The Chorale is back on the big stage

The Sonoma Valley Chorale is back in action this weekend, with two shows that they’re calling “Brilliantly Bernstein.” The 100-voice choir group, led by David Irvine and assisted by Barbara McElroy, will showcase songs from “Peter Pan,” “The Lark,” “Mass” and “Trouble in Tahiti.” The group is in its 37th year of bringing chorale performances to the Valley. Both shows will be at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building starting Saturday, March 20, with an 8 p.m. stage time and a matinee on Sunday, March 21, at 2 p.m. There will be a 30 minute talk with the conductors before each show for those that want to show up a little early. For reserved seats and more info, call 935-1576.

The Hometown band is back in action at the Sebastiani Theatre on Saturday, March 20, with a show they’re calling “Wonderful World Music,” and will feature the music of John Phillip Sousa. Some of the selections to be covered include “Victory at Sea,” “Three Dances,” “My Fair Lady” and “Sousa’s Marches.” Showtime is 11 a.m. and there is no cover.

The Heart of Sonoma Valley Association is presenting Savor Sonoma this weekend and seven wineries are having music. You can catch the bands on both Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Landmark Winery and Vineyards will have the Laurent Fourgo Trio. Little Vineyards will have the Josh Little Trio. Loxton Cellars will bring in Seth Walker. Imagery Estate Winery will have the Sharks on Saturday and the Cork Pullers on Sunday. Benziger Family Winery will have Sparky Thorne. VJB Vineyards will have the Don Giovannis. Valley of the Moon Winery will bring in John Shearer. For tickets and more info, point your browser to

If you haven’t gotten your tickets to the rare acoustic show being put on by Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat at the Ramekins Event Center, you still may have time, but they are going fast. The show is on Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m. and Sonoma is one of only four venues the duo will be playing. The band is supporting its latest CD release titled “Join the Band” and features Little Feat covers by Bob Seger, Vince Gill and others. For tickets and more info, point your browser to

The Presentation School and Ramekins Event Center will be presenting Voces Intimae, a premiere Italian vocal trio on Monday, March 22 at the event center. The trio has played venues such as Carnegie Hall and devotes itself to the music of Hummel, Schubert, and Mendelssohn. The trio performs on period instruments with Riccardo Cecchetti on fortepiano, Luigi de Filippi on violin, and Sandro Meo on cello. For tickets and more info, call 935-0122, ext. 202.

There will be a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness called “Chalk up a Cure” on Saturday, March 20, in front of City Hall that is the senior project of high school student Jacquilynn McRice. The event will have carnival type games, ice cream donated by Ben & Jerrys and music from the band Grandfather Paradox. The event starts at 10:30 a.m.

The Shop will have Apollo Calling on Saturday, March 20, for a night of music at the teen only music venue out on Eighth Street East. The band features Max Gemmell on bass, Will Cotter on drums, Cody Wheeler on bass and Mike Denning on guitar. Opening the show will be Burning Broadway and some acoustic acts. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Ten Foot Tone will be back at Steiners Tavern tonight, March 19, for a night of original music. Showtime is 10 p.m. and there is no cover. Saturday, March 20, the tavern has the sounds of DJ Dave for a show that also goes off at 10 p.m.

Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly will be playing as the unit they call “The Shmarty Pants” will be at the Sonoma Springs Brewery tonight, March 19, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Sean Carscadden Trio will be at Maya Restaurant on Saturday, March 20, for a 10 p.m. show. That night, Carscaddens trio will have J. B. Duff on drums and Kyle St. John on bass. There is no cover.

Two of the members of the Maldonado Brothers will be playing as a duo at Sonoma Springs Brewery on Saturday, March 20, for an evening of acoustic music. Jeff Hunter and Randy Cook will be playing what they describe as “music you can use.” There may also be some special guests sitting in with the duo. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub will be honoring a long-time performer of the venue who is no longer with us, passing away in December of 2008. John Kelley was a fixture at the pub and his former band, Kith and Kin will be paying tribute to him along with other friends tonight, March 19, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, March 20, the pub brings Elaine Dempsey to the snug for a night of original music. Dempsey is a singer-songwriter from Marin County. Showtime is 8 p.m. Sunday, March 21, brings the jazzy gents EZ Kewl to the pub, for an early show that kicks off at 6 p.m.

EZ Kewl plays earlier the same day, Sunday, March 21, at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma from 1 to 3 p.m.

The El Dorado Kitchen has the sounds of Chris Dupree tonight, March 19, for a 6:30 p.m. show.

Mondo American Beer Garden has the Ruff Brothers on Saturday, March 20, for a 7 p.m. show.

The Plaza Bistro has the Terry Disley Experience Trio tonight, March 19, in the back room for a night of jazz. Disley is quite the character and a monster in the jazz scene, having toured the Americas and the U.K. with his band Acoustic Alchemy. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.

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