BackTrax back in action to help save our sports
James Marshall Berry
Once again, in these days of what seems like endless budget cuts that happen with the state, it seems that now school sports are in jeopardy, so the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation has teamed up with Save Our Sports to put on a fundraiser for just that purpose.
Saturday, March 9, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, the groups will be hosting a Cajun Boil, though we’re pretty sure no actual Cajuns are being boiled. Dinner and dancing will be happening, with dance music provided by BackTrax. There will also be a raffle and a no-host bar. The evening is for those 21 and over with festivities kicking off at 6 p.m. For tickets and more info, call 938-3232.
The Sonoma Community Center is taking sign-ups for spring music classes now, with a couple different offerings. Beginning and intermediate guitar with Dan Goldfus and there’s even a chance to join a gospel choir, taught by vocalist Cynthia Tarr. To get the whole scoop, call 938-4626, ext. 1.
The Annex Wine Bar welcomes Sean Carscadden and Cliff Hugo tonight, March 8, for a 7 p.m. show. Saturday, March 9, the annex has an interesting evening planned. A good friend of the venue, Billy P, will be driving back from Washington state where his brother has an oyster farm, and in his truck will be literally 1,000 iced-down oysters to be barbecued, eaten raw or whatever.
Music for the evening will be provided by the Davedjohn Quartet. The show would normally get under way at 7 p.m., but the band has said they are so excited, they may start early. There is no cover either night.
Olive and Vine in Glen Ellen will have the jazz sounds of the Bosonoma Quartet on Sunday, March 10, that features Lawernce Behrs on saxophone. Showtime is 6 p.m. and is part of the Supper Club Sunday program at the venue.
The Gristmill Bar and Grill in Glen Ellen welcomes the Alan Early Trio on Saturday, March 9, for an evening of jazz standards, kicking off at 6 p.m.
The Eric James Tasting Room welcomes Kevin Zuffi and Tim Eschliman tonight, March 8, for a 7 p.m. start time. Saturday, March 9, it’s Ron Rubin's 4th New Orleans Jazz Band, also for a 7 p.m. show.
The El Verano Inn has another epic punk rock show on Saturday, March 9, that features locals Static People, as well as Naked Time, Bite and Paulie Hipps and the Childbearers. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. and there is no cover.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the last night of “Scenes and Songs from Ireland” tonight, March 8, kicking off at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, it’s Larry Carlin’s Mostly Simply Bluegrass, also for an 8 p.m. start. Sunday, March 10, it’s local favorites Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly, for a show that kicks off early at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.
The Fremont Diner presents Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band on Sunday, March 10, for an afternoon show that goes off at off at 3 p.m.
The Kathmandu Corner presents Dave Aguilar and Peter McCauley tonight, March 8, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, March 9, it’s Sue Albano and friends, also at 8 p.m.
The Plaza Bistro has Chris Amberger tonight, March 8, for a 6:30 p.m. show. There is no cover.
The Epicurean Connection welcomes acoustic punk rock with Tony Gibson tonight, March 8, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, March 9, it’s Adam Traum and Liz Brown, also for a 7:30 p.m. show.
The Blue Moon Saloon has the continuation of the Sunday night blues jam, on Sunday, March 10, commencing at 10 p.m. We attended last Sunday’s festivities and can say, once again, it’s the best kept musical secret in Sonoma Valley. There is no cover.
The HopMonk Tavern Sonoma welcomes Emily Rath tonight, March 8, for an 8:30 p.m. show. Saturday, March 9, it’s Prisma Trova, also kicking off at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover either night.
Bella Vita Sonoma, located on the Plaza, will be celebrating its first year anniversary on Saturday, March 9, and will have live music from John Burdick. The festivities get under way at 4 p.m.
Sonoma Springs Brewery has Toby Germano and Jeffro Hunter on Saturday, March 9, playing what Germano describes as “trauma inducing melodies” kicking off at 7 p.m.
Jami Jamison is on the road with her band to Napa for a show at Uva Trattoria tonight, March 8, kicking off at 8 p.m.
E. Z. Kewl will be at A’Roma Roasters in Railroad Square in Santa Rosa tonight, March 8, for an 8 p.m. show.
Diego Garcia will be at the Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living tonight, March 8, where he will be performing “Wintersong.” For tickets and more info, call 252-4847.
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J. M. Berry knows the local music scene. He also knows website services and social media marketing. Check out his other skills at jmberry.com.
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Editor’s Note: While there is no shortage of great concerts in Sonoma, sometimes it is fun to get out of the Valley. Here’s what you can hear within 45 minutes of fair Sonoma.
Jose Feliciano – Friday, March 8; Yoshi’s – Oakland; 510-238-9200
Jim Messina – Saturday, March 9; Yoshi’s – Oakland; 510-238-9200
Maria Muldaur – Friday, March 8; Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley; 415-388-3850
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – Saturday, March 9; Sweetwater Music Hall –Mill Valley; 415-388-3850
Zeperalla – Saturday, March 9; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121
Pride and Joy – Friday, March 8; Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa; 545-2343
Linda Imperial Band – Friday, March 8; HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200
Steve Pile Band – Saturday, March 9; HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200
Gordon Lightfoot – Sunday, March 10; Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa; 546-3600