The Tuesday night market has no musictonight, July 3, as there is no market tonight either. The market returns next week, July 10.
The Blue Moon Saloon has DJ Saucy 1 with special guests tonight, July 3, at 9 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents the All-American Music Festival on Wednesday, July 4, with music going on from 11 a.m. till 9 p.m. The line-up includes Midnight Sun Massive, Tudo Bem, Magic, the Hellhounds and Broke the Moon. There is no cover.
The Sonoma Plaza has music after the parade on Wednesday, July 4, from the Don Giovannis at 1 p.m. followed by the Saddle Cats at 3 p.m.
Ten Foot Tone will be playing a pre-fireworks party at the RamekinsEventCenter on Wednesday, July 4, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more info, call 933-0450.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has Dan Martin on Thursday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m.
The Olde Sonoma Public House welcomes the Wind-Up Monkeys on Thursday, July 5, for a 7:30 p.m. show. The new act consists of Sue Albano on bass, Dave Hinkley and Levi Chavoya on guitar and Nick Cordellos on drums. This is the acts debut performance. There is no cover.
The Plaza Bistro has Mad and Eddie Duran on Friday, July 6, at 7 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents the SonomaMountain Band on Friday, July 6, for an 8 p.m. show.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards has BackTrax on Friday, July 6, Showtime is 6 p.m.
Ending the Friday night music at Olive & Vine in Glen Ellen to move to more of a formal dining experience for the venue was a tough decision for Chef Catherine Venturini and Sommelier John Burdick. Now that months have past and the sit-down restaurant has been a smashing success, the couple, now engaged by the way, has started a Sunday night music series, different from the Friday night events, with more of a focus on listening to the singer-songwriters. Slated to be a twice-monthly event, the “Sunday Songwriter Sessions” will present mainly acoustic and original songs, with Burdick acting as the emcee. Some months there will even be a “in the round” format, with three to four players taking turns presenting their songs. Burdick couldn’t have picked a better performer to kick off the event this Sunday, Nov. 27, with the multi-talented Jon Williams, singer and songwriter for Ten Foot Tone, and special guests as well. The afternoon show kicks off at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m. For reservations and more info, call 996-9150.
The David Thom Band will be having a CD release party tonight, Nov. 25, at Murphy’s Irish Pub. The disc, produced by Grammy-award winner Laurie Lewis, will be available at the show.
Saturday, Nov. 26, the Pub has the Timothy O’Neil Band, also for an 8 p.m. start. Sunday, Nov. 27, welcomes back Dave Aguilar and Peter McCauley for an early show that kicks off at 6:30 p.m.
BackTrax is playing an acoustic show at the Olde Sonoma Public House tonight, Nov. 25. The band has added some classic rock acoustic favorites to their repertoire and will be showcasing them tonight. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
If you haven’t worked off enough of the Thanksgiving turkey after the BackTrax show, you can catch the Whiskey Thieves at Steiners Tavern tonight, Nov. 25, kicking off at 10 p.m. The show will wrap up with Blessed Coast Sound laying down dance grooves. There is no cover.
El Verano Inn has Dubstep set from DJ BACCHUS, RNRset from PERSISTENCE, DMC & WIGZ tonight, Nov. 25, at 9 p.m. There is no cover.
The Kathmandu Corner welcomes back the Paper Dolls tonight, Nov. 25, for an encore performance. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, JoyRide will be laying down two sets at the Corner. That show is also at 8 p.m.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes Jonathan Poretz tonight, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. Poretz blends the swinging vocal styling of Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin, as he lays down his own brand of jazz standards. Tonight., Poretz will have with him Shota Osabe on piano and Jeff Neighbor on bass. Showtime is 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, the Bistro welcomes J. Kevin Durkin, also for a 7 p.m. show.
If you miss Jonathan Poretz tonight, you can catch him Saturday, Nov. 26, at centre du vin inside the Ledson Hotel for a 6:30 p.m. start.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma welcomes Dan Martin to the inside stage tonight, Nov. 25, at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, has Matt Bolton, also for a 9 p.m. start. There is no cover either evening.
