For the third year in a row, it’s time for the ‘Howl,” a benefit for Altimira Middle School to be held at the Moose Lodge on Saturday, Nov. 3. The event is named after the howl of the wolf, which is the schools mascot. The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be prepared by Chef Roget DeClerq, featuring a menu of beef stew over polenta along with bread, salad, appetizers and dessert, along with a vegetarian option. At 8 p.m., the music starts with the Cork Pullers followed by DJ Bubba and there is also a dance only option for folks that can’t make the dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Altimira Middle School office. For more info, call 415-860-5958.
Yoga Community is hosting a benefit for Sonoma Music Arts School on Saturday, Nov. 3. You may have read about the schools owner, Aldo Mosca in last weeks edition of the Index Tribune, and as the piece stated, Mosca isn’t about throwing benefits, so some of his buddies, including Rhys Wade are doing it for him. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with a flurry of local musicians until 10:30 p.m. Slated to be on the bill are Plan Be, Ten Foot Tone, JoyRide, Easily Distracted, Dawn Angelosante with Tony Gibson, Garen Patterson, Aldo Mosca and Deirdre Egan with Devra Wolfe. There will also be a number of silent auction items. Yoga Community is at 577 5th St. W.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the SonomaMountain Band tonight, Nov. 2, for a special show that will include the latest CD release party from band guitarist Dave Hamilton, titled “Thinking about Time.” The night kicks off at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, it’s the always popular Andrew Freeman, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Nov. 4, there is a Celtic pub jam that goes of at 3:30 p.m. followed by Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly for an early show at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.
The Sunflower Cafe welcomes JoyRide tonight, Nov. 2, playing on the patio as part of the artist reception, featuring art from Jennifer Cabaud and wine tasting from Highway 12 winery. The event starts at 5 p.m. and there is no cover.
The Annex Wine Bar has a duo performing tonight with Sean Carscadden and Cliff Hugo, kicking off at 6 p.m. It is also “Fondue Friday” at the annex, with a variety of fondue choices. There is no cover.
The Kenwood Firemans Association is having a benefit party called the Farmhouse Harvest Festival on Saturday, Nov. 3, kicking off at noon at the Farmhouse in Kenwood. There will be food, drinks a silent auction, tye dye lessons where folks are encouraged to bring their own clothing to dye, Popo the Clown and live music from the Pulsators and the Timothy O’Neil band. There will also be a fashion show at 3 p.m. Children are free. The Farmhouse is at 9255 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. For more info, call 337-0867.
Olive and Vine in Glen Ellen continues “Supper Club Sundays” this Sunday, Nov. 4, with a show that will feature Jon Williams, Jimmy Dillon and John Burdick. The music starts at 6 p.m. and Chef Catherine Venturini has a special bistro menu prepared.
It’s time again for the Dance for the Troops, presented by American Legion Jack London Post #489 at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building on Saturday, Nov. 3, kicking off at 6 p.m. The event features food and a full bar, and dancing to the music of the Moonlighters. Attendees are encouraged to dress in vintage military or ‘60s attire. All proceeds will fund holiday packages for the troops now serving abroad. Tickets are available at Eraldi’s Menswear or Reader’s Books, or at the door. For more info, call 935-9426.
The Kathmandu Corner welcomes Dan Martin tonight, Nov. 2, for an 8 p.m. show. Martin plays a unique style of classic reggae music. Saturday, Nov. 3, it’s Tim O’Neil, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Nov. 4, the corner welcomes Tony Gibson and Dawn Angelosante for an early show, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Sonoma Springs Brewing Company has Tom Martin tonight, Nov. 2, playing songs to get you inspired to go out and vote. Showtime is 7 p.m.
The Epicurean Connection presents Adam Traum, hot off his CD release show a couple weeks back, for a night of music that kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
The Plaza Bistro has jazz form Amanda King tonight, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m. King is a classic chanteuse who performs little known gems from the ‘30s and ‘40s, as well as jazz standards and popular songs from the Great American Songbook. There is no cover.
The Whiskey Thieves are in Napa on Saturday, Nov. 3, for a harvest party at Vinoce Winery, starting at 3 p.m.
Dana Land and her “Sexytet” will be in San Rafael at Studio 55 on Saturday, Nov. 3, kicking off at 8 p.m.
One of the great things about writing for a newspaper is that people send you stuff. You end up on lists somehow and things just arrive. We’ve yet to crack the list that our esteemed colleague Daedalus Howell is on, where bottles of wine just show up at your door, but we’re working on it. Typically, for us, it’s a CD from a local musician, a promo package from someone coming to town, or even a hastily scrawled note on the back of a Red Grape napkin announcing an upcoming show. This time was different. We got the message from our Editrix, Emily, that a package had arrived for us, and after we determined that it was not, in fact, ticking, we swung by the office to pick it up. It was big, maybe videos…vinyl? No, it was four loaves of bread. Not just any bread, but “Dave’s Killer Bread.” Why did the music columnist get delivered bread? Maybe it’s because several of the 15 different varietals of bread are music related; “Blues Bread, Rockin’ Rye” and even the logo has an image of Dave playing a guitar. Was Dave a musician? Not hardly, but his story is an interesting one, one that you can find out more about at www.daveskillerbread.com. So did the PR stunt of sending bread to the music columnist work? Apparently; we’re talking about it. And how is the bread? Since we’re at the age where whole grain and fiber are more exciting than the latest version of the Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, it’s pretty darn good, although Miss Susan described it as “… pretty busy for bread.” You can find Dave’s bread at Sonoma Market and Safeway.
