Sonoma Valley Music Scene 10-28-10

Tonights show was all over the map as far as genre.. a nice mix up of players and bands from all of Sonoma Valley…

Playlist:

Band        –     Album         –           Song

Dave Hamilton – Backroads of my Mind – Backroads of my Mind

Natasha James – Tequila Time – Takes Alotta Love

Pete Olson – Demo – Anybody goin to San Antone?

Mike Lounibos – Planet California – Planet California

Gator Beat – Lucky Stars – Dogs Runnin’ Free

Smokin’ Jaze – We be Smokin’ – Wakin’ up with the Blues

Deirdre Egan – Septembers Lemonade – Star Song

John Burdick – Somewhere – North Dakota

Black Cab – Beyond the Flesh – Song of Dee

The Ducks – Demo – Rainy Day Feeling

Halfway to Nowhere – Beyond this City – Goodbye San Rafael

Jewel Mathieson – Lighten Up – We’ve come to be Danced

Toby Germano – Songs for Lonely Lovers – Martini Bessie

Jeff Gilbert – I’m Old fashioned – Ain’t that kick in the Head

Armin Winter – Nine Lives – Swamp Dog

Hellhounds – Back to Sonoma – Back to Sonoma

Bon Temps King Daddy Murr

Yea, I had to look it up too, so I’ll save you the trouble. Bon Temps is French for “Good Times,” as in “Let the Good Times Roll.” New Orleans can certainly count on it, as that’s where Johnn Murphy, known as “King Daddy Murr” is relocating to after a long career at the Sonoma Developmental Center and as the reigning king of Sonoma Valley music. The list of local acts Murphy has played in over the years is way too long for this space, but many of those that played with him over the years are throwing a going away party for him, and in true ‘King Daddy” fashion, it is a benefit for F.I.S.H. as well. On the bill is the Whiskey Thieves, Ten Foot Tone, the Jami Jamison Band, BackTrax and, of course, EZ Kewl. As we write this, folks are already coming out of the woodwork to sit in at the show to be held at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, including the children from Sonoma Music Arts School, who will play a couple tunes. There are rumbles of a possible harmonica blow-out. The Saturday, Oct. 23, event is no cover, with donations at the door. There will be food from Meadowbrooke Catering and Beer from Olde Sonoma Public House and wine donated from many Valley wineries. All will be donating a portion of the proceeds to F.I.S.H. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. and is family friendly; even Popo the Clown may show up.

BackTrax will be laying down three sets of Tom Petty songs electric -style tonight, Oct. 22, at Steiners Tavern. Rumor has it that Sue Albano will be doing a duo of the Stevie Nicks-Tom Petty song “Stop Dragging my Heart Around” with yours truly. That alone ought to be worth the price of admission, oh, wait. There’s no cover.

The event is called ‘Howl” but it has nothing to do with Halloween. That is the sound of the wolf, the mascot of Altimira Middle School and there will be howling at Little Switzerland on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m., when Flash Fiction takes the stage as a fundraiser for the school. Also on the bill will be DJ Bubba. The evening includes appetizers, a silent auction, buffet dinner, Texas hold ‘em and dancing. Tickets can be purchased in advance in the Altimira school office and picked up at will call the night of the event for $35 each, or at the door for $40 each.

Cornerstone Gardens in Carneros will have Blame Sally for a one night show tonight, Oct. 22, at the outdoor pavilion on the property. Doors are 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Stephanie Ozer will be performing at the Jewish winemakers event called “Kugel, Knishes and Cabernet” on Sunday, Oct 24, at Burlingame Hall. This will be the first in what they are hoping to be an annual event that showcases the 5,000 year history of Jewish winemaking. The event kicks off at 1:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at www.shir-shalom.org/winemakers or at Readers Books and Tiddle E. Winks for $30 in advance $40 at the door.

Sonoma Springs Brewery will have the sounds of Tony Gibson and Dawn Angelosante tonight, Oct. 22, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Plaza Bistro will have Will Sellenraad in the back room tonight, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Sellenraad has earned a fast growing reputation of being at the forefront of a new generation of jazz musicians, known for his brilliant improvisations and his compelling, emotive compositions. There is no cover for the show

Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza tonight, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards will have Adam Traun and the Traumatics tonight, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma has Terry Disley in the piano lounge tonight, Oct. 22, for a 7 p.m. show. Saturday, Oct. 23 brings Mike Greensill to the lounge, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover for either show.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have Misner & Smith tonight, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. for an evening of Americana music. Saturday, Oct. 23, brings in High Country for a night of bluegrass. Both those shows start at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, has Greenhouse playing Celtic classics for an early evening show, kicking off at 6 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.

The Schellville Grill has EZ Kewl tonight, Oct. 22, for a dinner set starting at 7 p.m.

