Vox Populi returns for an encore performance

Vox Populi

The popular rock choir Vox Populi will be back at the Sonoma Community Center on Monday, July 2, for a command performance of “People get ready…There’s a train a-comin’” that will feature the music of Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, the Beatles, the Kinks, Michael Jackson and more. Accompanying the choir will be Plan Be. Formed in 2007, Vox Populi is the brainchild of local musician, Mark Dennis. The number of choir members has swelled to over 70 fun-loving, talented singers who perform sophisticated multi-harmony versions of well-known rock and roll songs. The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Sonoma Rotary Challenge Grant. For tickets and more info, call 938-4626.

Tudo Bem

For the fourth year in a row, B. R. Cohn Winery will be presenting the Charity Car Classic on Sunday, July 1, with a number of classic cars on display, food, wine and live music from local favorites Tudo Bem. The event will benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Admission is free and all are welcome, but any donations are welcome. The event starts at noon and runs until 5 p.m.




Sonoma Hometown Band

The Sonoma Hometown Band is welcoming all that want to participate in the annual July fourth parade around the Plaza with the band to show up at one or both of the rehearsals they are having. The first one is on Sunday, July 1, and the second on Monday, July 2, both days at 6 p.m. in the McDougall Center at the Sonoma Development Center in Glen Ellen. For more info, call 538-8482.

Sean Carscadden has thrown together an all-star band for his show tonight, June 29, at Steiners Tavern that features Mikey Cannon on drums, Bob McBain on keyboards and Cliff Hugo on bass. Showtime is 10 p.m. and we suspect there will be a groove or two laid down. There is no cover.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery presents an evening of food, wine, film and dancing on Saturday, June 30, with the presentation of “Take this Waltz” which has not yet been released in theaters, followed by dancing to Crossfire. The evening gets underway at 6 p.m. and there will be food trucks at the event as well. For tickets and more info, point your browser to www.sonomafilmfest.org.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards presents 5 a.m. tonight, June 29, at 6 p.m. There’s some sort of irony there but we’re not sure what. It will also be a food truck Friday event, with up to five food trucks in the parking lot. There is no cover for the event and all are welcome.

The Swiss Hotel has the Neverland Express on Sunday, July 1. The band is a collage of locals headed up by winemakers Rich Little and Jeff Bundschu and Scott DeMartini as well. The show will be on the back patio and kicks off at 3 p.m. There is no cover.

the David Thom Band

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes the David Thom Band tonight, June 29, for an evening of traditional bluegrass. Saturday, June 30, it’s Blue House. Both shows kick off at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 1, it’s a Celtic pub jam, for an early start at 3:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.

The Plaza Bistro has violinist Mads Tolling tonight, June 29, for a 7 p.m. show. Tolling is an internationally renowned violinist, and accomplished composer and is also a member of the two-time Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet. As a soloist, Tolling regularly tours as jazz violinist with bassist Stanley Clark. Since 2007, Tolling has lead his own group, the Mads Tolling Quartet. Saturday, June 30, also at 7 p.m., it’s local jazz guitarist Randy Vincent. Vincent began his career in Florida and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1980. Vincent divides his time between performing and teaching, and has performed and/or recorded with Joe Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hutcherson, Leny Andrade, Mel Martin, Benny Barth, and many more. There is no cover either night.

Jason Bodlovich and his group will be on the road and busy on Sunday, July 1, with a show at Truett and Hurst Winery in Dry Creek Valley at 1 p.m. followed by an evening performance at the Russian River Brewing Company that same night at 7 p.m.

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

Peter Rowan and the Rowan Brothers – Sunday, July 1
Rancho Nicasio – Nicasio

Dickey Betts and Great Southern – Saturday, June 30
Mickey Thomas and Starship
– Sunday, July 1
Los Lobos
– Sunday, July 1
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
– Monday, July 2
Steel Pulse
– Tuesday, July 3
Preservation Jazz Hall Band
– Wednesday, July 4
The Temptations
– Wednesday, July 4
Marin County Fair – San Rafael

Marillion – Friday, June 29
The Fillmore – San Francisco

Mickey Hart Band – Saturday, June 30
The Fillmore – San Francisco

Unauthorized Rolling Stones – Saturday, June 30
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael

Dream Theater – Sunday, July 1
The Warfield – San Francisco.

Delta Rae – Friday, July 29
The Independent – San Francisco

Busking at the Tuesday night market

The Tuesday night market has Pete Olson under the palm tree tonight, May 29, starting at 5:30 p.m.

A new busking series begins tonight, May 29, at the Tuesday night market behind City Hall, where random musicians will be able to jam and perform for tips. The first unofficial busker is Rick Hardin. The busking is being coordinated by Dave Robbins.

The market after-party at Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Tudo Bem tonight, May 29, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Blue Moon Saloon has DJ Saucy 1 with special guests tonight, May 29, at 9 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub
has Elaine Dempsey on Thursday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m.

