It’s being billed with two words we can’t use together this time of year, so let’s just call it the “Big Enormous Game Eve Crab Feed” and is being presented by the Sonoma Boosters as a fundraiser for extra-curricular activities at Sonoma valley High School.
If you think the Boosters are only about athletics, then you’ve got it all wrong, as the group helps the music, art and drama programs, as well as athletics and so much more. The event will take over the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building on Saturday, Feb. 1, starting at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a buffet dinner and then dancing to the sounds of the Scallywags. For tickets and more info, call 241-3268. If you already have dinner plans, dancing only tickets can be purchased after 8 p.m. for $10.
Saturday, Feb. 1, the Sonoma Community Center presents “Black and White Jazz” in the second of a three-show series. In separate concerts, tonight’s show features songs from Harold Arlen, Jimmy Van Heusen and Rodgers & Hart with the March 8 show showcasing Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini and more. The vocalists will be backed by the Black & White Jazz Quartet, featuring Tim Wat on piano, Erik Nelson on trumpet and vocals, Andy Dudnick on bass, and Jimmy C on drums. “Black & White jazz brings these great composers to the forefront by sharing their greatest work and, hopefully, sending our audience away with a new understanding and appreciation of both the music and the composers who built The Great American Songbook,” said Sonoma Community Center’s Executive Director Toni Castrone. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the center box office until 3 p.m. today, Jan. 31, then at the door if available.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has a special show tonight, Jan. 31, with the appearance of You Knew Me When. The band is a husband and wife duo from Nashville, Tenn., who is in the middle of a tour throughout the United States promoting their collective indie folk-rock sound and sophomore album “You, Me, and the Rest of the World.” While living a true troubadour lifestyle, the two continue to create and perform songs that flow together to form a singular, unique sound that sets the couple apart as musicians. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, it’s Andrew Freeman, also for an 8 p.m. show.
The Annex Wine Bar has Mike Z for a solo show tonight, Jan. 31, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 it’s the Vanguard Jazz Ensemble, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
The Epicurean Connection presents Rovetti and Meatballs tonight, Jan. 31, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, Feb. 1 it’s Dixie Giants, also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, Feb. 2, it’s Sebastian Nau kicking off at 1 p.m.
The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, Jan. 31, with Charlie Hickox, Tim Eschliman and Snakebite Jacobs, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, it’s Macy Blackman’s Praline Trio also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
The El Verano Inn presents Latin night tonight, Jan. 31, with Los Traviezos De Jolibud and El Nuevo Sabor Latino.
The Blue Moon Saloon has the continuation of the blues jam on Sunday, Feb. 2. Showtime is 10 p.m.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma welcomes Dawn Angelosante and Deirdre Egan for an 8:30 p.m. show tonight, Jan 31. There is no cover.
The Plaza Bistro has Dave Rocha tonight, Jan. 31, for a 7 p.m. show. Rocha has been performing with his jazz group for more than 20 years and has played in major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. The band plays an eclectic mix of jazz standards, pop and original compositions. There is no cover for the show.
Showcase the Band plays the Moose Lodge on Sunday, Feb. 2, kicking off at 4 p.m.
The Cork Pullers are on the road to Benicia tonight, Jan. 31, to the First Street Cafe for an 8 p.m. show.
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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.
Cole – Tate Band – Saturday, Feb. 1; Peri’s – Fairfax; 415-459-9910
Super Diamond – Saturday, Feb. 1; Bimbo’s 365 Club –San Francisco; 415-474-0365
The Wood Brothers – Saturday, Feb. 1; The Fillmore – San Francisco; 415-346-6000
North Mississippi All-Stars – Friday-Saturday, Jan. 31 – Feb. 1;
The Independent – San Francisco; 415-771-1420
The Wood Brothers – Tuesday, Feb. 4; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121
Zydeco Flames – Friday, Jan 31: HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200
Loren Rowan – Sunday, Feb. 2; The Fenix – San Rafael; 415-813-5600
Peter Rowan Band – Friday, Jan. 31; Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley; 415-388-3850
Volker Strifler – Friday, Jan. 31; Redwood Cafe – After Dark – Cotati;
David Luning – Friday, Jan. 31; Twin Oaks Tavern – Penngrove; 795-5118