The Tuesday night market has the Rich Little Band under the palm tree tonight, Oct. 23, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Blue Moon Saloon has DJ Saucy 1 with special guests tonight, Oct. 23, at 9 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents the after party with BackTrax tonight, Oct. 23, after the Tuesday night market.
The Hanna Auditorium welcomes Richard Glazier performing the songs of George Gershwin on Wednesday, Oct. 24, starting at 7 p.m. There is no cover, but reservations are required. To RSVP, call 933-2504.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has Jaydub and Dino on Thursday, Oct. 25, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.
The Olde Sonoma Public House welcomes Uncle Jesse and the Porch Junkies on Thursday, Oct. 25, for a 7 p.m. show.
Steiners Tavern has “Scary-Oke” with Cat Smith, on Thursday, Oct. 25, starting at 9:30 p.m.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes Kontrabanned on Friday, Oct. 26, kicking off at 7 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents Midnight Sun Massive on Friday, Oct. 26, for an 8 p.m. show.
The Moose Lodge has Backtrax and Showcase the Band as a benefit for PKD on Friday, Oct. 26, kicking off at 7 p.m.
The Kathmandu Corner welcomes Wildflower Weed on Friday, Oct. 26, for a 7 p.m. show.
Even though it’s Wine Country Weekend here in Sonoma Country, there’s still plenty of music to pair it with, some even at a winery.
This week, we’ve got legends from many genres all over. The legendary Lester Chambers will be sitting in with his son, Dylan, in Santa Rosa. Huey Lewis is in town with some news and one of the jazz legends of the Bay Area is in Healdsburg. Have a peek below and pair up some local music with that wine this weekend.
Friday, Aug. 31 – E Minor and the Dirty Diamonds
After more than a decade of playing in various Sonoma County bands, the six members of Dirty Diamonds have hit their stride blasting out country rock and hillbilly blues originals that conjure up images of the Allman Brothers, CCR and Hank Williams Sr. along with a taste of Howlin’ Wolf, Ralph Stanley and Tom Waits.
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol
Monday, Sept. 3 – Jason Bodlovich
Jason Bodlovich is an absolute musical monster. Originally from Huntington Beach, Calif, Bodlovich now resides in Sonoma County where he performs with a mix of original projects. Eclectic is a good word to use for his sound as he blends rock, funk, blues, swing, jazz, Brazilian and more. This cross-over appeal has led to opening slots for various artists including instrumental rock guitarist Joe Satriani; jazz artists including Diana Krall and Rites of Strings featuring Al Di Meola Stanley Clarke & Jean Luc Ponty and more. Mostly a guitar player these days, Bodlovich played drums on a tribute album for the jazz legend Ray Brown, where he assembled many of Brown’s original band members.
Lagunitas Brewing Company – Petaluma
Saturday, Sept. 1 – Midnight Sun Massive
This would be my hot pick of the weekend. Midnight Sun Massive is a step back to when reggae music was Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, blended with a little calypso and some blues. The band has been together in some configuration since 1984 in and around the Bay Area. If dancing to a reggae groove hits you this weekend, these are the guys to check out.
Flamingo Hotel – Santa Rosa
Saturday, Sept. 1 – Huey Lewis and the News
What can we say about this act that hasn’t been said? From their humble beginnings in Marin County in the ‘70s to superstardom in the ‘80s and beyond, the band has had entire albums of songs that almost went to #1 on the Billboard charts, won Grammys, had numerous #1 hits, but s great a recording career as the band has had, it’s their live performances that remain the stuff of legend. They have toured worldwide continuously for more than 30 years. Huey Lewis & The News incorporate a variety of musical influences, including R&B and soul, to create their own unique sound.
Rodney Strong Winery – Healdsburg
Friday, Aug. 31 – Dick Conte
Dick Conte is a regional jazz legend, from his work on numerous jazz radio stations for almost 50 years, to his performances around the Bay Area at such events as the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Russian River Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Sonoma Valley Jazz Festival, the Calistoga Jazz and Blues Festival, Jazz on the Hill and the Cotati Jazz Festival. Tonight, the pianist will have with him Steve Webber on bass.
