Prima Trio returns to Sonoma Valley

The Prima Trio returns to Sonoma Valley for a concert at the Trinity Episcopal Church, on Saturday, April 16, at 3 p.m. Presented by the Sonoma Classical Music Society, the Trio will feature works of Antonio Lotti, Darius Milhaud, Srul Irving Glick, Robert Schumann, Astor Piazzolla, and a rousing finale by Peter Schickele, aka PDQ Bach. The Trio was founded in 2004 by three young virtuosi who were then studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. In 2007 the Trio won the coveted Grand Prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, as well as performing at the Midwest Winners Tour and a European debut concert in Italy.  Since then the Trio has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Tickets for the show are available on the website at www.sonomaclassical.org, Pharmaca, Reader’s Books and at the door.

Sonoma Jazz Plus has announced the musical line-up for the around town “Wine & Song” series, to be held in venues around Sonoma Plaza on the weekend of May 21 – 22. The bands will vary from Saturday to Sunday, 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 Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Roche Winery will present Santos Perdidos. The Swiss Hotel will have Horace-Scope. Murphy’s Irish Pub will be presenting jazz, blues and rock for 17 hours over the course of the weekend, billed as the Brewery Beat and the Sonoma Jazz + In-Schools Student Band 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, and the Brewery Beat will continue at Murphy’s Irish Pub. 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.

Dogs! It’s the Musical! opens tonight, April 15, in Andrews Hall in the Sonoma Community Center for a five-week run with shows on various Fridays and weekend days and evenings. The show is the story of Lester, a standard poodle who yearns to be a crime-sniffing dog, yet his mother has different plans for young Lester. For tickets and more info, call 548-6587.

April in Carneros is this weekend and there is music at several of the participating wineries. Music times both Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, are 1 to 5 p.m. Ceja Vineyards will present the Orquesta Borinquen, playing salsa music. Meadowcroft Wines will have the antics of Ten Foot Tone and Michael Mondavi Estate Winery has the folk and American sounds of Adam Traum. By press time, online tickets will no longer be available, but tickets will be available at participating wineries. For more info, point your browser to www.carneroswineries.org.

Adam Traum will be doing a double-header Saturday, April 16, with a show at Lokal kicking off at 6 p.m.

Sonoma Valley High School is presenting Rogers and Hammerstien’s “South Pacific” in the Little Theater starting tonight, April 15, for a two week run. Show times are 7 p.m. tonight and April 16, 22 and 23, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on April 17, and 23. Tickets are available at the Sonoma Valley High School office or at Pharmaca, or at the door if still available.

Hopmonk Tavern Sonoma has the reggae influenced sounds of Dan Martin on Saturday, April 16, for a 9 p.m. show.

The Plaza Bistro presents the Terry Disley International Jazz-Latin Trio tonight, April 15, for a 7 p.m. show time. Disley is quite the performer and comes with some serious accolades, being an internationally acclaimed pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, two – time Grammy Award nominee and winner of Londons best young jazz musicians award. He has been featured on hundreds of recordings with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison, Sir Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, George Harrison, and on movie soundtracks as well. Tonight, Disley will have with him Dan Feiszli on bass and Micha ‘Surya’ Patri on drums and percussion. There is no cover for the show.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes the Adam Traum Acoustic Trio to the new snug tonight, April 15, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, April 16, brings back local favorites the Perfect Crime, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, April 17, has Arann Harris for an early show that kicks off at 6 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows at the Pub.

The Barking Dog in Boyes Hot Springs welcomes back the Joe Chaplain Band on Saturday, April 16, for a 6 p.m. show.

Rocket Cafe in Boyes Hot Springs has the debut performance of Never the Same on Saturday, April 16, for an 8 p.m. show.

Local Cajun picker Pete Olson takes his show on the road to the Presidio Yacht Club on Saturday, April 16, for an 8:30 p.m. start time.

The Hellhounds will be at the Forestville Club tonight, April 15, for an 8 p.m. show.

The Davis Thom Band wraps up the weekend on Sunday, April 17, at the Lagunitas Taproom in Petaluma for a 3 p.m. show.