The Olde Sonoma Public House has karaoke with Cat on Sunday, Nov. 27, for a 7 p.m. start time.
The Blue Moon Saloon also has karaoke this weekend, on Saturday, Nov. 26, kicking off at 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, the popular Sunday night blues jam continues, starting at 10 p.m. Players are welcome to stop in and sit in, you don’t even need to bring anything.
The Tonewoods are on the road on Saturday, Nov. 26, to Gaia’s Garden in Santa Rosa, for a show that starts at 7:30 p.m.
Sonoma will be taking part in the remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, with events presented all day Sunday, Sept. 11, by the Sonoma Community Center. The day will begin at 6:58 a.m. at the firehouse on 2nd Street West with the final bell ceremony, a moment of silence, and Perrin Cutting singing the National Anthem. The firehouse museum will also be open. At 9 a.m., the reading of the names will begin in the Grinstead Amphitheater in Sonoma Plaza. At noon, behind City Hall, the Hometown Band will perform, as well as a bagpiper performance. At 1 p.m. the official ceremony begins, with Teressa Byrne Foss sings the National Anthem, Rev. Nancy Taylor delivers the Benediction and Mayor Gallian, Councilman Ken Brown and 9/11 First Responder Fred Gusman will all speak. Following the ceremony, the Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble, the Sonoma Valley Chorale and the St. Andrew Singers will all present a performance that will include “Kyrie” which is being performed all over the world that day, as part of “Global Song for Peace.” The afternoon will wrap up with the Hot Flashes, led by Cynthia Tarr, followed by Tommy Thomsens All-Stars performing in the amphitheater until 4 p.m. Throughout the day, the Sonoma Community Center will have food and beverages for sale behind City Hall.
Brian Nova is back in town for two shows at the Plaza Bistro this weekend, kicking off tonight, Sept. 9, and again on Saturday, Sept. 10. Nova called Sonoma home for several years, before moving on to Seattle. Nova has played and toured with some of the legends of jazz, including JoePass and Herb Ellis, and even recorded his latest CD with Steve Miller at his home studio. Shows both nights start at 7 p.m. and there is no cover.
The Kathmandu Corner has expanded the nightly live music to three nights a week, adding Monday night and billing it as “locals night.” Tonight, Sept. 9, the corner welcomes the Paper Dolls. Saturday, Sept. 10, brings in Sarah Summers and Monday, Sept. 12 has Sean Carscadden. There is no cover for any of the shows.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards has the Rolling Blackouts in the tasting room tonight, Sept. 9, for a show that kicks off at 6:30 p.m.
El Verano Inn has the antics of Ten Foot Tone on Saturday, Sept. 10, for a show that starts at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover.
Centre du vin in the Ledson Hotel has Jess Petty and Ken Chambers on Saturday, Sept 10, for a show that kicks off at 6 p.m.
Little Switzerland welcomes back the San Francisco Starlight Orchestra on Saturday, Sept 10, for a 2 p.m. show. The orchestra was started in 1986 as a tribute to the 1920’s ballroom dance orchestras of the day. The 14-piece band plays dance classics and encourages you to “come dressed to dance the fox trot, Charleston, tango, rumba, waltz, lindy and more.” For reservations and more info, call 938-9990.
JoyRide will be at Steiners Tavern tonight, Sept. 9, for an 8 p.m. show. There is no cover.
Larsen Family Winery will be hosting a Future Farmers of America benefit on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the winery. The event, which kicks off at 4 p.m., includes dinner featuring tri-tip from Sonoma Market and homemade chili, among other items. There will be a live auction hosted by Ed Vaughn and live music from the Rich Little Band. For more info or to purchase tickets, contact Becky at 938-3031 ext.104.
Landmark Winery and Vineyards presents Sharman Duran in the courtyard on Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at 1 p.m. There is no cover.
Gundlach Bundschu Winery is presenting the “Shake your Bundschu Dance Party” on Saturday, Sept. 10, that features ‘80s new-wave rockers the Spazmatics. Era-specific costumes are optional, but encouraged. There is also a shuttle that runs from the winery to the Sonoma Plaza every 30 minutes during the event. For tickets and more info, point your browser to www.gunbun.com/sybdp. All tickets will be held at will-call.
