The Friday April 17 Column

Pick of the week


Tim Casey Benefit with Mark Larson and more – Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.

He was one of the new kids in the local music community, but certainly not new to music. After spending time in Nashville and other places around the country, Mark Larson re-connected with his long-time friend Tim Casey and convinced him to come out to Wine Country, and start a new life here. Things were going well for the guitarist, playing gigs local and in Napa Valley as well, then on Jan. 5, of this year, that all changed. Casey was involved in a head-on accident that totaled his van and almost took his life. Doctors and friends held out hope for his survival and against many odds, after a month in the Intensive Care Unit at Stanford Medical Hospital and numerous procedures, he was released from the ICU. The road to recovery has been slow and will take years.

The accident also totaled Casey’s van and destroyed essentially all his belongings, including all his amps and guitars. Some of his local musician friends have put on fundraisers to help defray some of the medical costs and tonight, April 17, there is another one scheduled at Annex Wine Bar, starting at 7:30. The evening will be special as it will feature Tim’s sister, Mary Casey-Bowers, who fronts her own act, Calling Mary, who has traveled from Virginia to perform at the event with the Mark Larson Band. Also on the line-up are Voices In My Head, Mark Dennis, musician and director of Sonoma’s Rock and Roll Choir, Vox Populi, the Smart Fellers will play a few tunes from the best of the best of their extensive song list with Sonoma musicians David Farrell and Cliff Zyskowski joining in the act as well.

In addition to the bands donating all their funds and tips for the evening, the venue will also be donating and there will also be a raffle, with all donated funds going to Casey. For more info about Tim, point your browser to and for info about the event, point your browser to

Spin of the Week

This time it’s a spin around the island – Winery Music – April in Carneros

Since we all live here in Wine Country, we imagine it’s a lot like living near Disneyland, and you never go there. This weekend might be the time to not only visit some local wineries but enjoy some live music as well. It’s April in Carneros and the yearly event is back with many participating wineries just a short drive from the Plaza. Many wil have art and food and even the winemakers hanging around to answer questions and to make you feel even better, the event benefits the viticulture scholarship funds of Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College. But, let’s find some live music shall we?

The Weekend event happens both Saturday and Sunday, April 18 – 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anaba Wines – Sunday, April 19, only – The Screw Offs – The act is a slimmed down version of the Cork Pullers, who specialize in amazing vocal harmonies, so much that the act is asked a couple times a year to sing the national Anthem at ATT Park before the S. F. Giant games. Expect to hear some folk classics and other songs that you’ll know all the words to sing-along.

Cline Winery – Damir Stosic – This solo guitarist plays a variety of musical genres from romantic ballads all the way to classic rock.

Jacuzzi Family Winery – Jimmy Ashley – Also a solo guitar act, Ashley’s song list reads like a jukebox of all your favorite songs from ‘70s classic rock, to reggae and even contemporary country hits.

Schug Carneros Winery – The Movers – This blues act features the legendary Levi Lloyd and friends laying down classic blues. Lloyd spent years onstage with Joe Luis Walker among others and has toured the world playing the blues.

Larson Family Winery – You be the Star – That’s right! You pick the song and sing along to Karaoke at the Karaoke bar. We’ve learned that the key to karaoke is knowing when to stop when you’re in the penthouse, before you end up in the outhouse.

There are 16 wineries participating in the weekend event and walk up tickets are available each day, including a discount for the designated driver. For more info, point your browser to

Set List – The Rundown

Erik James Tasting Room

Tonight, April 17, Ron Dubin and the Rosetown Ramblers – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, Left Coast Syncopaters – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.

Annex Wine Bar

Tonight, April 17, Tim Casey Benefit with Mark Larson and more – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, Ralph Cetola and Krazy Kat – 7:30 p.m.

Epicurean Connection

Tonight, April 17, Old Earth – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, the Leftovers – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, Misty Adana – 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Tonight, April 17, You Knew Me When – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, the Perfect Crime – 8 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards

Tonight, April 17, BackTrax – 6 p.m.

Plaza Bistro

Tonight, April 17, Steve Robardt Trio – 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall

Tonight, April 17 – DJ Isak – DJ Hi-C – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, Train Wreck Junction – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, Tri Tip Trio – 5 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern

Tonight, April 17, Hillwilliams – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, Vard0 – 1 p.m. Tommy Thomsen – 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, Genna and Jesse – 1 p.m.

Burgers and Vine

Tonight, April 17, Funktopus – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, DJ Isak – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 3 on a Match – 2:30 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery

Sunday, April 19, Melana Llopis – 2 p.m.

Sonoma Community Center

Sunday, April 19, the Hugos – 6:30 p.m.

Studio 35

Tonight, April 17, Richard Standard and Mountain Dulcimer – 6 p.m.

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