The Cork Pullers are doing the winery circuit this weekend, starting Saturday, Oct. 23, at Ravenswood Winery for a 1 p.m. show. Sunday, Oct. 24, has the boys in Glen Ellen at Imagery Estate Winery, also for a 1 p.m. show.

The long-awaited CD release of the live recording of the Joe Chaplain Band from the April 17 show earlier this year at the Barking Dog in Boyes Hot Springs, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, at, where else, the Barking Dog in Boyes. The band will be laying down all the tracks from the live album as well as some originals. Showtime is 6 p.m. and donations are accepted.

The Hellhounds are on the road this weekend, starting Saturday, Oct. 23, for a show at Uva Trattoria in Napa that kicks off at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, has the band on Treasure Island for the Blues by the Bay show. The band has a 2 p.m. set time.

Sonoma Valley Music Scene 10-21-10

We thought we were going to rock out, but it turned out to not be so.. Some great songs tho.. check it out…

Playlist:

Band        –     Album         –           Song

Magflies – Magflies – Bottom

Astral Kitchen – Diabolic Design – Diabolic Design

Ten Foot Tone – Elevate – Castaway Cans

Gary W. Koehler – Last Voyage – Shooting Star

Kimrea and the Dreamdogs – Monday Nights at the NoName – You’re the One

Gale Mead – Common Good – Hope Mountain

Jessie Bridges – Crew Girls – Fearless

Indian Valley Line – Peggy Sonoma and a Boxcar – Old Man

Jamie Clark – Demo – Lonely Love

Jaydub & Dino – Porch Groove – Darlin Look My Way

Solcats – Break the Cage – Are you with Me?

Toast Machine – Rock Wattage – Intro Song

Vintage Festival frames the weekend with great music

Like the running of the bulls in Spain, it’s something you just count on, and this weekend, the 113th version of the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival will take over the historic Plaza in Sonoma. There will be many great events going on, that you can find out more about elsewhere in this version if the Index-Tribune, so we’re going to focus on the music. Tonight, Sept. 24, brings Bay Area favorites Pride & Joy to patrons night, to be held in the barracks for a celebration that kicks off at 6 p.m. This is the only event of the weekend that requires an entrance fee, and tickets can be purchased at the entrance to the barracks. The weekend music is all free, and kicks off at noon on Saturday, Sept. 25, on the main stage with a group of young musicians called Third Rock. These kids are all between the ages of 11 and 13 years, and really put on a good show. Not staying true to the age-old theory of never following child acts or animals, the Hellhounds bravely take the stage for a set of blistering Chicago and delta blues. 3 p.m. brings on the reggae sounds of Sol Horizon, followed by Terrie Odabi. The Wine stage on Saturday, Sept. 25, will have the sounds of Out of the Blue, Mary Jenson and the Josh Little Quartet. On Sunday, Sept. 26, also at noon, the main stage welcomes hometown favorites the Whiskey Thieves, followed by the California Cowboys and wrapping up the day is the Soulshine Blues Band. The wine stage Sunday, Sept. 26, features Dick Conte, the Carlos Herrera Band and Jazz Gitan. For more info about all the festivities surrounding the Vintage Festival, point your browser to www.sonomavinfest.org.

Saffron Restaurant in Glen Ellen has a special one night only show from a singer-songwriter named Chastity Brown, on Saturday, Sept. 25. Brown tackles issues such as women’s rights, religion and freedom in her songs, themes she has struggled with in her life, and for a woman of only 25 years of age, sings way beyond her time. The show includes dinner and reservations are recommended, as the venue is intimate. More info and reservations can be had by calling 938-4844.

Little Switzerland has the sounds of Western Swing Hall of Famer, Tommy Thomsen and his band for a night of dancing and dining on Saturday, Sept. 25. The band that night includes the queen of boogie woogie, Sonoma native Wendy De Witt, Stogy Horn, Keith Emerson, Trevor Kinsel and the legendary Kirk Harwood on drums. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. and there is a $10 cover.

Right around the corner in downtown El Verano, Ten Foot Tone takes the stage on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the El Verano Inn for a 9 p.m. show. There is no cover for the show.

Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza on tonight, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards will have the Hellhounds tonight, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma has Dick Conte in the piano lounge tonight, Sept. 24, for a 7 p.m. show

Steiners Tavern will have the Sean Carscaden Trio tonight, Sept. 24, for a show that kicks off at 10 p.m. Carscadden will have his trio of Andrew Emer and J. B. Duff with him that night. Saturday, Sept. 25, will bring the dance grooves of DJ XXXenos to the tavern, for a 10 p.m. show.

The Jon Popenoe Duo will be in the gazebo in the Sonoma Marketplace today, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m.