Michoacana Natural Ice Cream in Boyes Hot Springs has the local high school act Refuge on Saturday, Sept. 10, kicking off at 7 p.m. If you are interested in showcasing your musical talents, call the shop at 938-1173.
The new Studebaker Cheesecake Cafe, which replaced Fiorini on Napa St. will begin to have open-mic every Monday night, starting Monday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. They are billing the evening “Corner of the Sky” and are modeling it after the old Center of the Universe Cafe, that used to be at the Sonoma Community Center. The evening will encourage spoken word as well as music performances. To reserve a spot or for more info, call Stephan at 503-564-4184.
Sonoma Springs Brewery has the duo of Tom Martin and Corey Jennings tonight, Sept. 9, for a show that kicks off at 7 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has local bluesmen the Hellhounds tonight, Sept. 9, for an evening of Chicago and delta style blues. Saturday, Sept 10, the pub brings in the ever-popular Larry Carlin and his mostly, simply bluegrass act. Shows both nights start at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, has an early show that features Sean Carscadden and Sarah Summers, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.
Shiso Sushi and Grill will have live music in their new location in Maxwell Village on Saturday, Sept. 10, with Dan Martin at 9 p.m. The venue will also have a special late night menu available. There is no cover.
The Whiskey Thieves will be on an actual island this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 10, as they travel to Angel Island to the Cove Cafe for a show that starts at 2 p.m.
The Hellhounds are back in Napa at Uva Trattoria on Saturday, Sept. 10, for an 8 p.m. show.
Natasha James will be all the way down in Mountain View at the Art and Wine Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, kicking off at 11 a.m.
The Joe Chaplain Band will be playing a benefit for the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Services, of which he is a member, on Saturday, Sept 10, at UrsulineHigh School in Santa Rosa. Tickets will be available at the door, with a discount for children.
Mad and Eddie Duran will be in Benicia at the 1st Street Cafe on Sunday, Sept. 11, for a 2 p.m. show.
Last week in our piece about John Salz, we identified him as a nurse at Sonoma Valley Hospital. Although he worked at the hospital for 22 years, he was not a nurse. We regret the error.
Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island
The popular vocal group SonomaSong will be at Cline Cellars on Saturday, June 18, in a rare performance “on the green” at Cline Cellars, for a 3 p.m. show time. The group will be performing songs from Journey, Chicago and more in a show that will on the “Great Lawn” on the winery property. The show will benefit the WillMar Center. The WillMar Family Grief and Healing Center provides compassionate peer group support for families grieving the death of a loved one and children, teens, and adults living with a family member suffering from a life-changing illness or injury. In addition, WillMar also provides emergency on-site grief support, education, and training to schools and the community at large. Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased online at www.willmarcenter.org or by calling 935-1946.
There will be a Barn Dance at the United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m. So, what is a barn dance? Well, this one is not actually held in a barn, but is along the lines of the popular “Contra Dancing” that has taken hold recently. Not like square dancing, but probably the easiest kind of dancing because the caller teaches every dance before the music starts and then calls directions while the musicians play Irish and bluegrass tunes. The caller that night is Stuart Moody, with Jerry Allen on guitar and Daniel Kahane on fiddle. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling Lauren at 939-9999.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes home a player that spent quite a few years here, before moving his act up to Seattle. Brian Nova will be in town for two nights, starting tonight, June 17 and Saturday, June 18. Nova is a big name in the jazz world, having played with the likes of two titans of jazz guitar, Herb Ellis and Joe Pass. He also dabbles in the rock world, with his latest CD having been recorded at Steve Millers studio. This weekend, Nova will have with him Jim DeJulio on bass and many others dropping in to jam. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. both nights and there is no cover.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Brothers Comatose in the Snugat 8 p.m. tonight, June 17. The band is a loose knit group of quality musicians of a clearly undefined genre, but folk and bluegrass come to mind. Saturday, June 18, has the Perfect Crime, playing traditional bluegrass, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, June 19, brings in Greenhouse, for an evening of Celtic music that will kick off at 6:30 p.m.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards has Five A. M. in the tasting room tonight, June 17, at 6:30 p.m. The band has received regional accolades for their songwriting style. The Friday local music events feature an available catered dinner by Community Cafe and specials on wine.