Hotel Healdsburg – Healdsburg
Saturday, Sept. 1 – Dylan Chambers
Dylan Chambers grew up around rock and blues and it’s clear the apple didn’t fall from the tree. His father, Lester Chambers from the Chambers Brothers, famous for the hit “Time has come today,” will be joining Dylan’s group Mass Transit on stage
Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa
The Musical Market, an all-day event that is taking place at the Moose Lodge on Saturday, Aug. 25, has announced additional hours, more activities and lower ticket prices, based on the popularity of the last event. With the slogan of “Bringing the “Unity” Back in the Community,” the festival combines national and international touring acts, artisan food, drinks, shopping, yoga, local crafters, and local farmers. There is an amazing line-up of musicians that will feature Prezident Brown, Brandy Robinson, the Jolly Llamas, the Heaters, Traffic Jam, Cosmos Percussion Orchestra, Irie Sounds Intl.,Superior Sound, Sleep Dank, DJ Evan Dixxon, and surprise acts. The day kicks off at noon and goes until midnight, with different levels of ticket prices for daytime and evening hours. Tickets will be available at the door, and for more info, point your browser to www.themusicalmarket.com.
The Moose Lodge is jumping tonight, Aug. 24, as well, with bluegrass from the David Thom Band, that kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. for those interested.
The Jack London State Historic Park welcomes the Transcendence Theater back for two nights of music and performance, tonight – Sunday, Aug. 24 – 26, 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.
Local independent music supporter, Rand Rognlien, “the Music Nomad,” has announced a sweeping overhaul of his website musicnomad.com. The site is a place where independent musicians can get literally thousands of free resources, from finding a rehearsal studio to learning how to copyright their music. One of the big new features is called “Tour Manager” which allows you to set up your entire tour dates and store, manage and share all important info like venue contact info, show time, hotel and more with all band members and whoever else needs to know. There is a place to track how much merchandise was sold at each venue, contacts for local music writers, radio stations and other media, and utilizes Google Maps for all directions to shows and venues. I guess the bass player is out of excuses when they show up late for a show now. Rognlien has also been instrumental in supporting local music by co-sponsoring the Songwriters in Sonoma series and some of the indie-music shows at Gundlach Bundschu. To check out the site and give it a test drive, point your browser to www.musicnomad.com.
Bruce Cohn has announced a special price for both days of the annual Charity Fall Music Festival, coming up on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 – 7. For one ticket price of $150, you can see the Doobie Brothers, Buddy Guy, War, the Turtles, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason, Zen Road Pilots, Tyrone Wells, Lara Johnston, Scars on 45, Pat Simmons Jr. and more. Beneficiaries of the proceeds from this years shows include The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Redwood Empire Food Bank, The Guardsmen, Operation Homefront, and American Legion Post 489. For tickets and more info, point your browser to www.brcohn.com, or just stop by the winery in Glen Ellen. Tickets are going fast and both days are expected to sell out.
Steiners Tavern has Kingsborough tonight, Aug. 24, for a 10 p.m. show. The band combines a mix of blues, rock and funk. Started by singer-songwriter Billy Kingsborough and guitarist Alex Leach, the band has played shows throughout California, on the street corners of Argentina, performed for sports stars such as Joe Montana and shared the stage with well-known artists such as the Fogerty family and country music star Clay Walker. There is no cover for the show.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards has the Rolling Blackouts tonight, Aug. 24, kicking off at 6 p.m. in the tasting room. There will be wine specials and food available. The band plays classic rock and blues, and the venue is family and dog-friendly. There is no cover for the event and picnic s are welcome, though no outside alcohol may be taken onto the grounds.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents Midnight Sun Massive tonight, Aug. 24, for an 8 p.m. show. The band plays reggae music in the style of Bob Marley. Saturday, Aug. 15, it’s High Country for an evening of bluegrass, also kicking off at 8 p.m. There is no cover either night. Sunday, Aug. 26, there is Dinner Theatre presented by the Duffy’s Tavern Players. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes the John Kaleen Trio for an evening of jazztonight, Aug. 24, for a 7 p.m. show. Saturday, Aug. 25, is a special show, which kicks off at 8 p.m. featuring Second Cut. The act features local Jodi Stevens on vocals and the band plays classic rock and dance songs. There is no cover either night.