Ten Foot Tone double-header this weekend

You’ve heard the name, Ten Foot Tone, we’re sure, but have you ever seen the band? Well, this weekend you will have two chances. First, a little history. Some of you may remember them as Driven, the band that went to England and even played at the original Cavern Club, yes, the same Cavern Club where the Beatles got their start, but the history goes back even further; back to the early ‘90s when Michael Noel and Gerard Serafini played in the Roadside Prophets, doing the Marin County and San Francisco club scene. Driven came after, with guitarist Dustin Smart, bass player Alex Johnson, Jon Williams on vocals and Luis A. Montes on drums and percussion with Michael Noel back on guitar. The band has prided themselves on being original in their music and show with singer Williams proclaiming “we’ll never be a band playing in Hawaiian shirts.” As a musician with over 100 Hawaiian shirts, we’re not offended, but we get it. The bands stage show has always been something to see, and with Serafini and Noel trading off on bass and guitar, the vibe of the songs really have their own feel. Recently, Williams has turned over a new leaf, with the proclamation of learning “100 cover songs in 100 days.” He is coming close, and maybe you’ve seen him busking in the foyer of the Sebastiani Theatre recently. The fact is, sometimes the crowd wants to hear Mustang Sally, but maybe Ten Foot Tones unique version. You can catch the band tonight, April 1, at Papa’s Taverna at 5688 Lakeville Highway in Petaluma, for a 7 p.m. start. Saturday, April 2, you can catch the band in the best-suited venue for them in the Valley; the El Verano Inn, for a show that kicks off at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover.

The San Francisco Starlight Orchestra is making their monthly appearance at Little Switzerland a week early, on Saturday, April 2, for a 2 p.m. show. The orchestra, started in 1984 by John Howard as an authentic 1920s “novelty dance orchestra,” with the goal of being true to the full instrumentation and sound of the era. There is a cover for the show and guests are requested to make reservations by calling 938-9990. As a bonus, the band is inviting folks to come see the rehearsals, kicking off at 12:30 p.m. the same day, in advance of the show, and it’s included in the cover charge.

Later that evening at Little Switzerland, the dancehall will host Tudo Bem, featuring guitarist Dave Aguilar who lay down a nice rock and blues groove, then will break into some Brazilian dance music as well. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. and, according to the band, is another locals no-cover night.

Sunday, April 3, brings local favorites Showcase the Band to the dance floor in Little Switzerland, for an early show that kicks off at 5 p.m. and the band is promising “European ballroom dancing” songs.

The Sonoma International Film Festival kicks off next week, April 6, and, once again, there is plenty of music and music themed events happening. The movie we want to see, having never mastered the ability to actually play “Linus and Lucy” on piano is the “Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi.” We’ve also been told that “Come Together: A Beatles Tribute” is one to watch for, which will be followed by live music by The Sun Kings, a Beatles Tribute Band. Other music related movies are “Bouncing Cats,” “Harpooned Soul: The Jade Bell Story,” “Leave Them Laughing,”  “Square Grouper,” which chronicles pot smuggling in the ‘70s, “Burning Man:  Voyage in Utopia,” “Welcome to Dopeland,”  “Joy Ride” and “Do Not Disturb.” Tickets for the weekend are still available and more info can be found by pointing your browser to www.sonomafilmfest.org.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has the sounds of Loose Shoes tonight, April 1, for a night of blues kicking off at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, brings in the local favorite from San Francisco, Andrew Freeman, also for a 8 p.m. show. Sunday, April 3, has a Celtic jam at 3:30 p.m. followed by Third Party, playing original rock, blues and even some country for an early show at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.

The Sunflower Caffe will be buzzing with the sounds of the Magnets, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Magnets are the new name for Sue Albano, Mark Dennis and “the Monster” Bob Edmondson, for a show that includes an artist reception for Plein-Air painter Dorallen. Hughes Winery will also be on the scene pouring wine. There is no cover for the event.

We’re not sure this is actual music, but there will be singing. “Skanky” the clown, who has been responsible for the robot and clown invasion of the Tuesday night market, as well as the pole dancers in the Fourth of July parade, is taking on another American institution, This time it’s the “Sound of Music” complete with karaoke sing-a-long and parody lyrics tonight, April 1, at the Olde Sonoma Public House. The festivities begin at 7 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes back Jonathan Poretz tonight, April 1, for a 7 p.m. show. Poretz blends the swinging styling of Sinatra, Torme, Bennett and Darin and also sings American jazz standards for an easy night of entertainment. There is no cover for the show.

Jon Popenoe takes his show on the road to Napa at Uva Trattoria on Saturday, April 2, for a 7 p.m. show.

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

The Cowlicks – Sunday, April 3.
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio
415-662-2219

Super Diamond – Saturday, April 2.
Mystic Theatre – Petaluma
765-2121

Chris Robinson – Thursday, April 7.
Mystic Theatre – Petaluma
765-2121

Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees tribute – Saturday and Sunday, April 2 – 3.
Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa
546-3600

Poor Mans Whiskey – Friday, April 1.
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol
829-7300

Stanley Clarke – Friday – Sunday, April 1 – 3.
Yoshi’s – Oakland
510-238-9200

George Thorogood & the Destroyers – Thursday, April 7.
Uptown Theater – Napa
259-0123

Alvon – Thursday, April 7.
Biscuits & Blues – San Francisco
415-292-2583

 

