 935-0660.

The Cork Pullers will be doing double-duty on Saturday, March 19, kicking off at Imagery Estate Winery for a 1 p.m. show. Then the band packs up and jumps in the band van and travels to the Sonoma Valley Grange Hall for the fourth annual “Chicken Spring Fling.” The dinner-dance will feature local produce from local farms and will celebrate the vernal equinox, or the coming of spring. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets and more info can be found by pointing your browser to or by calling 996- 4373.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has a tribute to a long-time performer who passed recently: The life of John Kelley will be celebrated with his former band, Kith and Kin tonight, March 18, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19, brings the Perfect Crime into the new snug, also for an 8 p.m. show. E. Z. Kewl will be back at the pub on Sunday, March 20, for an early show at 6 p.m.

Cynthia Tarr and Cliff Hugo will be traveling up to the romantic hamlet of Mendocino tonight, March 18, to the Mendocino Hotel, where the duo will perform two sets, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The David Thom Band will be at the Lagunitas Tap Room in Petaluma on Sunday, March 20, for a 3 p.m. show.

Garen Paterson is back at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco on Monday, March 21, for an encore performance of “Martas Inferno” at 7 p.m.  For tickets and more info, call Garen at 337-2313.

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

The Pulsators – Saturday, March 19.
Peri’s – Fairfax

Tom Rigney and Flambeau – Friday, March 18.
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio

Petty Theft – Tom Petty Tribute – Saturday, March 19.
Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa

Michelle Shocked – Friday, March 18.
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol

New Mastersounds – Sunday, March 20.
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol

Gretchen Wilson – Sunday, March 20.
Uptown Theater – Napa