Dixieland jazz comes to Sonoma Valley this weekend on Saturday, July 16, to Cline Cellars in Carneros with 13 jazz acts set to lay down some true American music. Dixieland style jazz was first played in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century, now with several sub-genres, such as Chicago, Traditional and even West-Coast. Saturday will feature the big bands and swing in the barrel room and ragtime and blues piano on the deck in front of the tasting room. Headlining the event will be Black Diamond Blue Five, the Devil Mountain Jazz Band, Golden Gate Rhythm Machine, Jambalaya Big Swing Band, Natural Gas Jazz Band, Royal Society Jazz Orchestra and the Zinfandel Stompers. Support acts include Ray Skjelbred, Frederick Hodges, Marty Eggers, Virginia Tichenor, Tom Brier and Bob Hirsch. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. and goes to 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more info, call 940-4025. Tickets will also be available at the door.
For many, the term “Contra Dancing” conjures up thoughts of, well, we’re not sure what kind of dancing. Apparently it is more like square dancing, or “American country dancing.” The musical accompaniment is typically Celtic-bluegrass, fiddle, guitar and sometimes piano or accordion. This Saturday, July 16, they’re calling it a “Barn Dance” and it will be at the United Methodist Church at 109 First St. E., kicking off at 7 p.m. Rebecca King, a music teacher here in the Valley will be on Piano and accompanying her on fiddle will be Michelle Levy. The caller for the night is Kelsey Hartman. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
The newest music venue in town, the Katmandu Corner, in the back of the Taste of the Himalayas restaurant, will have music tonight, July 15, with Marty O’Reilly. Saturday, July 16, has Dawn Angelosante for a couple sets. Both nights kick off at 7:30 p.m. and there is no cover either night.
JoyRide is the latest name for the trio of Sue Albano, Mark Dennis and Bob “the monster” Edmondson and it seems like this one may stick. You can catch the act tonight, July 15, at Steiners Tavern at 7 p.m.
Swing is back at saddles on Sunday, July 17, with the Richard Olsen Trio kicking off a dancing afternoon that starts at 2 p.m. With Olsen that day will be Shota Osabe, Jeff Sherman on string bass and Kent Bryson on drums. We’re told that there will be some Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and maybe even some Bobby Darin. There is no cover.
It’s “Aloha Friday” at Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards tonight, July 15, with BackTrax. Folks are encouraged to wear their Hawaiian apparel and come out for a night of dancing to classic rock. Community Cafe will have food available and there are wine specials as well. Showtime is 6:30 and there is no cover.
Seems like its theme weekend in the Valley, with it being “Tattoo Party” at Ravenswood Winery on Saturday, July 16, with the Cork Pullers playing folk tunes and allegedly an actual tattoo artist that will ink you up with the Ravenswood logo. Lick and stick versions will also be available. Showtime is 11 a.m. and the band plays until 4 p.m.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma will have Dawn Angelosante tonight, July 15, for a 5 p.m. show. There is no cover.
The Dark Lord Byron is back at the Olde Sonoma Public House in Boyes Hot Springs on Saturday, July 16, for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover.
Landmark Winery and Vineyards will have Elias Negash in the patio on Saturday, July 16, for a 1 p.m. show. Negash has been a pioneer in combining reggae and African music throughout the Bay Area since the ‘70s. There is no cover.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has bluegrass from Carolina Special tonight, July 15, in the snug for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, July 16, the snug welcomes Perfect Crime, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, July 17, has an early appearance by EZ Kewl, for a 6:30 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.
The Plaza Bistro will feature Wayne De La Cruz and the other Organ Trio tonight, July 15, in the back room for a 7 p.m. show. Saturday, July 16, the back room welcomes Mary Jenson with Stephanie Ozer on piano, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
Little Switzerland has Showcase The Band on Sunday, July 17, for an afternoon show that starts at 5 p.m.
The Blue Moon Saloon has the DJ sounds of Xeenos tonight, July 15, kicking off at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, brings back an encore performance by Izzy and the Kestronics, also for a 9:30 p.m. show. The Sunday night blues jam continues this Sunday, July 17, kicking off at 9 p.m.
The Hellhounds hit the road this weekend starting tonight July 15, in Cotati at the Tradewinds for a 9:30 p.m. show. Saturday, July 16, has the bluesmen in Calistoga at the Hydro Bar, also going off at 9:30 p.m.
The Jon Popenoe Blues Band will be at Uva Trattoria in Napa on Saturday, July 16, for an 8 p.m. show.