Blues and Horseshoes for Cody

The Moose Lodge this Sunday, Feb. 27, will be the place for “Blues and Horseshoes,” a benefit for Cody Cordellos who was born with the skin condition “Epidermolysis Bullosa” (EB). EB is a skin disorder that with even the slightest bump or friction on the skin will cause blistering, akin to third degree burns. It is estimated that 50 in every one million live births have the condition, which crosses all races and genders. “Miracles Through Music” has put on several benefits in the past, and this one will feature music from the Sonoma County Blues All-Stars and Third Party. There will also be a spaghetti feed and horseshoe tournament, with the standing champs taking on all comers. The event kicks off at noon and goes until 5 p.m. For more info, point your browser to

The St. Francis Dads Club is putting on a crawfish boil and Mardi Gras party on Saturday, Feb. 26, in Fr. Roberts Hall at St. Francis school. According to A. J. Riebli, the crawfish is being flown in from Louisiana and there will be king cake for dessert. The dance music will be provided by local Cajun favorites Gator Beat. Tickets are available in the St. Francis school front office.

Lokal on Broadway has an encore appearance of a group that appeared at the restaurant last month, the Adam Traum Acoustic Trio, featuring Pat Campbell and David Thom on Saturday, Feb. 26. The band will be laying down folk, country, bluegrass and some finger-picking as well. The show kicks off at 8 p.m.

Steiners Tavern will have the Tri Tip Trio tonight, Feb. 25, for an 8 p.m. show. The band features some local cajun legends, including local Bruce Gordon, and has garnished praise from cajun legend Queen Ida. There is no cover for the show.

Murphy’s Irish Pub continues the live music across the alley at the Taste of the Himalayas as the pub gets ready for its re-opening set for March 1.Tonight, Feb. 25, has the reggae-inspired tunes of Dan Martin for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Feb. 26, brings in Dawn Angelosante for some heart-felt melodies, also at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb 27, has members of Tudo Bem, Dave Aguilar and Peter McCauley for a performance at 6 p.m., and they promise to play “everything but Celtic music.” There is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.

If you want to catch the whole Tudo Bem band in action, yep, all three of them, you can do that tonight, Feb. 25, at the Olde Sonoma Public House in the Fiesta Plaza in Boyes Hot Springs. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and there is no cover.

The Plaza Bistro has jazz legends Mad and Eddie Duran tonight, Feb. 25, for a 7 p.m. show. The duo has been a fixture in the San Francisco jazz circuit for many years. The two met at the Cotati Jazz Festival years ago and Mad sat in with Eddies band, and the rest, they say, is history. There is no cover for the show.

The Hellhounds are on the road this weekend, tonight at Spankys Bar in Cotati for a 9:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Feb. 26, has the bluesmen in Napa at Uva Trattoria for an 8:30 p,m, show.

Sukhwat Ali Khan will be in Oakland on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Heartform concert, that kicks off at 7 p.m. For more info, point your browser to

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

Wonderbread 5 – Friday, Feb. 25.
19 Broadway – Fairfax

Sol Horizon – Saturday, Feb. 26.
Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa

Gator Beat w/the Pulsators – Saturday, Feb. 25.
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol

Wildflower Weed and Friends at Mondo

The “Hippie Mountain Music” sounds of Wildflower Weed will take over Mondo American Beer Garden on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. The band is a rotating group of musicians around former Black Point String Band members Mary Bennett and Lane Means, with tonights show bringing in Chris Kelly from Hobo Jungle on bass and Gary Ruiz, from Phil’s Harmonic Orchestra, among other local acts, on guitar. There will be solo sets from Means and Bennett and the Trees as well. The band has a folk-country-Americana sound, similar to Kate Wolf and Gillian Welch. There is no cover for the show.

The Plaza Bistro has the John Dodgshon Jazz Group in the back room tonight, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. for an evening New Orleans blues and dixieland syncopation. The group features John Dodgson on trumpet, Si Perkoff on electric piano, Don Bennett on bass, and Richard Hadlock on sax. There is no cover for show, which is presented by the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society.

Olive & Vine has the Plan Be Band back for an evening of funky jazz and blues tonight, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has live music all weekend, starting tonight, Jan. 7, with locals the Sonoma Mountain Band, for a 7 p.m. show. The band is one of the longest running acts at the pub, with good reason, as they always lay down a nice mix of bluegrass, country and folk. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday brings in the bluegrass sounds of Dr. Elmo and Wild Blue, also for an 8 p.m. show. The good doctor insists the band plays all the bluegrass songs other bands refuse to play. We’ll have to take his word for it. Sunday, Jan. 9, has the local duo of Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly for an early show kicking off at 6 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.

Landmark Winery and Vineyards has Eric Cabalo in the tasting room on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Imagery Estate Winery will showcase the Cork Pullers on Saturday, Jan. 8, for a 1 p.m. show. The band takes you through a musical journey of folk songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s, while adding their own twist to the pieces.

The Hellhounds are on the road tonight, Jan. 7 to Napa at Uva Trattoria for an 8:30 p.m. show.

EZ Kewl is winding down its schedule with King Daddy Murr with a show at A’Roma Roasters in Santa Rosa tonight, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. We’ve heard the band will play on after the popular drummer has left for New Orleans. Stay Tuned.

Local jazz legends Mad and Eddie Duran will be in San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 8, for a show at Cafe Claude at 8 p.m.

Local musician Chris Hanlin has released a solo album, titled “Hand to Mouth”, with a CD release party recently in Lake Forrest at the Gypsy Lounge in Southern California. Although billed as a solo, the singer-songwriter has the backing of a four-piece string quartet on many of the songs. Hanlins story is an interesting one. Originally from Portland Indiana, the young musician made his way to Long Beach, near Los Angeles, after a failed romance in 1989. “I just threw my guitars and clothes in the car and drove to Southern California” said Hanlin. While there, he did what musicians in L.A. do; played bars and clubs and paid music “dues,” regularly performing with the edgy blues outfit Bourbon Jones, and his own musical outlet, the Dibs. While there, some of the folks he met were of Native American descent, Lakota Sioux to be exact, and soon Hanlin found himself at a reservation in South Dakota. It was there that he was told by the medicine man of the tribe that he was to write music and play; music that would ease specific feelings in people; anger, loneliness.

The vibe was so strong that Hanlin knew what he needed to do. With his newlywed wife Kelly, he packed up the car one more time and moved to Sonoma Mountain. Like many that arrive in Sonoma Valley, he came for a visit and knew this was where he needed to live. The album has been a years long, but deliberate project, with trips back and forth to Long Beach, where he had musicians and studio connections with film folks as well. The making of the album and its progress were recorded and there is a DVD to accompany the album. The video for the single, “Come Back Baby,” was shot in the redwoods on Sonoma Mountain. The CD release party was also filmed. Even though the songs on the album were written to be able to be performed as a solo act, Hanlin wanted to recreate the process that took him years to accomplish as close to the recordings at least one time. Future plans include taking his solo performance on the road regionally, more with the house concert and listening group circuits. Hanlin will be enlisting a promoter friend out of Seattle to help with the logistics. “I’m a writer and performer” said Hanlin. “The business aspect of the music world has always been a mystery to me. I just want to play and bring music to the people.” To keep up with Hanlin and what he’s doing, point your browser to

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

Mithc Woods and his Rocket 88s – Saturday, Jan. 8.
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio

Tainted Love – Friday, Jan. 7.
Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa

Daniel Castro/Ron Thompson – Saturday, Jan. 8.
Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa

Petty Theft – Friday, Jan. 7.
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol

Johnny Downer Tribute – Saturday, Jan. 8.
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol

Los Lobos – Saturday, Jan. 8.
The Fillmore – San Francisco

Willie Nelson – Sunday, Jan. 9- Wednesday, Jan. 12 – four shows.
The Fillmore – San Francisco

George Winston – Friday, Jan. 7.
Napa Valley Opera House

Patsy Cline at the Sebastiani Theatre

Well, kind of. It’s a Patsy Cline tribute with the fabulous Joni Morris and her After Midnight Band laying down an afternoon tribute to the country music star, who died in an airplane crash at the height of her career in 1963 at 30 years of age. Cline was huge in country and pop music, with hits like “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You” and Willie Nelsons “Crazy.”  Morris and the band will be covering many of Cline’s hits and even dressing in period clothing for the show. Morris will also debut some of her original music from her new CD to be released later this year. The Modesto native and her band will be in town for one show only at the Sebastiani Theatre, on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. Advance tickets can be had by calling the theatre at 996-9756, or at the door if any are left.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 23. Just go do it. He’s known by many names, Murr, Murray, Murphy, The Murricain, King Daddy Murr and many others, but the popular drummer of EZ Kewl, and one of the original creators of any type of music scene here in Sonoma Valley, is retiring after many years of service to patients at the Sonoma Developmental Center and moving to New Orleans in November to play music every day. He’s already set up there with family and former Sonoma guitar player Geb Rault and has a band already lined up. Many in the local musician community, including his son Zakk of the Whiskey Thieves, are throwing him a going away party on Saturday, Oct. 23, kicking off at 5 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. The bill has the Whiskey Thieves, Ten Foot Tone, BackTrax, the Jami Jamison Band, EZ Kewl and many special guests, yet to be announced. It was said back in the day that if you hadn’t jammed in Murphy’s Garage, literally, his garage, then you haven’t jammed in Sonoma Valley. We expect musicians to be coming out of the woodwork for the show. In true Johnn Murphy fashion, he wanted the show to be a benefit for F.I.S.H. in Sonoma Valley. There is no cover charge, but donations will be taken at the door and a percentage of all food and beverages sold will go to the cause. It’s even rumored legendary rock artist Stanley Mouse will be creating a commemorative poster for the event. Stay tuned.

