The Friday March 20 Column

The Feature


An All-Star duo is coming to the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center on Saturday, March 21, when Bob Malone and Trysette take the stage. Malone has a resume that is literally a mile long, and most recently has been John Fogerty’s keyboardist and appeared on Fogerty’s latest album, “Wrote a Song for Everyone” which was recorded in the historic Abby Road studios in London. Playing over 100 shows a year, he recently shared the stage with for Bruce Springsteen, Rickie Lee Jones, the Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, Dr. John and many others. Described as a “keyboard wizard” by the New Yorker magazine, his own music can be heard on Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight and the Rachel Ray Show, in addition, his CDs have earned top-20 spots on the Living Blues, Roots Music Report and Earshot radio charts.

Growing up on the northern rivers of NSW Australia, Trysette has been called Australia’s answer to Nora Jones by many, with influences such as Elton John, Carole King and James Taylor. Her lyric writing is intuitive and intelligently sensual. Trysette has a unique blend of attitude and sensitivity and according to Denny Seiwell, drummer for Wings and Paul McCartney, “She’s the real thing. ” After attending a live performance recently, Terry Greenberg of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal said “Trysette just knows how to put on a show with an infectious, spunky personality”.

Doors open for the show at 7 p.m. with show time at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door if still available.


Spin of the Week: Ex’s With Benefits – Bad Hotel


Sonoma has always had a great underground punk rock scene, and it’s nice to see it’s still alive and well with locals Dmitra Smith and Pascal Favre’s latest act, Ex’s with Benefits debut release “Bad Hotel.” Northwest Music Scene Magazine in Seattle has deemed it a frontrunner for best album of the year with this quote “They’ve set the bar very high for Seattle album of the year.” Smith and Favre are no strangers to the scene, with their prior act, Static People, making noise (pun intended) with two albums and an EP produced by Jason Carmer. The latest project from the local couple, along with bassist Alex Vincent and drummer Dave Place from Seattle, have laid down a combination of traditional punk rock with a blend of classic rock, with solid riffs, and Smith’s three-octave vocal range coming into play on many of the tunes. The songs take issue with social concerns shared by many, the government, the environment, drugs and Wall Street. Smith’s sultry vocals shine through on “I Want your Hands,” the story of wanting someone you just can’t have and “Hey You,” a saga of homelessness, with an accompanying video to be shot in April of this year. One of our favorites is the grinding tone of “A Shiny Way to Die,” a song about killing the oceans, that has a real Sex Pistols vibe to the rhythm. The act will be appearing locally at the El Verano Inn on Saturday, March 28, along with Get Dead, the Rinds, Junior Boogie and Free Works, kicking off at 9 p.m. If you’ve been yearning for a taste of some classic punk rock, you don’t want to miss this act. You can get the latest album and more info at


Set List – The Rundown

Erik James Tasting Room

Tonight, March 20, Motordude Zydeco – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, Austin deLone, Tim Eschliman and  Roy Blumenfeld – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, Diva Singer Night and Community  Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.

Annex Wine Bar

Tonight, March 20, Hard Travelin’ – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, Tim Casey benefit with the Mark Larson Band – 7:30 p.m.

Epicurean Connection

Tonight, March 20, Black Sheep Brass Band – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, Matthew Fay and Company – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, Jon Emery – 1 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Tonight, March 20, Deluxe – 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, the Perfect Crime – 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, Cavalcade of Howls with Jeff Falconer, Adam Traum, Fred and Jackie Holzhauer – 7:30 p.m.

Plaza Bistro

Tonight, March 20, John Stowell and Mike Zilber – 7 p.m.

Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall

Tonight, March 20 – Stompy Jones – 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, Noma Rocksteady Band with DJ Saucy 1 and DJ Tighten Up – 9 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern

Tonight, March 20, Sean Carscadden – 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, Deluxe – 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, Greg Loiacono and Dan Lebo Lebowitz – 8 p.m.

Burgers and Vine

Tonight, March 20, Bumblin’ Bones – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, DJ Isak – 9:30 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery

Sunday, March 22, Jeff Walters – 2 p.m.

Carneros Lodge

Today, March 20, Jason Bodlovich – 4 p.m.

El Verano Inn

Saturday, March 21, Tilted Halos and Wildflower Weed – 8:30 p.m.

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