The Friday, April 29, Column

Soundbytes – Bits and Pieces

Hula Mai
Hula Mai

Break out the Hawaiian shirts, the grass skirts and your ukulele, as it’s time, once again, for the monthly Hawaiian dance party. Saturday, April 30, the group will be dancing and singing at the Sonoma Valley Womans Club, kicking off at 2 p.m. The event is primarily for fun and to invite the community to participate, enjoy and learn about Hawaiian music, but the proceeds from the event have been helping with the costs of upkeep and maintenance of the historic 100 year-old building. Del Medina, referred to in the local hula circles as “the North Bay’s King of Kanikapila” leads the afternoon from many Hawaiian songbooks. “Kanikapila” means Hawaiian jam session. The party is presented by the local hula group Hula Mai and all are welcome to bring an instrument and join in on the fun. The songs are half traditional Hawaiian and half American pop, so they’ll be room for anyone, be it on a guitar, ukulele, kazoo or even a foot stomper or two. Admission is a $5 donation and snacks will be provided with beverages available for purchase.  For more info, point your browser to



Yet again, Jeff Bundschu is bringing in music acts to the historic Redwood Barn on the property at Gundlach Bundschu Winery and allowing Sonomans to see bands they would likely never see. The barn has just been remodeled and is ready to rock. Tortoise, hailing from Chicago, has been paying dues for 25 years and is currently on a world tour that will take them all the way to Poland through July. The act is supporting it’s latest album “The Catastrophist” which is the first in nine years and the first ever with vocals. Over the years, the band has experimented in dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism. Opening the show will be Chris Cohen. Doors are at 7 p.m. with the show kicking off at 7:30 p.m. There will be food and beverages available, but no outside food, drinks or chairs of any kind will be allowed. Parking is free for wine club members and people who carpool. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at



The Sonoma Charter School is presenting “Viva Las Vegas” as a fundraiser on Saturday, April 30, at Rossis 1906 Roadhouse and the evening will be action packed. The doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner service and the entertainment starts at 7 p.m. with Full Circle. Then Transcendence Theater takes the stage to perform three Vegas-inspired numbers, then it’s time for the showgirls with the Amor Do Samba Brazilian dancers. Stagefrite then takes the stage at 9 p.m. for an evening of dance songs from the ‘70s and ‘80s. In between acts, there will be auction items made by the children of the school as well as larger ticket items like tickets to a San Francisco Giants game. “Our focus at this fundraiser is not only to raise money to sustain our programs, but to also celebrate our community… “ said Kevin Kassebaum, Director of Sonoma Charter School. There are a number of ticket options available, including after-dinner dance only. For tickets and more info, point your browser to


Jami Jamison

Set List – The Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, April 29: The Bee Rays. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: Don Trotta. 7:30 p.m.

Barking Dog Roasters, 18133 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma, 939-1905
Saturday, April 30: Tim McNamee. 3 p.m.
|Sunday, May 1: Dave Bingham. 3 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, 800-330-4064
Sunday, May 1: Bray.  2 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, 400 First St. E. Sonoma, 938-7110
Tonight, April 29: DJ Cal. 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: DJ Hi – C. 9 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, April 29: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St. Sonoma, 938-5277
Saturday, April 30: Tortoise and Chris Cohen.  5 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, April 29: Anthony Presti. 5 p.m. Chris Hanlin. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: Matt Bolton. 1 p.m. Garrin Benfield. 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 1: Vardo. 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, April 29: Bear Flag Trio. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: Back Alley Comedy. 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 1: Savannah Blu. 7 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Saturday, April 30: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

Plaza Bistro, 420 First St E. Sonoma, 996-4466
Tonight, April 29: Bryan Girard Trio. 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall, 401 Grove St. El Verano, 343-0044
Tonight, April 29: Tri-Tip Trio. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: Sonoma Charter School fundraiser with Stage Frite and Full Circle. 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 1: The Second Street Band. 5 p.m. Blues Jam. 9:30 p.m.

Schellville Grill, 22900 Broadway, Sonoma, 996-5151
Saturday, April 30: Butch Engle and Styx. 12:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards, 389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma, 933-3230
Tonight, April 29: The Jami Jamison Band. 6 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, April 29: John Allair and Julia Harrell. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: The Marks Brothers. 5 p.m. Tri-Tip Trio. 8 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, 574 First St. E., 938-8313
Saturday, April 30, Hawaiian Jam Session – 2 p.m.
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