Olde Sonoma Public House welcomes the Keith Andrew Band tonight, June 17, for a 7:30 p.m. show.
Saddles Steakhouse at MacArthur Place will begin a semi-weekly series called “Swingin’ Sunday” with the Richard Olsen Trio on Sunday, June 19, for a 2 p.m. show. The shows are scheduled for every other week, and you may remember Olsen from his big band that played the Patrons Night at the Vintage Festival in years past.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has a couple local acts this weekend, kicking off tonight, June 17, with Adam Traum for a show that kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, the tavern welcomes Glenn Carter for a 2 p.m. show. There is no cover for either show.
The Town Square has “Acoustic Sunday Afternoon” again this weekend, hosted by Jon Williams from Ten Foot Tone on Sunday, June 19, for a 3 p.m. show. Local acoustic acts are encouraged to show up and play a song or two.
The Sebastiani Theatre welcomes Tommy Thomsen for a set of Hawaiian music before the screening of “What if cannabis cured cannabis,” on Saturday, June 18, which will kick off at 1 p.m.
Taste of the Himalayas welcomes Dawn Angelosante to the Katmandu Corner for a night of music tonight, June 17, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.
The Barking Dog in Boyes Hot Springs has its monthly engagement with the Joe Chaplain Band on Saturday, June 18, for an evening that will kick off at 6 p.m. There is no cover.
Sonoma Springs Brewery has Jon Williams from Ten Foot Tone for a night of acoustic music tonight, June 17, for a 7 p.m. show. Rumor has it that other members of Ten Foot Tone may show up to jam.
Sean Carscadden is in Petaluma tonight in the Theater District in front of Tres Amigos Restaurant for a 7 p.m. show.
Jason Bodlovich is at Bella Winery in Healdsburg this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, June 18 – 19, for an 11 a.m. show both days
Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island
Pablo Cruise – Sunday, June 19.
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio
Butch Whacks and the Glass Packs – Friday, June 17.
Bimbo’s 365 Club – San Francisco
Jorma Kaukonen – Thursday, June 23.
The Fillmore – San Francisco
Gray Coats – Friday, June 17.
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael
Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Friday, June 17.
Uptown Theater – Napa
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Sunday, June 19.
Uptown Theater – Napa
Bonnie Hayes Band – Friday, June 17.
Southern Pacific Smokehouse – Novato
Jamie Clark – Saturday, June 18.
Southern Pacific Smokehouse – Novato
If you’re a fan of live music, local or big names, this is your weekend. The amount of musical options this weekend is off the chart, so let’s lay it out here. For the big names, that starts tonight, May 20, with the former front-man of Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty headlining the kick off night of Sonoma Jazz Plus at the Field of Dreams. Opening the night on the big stage will be the Tedeschi-Trucks band, featuring Susan Tedeschi with Derek Trucks and on the outside stage, will be the popular Marin County act, Vinyl. The award-winning Sonoma Valley High School Jazz Choir will also be performing on a side stage as guests enter the festival pavillion, when gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, brings Sheryl Crow to the big stage, with Hiromi the Trio Project, as the opening act. The Pimps of Joytime will be performing on the outside stage, and arriving guests will be serenaded once again by the Sonoma Valley High School Jazz Choir. Doors that night are also 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22, has an early start time, with doors opening at 3 p.m. for the Gipsy Kings. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be opening and closing the show with sets at 3 and 6 p.m. Tickets are still available for all shows, by pointing your browser to www.sonomajazz.org.
