The Friday Nov. 20 Column


Soundbytes – Bits and Pieces

Even though it seems like a while ago and may be out of many peoples thoughts, our friends and neighbors in Lake County are still in need of help from the Valley fire and once again, our local musicians are coming together to help out. Having already put on one fundraising event that raised $1400, the “Dark Lord” Byron Burt is putting on another show this Saturday, Nov. 21, at B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille. Touched personally by friends that lost everything, including his boss at his day job at the Copy Store and More, Burt stated “ I don’t have a lot of money to donate but I do know how to bring musicians together.” The event Saturday, which kicks off at 8 p.m., will feature Crystal Vision (formerly Tsunami), Tilted Halos, Half People, Liz Fanora Jones and more. There is no cover charge, but donations will be accepted all evening long and handled by the Redwood Credit Union donation fund set up for the Valley fire victims.


The Joy Formidable
The Joy Formidable

Jeff Bundschu is wrapping up his concert season at the Gundlach Bundschu Winery this Saturday, Nov. 21, with an appearance by Joy Formidable in the historic redwood barn. Together since 2007, the act has been described by Rolling Stone Magazine as “wickedly bracing and Himalaya-huge.” The act has just released it’s third album and describes the shift in their music. “We realized we needed to build a space and do it ourselves, go back to being three people in a room again” said Ritzy (Rhiannon) Bryan, who plays guitar and provides vocals for the act. The band has opened for some big names, including Sir Paul McCartney, the Foo Fighters and the Black Keys. Opening the show will be Moth and the Flame. Relatively new on the scene, that act features singer-guitarist Brandon Robbins, keyboardist-vocalist Mark Garbett and former Imagine Dragons drummer Andrew Tolman. The show goes off at 7 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door. Parking is free for wine club members and those who car-pool with three or more per vehicle. For more info, point your browser to


Leta Davis and the Studio Orchestra

You see her every year marching in the Fourth of July parade in town with a trailer full of children all playing violin, or you may have taken a class from her, or maybe know her as violin protégée Nigel Armstrong’s first instructor. Regardless of how you may or may not know her, you can get to know her a little better and see her perform with her “Studio Orchestra” on Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club at 4 p.m. The show will be introducing local sixth grader Dylan Martinelli of Woodland Star Charter School soloing on “Oblivion” by Astor Piazzolla as well as seven year old Kai Turley soloing on the Bach Double Violin Concerto. The group will play some Beatles, swing and tangos along with Bach and Piazzolla. Tickets will be available at the door.


Jeff German

There may still be a few tickets left for a house concert here in the Valley that features Jeff German tonight, Nov. 21, kicking off at 7 p.m. Ohio-based German brings his blue-collar Americana to Sonoma on the first stop of his West Coast tour. Touring to support his new album “12 Packs, 8 Tracks, and Black & White TV” which boasts a single track “Hang On,” that is getting local airplay. Dale Geist opens the show. For tickets and the location, to be revealed once you buy tickets, point your browser to or e mail


Set List – The Rundown

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

Tonight, Nov. 20, Stacey Tuel and Mia Edsall – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, Sonoma Sound Syndicate – 7:30 p.m.

Barking Dog Roasters
18133 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma – 939-1905

Tonight, Nov. 20, Stewart Degner – 5 p.m.

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

Saturday, Nov. 21, Karaoke – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, Blues Jam – all welcome – 10 p.m.

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

Tonight, Nov. 20, DJ Hi – C – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, Lake County Fire Victims Benefit with Tilted Halos, Crystal Vision, Half People, Liz Fanora Jones and more – 8 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market
Depot Park – 270 First St W. Sonoma

Today, Nov. 20, Stewart Degner – 9:30 a.m.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery
2000 Denmark St. Sonoma

Saturday, Nov. 21, Joy Formidable – 7 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern
691 Broadway Sonoma – 935-9100

Tonight, Nov. 20, Nate Lopez – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, Tom Rhodes – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, John Craigie and Raina Rose – 8 p.m.

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

Tonight, Nov. 20, Sean Carscadden Trio – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, the Perfect Crime – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, the Chappell and Dave Holt – 7 p.m.

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

Sunday, Nov. 22, Karaoke – 7:30 p.m.

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

Tonight, Nov. 20, Bryan Girard Trio – 7 p.m.

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

Tonight, Nov. 20, Kevin Russell and the Rhythm Rangers – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, Midnight Sun Massive – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, Sweet Potato 5 – 6 p.m.

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

Saturday, Nov. 21, the Mello-Tones – 2 p.m.

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

Tonight, Nov. 20, Willis, Davies and Silva – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, Full Circle – 4:30 p.m. – Charlie Hickox, Susan Copperman, Tim Eschliman and Kevin Dillon – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, Mark Dennis, Mark Willson and Friends – 4:30 p.m.

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

Sunday, Nov. 22, Leta Davis’s Studio Orchestra – 4 p.m.

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