The Olde Sonoma Public House welcomes the P.O 8’s on Thursday, May 31, for a 7:30 p.m. show.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Mike Zilber Duo on Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub presents Loose Shoes on Friday, June 1, for an 8 p.m. show.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards has the Rolling Blackouts on Frday, June 1, Showtime is 6 p.m.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery has added a new event to this years Huichica Music Festival on Friday, June 1, with a dinner prepared by the Fremont Diner and hosted in the historic barn. After the dinner, it will be the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International for dancing. For tickets and more info, point your browser to www.huichicamusicfestival.com/tickets

Birthday party for Dave Aguilar

Murphy’s Irish Pub will be having a special event tonight, March 13, with a party for local guitarist Dave Aguilar, and the present is that he gets to play. Aguilars band Tudo Bem will play, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover

The Blue Moon Saloon has DJ Saucy 1 with special guests on Wednesday, March 14, at 9 p.m.

Meadowcroft Winery in Carneros presents their monthly Songwriters in Sonoma series  on Thursday, March 15, and this month will feature Dustin Heald, Rich Little and Fred McCarty. Showtime is 7 p.m. and for tickets and more info, call 934-4090.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Adam Traum and the Traumatics for a show on Thursday, March 15, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

The Olde Sonoma Public House has the Whiskey Thieves on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes Jeff Massanari on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub presents local bluesmen the Hellhounds on Friday, March 16, for an 8 p.m. show.

The Sonoma Community Center presents Cynthia Tarr and the Guys on Friday, March 16, for a 7:30 p.m. show. For tickets and more info, call 938-4626.

Wildflower Weed CD release party at Olde Sonoma Pub

Wildflower Weed

They call it “Hippie Mountain Music” and after several years of getting it all together, locals Wildflower Weed have compiled a nice disc of tunes, all recorded locally in the studios of Gerard Serafini, owner of Sonoma Valley Music. The tracks were all recorded almost one year ago in one five-hour session in a live setting to grasp the natural feel of the music. Only the harmonica tracks laid down by the legendary Will Scarlett were overdubbed. You will hear some of their influences in the songs; Gillian Welch, the Dead, and other artists of that genre, but the songs are all uniquely theirs. The disc, titled “Down the Road We Go,” is dedicated to some close musician friends the band has lost over the last year or so, including Steve Edelson, Steve Mann and Alex Ruiz. The CD release party takes place on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Olde Sonoma Public House, and most of the players on the disc will be making an appearance, including yours truly. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

The monthly first Friday artists reception at the Sunflower Caffe, held tonight, Jan. 3, has a musical aspect far beyond the appearance of JoyRide. Photographic images from Sandie Nalezny will be on display and much like pairing food and wine, Nalezny has paired her images with songs, with a playlist available for downloading. Although billed as imagery from Sonoma Valley, there is not a single image of vineyards, which is actually kind of refreshing. St Supery will also be on hand to pour some wines from Napa Valley. There is no cover for the show, which kicks off at 5 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Music has taken local service to a new level with a variety of classes now being offered in the music store. For many years now, Sonoma Valley Music has saved many a musician in need of last minute strings or that quick repair before a show. We remember when there was no music store in the Valley and had to drive to Petaluma for music services. Online sales have been tough on the local guys as of late, and the folks are getting creative with some really interesting classes. Some of the classes are ‘You and Ukulele” taught by Sean Carscadden, “Teen Sing” with Vanessa Schilling, “Group Guitar” with Ralph Cetola, “Storytime Theater” taught by Kathryn DelChiaro, “Playtime Performance” with Jon Williams and more. For info about the classes, call the store at 996-2196.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes True Grit tonight, Feb. 3, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Feb. 4, brings in the monthly performance of the popular guitarist Andrew Freeman, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Feb. 5 there will be no music, but a Super Bowl Extravaganza, for all interested parties.

The Kathmandu Corner behind the Taste of the Himalayas restaurant welcomes the Timothy O’Neil Band tonight, Feb. 3, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Feb. 4, the corner brings in the popular local duo of Dave Aguilar and Peter McCauley, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.

The Ledson Lounge welcomes back Jess Petty and Ken Chambers on Saturday, Feb. 4, for a 6:30 p.m. show.

The Plaza Bistro has Erik Jekabson tonight, Feb. 3, with Jeffrey Burr on guitar and John Witala on bass. Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer and educator. He leads his own ensembles in the Bay Area. Saturday, Feb. 4, brings in jazz legends Mad and Eddie Duran for one night only. According to Dirk Richardson of the North Bay Guardian, the duo plays with “palpable emotional and musical chemistry… a warm, glowing core, whether the tunes are straight-ahead standards or Afro-Cuban and Brazilian, Eddie boasts complete choral and melody-line virtuosity, and Mad, especially on tenor elegantly reflects the influence of Stan Getz.” There is no cover for either nights show, both of which kick off at 7 p.m.

The Blue Moon Saloon continues the Sunday Night Blues Jam on Sunday, Feb. 5, kicking off at 10 p.m.

Local guitarist Michael Hinton will be at Biscuits and Blues in Union Square in San Francisco on Saturday, Feb. 4, playing with Barry Melton, kicking off at 9 p.m.

