Local Musician Spotlight –Dawn Angelosante
Although she now calls Sonoma home, Dawn Angelosante had already lived all over the United States before settling in Bellingham Washington, where she attended college and refers to as “home.” Born in El Paso Texas, her military family kept her busy meeting new friends every few years.
You can catch her duo with Tony Gibson tonight, Nov. 13, at HopMonk Tavern Sonoma. Lets get to know a little more about her.
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?
DA> I’ve been told I was singing before I even learned to talk. I remember all I ever did was sing as a small child. But I’m a child of the ‘90s and Jewel started it all for me. I heard her and thatw as it. I’ve been fortunate enough to be compared to her by some.
2) That first instrument you owned. What was it and do you still have it?
DA> It was an upright piano at my parents house and that’s kind of hard to move around, but yes, I still have it. When I was in college my parents got me a Yamaha keyboard with weighted keys and all, I still play that today.
3) Who are you’re primary influences in your music?
DA> All things Lilith Fair. Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, and Joni Mitchell too. Lately it’s been Brandi Carlisle and other singer-songwriters. I was trained classically so I’ve been exposed to a lot of styles of music.
4) What CD or playlist is in your car or your iPod?
DA> Gregory Alan Isakov. Tony and I saw him recently at City Winery in Napa and it was amazing. I’ve seen him 6 times now and he has several albums out and all of them are great. I’ve been listening to the latest, “The Weatherman.”
5) Tell us about your current acts.
DA> It’s mainly my duo, myself and Tony Gibson. I play piano, guitar and sing and Tony plays guitar and sings. We do a lot of vocal harmonies and play some of each of our originals and some covers done our way. It’s kind of a “Soul-Pop-Coffeehouse” vibe.
6) If you could have written one song, which one would it be and why?
DA> “Case of You” by Joni Mitchell, <said without hesitation> Q 6a> Where did the Lilith Fair girl come into contact with all this Joni Mitchell? My older sister listened to her and wanting to be like her, I really liked Joni’s songs too.
Rundown – The Set List
Annex Wine Bar
865 W. Napa St. Sonoma – 938-7779
Tonight, Nov. 13, Wildflower Weed – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14, Hi – Fi Shakedown – 7:30 p.m.
Barking Dog Roasters
18133 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma – 939-1905
Tonight, Nov. 13, Stewart Degner – 5 p.m.
Blue Moon Saloon
19380 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma – 996-3055
Saturday, Nov. 14, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 15, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.
B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille
400 First St. E. Sonoma – 938-7110
Saturday, Nov. 14, DJ Mini Mex – 10 p.m.
El Verano Inn
705 Laurel Ave. El Verano – 935-0611
Saturday, Nov. 14, Nott the Hoople – 9 p.m.
Friday Farmers Market
Depot Park – 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Nov. 13, Stewart Degner – 9:30 a.m.
691 Broadway Sonoma – 935-9100
Tonight, Nov. 13, Dawn Angelosante – Tony Gibson – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14, Billy Manzik – 8 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub
464 First St. E. Sonoma – 935-0660.
Tonight, Nov. 13, Deluxe – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14, Mostly Simply Bluegrass – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 15, the Mosey Boys – 7 p.m.
Olde Sonoma Public House
18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs – 938-7587
Sunday, Nov. 15, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.
420 First St E. Sonoma – 996-4466
Tonight, Nov. 13, John Dodgshon Jazz Group– 7 p.m.
Rossi’s 1906 Dancehall
401 Grove St. El Verano – 343-0044
Tonight, Nov. 13, Rubber Soul – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14, Sean Carscadden Quintet – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 15, Thick Soup, Jon Shannon Williams, Kit Kraft, Allison Kelly – 3 p.m.
Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall
452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma – 996-1364.
Tonight, Nov. 13, Swampbox – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14, Full Circle – 4:30 p.m. – the Left Coast Syncopaters – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 15, Mark Dennis – 3:30 p.m. – Diva Singer Night and Community Jam with Dallis Craft and Karla Downey – 7:30 p.m.
Sonoma Valley Regional Library
755 W. Napa St. Sonoma – 996-5217
Saturday, Nov. 14, Carl and Eddie – 2 p.m.