A huge shout-out goes to Bruce Cohn, winemaker and philanthropist here in Sonoma Valley for not only bringing world class musical acts to the Valley, acts that fill stadiums in many cities, but last week he wrote checks that totaled $400,000 to benefit local Sonoma Valley and Sonoma County non-profits and charities. That brings the total of what Cohn has donated to over 6 million dollars in the last 25 years of the annual fall charity concert event, held on the grounds of his estate winery. This years local beneficiaries include the Redwood Empire Food Bank, SonomaValley Mentoring Alliance, SonomaValley Education Foundation, Glide Memorial, Santa RosaMemorialTraumaCenterand SonomaDevelopmentalCenter. Cheers Bruce!
The Vintage House senior center will be presenting “Vintage Holiday 2011” on Saturday, Nov. 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. The evening starts with mixologist Shane McKnight sharing special cocktails and followed up with a dinner presented by Chef Catherine Venturini from Olive & Vine. After the meal, guests will be entertained by Jackie Ryan, backed by the Larry Vuckovich Trio. For tickets and more info, call 996-0311.
Community Barn Dance is back at the Grange Hall in Boyes Hot Springs on Saturday, Nov. 19, kicking off at 8 p.m. Dance caller Tom Thoreau will walk everyone through the dance and accordion player Art Peterson will play as Thoreau keeps calling. All are welcome and will enjoy the reels and circle mixers. For more info, call 939-9999.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes back the Dana Land Trio tonight, Nov. 18, for a 7 p.m. show. Saturday, Nov. 19, brings in the Roberta Donnay Trio, also at 7 p.m. There is no cover for either show.
Andrews Hall in the Sonoma Community Center has the Joe Chaplian Band with their 5th annual tribute to Neil Young on Saturday, Nov. 19. The previous years shows have been held at the Barking Dog in Boyes Hot Springs, but the show has outgrown the old venue. This year, Sheila Whitney and Monica McKey will join in with the band. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. and for tickets and more info, call 938-4626.
Cuban Jack’s Smoke Shop in Boyes Hot Springs, formerly the Pipe Pirates, is offering local musicians a space to sell their CD’s in the store, along with a listening area, much like record stores used to have (remember those?). According to owner Mark Burton “the talent in Sonoma needs to be recognized.” The space in the store is free to all local musicians. For more info, call Mark at 637-3162. Cuban Jack’s Smoke Shop is at 18332 Sonoma Hwy in Boyes Hot Springs.
The WildKats are back at the Grist Mill Bar and Grill in Glen Ellen at the Jack London Village on Saturday, Nov. 19, for an evening of rock and blues. The show kicks off at 7 p.m.
The Kathmandu Corner has Liz Brown tonight, Nov. 18, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Nov. 19, welcomes Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly to the corner, also for an 8 p.m. show. There is no cover, but a two-drink minimum applies.
Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes the Cork Pullers tonight, Nov. 18, for an evening of folk music debauchery, kicking off at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, the pub has the Perfect Crime, also at 8 p.m. E. Z. Kewl is back for an early show on Sunday, Nov. 20, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
Jess Petty takes over centre du vin inside the Ledson Lounge on Saturday, Nov. 19, for a solo performance. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. and there is no cover.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has the Courtney Janes tonight, Nov. 18, for a 9 p.m. show. Saturday, Nov. 19, the inside stage welcomes Spark & Whisper, also at 9 p.m.
Whole Foods Market, in the Sonoma Marketplace has Michael L. Castle entertaining shoppers at 5 p.m. today, Nov. 18.
The Jon Popenoe Blues Band will be at Uva Trattoria in Napa tonight, Nov. 18, for an 8 p.m. show.
The Whiskey Thieves will also be in Napa at Vinoce Winery on Saturday, Nov. 19, for a 3 p.m. show. The event is free for wine club members, but an admission charge applies to all others.
Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island
Y & T – Friday, Nov. 18.
Mystic Theatre – Petaluma
Chris Isaak – Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa
Little Switzerland has Paradise Vybz Dance Hall, featuring dance hall reggae music with Robert Roots tonight, Nov. 15, starting at 9 p.m.
El Verano Inn has ZMAN of One Block Radius TRUE JUSTICE (the Bayliens) for one night only, tonight, Nov. 15, at 9 p.m.
There will be a benefit for Sonoma Music Arts School at the Harvest Moon Cafe on Wednesday, Nov. 16, with music from Miles and Karina. Tickets will be available at the door.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has Keely Valentino in the Snugat 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.
Little Switzerland has the Tri-Tip Trio laying down Cajun and zydeco grooves on Thursday, Nov. 17, starting at 8 p.m.
The Olde Sonoma Public House welcomes Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson on Thursday, Nov. 17, for a 7 p.m. show.
“Songwriters in Sonoma” is back at Meadowcroft Winery at Cornerstone in Carneros on Thursday, Nov. 17. This session features Sean Carscadden, John Pita and Jessica Peters (Petracovich). The evening gets underway at 7 p.m. For tickets and more info, call 934-4090.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Cork Pullers in the Snugat 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Dana Land Trio on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.
The Kathmandu Corner has Liz Brown on Friday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma welcomes the Courtney Janes to the inside stage on Friday, Nov. 18, at 9 p.m.