Music for everyone at Little Switzerland

Little Switzerland will run the musical genre gamut on Saturday, March 12, kicking off at 2 p.m. with the renowned San Francisco Starlight Orchestra. The orchestra was started in 1984 by John Howard as an authentic 1920s “novelty dance orchestra,” with the goal of being true to the full instrumentation and sound of the era. The 14-piece orchestra also features four violins in the string section. The band encourages you to come dressed to dance the fox trot, the Charleston, the tango, rumbas, waltzes and more. There is a cover charge for the show. Later that evening, kicking off at 8 p.m., local classic rockers BackTrax will take over the club and dance floor for three sets of dance music from the ‘60s through the ‘90s. The band will also play one full set from their recent Tom Petty tribute. There is no cover for the BackTrax show and dinner will be served all evening.

There will be a tribute to Ralph Vaughan Williams, considered by many to have been the most important English composer of music in the Twentieth century, at the Trinity Church on Sunday, March 13, at 3 p.m. Performing artists will include clarinetist Clark W. Fobes, who performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and the California Symphony. Sheila Whitney, who is presently the soprano soloist at Trinity Church, and John T. Burke, pianist, will also perform some of Vaughan Williams pieces. Erick Larson will perform “Four Hymns” for tenor, viola and piano, with his wife Barbara, and will be assisted by David Dobrinen, violist. One of Vaughan Williams’ greatest accomplishments was composing many of the finest hymns that are today included in almost every denominational hymnal, and those in attendance will be invited to sing several of them at the beginning and end of the concert. There is no cover for the performance, but donations will be accepted.

FADO is back at the chapel in the Mission San Francisco Solano tonight, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. Sete Colinas will accompany Zelia Freitas in the celebration of Fadista, a musical genre that can be traced back to Portugal in the early 1800s. For tickets and more info, call 938-9560.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have an encore presentation of the “Beauty Queen of Leanne” tonight, March 11. For tickets and show times, call 996-4359. Saturday, March 12, has the bluegrass sounds of Blue and Lonesome for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, March 13, brings in the folk, blues and Americana grooves of Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly for an early show that kicks off at 6 p.m. in the new snug.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery will be hosting Dan Martin on Saturday, March 12, for an afternoon show that goes off at 1 p.m.

They describe themselves as “wicked fuzz rock” and now Sonoma Valleys spectral surf rockers Hella Vader have released their debut album, “XVIII” and it is now available for digital download at www.itunes.com, www.amazon.com and www.emusic.com. The album contains 18 guitar-based instrumental, surf-inspired tracks, and may even be released on vinyl. The band has completed one video for the project and has one more in the works. For more info about the band, point your browser to www.reverbnation.com/hellavader.

The Plaza Bistro will have stand up bass monster Chris Amberger and his Hot Dogs tonight, March 11, which will feature the Young Brats with Grant Levin and Lorca Hart. Amberger is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has toured, recorded and accompanied the best musical artists and vocalists in jazz, including Art Blakey, Sammy Davis Jr., Anita O’Day, T. Bone Walker and more. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

The Big 3 Diner will have the romantic pop sounds of Brittany Koop on Monday, March 14, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Hellhounds will visit the Big Valley tonight, March 11, in Napa, for an 8 p.m. appearance at Uva Trattoria.

Ten Foot Tone will be at the Russian River Brewing Company on Sunday, March 13, for a 7 p.m. show.

Stephanie Ozer will be tickling the ivories at the Hotel Healdsburg on Saturday, March 12, for a 7:30 p.m. show. She will have with her Cliff Hugo on bass and Phil Thompson on drums.

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

The English Beat – Saturday, March 12.
19 Broadway – Fairfax
415-459-0293

Ron Thompson and the Resistors – Saturday, March 12.
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio
415-662-2219

Hot Tuna – Friday, March 11
Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium – San Rafael.
415-499-6400

Steve Kimock – Friday and Saturday, March 11 – 12.
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol
829-7300

Super Diamond – Friday, March 11.
Bimbo’s 365 Club – San Francisco
415-474-0365

Umphrey’s McGee – Saturday and Sunday, March 12 – 13.
The Fillmore – San Francisco
415-346-6000

Always – Patsy Cline Tribute – Saturday, March 12.
Uptown Theater – Napa
259-0123

The English Beat – Saturday, March 12.

19 Broadway – Fairfax

415-459-0293

Ron Thompson and the Resistors – Saturday, March 12.

Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio

415-662-2219

 

Hot Tuna – Friday, March 11

Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium – San Rafael.

415-499-6400

 

Steve Kimock – Friday and Saturday, March 11 – 12.

HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol

829-7300

 

Super Diamond – Friday, March 11.

Bimbo’s 365 Club – San Francisco

415-474-0365

 

Umphrey’s McGee – Saturday and Sunday, March 12 – 13.

The Fillmore – San Francisco

415-346-6000

 

Always – Patsy Cline Tribute – Saturday, March 12.

Uptown Theater – Napa

259-0123

“Save the Music” fundraiser at the Moose

Sonoma Valley High School senior Brianna McGuire is presenting a fundraiser for the schools music program as her senior project, which she is calling “Save the Music,” at the Moose Lodge on Saturday, March 5, kicking off at 5:30 p.m. Food will be catered by Rich Treglia from the Garden Court Cafe, with wine donated by the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers. Musical entertainment includes the Whiskey Thieves, Anastasia Encarnacion, Bob Johns and featured Sonoma Valley High School students. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle to help benefit the cause. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at the Valley Wine Shack and Sonoma Old School.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will be having its grand re-opening weekend starting tonight, March. 4, with the longest running act at the pub, the Sonoma Mountain Band for an 8 p.m. show in the newly remodeled snug, which also features a new stage. Saturday, March 5, has the sizzling guitar licks of Andrew Freeman, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, March 6, is the official party, with a Celtic jam kicking off at 2 p.m. Tudo Bem is up next for a set or two that kicks off at 4 p.m. and the evening is wrapped up by the Sean Carscadden Trio and friends for a 6:30 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows.

Meadowcraft Winery at Cornerstone Gardens in Carneros has a Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, March 5, with music by Saint Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band, an eight piece group that is the only authentic jazz, funeral, Mardi Gras, strolling-marching band west of New Orleans. Members of the band will lead a second line parade around the Cornerstone shops and gardens, returning to the Pavilion directly behind the tasting room where the “Krewe of Meadowcroft” party will continue. All the food for the event is being flown in from Louisiana. The day kicks off at noon. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 934-4090.

Sue Albano, Mark Dennis and Bob Edmondson will be providing the music at the Arts Guild of Sonoma opening reception tonight, March 4, starting at 6 p.m. The green-themed art show features pieces made from recycled materials, and in addition to performing, Sue Albano has a piece in the show. For more information, point your browser to www.artsguildrepeshow.org.

Olde Sonoma Public House in Boyes Hot Springs has a special show from Ten Foot Tone on Saturday, March 5, that kicks off at 7 p.m. This will be the debut performance of the band in the venue. There is no cover.

Sonoma Springs Brewery will have Dan Martin tonight, March 4, for an evening of rock-steady reggae that kicks off at 7 p.m.

Little Switzerland will have a night of dancing with regional Cajun favorites Gator Beat on Saturday, March 5, kicking off at 8 p.m. The band has been playing festivals and dance halls all over the west coast for over 20 years and never disappoints. A 30-minute dance lesson will start off the evening.

Steiners Tavern has the Sean Carscadden Trio tonight, March 4, for a 10 p.m. show.

The Plaza Bistro has music from Swing Fever tonight, March 4, kicking off at 7 p.m. The band has been performing jazz of the ‘30s and ‘40s since 1978, and has toured and recorded with renowned swing musicians, including Count Basie. There is no cover for the show.

A handful of locals are on the road this weekend, catch them if you’re in the area.

The Jami Jamison Band will be at Papa’s Taverna in Petaluma on Lakeville Highway tonight, March 4, for a 7 p.m. show.

Vitamin Girl will also be in Petaluma tonight, March 4, at the Graffiti Bar, kicking off at 7 p.m.

The Hellhounds will take over Macks in Penngrove on Saturday, March 5, for a 9 p.m. show.

Tudo Bem will be all the way up in Rio Nido at the Rio Nido Roadhouse on Saturday, March 5, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Jon Popenoe Blues Band has two shows this weekend, starting tonight, March 4, at Uva Trattoria in Napa for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, March 5, the band will be at the Lagunitas Tap Room in Petaluma for a 3 p.m. show.

Maldonado Brothers at Olde Sonoma

Mondo American Beer Garden will have EZ Kewl on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Open Mic Plus on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House in the Fiesta Marketplace will have the Maldonado Brothers on Thursday, Dec. 9, for a 7:30 p.m. show.

Whole Foods Market in the Sonoma Marketplace has EZ Kewl for an evening of music while shopping on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m.

Ten Foot Tone will be playing a benefit for Sarah Cess at Larsen Family Winery on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. For more info, call Jennifer at 888-0274

The Plaza Bistro will have the John Kalleen Group in the back room on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards has the Hellhounds laying down blues on Friday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. to wrap up the successful Friday night local music series for the season. Look for the Friday night events to start back up in spring of 2011.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have the Courtney Janes on Friday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m.

Olive & Vine in Glen Ellen has John Burdick and special guests on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.