Winemaker/Promoter Bruce Cohn has announced an inflation fighter special price for the Sunday, Oct. 10, day of the annual Fall Festival, offering two-for-one tickets. The show features Eddie Money, Night Ranger, Loverboy, the Greg Kihn Band, the Turtles and the Eyewitness Blues band. The tickets are for a special side-seating area and can be purchased at the winery tasting room or at

Cornerstone Gardens in Carneros is celebrating local artists and farmers in an event titled just that, Artists & Farmers, on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and features live music by Arann Harris and the Farm Band, the Easy Leaves, and David Luning. In addition, there will be garden tours, live art, fresh farm tastings, a photo booth and much more. Might just be a chance to get your “Photobooth” badge if you play Foursquare.

Local celebrity Popo the Clown will be hosting two events this weekend at the Moose Lodge, starting tonight, Oct. 1, with a benefit for the Sonoma Junior Dragons that includes casino night and music from Superior Sounds. Tickets can be purchased at the door and include casino money. The night kicks off at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, Popo is hosting a birthday party for all the kids in Sonoma. Seems she gets asked to do her act at so many places, she just figured she’d host one big birthday party and invite all the children. There will be ballooners, magic shows and much more for the children. Superior Sounds will also be providing the musical entertainment. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and in Popos words, “It’s gonna be huge.”

The Plaza Bistro will have Mad and Eddie Duran in the back room tonight, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. Eddie Duran is a jazz legend and has been paying his dues for many, many years, and just recently turned 85 years of age and radio station KPFA in Berkeley presented Duran with a Lifetime Achievement award. Your chance to check out the legend is tonight, and there is no cover charge.

Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza tonight, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards will have Cynthia Carr and the Carrtunes tonight, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Typically, the band has an annual backyard outdoor concert but the year just got away from them, so they are inviting all their fans to come celebrate with them tonight. There will be food available and wine specials by the glass and bottle and there is no cover.

The Lodge at Sonoma has Dick Conte tonight, Oct. 1, for a 7 p.m. show in the lounge. Saturday, Oct. 2, brings in the antics of Terry Disley on the piano to the lounge, also for a 7 p.m. show.

Steiners Tavern will have Isabelles Basement tonight, Oct. 1, for a show that kicks off at 10 p.m.

A couple of local acts have scored opening spots with some big names this week, starting off Saturday, Oct. 2, with Points North opening for Blues Traveler at the Uptown Theater in Napa at 6:30 p.m. Later in the week on Wednesday, Oct 6, Jason Bodlovich and Isaac Carter will be opening for guitar legend Joe Satriani for an 8 p.m. show, also at the Uptown in Napa.

The Valley of the Moon Lodge #1959 Order of the Sons of Italy will be having a dinner dance on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building with the music of Steve Albini. The evening is a benefit for high school scholarships. Reservations are required, and can be had by calling Karen Carroll at 938-1295 or Phyllis Serafini at 938-5691.

Showcase the Band is all over the Oktoberfest scene this weekend, kicking off on Saturday, Oct. 2, as a benefit for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bear Flag Post 1949, at Little Switzerland kicking off at 1 p.m. and going until 9 p.m. There will be a buffet lunch, over 50 different beers to sample and accordion music until 3:30 p.m. followed by Showcase the Band. For reservations and more info, call 938-9990. The following day, Sunday, Oct. 3, Showcase the Band is back in action at Little Switzerland with more Oktoberfest fun starting off at 5 p.m.

The El Verano Inn will have the Sean Carscadden Trio tonight, Oct. 1, for a 10 p.m. show.

Mondo American Beer Garden has the sounds of Hard Travelin’ on Saturday, Oct. 2, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Blue Moon Saloon continues its weekly Sunday Night Blues Jam at the moon on Sunday, Oct. 3, kicking off at 10 p.m. Interested players just need to show up and pick a slot to jam with the house band, which includes Isaac Carter, Phil Herrschaft, Adrian Trevino and Stuart Sperring.

The Jami Jamison Band will be on the back patio at the Swiss Hotel on Sunday, Oct. 3, for a 3 p.m. show. The venue has a special bar menu and cocktails and there is no cover. The band will be at Papa’s Taverna in Petaluma tonight, Oct. 1, for a 7 p.m. show.

EZ Kewl lays down an afternoon set at Imagery Estate Winery on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 1:30 p.m. The boys can be found on Monday, Oct. 4, at the Big 3 Diner for a dinner set that goes off at 7 p.m.

Taste of the Himalayas will have the band Rags to Riches on Monday, Oct 4, for a 7 p.m. show.

Jon Popenoe will be at Rickey’s Bar and Grill in Novato tonight, Oct. 1, for a 7 p.m. show.

Local violin protégé Nigel Armstrong is at Santa Rosa Junior College on Sunday, Oct. 3, at Newman Hall as part of the Chamber Concert Series. Showtime is 4 p.m. Tickets, which are $20, may be available at the door, but are cash only.