The Schellville Grill has EZ Kewl for a dinner set tonight, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro has the sounds of the Rhonda Benin Trio tonight, Sept. 24, for a night of jazz. Benin is a founding member of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, an internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble performing African American roots music. Benin’s vocals can also be heard on recordings by Mickey Hart, Carlos Santana, Maria Mulduar, Holly Near, and Eric Bibb. There is no cover for the show.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has the traditional bluegrass sounds of the David Thom Band tonight, Sept. 24, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Sept. 25, brings in Adam Traum and the Traumatics, and they will have David Thom sitting in with them, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Sept. 26, Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly will entertain the crowd at the pub for an early show that goes off at 6 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.

Dick Conte will be warming up for his slot at the Vintage Festival tonight, Sept. 24, with a gig at the Lodge of Sonoma for a 7 p.m. show.

The Hellhounds have un-seated EZ Kewl as the hardest working band in the Valley this week, with two additional shows out of town to go with the ones penned above. The bluesmen will be at Uva Trattoria in Napa on Saturday, Sept. 25, for an 8:30 p.m. show, and then on Sunday, Sept. 26, the boys will be at DeLormier Winery in Alexander Valley for a 2 p.m. show.

The Shop will have a great show for the teens in the Valley on Saturday, Sept. 25, with local favorites and winner of the Sonoma Valley Battle of the Bands, Burning Broadway on Saturday, Sept. 25. Opening the night will be Grandfathers Paradox and Fire Child, from Petaluma. On a personal note, we used to play in a band with the dad of one of the members of Fire Child way back in the day, called, and wait, the Gothic Warlords. Glad to see the tradition carries on. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Reader’s Books will have a weekly open-mic, starting on Saturday, Sept 25, for a show called “Random Acts.” The weekly event will allow any performer, musician, poet, mime, magician, their five minutes of fame. The evening gets underway at 5 p.m.

Landmark Winery and Vineyards will have Adam Traum doing a solo shoe on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m.

Imagery Estate Winery will have the sounds of the Jami Jamison Band on Sunday, Sept. 26, for a 1 p.m. show.

Jacuzzi Family Winery will be presenting another edition of “Taste and Twirl,” where dancers can taste wine and learn dance moves all at the same time on Sunday, Sept. 26. Hosted by choreographer and dance instructor Cynthia Glinka, guests will be guided through a series of dance styles, including the fox trot, swing dances, rumba and the tango. The event gets underway at 3 p.m. and is free to all under 15 years of age.

The Cork Pullers will be on the road to Etude Winery in Carneros on Saturday, Sept. 25, for a 2 p.m. show.

The Jon Popenoe Blues Band will be at Downtown Joe’s in Napa on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 9 p.m.

The fabulous local vocal group Vox Populi will be doing a show in Mill Valley at the historic Throckmorton Theatre tonight, Sept. 24, for one show only. The vocal group will be doing its performance of the Beatles “Abbey Road.” Showtime is 8 p.m.

Spirit of the Buffalo back in the Valley of the Moon

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since the Valley of the Moon lost one of its favorite sons, and folks have gotten together once again to make sure his legacy lives on and to help raise money for the music scholarship fund named after him. Norton Buffalo passed away last Oct. 30, after a short battle with cancer. Friends of the Buffalo are presenting a series of shows which will be held Saturday, Sept.18, and Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. The Saturday show, billed as the “Hometown Hoedown,” will feature local music acts, including Ten Foot Tone, the Whiskey Thieves, Junior Boogie, Sue Albano, Dollhouse and more. Tickets for the Saturday show, which kicks off at 7 p.m. can be purchased at the door. Sunday, Sept. 19, is being billed as the “The Norton Buffalo Memorial Harmonica and Music Festival,” and goes from noon to 8 p.m. and features some of the finest harmonica players around, all getting together for a “harmonica blowout.” On the bill are harmonica greats such as Dave Chavoya, Rick Hatfield, “Catfish” Jack, Sonny Lowe, Steve Judkins, Corey Jennings and many more. Musical acts include Carlos Reyes, Tudo Bem, the Knockouts, Tommy Thomsen and friends, the Michael Hinton Band and more, including a special appearance by Lisa Flores-Buffalo. Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance at Sonoma Valley Music or at the door.

The worst kept secret in local music was revealed this week, with the announcement that the Doobie Brothers are the special guest for the Saturday, Oct. 9, show at the B. R. Cohn Fall Music Festival to be held at the winery the weekend of Oct. 9 – 10.  Tickets for that day, which features Cheap Trick, War, Grand Funk Railroad and more, are essentially sold out with only a handful remaining. The Sunday, Oct. 10, show is also selling fast, which features Bay Area favorites Eddie Money, Night Ranger and Greg Kihn. Also on Sundays bill are the Turtles, Loverboy and the Eyewitness Blues Band. Tickets for both shows are available at the winery tasting room or at www.brcohn.com.

