Benefit for fallen motorcyclists at Moose Lodge
Sonoma Valley's Live Music Scene
James Marshall Berry
It was Thursday, Oct. 4, when Heath Hunter and Angelica Gonzalez left town for Petaluma on Hunter’s Harley Davidson. They didn’t make it.
The crash is still under investigation, but something went awry close to the intersection of Watmaugh Road and Arnold Drive. Hunter did not survive the crash and Gonzalez was left with serious injuries and a long recovery time ahead of her. Hunter’s cousin, William Kizer, has put together a benefit music festival slated for Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Moose Lodge kicking off at 5 p.m. to raise money for the Gonzalez and Hunter families.
On the bill is Refuge, Failed Sanity, the Wind Up Monkeys, Paulie Hips and the Child Bearers and Amongst Reason. The day is billed as a family event and there will be a raffle for prizes and hot dogs and hamburgers available from the grill. “There’s only going to be about 300 tickets sold and I hope we sell out,” said Kizer. For tickets and more info, call 933-6620.
The Kathmandu Corner is back in full swing this weekend with 2 Friends and a Benz tonight, Nov. 9, for an 8 p.m. show. The act consists of Bob “The Monster” Edmondson, Eric Joost and Katie Benz. Benz is a recent graduate from University of California at Berkeley and a former student of Edmondson, who is an educator at Sonoma Charter School. Saturday, Nov. 10, it’s Tom Martin, also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Nov. 11, the corner welcomes Rhys Wade for an early show kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
The Annex Wine Bar has music all weekend, starting tonight, Nov. 9, with Tony Gibson, for a 6 p.m. show. Saturday, Nov. 10, it’s Dave Hamilton, fresh off his latest CD release party, also at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, it’s an early show, kicking off at 4 p.m. with the incomparable Jon Williams. There is no cover for any of the shows at the annex, and food and wine are available for all shows as well. The venue is dog-friendly, but you must be 21 years or older in human years to attend.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has local bluesmen the Hellhounds tonight, Nov. 9, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Nov. 10, it’s Larry Carlin’s Under the Radar, playing traditional bluegrass, also for an 8 p.m. show.
Sunday, Nov. 11, there is no music, but Jack Benny Dinner Theater. For tickets and more info, call 935-0660.
Sonoma Springs Brewery has Pete Olson tonight, Nov. 9, for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover.
The Blue Moon Saloon welcomes bluesmen Levi Lloyd and the 501 Blues Band on Saturday, Nov. 10, for a 9 p.m. show. Lloyd is a blues veteran, having played with B. B. King, John Lee Hooker and toured worldwide as the longtime guitarist for the legendary Joe Louis Walker. There is no cover for the show. Sunday, Nov. 11, it’s the regularly scheduled blues jam, kicking off at 10 p.m.
Olive and Vine in Glen Ellen welcomes the Carlos Herrera Trio, laying down two sets of Latin fusion on Sunday, Nov. 11, kicking off at 6 p.m. Don’t be surprised if John Burdick jumps in for a tune or two. The venue also has a special bistro menu planned for the evening.
The Plaza Bistro has the Dick Conte Trio tonight, Nov. 9, for a 6:30 p.m. show. Conte is somewhat of a local legend in jazz, with his contributions to the Bay Area jazz radio scene stretching back 40 plus years. Tonight, Conte will have with him Steve Webber on bass and Bill Moody on drums. There is no cover.
The Epicurean Connection welcomes Becky Alter tonight, Nov. 9, for a 7:30 p.m. show.
The Whiskey Thieves are on the road to Petaluma on Saturday, Nov. 10, to the Lagunitas Taproom and Beer Sanctuary for a 3 p.m. show.
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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.
Coco Montoya – Friday, Oct. 9; HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol; 829-7300
Steve Winwood – Saturday, Nov. 10; The Warfield – San Francisco; thewarfieldtheater.com
Jimmy Dillon and Michael Narada Walden – Saturday, Nov. 10; Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley; 415-388-3850
Daniel Castro Band – Saturday, Nov. 10; Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa; 545-2343