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Ben Sidran performs at Shir-Shalom

JAZZ PIANIST BEN SIDRAN will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in Burlingame Hall. Internet photo

JAZZ PIANIST BEN SIDRAN will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in Burlingame Hall. Internet photo

James Marshall Berry/Index-Tribune Music Columnist

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Congregation Shir Shalom is presenting an evening with Ben Sidran on Saturday, March 29, at Burlingame Hall in a show titled “Jews, Music and the American Dream.” Sidran is a jazz pianist of international renown, lyricist of a rock classic, award winning national broadcaster, record and video producer, scholar, author, and journalist. Sidran has been a force in the modern day history of jazz and rock and roll, having played keyboards with or produced such artists as Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Michael Franks, Rickie Lee Jones, Mose Allison and Steve Miller. Showtime is 7 p.m. and dessert and wine will be available. For tickets and more info, point your browser to shir-shalom.org.

MusicWorks!Sonoma is presenting “Sing! Music is an Outburst of the Soul” on Sunday, March 30, in the St. Francis Solano Church. Artistic Director James Griewe alongside performance accompanists John Simon and Mark Rasmussen will perform seasonal music from Shaker and Celtic traditions, along with a glorious selection of Alleluias, American gospel, and the Sanctus from the Fauré Requiem. MusicWorks!Sonoma is a nonprofit community chorale that provides “Community Caring through Music” performing concerts for charitable events, so far, raising over $50,000 for local nonprofits. Admission is free, although donations will be graciously accepted. Showtime is 7 p.m. and the event is family-friendly.

Sebastiani Theatre presents an evening of whimsy, magic, wonderment and music as Tobias Weinberger presents “El Radio Fantastique,” a unique and hauntingly mesmerizing band tonight, March. 28. Weinberger will present feats of magic as well as his spine-tingling sword swallowing prior to the introduction of the band. Led by its creator, Giovanni DiMorente and hailing from the community of Point Reyes Station, the act will be playing Sonoma for the first time. According to DiMorente, “El Radio Fantastique” started from a personal family narrative handed down to me and told with great conviction by my great uncles and great grandfather.” The overarching musical influences for the group derive from DiMorente’s coveted record collection scavenged from abandoned tenements in New Orleans and a lifetime of dumpsters. “Like a peculiar music box from a forgotten dime museum, the eight-member revue contains nearly two-dozen instruments, including accordions, theremins and whistles led by giant marching drums and glockenspiel. And no industrious orchestra should be without junk percussion and a jaw harp. Vintage elements of klezmer fused with big band rumba conjure up old-time circus freaks, fire dancers and burlesque,” says Jaquelynne Ocana of the North Bay Bohemian. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door.

The Moose Lodge is presenting Train Wreck Junction on Saturday, March 29, kicking off at 8 p.m.

Burgers and Vine has two shows this weekend, starting tonight, March 28, with Steel Shatner, which features Stevie “Keys” Dudgeon and friends. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, it’s some epic punk rock, done acoustic with Get Dead. Together since 2007 after their respective bands called it quits, they eventually attracted the attention of NOFX frontman Fat Mike who produced the band’s new full-length release, “Bad News” and released it on his label “Fat Wreck Chords.” Vocalist Sam King says “We just can’t wait to get back out on the road and start playing these songs live for new audiences so we can represent our hometown and do right by the Bay Area.” Showtime is also 9:30 p.m. and there is no cover.

The El Verano Inn presents Southside Traffic on Saturday, March 29. The act contains members of the Mountain Squirrel and plays classic rock covers. Showtime is 9 p.m. and there is no cover.

Murphy’s Irish Pub presents Tudo Bem tonight, March 28, kicking off at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29 it’s bluegrass with the David Thom Band, also starting at 8 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar has Hannah Jern-Miller tonight, March 28, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, it’s JMB and the Big “O”, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows but the venue is 21 and over.

The Epicurean Connection presents Solid Air tonight, March 28, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, March 29, it’s Randy Cook also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, March 30, it’s the Vivant, kicking off at 1 p.m.

The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, March 28, with Snakebite Jacobs, Charlie Hickox and Lou Rodriguez, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, it’s Macy Blackman, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Shawna Miller for an 8:30 p.m. show tonight, March 28. Saturday, March 29, the tavern welcomes Dirty Cello. There is no cover and the shows are family-friendly.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes Cynthia Tarr tonight, March 28, for a 7 p.m. show. As a solo and session singer in Los Angeles, Tarr has been entertaining audiences with her soulful performances for well over two decades. As a songwriter, her songs have appeared on albums by Keb’ Mo’, Manhattan Transfer, Chris Bennett and Hiroko Minato. There is no cover for the show.

Ten Foot Tone is on the road Saturday, March 29, at Zodiacs in Petaluma for an 8:30 p.m. show.

The Cork Pullers are in San Rafael at the Fenix on Sunday, March 30, for a brunch show at 11:30 a.m.

Adam Traum is at the Red Apple Roadhouse tonight, March 28, for a 6 p.m. show.

If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it. Hit me up at jmberry@sonomamusic.com.

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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.

Pride and Joy – Friday, March 28; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121

Petty Theft – Saturday, March 29; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121

Volker-Strifler – Friday, March 28; HopMonk Tavern – Novato;
415-892-6200

Amy Hanaiali’i – Saturday, March 29;
Napa Valley Performing Arts Center – Yountville;
944-9900

Soulshine Blues Band – Saturday, March 29;
Rio Nido Roadhouse – Rio Nido; 869-1600

Billy London and the Lucky Dice – Saturday, March 29; Twin Oaks Tavern – Penngrove;
795-5118