Benefit for Kenwood School music program
Sonoma Valley's Live Music Scene
James Marshall Berry
Unfortunately, when economic times get tough, it seems like the first thing to be cut in our schools is funding for art and music programs and it’s left up to the parents and concerned others to raise the funds necessary to keep those programs going. Saturday, Jan. 19, that’s exactly what they’re doing up in Kenwood. The Farmhouse in Kenwood is the venue where there will be a silent auction, wine, food and performances by a couple local music acts. Tres, a collaboration of Mark Willson and Mario Ramirez from Plan Be, along with Dan Abella from the Carlos Herrera Trio will be laying down a combination of pop classics. Also on the bill is JoyRide. The day kicks off at 3 p.m. The Farmhouse is at 92555 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood.
The Epicurean Connection has Wildflower Weed tonight, Jan. 18, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Jan. 19, it’s Brian Ruff and Friends playing acoustic rock ‘n’ roll. Sunday, Jan 20, it’s open piano bar starting at noon, where anyone who thinks they can play the piano is welcome. There is no cover for the shows.
The Kathmandu Corner welcomes JoyRide tonight, Jan. 18, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Jan. 19, the Cork Pullers will be performing their own brand of folk and acoustic classics, also at 8 p.m.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the David Thom Band tonight, Jan. 18, kicking off at 8 p.m. for a night of traditional bluegrass. Saturday, Jan. 19, the pub welcomes the Perfect Crime, also kicking off at 8 p.m. Sunday it’s an early show with Shards of Green, starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.
The Eric James Tasting Room welcomes Tim Eschliman and Kevin Zuffi tonight, Jan. 18, for a 7 p.m. start time. Saturday, Jan. 19, it’s Macy Blackman, also for a 7 p.m. show.
The Annex Wine Bar has Bosonoma tonight Jan. 18, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, it’s Joe Chaplain doing a solo show called “Night Flight,” featuring a special “Night Flight Package” that will include your choice of a still wine flight, sparkling wine flight or non-alcoholic flight, plus one limited edition copy of Chaplain’s new CD “Night Flight” containing six new songs. The CDs are limited to 25 only, signed and numbered by the artist. The show also gets underway at 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
The Gristmill Bar and Grill in Glen Ellen welcomes the Alan Early Trio on Saturday, Jan. 19, for an evening of jazz standards, kicking off at 6 p.m.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Sean Carscadden and Cliff Hugo tonight, Jan. 18, starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, it’s Girls and Boys, also for an 8:30 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
The Sonoma Springs Brewery presents InThereOutThere playing folk-jazz tonight, Jan. 18, for a 5 p.m. show. There is no cover.
Olive and Vine in Glen Ellen has Smokin’ Joe on Sunday, Jan. 20, as part of the Sunday Supper Club series. Music kicks off at 6 p.m.
The Plaza Bistro has Jeff Massanari and Kenny Washington tonight, Jan. 18, for a 6:30 p.m. show. There is no cover for the show.
Meadowcroft Winery at Cornerstone in Carneros welcomes Sean Carscadden for a solo show on Saturday, Jan. 19, kicking off at 1 p.m.
The Big 3 Diner in Boyes Hot Springs has Tom Martin for a dinner show tonight, Jan. 18, starting at 6 p.m.
The Barking Dog Roasters in Boyes Hot Springs presents Alex Garcia and the Goodvibes Quartet on Sunday, Jan. 20. The band is based in Sonoma, and performs a variety of music from old school Latin and swing to contemporary jazz, as well as arrangements of video game music. Showtime is 3 p.m.
The Meritage Martini and Oyster Bar presents 3 on a Match on Monday, Jan. 21, kicking off at
The Blue Moon Saloon has Karaoke on Saturday, Jan. 19, starting at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, it’s the continuing saga of the Sunday night blues jam, commencing at 10 p.m.
Nigel Armstrong will be performing at the Marin Veterans Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, Jan. 22, starting at
The Jami Jamison Band is on the road to Napa on Saturday, Jan. 19, for a show at Uva Trattoria at 8:30 p.m.
Stephanie Ozer will be at the Hotel Healdsburg on Saturday, Jan. 19, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.
Tommy Thomsen is at Gaia Gardens in Santa Rosa tonight, Jan. 18, for an 8 p.m. show.
If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it. Hit me up at the address up by the picture.
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.
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.
Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers – Saturday, Jan. 19; 19 Broadway – Fairfax; 415-459-0293
Gregg Allman – Friday, Jan. 18; Uptown Theater – Napa; 259-0123
Merle Haggard – Saturday, Jan. 19; Uptown Theater – Napa; 259-0123
Levi Lloyd and the 501 Blues – Friday, Jan. 18; Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa; 545-2343
Coco Montoya – Saturday, Jan. 19; HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200
Temptations plus the Four Tops – Friday, Jan. 18; Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa; 546-3600