The Friday Aug. 21 Column

Soundbytes – Bits and Pieces


Norton and Friends


PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) and a cure for it has become a cause lately for several local musicians, some no longer here with us. PKD causes cysts to grow in the kidneys, eventually leading to kidney failure, at which point a person would need dialysis or a transplant. PKD is one of the most common, life-threatening genetic diseases, affecting thousands in America and millions worldwide. At this point in time, there is no treatment or cure for this disease.

In 2009, the late Norton Buffalo, along with his musician friends, participated in a night of music to bring awareness and educate the public about Polycystic Kidney Disease, a disease his close friend, Doug Graham had inherited. Graham continues his efforts to educate the public about PKD and is hosting a concert at Studio 35 on Sunday, Aug. 23, kicking off at 1 p.m., which features a show with some of his former bandmates, including Dave Aguilar, Lisa Flores Buffalo, and David Brown. Local singer-songwriters Theresa Stoops and Jim Brumm will also participate by playing some of their original songs.

There will be information available to help educate folks about the PKD Foundation’s research, education, advocacy, support, and their annual “Walk for a PKD Cure,” which will be held on Sept. 26 this year. You can sign up to participate on your own or be on Doug Graham’s team, “Team Penguin”. Sonoma’s Alcadessa Marcie Waldron, will also be at the event to share information about her “Got the Dot” campaign to get a thousand Sonomans to put the pink dot on their license, to donate life to others.

The event is free but donations are encouraged. Studio 35 is at 35 Patten St. in Sonoma. For more info, point your browser to studio35sonoma or call Doug Graham at 334-5472.


Del Medina
Del Medina

The Hawaiian dance party is back this weekend on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Sonoma Woman’s Club when Del Medina, referred to in the local hula circles as “the North Bay’s King of Kanikapila” takes the stage with his ukulele. “Kanikapila” means Hawaiian jam session, and 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 with even an ounce of musical talent, be it on a guitar, ukulele, kazoo or even a foot stomper or two. The event gets under way at 2 p.m. with doors open at 1:30 p.m. and admission is free but donations are encouraged as they will go towards the upkeep of the historic Woman’s Club building which is turning 100 years old next year. For more info, point your browser to



B. R. Cohn Charity Events, producer of the Sonoma Music Festival, has announced the release of a specially priced two-day ticket for the Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3, shows, which will feature, Chicago, America, Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band, which includes Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Greg Bissonette, Warren Ham and more. Also on the bill is Pablo Cruise and Carlos Reyes. The charity concert has moved from the famous estate winery that features Cohn’s name to the Field of Dreams in downtown Sonoma. Over the years, the concert has helped raise over 6.5 million dollars for local and national charitable causes, with this years being Fisher House for Vets, Redwood Empire Food Bank, American Legion Post #489 and Bread and Roses. For tickets and more info, point your browser to


Set List – The Rundown

The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall
452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma – 996-1364.

Tonight, Aug. 21, Left Coast Syncopaters– 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, Luke Domingue, Bruce Gordon and Luis Rodriguez – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.
Monday. Aug. 24, Graceland Unplugged with Dallis Craft – 7:30 p.m.

Annex Wine Bar
865 W. Napa St. Sonoma – 938-7779

Tonight, Aug. 21, DaveEdJohn Quartet – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, Paquette Sisters– 7 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub
464 First St. E. Sonoma – 935-0660

Tonight, Aug. 21, Z and the Benders – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, Kari King Trio – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23, David Thom Experience – 7 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards
389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma – 933-3230

Tonight, Aug. 21, Death by Cowbell – 6 p.m.

Plaza Bistro
420 First St E. Sonoma – 996-4466

Tonight, Aug.21, Arun Luthra – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug.22, the Drifting Rich – 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall
401 Grove St. El Verano – 343-0044

Tonight, Aug, 21, Cork Pullers – 4 p.m. DJ Isak – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, BackTrax – 8 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern
691 Broadway Sonoma – 935-9100

Tonight, Aug. 21, Dallas Caroline – 5 p.m. – Tom Rhodes – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, Craig Corona – 1 p.m. Billy Manzik – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23, Jeff Campbell – 1 p.m.

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille
400 First St. E. Sonoma – 938-7110

Tonight, Aug. 21, DJ Cal – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, DJ Hi – C – 9:30 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery
15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen – 800-330-4064

Sunday, Aug. 23, Madison Hudson Band – 1 p.m.

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood- 833-6288

Tonight, Aug. 21, Funky Friday’s with Tommy Thomsen and Wendy DeWitt– 6:30 p.m.

Epicurean Connection
122 W Napa St. Sonoma – 935-7960

Tonight, Aug. 21, Rule 5 Jazz Trio– 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, Brooke and the Caterpillar – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23, Karen Slavin – 1 p.m.

Muscardini Cellars
9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood – 933-9305

Tonight, Aug. 21, the Bee Rays – 5 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club
574 First St. E. – 938-8313

Saturday, Aug. 22, Hawaiian Jam Session – 2 p.m.

Studio 35
35 Patten St., Sonoma – 934-8145

Sunday, Aug. 23, Dave Aguilar, Lisa Flores and David Brown – 1 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House
18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs – 938-7587

Sunday, Aug. 23, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.

Blue Moon Saloon
19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma – 996-3055

Saturday, Aug. 22, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.

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