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Melissa Etheridge is headlining the B. R. Cohn Charity Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the winery, and tickets are still available for Saturday's concert. Peter Frampton is headlining Sunday's concert.

B.R. Cohn Charity Music Festival brings big names

For the last 27 years, philanthropist and winemaker Bruce Cohn has bought some of the biggest names in rock and roll to the intimate stage behind the winery, all in the name of raising money for charity, and this year is no different.

The Vibrators

Vintage punk rock at El Verano Inn

It’s not often that you get a chance to see one of the founding acts of the punk rock scene of the late ‘70s, an act that hung out with names like the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, and it’s even less likely you would ever see them in Sonoma, but that’s what’s happening tonight,… Continue Reading >>

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Shaking it at Gundlach Bundschu Winery

No, we’re not talking another earthquake, but it’s time to “Shake your Bundschu” at Gundlach Bundschu Winery on Saturday, Sept. 13, with an appearance from Extra Classic. The event is the annual harvest party, that either precedes or follows harvest, depending on the grapes. The act plays “dubby psychedelic rock” and performs as a live… Continue Reading >>

T-Luke and the Tight Suits at Rossi’s

The Tuesday night market and the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society present the Randy Morales Group in the Grinstead Amphitheatre, while the horseshoe lawn has Jon Williams tonight, Sept. 9, starting at 6 p.m. The El Verano Inn has karaoke from Neelix One tonight, Sept 9, kicking off at 9 p.m. Murphy’s Irish Pub presents the… Continue Reading >>

Sarah Summers will perform at the Sebastiani Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 4, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

Sarah Summers at Sebastiani

Sarah Summers is back at the Sebastiani Theatre for an encore performance of her show from March of this year on Thursday, Sept. 4, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door and there will be an after-party at Murphy’s Irish Pub.

The jazz trio, Charged Particles will be performing at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library.

Charged Particles at Sonoma Valley Library book sale

How often do we get to headline a music event at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library? Well, never, until now. Saturday, Aug. 23, is the final day of the “Friends of Sonoma Valley Library Summer Book Sale,” and the library is pleased to present Bay Area jazz trio, Charged Particles.

J.M. Berry

Aventine in Glen Ellen begins live music

The Tuesday night market has the Poyntlyss on the horseshoe lawn tonight, Aug. 19, starting at 6 p.m. The El Verano Inn has karaoke from Neelix One tonight, Aug. 19, kicking off at 8:30 p.m. Murphy’s Irish Pub presents the “after party” tonight, Aug. 19, with Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band kicking off… Continue Reading >>

CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE is one of the numerous acts performing at the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival in September. Nathan David Kelly/Special to the Index-Tribune

Vintage Festival announces music acts for 2014

The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival, held on the last full weekend of September since 1947, has announced the music festival portion of the line-up. But, before we go further, we want you to know that the festival is one of the few that foots the bill so 20-plus nonprofits can raise money for their causes over the course of the weekend, some garnering all the funding they need for they year from this one event.

Murphy’s Irish Pub welcomes Jaydub and Dino on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Jaydub and Dino at Murphy’s

The Tuesday night market has Stan Pappas performing songs from the “Rat Pack” era on the horseshoe lawn tonight, Aug. 12, starting at 6 p.m. The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society presents Richard Howell and Sudden Change in the Grinstead Amphitheatre, also starting at 6 p.m.

Valley Forum

Valley Forum: David Robbins celebration of life slated for Saturday

They’re calling it a Celebration of Life, which it surely is, but I prefer to call it a continuation of life, a life well lived, taken too soon. Because the lessons and wisdom learned from knowing David Ian Robbins will continue on for many in Sonoma Valley and beyond.

Ron Thompson and the Resistors will be appearing at Rossi's 1906 on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Rossi’s 1906 kicks off weekend live music

Where’s Rossi’s 1906 you might ask? Good question, and that’s exactly what owner Max Young wants, as he has spent the last year-and-a-half bringing back the glory of the former Little Switzerland building in El Verano.

Melissa Etheridge

Etheridge ‘re-added’ to Cohn Fall Festival

Well, she was never really off the bill, but after some back and forth with their management, no one was really allowed to talk about it until now. But now the line-ups for the 2014 B. R. Cohn Charity Fall Music Festival are official. Melissa Etheridge, performing solo, will be headlining the Saturday, Sept. 20, show, along with the Wallflowers, Los Lonely Boys, John Waite, of the Babys, Paul Barrere, Fred Tackett and Kenny Gradney of Little Feat and the Curly Wolf.

LOCAL MUSICIAN DAVID ROBBINS died last Friday, July 18. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Sonoma loses local music treasure, David Robbins

Sonoma Valley lost a big piece of the fabric of the local music community last Friday, July 18, when David Robbins passed away from a heart attack on the way home from an A’s game. Dave was quietly one of the largest supporters of the local music scene from an adult standpoint but more than that he was there for the children.

THE DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE, featuring Gillian Welch, will perform on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Gundlach Bundschu Winery amphitheatre. Tickets go on sale at noon today at gunbun.com/calendar.

David Rawlings, Gillian Welch at Gundlach Bundschu

We here in Sonoma Valley know that we are blessed when it comes to big-name music acts coming to town, with the B. R. Cohn shows bringing in names like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, Gregg Allman, the Doobie Brothers and more. Jazz-Plus, though short-lived, landed Tony Bennett, Crosby Stills and Nash and more.

Natasha James will be performing on the Plaza horseshoe tonight during the Tuesday night market.

Natasha James performs on the Plaza

The Tuesday night market has Natasha James on the horseshoe lawn tonight, July 15, starting at 6 p.m. There will also be a children’s “jam session” by the children’s playground and all interested parties can bring their instruments and connect with Lita Davis.

TEN FOOT TONE will be playing at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park today at 6:30 pm. as part of Funky Fridays.

Gettin’ funky at Sugarloaf with Ten Foot Tone

It’s called Funky Fridays and every Friday throughout the summer season, local bands perform at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park as part of the effort to raise money to keep the park open. The fact that this even has to happen is bothersome and a blessing all at the same time, as music and performances that likely would not be happening are now plentiful at Sugarloaf, Jack London State Historic Park and many more around the state.

TOMMY THOMSEN will be playing at the Rive Gauche Dining Club at FAHA Manor on Thursday, July 10. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Thomsen at Rive Gauche Dining Club

The Rive Gauche Dining Club is back in action at the FAHA Manor in El Verano on Thursday, July 10, with Tommy Thomsen, for dinner and a show that kicks off at 7 p.m. For reservations and more info, call 996-0900.

THE SONOMA HOMETOWN BAND will be performing in the Plaza immediately after the July 4 parade today.

Musical Fourth around Sonoma Valley

There is lots of music coming up today, along with all the regular festivities of the Fourth of July around Sonoma, so let’s just get right to it. The Sonoma Community Center is presenting “An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July” celebration today, July 4, with the annual parade starting at 10 a.m., followed by patriotic music in the Plaza by the Sonoma Hometown Band. Then at 1 p.m. it’s Never Fear followed by Tudo Bem at 3 p.m.

JOHNN MURPHY, aka “King Daddy Murr” will be appearing in the Valley.

King Daddy Murr returns, will play Sonoma gigs

The Tuesday column is typically a lot of “who, what, when, where” but when someone as significant to the local music scene as Johnn Murphy, aka “King Daddy Murr” comes back to town, well, it’s going to be the headline. After retiring from a career of work at the Sonoma Developmental Center, Murr and his wife moved to the “Big Easy” and he’s been playing down in New Orleans almost non-stop.