The Mountain Squirrel at El Verano Inn

It’s that quiet time of the year for music, most bands are re-grouping, folks are recovering from the holidays and staying home, I know if we had our way, we wouldn’t gig from Thanksgiving until Valentines Day, but there are a couple things around town this weekend. First, lets check out a couple local acts that are about ready to release some new music.

Static People, headed up by Dmitra Smith and Pascal Faivre, are pushing the release of their latest CD “The Late Projectionist,” which is also the title of a short film by the former bass player in the band, Daedalus Howell. Howell, along with Faivre, Smith, Mundo Murguia and new additions, Jim Valvanis and Ken Fad Shelf, are all featured on the nine track release of original music. Produced by multi-platinum awarded Jason Carmer, the band describes the sound as “…germinated in post punk-alt turbulence, with a mix of dirty pop and melodic indie swells.” The bands video, shot entirely in Sonoma, has been getting big views on Youtube and other online video portals. For more info about the band and upcoming shows, point your browser to

Wildflower Weed is getting ready to release their latest CD, titled “Down the Road we Go.” The original tracks were recorded by Gerard Serafini at Ten Foot Tone’s studios, all in one five-hour session, with overdubs only done for tracks laid down by harmonica legend Will Scarlett. According to the band, “We wanted this CD to have the utmost live sound without studio manipulation.” The music genre the band likes to claim is “hippie mountain music.” The nine- track CD is all original material, except for one; “Rosemary,” by the Grateful Dead. The act is presently setting up a venue for a CD release party in the near future on a Saturday night. Look for more details here.

The Mountain Squirrel will be at the El Verano Inn on Saturday, Jan. 14, for a 9:30 p.m. show. The band plays a mix of country, rock and jam-band songs. There is no cover for the show.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes the hometown bluesmen the Hellhounds tonight, Jan. 13, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Jan. 14, it’s the musical antics of Larry Carlin and his Mostly Simply Bluegrass Band, for a night of, well, bluegrass, also at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, the pub welcomes Shades of Green for an early show, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the John Kalleen Group tonight, Jan 14, for a 7 p.m. show. Saturday, Jan. 15, the bistro has Larry Dunlap and Bobbe Norris. The husband-wife duo presents an exciting program of standards from the Great American Songbook, jazz and Brazilian music as well as original compositions showcasing intuitive communication that can only come from years of performing together. That show is also at 8 p.m. and there is no cover either night.

The Kathmandu Corner welcomes Adrian Bourgeois tonight, Jan. 13, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Bourgeois has just gotten off the road after a six month tour opening for Todd Rundgren. Saturday, Jan. 14, brings in Deirdre Egan, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.

Local guitarist Michael Hinton will be on the road Saturday, Jan. 14, to the Saloon in San Francisco with Barry “The Fish” Melton, for a 9 p.m. show

The Hellhounds will be the First Edition in Petaluma on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9:30 p.m.

Ghiringhellis Pizzaria in Novato has commandeered two local acts this weekend, with tonight, Jan. 13, Sean Carscadden taking the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, its Jaydub and Dino, for a 6:30 p.m. show.

Jason Bodlovich will be at the Lagunitas Taproom in Petaluma today, Jan. 13, at 4:20 p.m.

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