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 jazz tonight, 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
Roseanne Cash – Saturday, Aug. 25
Uptown Theater – Napa
Pete Escovido – Saturday, Aug. 25
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael
Asleep at the Wheel – Saturday – Sunday, Aug 25 – 26.
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio
Shana Morrison – Friday Aug. 24
Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley