Pick of the Week – Debby Holiday – Imagery Estate Winery
It’s not often we get the chance to see an artist with over 15 Billboard Top 20 hits and help out the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance as well, but you will on Saturday, July 11, when Debby Holiday hits the stage at Imagery Estate Winery. Since hitting the charts in 2004, Holiday hasn’t looked back and has gone on to work with some of the legends of popular music. She has written with names like Jeffery Steele, Al Anderson, Marty Fredrickson, Billy Steinberg and more, including sharing the stage with Rod Stewart, Joe Walsh, John Waite and Kiss to name a few.
Growing up with a songwriter father, Jimmy Holiday, the transition to singer-songwriter for Debby was almost a no-brainer, as she had experienced essentially every aspect of the music industry. The elder Holiday co-wrote the Ray Charles hit “Understanding” and also “Put a Little Love in your Heart,” made famous by Jackie DelShannon. Holiday writes her own music, but many of the songs she performs are hits from previous artists, but with her own twist and dance vibe infused into the music.
The event Saturday, July 11, kicks off at 7 p.m. when the doors open, with passed appetizers pre-show and a post-show dessert bar. Wine by the glass or bottle will be available throughout the evening. For tickets and more info, point your browser to sonomamentoring.org/debbyholiday, or call 938-1990.
Local Musician Spotlight – Codi Binkley
Codi Binkley could be described as a man that just never sits still. Seems he is involved with just about everything going on in Sonoma. Part owner of B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille, previously he started a local pedi cab company, had a sound production company, and plays in several musical acts. Now a proud father, he adds parenthood to his repertoire. We asked him the standard six questions to learn a little more about where he’s coming from.
1) Many musicians in our generation cite the Beatles on Ed Sullivan as that moment when they knew music was what they wanted to do. When and what was it that made you realize you wanted to be a musician?
CB> It was never going to be anything else, I was raised in it. The first three years of my life I was on the road with my parents band and toured with them for the next 20. Being in the thick of it and seeing so many shows, I really liked the happiness I could see in peoples faces when they enjoyed good music. I’ve never wanted to do anything else.
2) That first instrument you owned. What was it and do you still have it?
CB> Trumpet, and no, I don’t own it but I have one. I had two choices in 5th grade, music or drama, so I chose music. I played for about three years and have just never picked it back up.
3) Who are you’re primary influences in your music?
CB> Well, my parents for sure, especially my father. The R&B sound of the early ‘90s, Boyz II Men, soul music, then actually hard core country music. My parents act, Savannah as well. (side question, How did the band end up in Sonoma). The band got a gig opening for Huey Lewis and the News in about ’83 and they all discovered Sonoma and the whole band moved here.
4) What CD or playlist is in your car or your iPod?
CB> Not sure of the title, but the new disc by “the Weekend.” Its kind of modern punk. I’m digging it.
5) Tell us about your current acts.
CB> We’re actually in the process of revamping the Whiskey thieves and the debut show will be at the City Party on Thursday, July 30. I’m also doing the Codi Binkley and Friends act with Matt Piazza, Carter West and Mikey Lee Cannon and the Sonoma All-Stars with Junior Boogie, Dave Aguilar, Roy Blumenfeld and a bunch of other folks.
6) If you could have written one song, which one would it be and why?
CB> Oooo.. that’s major <really long pause> Dream On by Aerosmith. I really love the lyrics in that song and the way Steven Tylers voice builds is just unreal.
Set List – The Rundown
The Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall
452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma – 996-1364
Tonight, July 10, Left Coast Syncopaters – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, Wild Catahoulas – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 12, Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.
Monday. July 13, Graceland Unplugged with Dallis Craft – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 14, Big Chief with Lou Rodriguez
Annex Wine Bar
865 W. Napa St. Sonoma – 938-7779
Tonight, July 10, Craig Corona – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, DDK – 7:30 p.m.
122 W Napa St. Sonoma – 935-7960
Tonight, July 10, Luke Erickson Trio – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, Garen Patterson and company – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 12, Jon Otis – 7:30 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub
464 First St. E. Sonoma – 935-0660
Tonight, July 10, Deluxe – 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, Mostly Kinda Bluegrass.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards
389 Fourth St. E. Sonoma – 933-3230
Tonight, July 10, BackTrax – 6 p.m.
420 First St E. Sonoma – 996-4466
Tonight, July 10, the Mary Jensen Trio – 7 p.m.
Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall
401 Grove St. El Verano – 343-0044
Tonight, July 10, DJ Isak – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, Keith Andrews Band – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 12, Three on a Match – 5 p.m.
691 Broadway Sonoma – 935-9100
Tonight, July 10, Solid Air – 5 p.m. – Aaron Lehr – 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, Jimbo Scott – 1 p.m. Jaydub and Dino – 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 12, Tom Martin – 1 p.m.
B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille
400 First St. E. Sonoma – 938-7110
Tonight, July 10, Highway Poets – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, Funktopus with Nassab and the Sheep – 10 p.m.
B. R. Cohn Winery
15000 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen – 800-330-4064
Sunday, July 12, Jason Bodlovich – 2 p.m.
602 Bonneau Road, Carneros – 939-9363
Saturday, July 11, John Kelly and Friends – 1 p.m.
9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood – 933-9305
Tonight, July 10, Rett Hamer Blues Band – 5 p.m.
23568 Arnold Dr, Carneros – 706-2020
Sunday, July 12, Sonoma Sinatra – Stan Pappas – 3 p.m.
Imagery Estate Winery
14335 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen – 800-989-8890
Saturday, July 11, Debby Holiday – 7:30 p.m.
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood- 833-6288
Tonight, July 10, Funky Friday’s with the Rosetown Revue– 6:30 p.m.
El Verano Inn
705 Laurel Ave. El Verano – 935-0611
Friday, July 10, Bumblin’ Bones – 9 p.m.
FAHA Heritage Center
197 W. Verano Ave. Sonoma – 935-0200
Sunday, July 12, Rive Gauche Dining Club
Sheri Mignano – Michael Van Whey
Reservations required – 996-0900
Olde Sonoma Public House
18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs – 938-7587
Sunday, July 12, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.
Blue Moon Saloon
19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma – 996-3055
Saturday, July 11, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 12, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.