The Ledson Lounge welcomes William Russell tonight Aug. 24, for a 6 p.m. show. Saturday, Aug. 25, it’s Dan Daniels and Nicky De Paola, kicking off at 7 p.m. There is no cover either night.
Shiso Sushi Bar in the Maxwell Village Center has music from Tony Gibson on Saturday, Aug. 25, kicking off at 8:30 p.m.
The Malevolent Mischief of Admiral Squeesh will be at the Sebastiani Theatre on Monday, Aug. 27, kicking off at 7 p.m. The variety show is the brainchild of former local Spencer Rank and includes Rank himself, along with a number of other local aspiring artists, including Sarah Summers, Nathalie Tedrick, musicians and multi-talented artists Nick Pimentel, Ryan Neilan, Delaney Brumme, and Evan Kottle. The show is, according to Rank, “…a strategy to minimize spiraling tuition costs at the elite Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Humboldt County.” Tickets will be available at the Sebastiani box office or at the door.
The Blue Moon Saloon has Karaoke on Saturday, Aug. 25, starting at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, it’s the blues jam, starting at 10.p.m.
The Hellhounds are at Uva Trattoria in Napa on Saturday, Aug. 25, kicking off at 8:30 p.m.
Jason Bodlovich is at the Lagunitas Taproom in Petaluma today, Aug. 24, at 4:20 p.m.
The Don Trotta Band will be in Cotati at Spancky’s tonight, Aug. 24, for a 9:30 p.m. show.
Points North will be in Concord at Vinnie’s Bar and Grill tonight, Aug. 24, and Eric Barnett, guitarist for the band will also be performing in the act Fred Barchetta, a Rush tribute act. The show kicks off at 9 p.m.
Natasha James will be doing her first show in 10 months tonight, Aug. 24, appearing at Friday Night Live in Cloverdale, starting at 7 p.m.
Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island
Volker-Strifler – Friday, Aug. 24
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol
Frobeck – Saturday, Aug. 25
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol
Fishbone – Sunday, Aug. 26
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol
George Benson – Friday, Aug. 24
Napa Valley Opera House
Pop Fiction – Metal Shop – Friday, Aug. 24
Mystic Theatre – Petaluma
The Tuesday night market has the Cork Pullers tonight, Aug. 21, under the palm tree at 5:30 p.m.
The Blue Moon Saloon has DJ Saucy 1 with special guests tonight, Aug. 21, at 9 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents the after party with the Whiskey Family Band tonight, Aug. 21, after the Tuesday night market.
The Big 3 Diner welcomes Showcase the Band to the dining room for a 6 p.m. show on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Not only is it the 30th anniversary of the band, but also the celebration of Louie and Patti Perez being together for 30 years.
The Epicurean Connection has Naomi Hooley and Ezikiel Hampton on Thursday, Aug. 23. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has Whitney Lockert on Thursday, Aug. 23, for a show that kicks off at 8 p.m.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards has the Rolling Blackouts on Friday, Aug. 24, kicking off at 6 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents Midnight Sun Massive on Friday, Aug. 24, for an 8 p.m. show.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes the John Kaleen Trio on Friday, Aug. 24, for a 7 p.m. start time.
The Moose Lodge has the David Thom Band for an 8:30 p.m. show on Friday, Aug. 24.
The Ledson Lounge welcomes William Russell on Friday, Aug. 24, for a 6 p.m. show.
Steiners Tavern has Kingsborough on Friday, Aug. 24, for a 10 p.m. show.
The Jack London State Historic Park welcomes the Transcendence Theater for a night of music on Friday, Aug. 24, called ‘What a Wonderful World” kicking off at 8 p.m. in the winery ruins at the park in Glen Ellen. For tickets and more info, point your browser to www.transcendencetheatre.org/tickets
“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.