The British are coming! Well, kind of. The Sonoma Valley Chorale is presenting its spring concert, titled “The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming!” this weekend for two shows, Saturday May 17, and Sunday May 18, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. The performances will feature songs by Andrew Lloyd Weber and also many from the Beatles, Queen and many more. Saturdays show goes off at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday is a matinee show at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Pharmaca or at the door.
Local wineries and tasting rooms have a plethora of live music this weekend kicking off tonight, May 16, at Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards with Wake the Neighbors kicking off at 6 p.m. There is no cover and the venue is child and dog-friendly.
B. R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen welcomes Brandon Hassur on Sunday, May 18, for a 2 p.m. show.
The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, May 16, with Macy Blackman, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, it’s the Tri Tip Trio, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
Viansa Winery in Carneros is presenting a weekly music series that features the Epic Duo on Saturday, May 17, kicking off at noon.
The Annex Wine Bar has Acoustic Soul tonight, May 16, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, it’s the Little Mountain String Band, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows but the venue is 21 and over.
Nicholson Ranch Winery has a dance party on Saturday, May 17, that will have Loosely Covered playing songs from Green Day, Maroon 5, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. For tickets and more info, call 938-8822, ext. 15.
We should remind all that wineries and tasting rooms are akin to bars, as in you cannot bring outside alcohol, including beer, to the property per ABC regulations.
Burgers and Vine presents legendary bluesman Levi Lloyd tonight, May 16. Lloyd has played with B. B. King, John Lee Hooker and toured worldwide as the longtime guitarist for the legendary Joe Louis Walker. Saturday, May 17, it’s more blues with Junior Boogie, and the young harmonica player has assembled quite a backing band for the show. On-stage will be Rich Kirch, from the John Lee Hooker Band, Leroy Bloom, veteran of the Blues Project and Seatrain, Bruce Barthol from Country Joe and the Fish, and Dave Aguilar, from the Norton Buffalo Band, Tudo Bem and more. Both shows kick off at 9:30 p.m. and there is no cover.
Murphy’s Irish Pub presents the Mark Larson Trio tonight, May 16, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, May 17, with credentials that rival the Grateful Dead or the Allman Brothers, it’s the 40th anniversary party of the band the Perfect Crime. This is an early show that kicks off at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, the weekly pro-jam session featuring Vanguard Jazz Ensemble begins at 1 p.m. Later that night, it’s Jaydub and Dino for a 7:30 p.m. show.
HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Thunderegg on the beer garden stage today, May 16, for a 5 p.m. show. Later, on the tavern stage, it’s the Hellhounds at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, the tavern stage has Dan Martin for an 8:30 p.m. show. Sunday, May 18, the garden stage has Jon Gonzales for a 1 p.m. show. There is no cover and the shows are family-friendly.
The Epicurean Connection presents Mike Z and the Benders tonight, May 16, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, May 17, it’s Garen Paterson and Deirdre Egan also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, May 18, has an early start for Clusterfolk, kicking off at 1 p.m.
Showcase the Band will be at the Moose Lodge twice this week, first on Saturday, May 17, for the Moose Lodge Dinner Dance where they will be playing rock and country for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, May 18, the band will focus on dance songs, for a show that kicks off at 4 p.m. Tickets for both events can be purchased at the door.
Sunday, May 18, The Blue Moon Saloon presents the continuation of the blues jam, starting at 10 p.m. There is no cover.
BackTrax is on the road to Santa Rosa on Saturday, May 17, to play for the Rose Parade at Julliard Park for an 11 a.m. start.
Adam Traum is in Calistoga at Brannan’s on Saturday, May 17, 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.
A Capella Festival – Saturday, May 17; Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium – San Rafael; 415-499-6400
Gregg Allman – Wednesday, Thursday, May 21, 22; Uptown Theater – Napa; 259-0123
Berlin – Friday, May 16; Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121
Kevin Russell – Friday, May 16; The Fenix – San Rafael; 415-813-5600
Sean Colvin – Steve Earle – Tuesday, Wednesday, May 20, 21; City Winery – Napa; 260-1600
Stephen Stills – Thursday, May 22; City Winery – Napa; 260-1600
Graycoats – 35R – Friday, May 16; Spancky’s – Cotati; 664-0169