In town for the tribute to Norton Buffalo, Rick Hatfield is making a weekend of it, with a show at the Olde Sonoma Public House on Saturday, Sept. 18, with a trio of musicians for a 7 p.m. show.

It’s officially time for Sue Albano and Mark Dennis to come up with a name for their act, especially since it seems they’ve added Bob Edmondson on drums to the band. Edmondson is a monster on most every instrument he plays, and he plays most of them, and you can see for yourself tonight, Sept. 17, when they play the Sunflower Cafe for a 5 p.m. show in the back garden. There is no cover for the show.

The El Verano Inn has some local punk rock from Modern Action on Saturday, Sept. 18, for a 9:30 p.m. show.

The Quarryhill Botanical Gardens wraps up their summer music series on Saturday, Sept. 18, with an appearance by the Phat Barbies, playing classic rock. We’re conjuring up visions of Led Zeppelin tunes done by guys that look like the New York Dolls, but we could be way off. The gardens open at 4:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Call 996-3166 for more info.

Jess Petty and Ken Chambers will be at the Ledson Lounge on the Plaza tonight, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards will have Michael Bryant tonight, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m.

The Lodge at Sonoma has Wayne De La Cruz in the piano lounge tonight, Sept. 17, for a 7 p.m. show. Saturday, Sept. 18, brings in Terry Disley and everything that comes with that, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover for either show.

Mondo American Beer Garden will have the folk sounds of the Cork Pullers on Saturday, Sept. 18, for a 7 p.m. show.

Maya Restaurant will have the Sean Carscadden Trio on Saturday, Sept. 18, for a 10 p.m. show. Carscadden will have with him that night Andrew Emer on bass and J. B. Duff on drums. Showtime is 10 p.m.

Meritage Martini and Oyster Bar has the Joe Chaplain Band on Sunday, Sept. 19, for an afternoon show that kicks off at 4 p.m. There will be small plate and drink specials during the show. There is a cover.

Michael Muscardini and Ty Caton are celebrating their third year together in their tasting room in Kenwood, and are having a party with music that will feature Dan Martin playing “rocksteady reggae vibes” on Saturday, Sept. 18, kicking off at 5:30 p.m.

EZ Kewl is keeping its reputation as the hardest working band in the Valley with four shows this weekend, starting tonight, Sept. 17, at the Apple Box in Petaluma for a 5 p.m. show. Saturday, Sept. 18, the boys start off at Etude Winery in Carneros for an 11:30 a.m. show; then they pack up and head to the Schellville Grill for a dinner set that kicks off at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, they will take the early slot at Murphy’s Irish Pub for a 6 p.m. show.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will have music tonight, Sept. 17, with the Sonoma Mountain Band playing folk, country and bluegrass at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, the pub has the sounds of the Perfect Crime, also for an 8 p.m. show.

Landmark Winery and Vineyards has the jazz guitar sounds of Randy Vincent on Saturday, Sept. 18, for a 1 p.m. show.

Steiners Tavern has the Whiskey Thieves tonight, Sept. 17, for a 10 p.m. show. Saturday, Sept. 18, the tavern will be hosting a benefit for the Tierschau Group, an art collective and scholarship foundation. In addition to artists and several ex-NFL players roaming around, the event will have music starting at 5 p.m. with Amanda Gunnells; 6 p.m. brings in Ben Tedder; 7 p.m. has Mitch Thomas, featuring Ava Bernard and Karin Kascher, and at 8:30 p.m. it’s time for Crossfire, with Tony Menjivar from Malo and Victor Castro. DJ Dave will wrap up the night.

Showcase the Band will be playing an Oktoberfest at Lokal on Saturday, Sept. 18, kicking off at 4 p.m. If you miss the band that night, you can check them out at Little Switzerland on Sunday, Sept. 19, for a 5 p.m. show.

The Plaza Bistro will have Lloyd Gregory in the Plaza Wine Bar tonight, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

Stephanie Ozer takes her show on the road to the Hotel Healdsburg on Saturday, Sept. 18, for a 7:30 p.m. show.

The Jami Jamison band will be at the Rock & Blues Festival at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park on Sunday, Sept. 19, as part of an all day show that kicks off at noon. Jamison and her band take the stage at 1:05 p.m.

Points North guitarist Eric Barnett is appearing at another show being put on by Guitar Player Magazine on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore at 4:30 p.m. The event is billed as Guitar Player Live, and features some of the players from the Guitar Superstar competition from last year. The daytime outdoor shows are free, with the evening shows featuring Montrose and Gary Hoey requiring tickets.

Adam Traum is on the road tonight, Sept. 17, for a show at the Wipeout Bar and Grill in Greenbrae that goes off at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, Traum is at the Sand Dollar in Stinson Beach for a noon show.