The Hellhounds will be in Napa at Uva Trattoria tonight, Feb. 3, for an 8 p.m. show.

The Jon Popenoe Blues Band will be at Finnegans Pub in Novato Saturday, Feb. 4, for their debut appearance, kicking off at 10 p.m.

Points North will be at the Quarternote in Sunnyvale tonight, Feb. 3 for an 8 p.m. show.

Owen Barrett appearing with Jason Bodlovich at the Plaza Bistro

Is this your stereo system?

It’s said by people smarter than us that the media will outlast the medium on which to play it, and that tends to be true. We have all of our vinyl albums and 45s, and even a turntable, but no needle. We have every cassette tape we’ve ever owned, except those that the pencil rewind trick couldn’t fix. We’re pretty sure there’s a player around here somewhere. We even have 8-track tapes, well, a couple, but no player. We imagine there are wax cylinders of music out there in places, just waiting to be played, with nothing to play them on. The latest victim is the Compact Disc, remember those? Indestructible; will last for 100 years, and we’re sure they will, but the media is rapidly being replaced by digital downloads.

Once again, will the devices to play them be around in say 20 years? We think so. Not a day goes by that we don’t hear about some catastrophic failure of some computer or device starting with a lower case letter, and there goes the entire music library. We still find comfort in having that disc you can hold in your hand, much like this publication, that is if you’re holding it. Even with the songs we download, it’s comforting to put them on something that makes it seem like you actually own them. Of course, we would never share, illegally anyways.

So what is all this about? CDs of course; local music CDs. Sonoma Valley Music has always been a huge supporter of the local music scene and local artists by allowing them to sell their music in the store. Now there is another option, Cuban Jacks Smoke Shop in Boyes Hot Springs. Tony, the proprietor, is offering space to any local musician to sell their wares. The Whiskey Thieves and the David Thom Band have already taken advantage of the opportunity and you can find their music there, and any musician or band interested in shopping their latest wares are welcome to call Tony at 478-9505.

The Plaza Bistro has the Jason Bodlovich Trio tonight, Jan. 27, featuring 15 year old Sonoma drummer Owen Barrett.  Barrett has studied privately with Bodlovich, who is also an accomplished drummer, for several years. Bodlovich says “Owen is a natural talent behind the drum set and I look forward to his imprint on the music scene.”  The trio will also feature Petaluma bassist Steve Froberg, of the band Frobeck. The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, the local music continues, with Glen Ellen resident Stephanie Ozer tickling the ivories. Joining Ozer that night will be Mary Fettig on a variety of wind instruments. That show also starts at 7 p.m. There is no cover either night.

Sarah Summers

Sarah Summers is back at the Kathmandu Corner in the back of the Taste of the Himalayas restaurant tonight, Jan. 27. Summers is also a local Sonoma teen who has been making a big impression as an original singer-songwriter. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, the Corner has Bluehouse, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.


BackTrax is back in action at the annual Surf and Turf dinner presented by the Native Sons of the Golden Wes, Parlor #111, as a fundraiser for the Sonoma Valley High School Scholarship foundation at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. The night includes a steak and prawn dinner with all the trimmings. Tickets are $40 and are available at the door. The night kicks off at 6 p.m.

Right across the alley, Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Thick Soup to the snug tonight, Jan. 28, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Jan. 28, the pub has a special show. Benyaro, an acoustic duo with roots in New York City and Jackson Hole Wyoming, will be passing through for one night only. According to Relix Magazine, the duo has drawn comparisons to the Band, the Avett Brothers, acoustic David Bowie and Cat Stevens. This month has the duo touring Northern California before heading to Oregon, Washington and then through the Great Plains. The show starts at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, it’s local favorites JoyRide for an early show kicking off at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.

Sonoma Springs Brewery has an all original singer-songwriter for an acoustic show on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. Calvin Ross will be appearing for one night only. There is no cover.

The Olde Sonoma Public House will have karaoke with Cat on Sunday, Jan. 29, kicking off at 8 p.m.

The Blue Mon Saloon has karaoke on Saturday, Jan. 28, starting at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, the blues jam continues at 10 p.m.

Jason Bodlovich will be with the Jason Bodlovich Group in Petaluma at Brixx on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8:30 p.m.

Adam Traum will be at the Bamboo Hut in San Francisco tonight, Jan. 27, for a 10 p.m. show.

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

Melvin Seals and JGB – Friday, Jan. 27.
Mystic Theatre – Petaluma

Pride and Joy – Friday, Jan. 27.
Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa

Petty Theft – Friday, Jan. 27.
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol

Mark Hummels Harmonica Blowout – Friday – Sunday, Jan. 27 – 29.
Yoshi’s – Oakland

Ronnie Montrose – Friday, Jan. 27.
Uptown Theater – Napa

Bryan Stow Benefit – Bob Weir and more – Saturday, Jan. 28.
Uptown Theater – Napa

Geoff Tate – Unplugged – Thursday, Feb. 2.
Uptown Theater – Napa

Eric Martin – Friday, Jan. 27.
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael