Russian-American pianist Anastasia Dedik returns to Sonoma on Sunday, April 13, when she performs at Vintage House senior center. Dedik premiered in Sonoma in 2012, thrilling audiences with superb renditions of Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt, for which she received a standing ovation. Dedik is founder and artistic director of the “Russian Heritage” Piano Competition for young pianists in St. Petersburg. She has performed on some of the most important concert stages in the world, including the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., as well as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and numerous venues around the world.
Dedik will perform an all-Russian program, featuring the Summer Fairy from Prokofiev’s ballet “Cinderella,” Rachmaninov’s Etude-Tableaux Op. 33 in E flat minor and Op. 39 in F sharp minor, selections from Mikhel Pletnev’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” and after intermission, Moussorgsky’s monumental “Pictures at an Exhibition,” originally written for piano. Showtime is 3 p.m. and tickets can be found at sonomaclassical.org, Readers’ Books, Pharmaca, Vintage House and at the door.
The Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club is having another benefit show to help raise funds to add air conditioning to its historic 1912 clubhouse at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Previous benefits have gotten them close to the funds they need and they hope this show will meet their goal. The show is being called “Voices in My Head” and features the men’s a capella choir from Vox Populi. The choir will be accompanied by the Davedjohn Quartet and feature special guests Mark Dennis and Cliff Zyskowski as well as other surprise guests. The choir will perform a variety of songs from the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Sonia Dada and more. Advance tickets can be had by calling 939-6933, or at the door.
Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood is kicking off another season of “Wine Down Fridays” on Friday, April 11, with the Jami Jamison Band on the porch in front of the tasting room from 5 to 7 p.m. The cover charge includes a glass of Muscardini Cellars wine. Light meats, cheese, and crackers are available for purchase or you can bring your own picnic, although no outside beverages are allowed. The event is child- and dog-friendly.
The Annex Wine Bar has Hannah Jern-Miller tonight, April 11, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, it’s Vitamin Girl also for a 7:30 p.m. show. Sunday, April 13, it’s a special show at a special time with the Local Strangers kicking off at 1 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows but the venue is 21 and over.
Burgers and Vine has two shows this weekend, starting tonight, April 11, with Ten Foot Tone. Saturday, April 12, it’s the Sean Carscadden Band. Showtime both nights is 9:30 p.m.
The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, April 11, with the 4th Street New Orleans Jazz Band, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, it’s the Tri-Tip Trio, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents Tommy Thomsen tonight, April 11 for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, April 12, it’s bluegrass with Under the Radar, also at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13, it’s an early show kicking off at 6:30 p.m. with the Sean Carscadden Trio.
The Epicurean Connection presents Whiskey Circumstance tonight, April 11, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, April 12, it’s the Hellhounds also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, April 13, it’s Doug Blumer, kicking off at 1 p.m.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Roen Baur for an 8:30 p.m. show tonight, April 11. Saturday, April 12, the tavern welcomes Loosely Covered for an acoustic show, also at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover and the shows are family-friendly.
The Plaza Bistro welcomes 3 on a Match on Saturday, April 12, for an 8 p.m. show. There is no cover for the show.
The Blue Moon Saloon has karaoke on Saturday, April 12, kicking off at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 13, it’s the continuation of the blues jam, starting at 10 p.m. There is no cover either night.
The Cork Pullers are in Benicia at First Street Cafe tonight, April 11, kicking off at 8 p.m.
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J.M. Berry’s Hot 45s
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.
The English Beat – Friday, Saturday, April 11-12;
19 Broadway – Fairfax;
Arlo Guthrie – Sunday, April 13; Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium – San Rafael; 415-499-6400
Joe Luis Walker – Saturday, April 12;
Biscuits & Blues – San Francisco; 415-292-2583
Patterson Hood – Friday, April 11; City Winery – Napa; 260-1600
Dream Theater – Thursday, April 17;
The Warfield – San Francisco;
Shana Morrison – Saturday, April 12;
The Fenix – San Rafael;
Blackberry Smoke – Saturday, April 12;
Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley; 415-388-3850
Moonalice – Sunday, April 13; Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley; 415-388-3850
Soul Section – Saturday, April 12; The Tradewinds – Cotati; 795 – 7878
Vernelle Anders with Tim Haggerty- Friday, April 11;
Rio Nido Roadhouse – Rio Nido; 869-1600
Blue Diamond Fillups – Saturday, April 12;
Twin Oaks Tavern – Penngrove; 795-5118