Murphy’s Irish Pub is also in on the festivities, as part of the “Wine & Song” series, with over 17 hours of live local acts over the course of the weekend, and also as a fundraiser for the Sonoma Community Center. Saturday, May 21, kicks off at 1 p.m. with the Phil Herrschaft Band, followed by Arann Harris and the Farm Band at 3 p.m. The evening gets started at 5:30 p.m. with the Willie Adams Soul Revue and the night wraps up with the Sean Carscadden Trio at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22, the music kicks off again at 1 p.m. with Tudo Bem, followed by the Jami Jamison Band. The Whiskey Thieves kick the evening off at 5 p.m. and the Brothers Comatose wrap it up at 7 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows at the pub, but donations for the Sonoma Community Center will be accepted.
The “Wine & Song” series portion of Jazz Plus will be held in venues around SonomaPlaza on Saturday, May 21 – Sunday, May 22. The bands will vary each day, playing two sets, starting at 1 p.m. and kicking off Saturday, May 21, with the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Group at the Plaza Bistro. Roessler Cellars will host the Rick Vandiver Quintet. Hopmonk Tavern Sonoma has the Evans Francis Group. Sonoma Meritage Martini and Oyster Bar will host Times 4. The Delta Wires will be at the SonomaValleyMuseum of Art. Roche Winery will present Santos Perdidos. The Swiss Hotel will have Horace-Scope. The Jazz + In-Schools Student Band and Burning Broadway will be at Union Bank at 500 Broadway. And that’s just Saturday. Sunday, May 22, has an earlier start time for the venues, at 11 a.m. to accommodate the early stage call of the Gipsy Kings on the big stage. Rue Manouche will be at Roessler Cellars. Sonoma Meritage Martini and Oyster Bar has the Fog City Stompers. Mo’ Fone will be at Roche Winery. The Swiss Hotel will have Du Gris. Tickets to the Wine & Song series are separate from the tickets to the big shows, and to purchase and for more info, point your browser to www.sonomajazz.org.
The Plaza Bistro, in conjunction with the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society has expanded their weekly event to two nights, starting tonight, May 20, with vocalist Frank Jackson, along with Larry Vuckovich and Al Obidinski. Saturday, May 21, welcomes Bryan Girard on alto and tenor saxophone, Tim Campbell on keyboard and Greg German on drums and percussion. Shows both nights start at 7 p.m. and there is no cover.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has music tonight, May 20, from Penny Royal, whose music leans in the direction of circus-noir gone gypsy. Showtime is 8 p.m.
Steiners Tavern has the Whiskey Thieves tonight, May 20, at 10 p.m. where they will be having a CD release party. Saturday, May 21, has the sounds of DJ Dave, for a 10 p.m. start. There is no cover for the show.
Olde Sonoma Public House in Boyes Hot Springs welcomes the Maldonado Brothers tonight, May 20. The brothers will debut several new originals. The band is evolving into a bit of a jam band that focuses on allowing their songs to breathe and develop as each member contributes their own stylistic renderings to the songs, including an increasing repertoire of original music spanning several genres. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and there is no cover.
Katmandu Corner, in the back of the Taste of the Himalayas, has the sounds of Dawn Angelosante and Joe Pennell tonight, May 20, for a 7:30 p.m. show. If you miss the duo tonight, you can catch them at Hopmonk Tavern Sonoma on Saturday, May 21, for a 5 p.m. show.
The Barking Dog in Boyes Hot Springs welcomes back the Joe Chaplain Band for an early evening show that will kick off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.
Landmark Winery and Vineyards welcomes Laurent Fourgo to the patio on Saturday, May 21, for a 1 p.m. show.
Many local acts are out on the road this weekend, starting with Adam Traum who will be at the Wipeout Grill in Greenbrae tonight, May 20, for a 6 p.m. show.
Ten Foot Tone will be appearing at the Tradewinds in Cotati tonight, May 20, for a 9:30 p.m. show.
The Tonewoods will be at Aqus Cafe in Petaluma tonight, May 20, for a 7 p.m. show.
The Hellhounds will be at Uva Trattoria in Napa tonight, May 20, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, May 21, has the Hellhounds in Calistoga at the Hydro Bar, for a 9:30 p.m. show.
The Jon Popenoe Blues Band will be at Uva Trattoria in Napa Saturday, May 21, for an 8 p.m. show.