Glen Ellen Village Fair brings back the hometown vibe

The Glen Ellen Village Fair is like a step back into the days of fairs gone by, when small town fairs had cake-walks, parades and quilt contests, and the Glen Ellen fair has all of those, with some great live music as well. They actually close Arnold Drive through Glen Ellen for the day. The party kicks off at noon on Sunday, Oct. 13, with a parade through the town that features grand marshals Fred and Carol Berger. The theme of this year’s fair is “Food for Thought,” and that theme will be played out throughout the fair. Many local businesses will have booths at the event, which has almost a Renaissance Faire-like feel to it. There is Kids Alley with carnival games, the cake-walk and even a bouncy house. The live music also kicks off at noon with the Solcats, Flashback, the Cork Pullers and the Jami Jamison Band. There is no admission to the fair, which ends at 5 p.m., but there will be plenty of opportunities to donate a dollar or two to one of the many causes that will have a presence that day.

The Sonoma Bar Battle is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building with the restaurants and bars of Sonoma Valley all coming up with crazy beverage concoctions to try to carry the torch of the winning drink until next years event. The night will also include an “Iron Bartender” style battle. Judging will be done by various members of the media and local “celebrities.” The event is a fundraiser for Native Sons of the Golden West, Parlor #111 and American Legion Jack London, Post #489. There will be food and live music as well from the Whiskey Thieves. The festivities get underway at 6 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door or before at Steiners Tavern, the Town Square and Eraldi’s Menswear.

The annual Oktoberfest to benefit Sonoma Valley Teen Services will be held at the newly built Carneros Brewing Company on Sunday, Oct. 13. The event will feature an outdoor marketplace, gourmet food vendors as well as craft beer and local wine. Music will be provided by BackTrax. The day kicks off at noon and tickets are at the door or before at svteens.org, where you can also find more info. The Carneros Brewing Company is at 22985 Burndale Road.

There will be a benefit for Sheana Davis, on Sunday, Oct. 13, to help offset her medical bills that have accumulated over the years. Davis is sometimes referred to as the “Cheese Lady” for all of her involvement in the craft and local cheese movement. Her storefront, the Epicurean Connection, will be closed for the day, with the party happening at the Maysonnave House, at 491 First St. E, and the live music will feature Adam Traum, Kalei Yamanoha, Josh Windmiller, the Hellhounds and Lolis Eric Elie. Tickets will be at the door or before hand at Readers’ Books. The afternoon kicks off at 1 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar has Kelly Ann Miller with her debut performance, tonight, Oct. 11, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, it’s Fallen’ Anjel, also starting at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover either night.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has Tommy Thomsen tonight, Oct. 11, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, Oct. 12, the pub welcomes Larry Carlin’s “Mostly Simply Bluegrass,” also for an 8 p.m. show. Sunday, Oct. 13, it’s an early show with the Vanguard Jazz Ensemble where local jazz cats are welcome to sit in, kicking off at 2 p.m. Later the same night, it’s the Sean Carscadden Trio for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows.

The Erik James tasting room has music tonight, Oct. 11, with Austin deLone, Tim Eschliman and Bowen Brown, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, it’s Macy Blackman's Praline Trio, also for a 7 p.m. show. Sunday, Oct. 13, the room presents Sonoma Satchmo and the 9th Ward Playboys, also kicking off at 7 p.m. There is no cover any night.

The Epicurean Connection has acoustic punk rock with Tony Gibson tonight, Oct. 11, for a 7:30 p.m. start. Saturday, Oct. 12, the connection presents the Hellhounds, also for a 7:30 p.m. show.

Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood presents “Wine Down Friday” tonight, Oct. 11, with the WildKats on the deck, kicking off at 5 p.m.

B. R. Cohn Winery has music in the courtyard on Sunday, Oct. 13, with Sean Carscadden from 2 to 5 p.m. There will also be a classic car cruise-in. There is no cover.

The Plaza Bistro presents the Chris Amberger Trio tonight, Oct. 11, kicking off at 7 p.m. Amberger has been one of the first-call bassists in the San Francisco Bay Area and the West Coast for more than 30 years. Ambergers’ hard driving bass lines, melodic soloing and enormous creativity have brought him to perform with artists such as Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper and Steely Dan. He has toured and worked with the likes of Art Blakey, George Shearing, Cal Tjader, Richie Havens and Rosemary Clooney. There is no cover.

Showcase the Band will be in Rancho Cordova for the Oktoberfest tonight, Oct. 11, at the Sunrise Events Center, for a 5 p.m. start.

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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 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.

Dark Star Orchestra – Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12; The Fillmore – San Francisco; 415-346-6000

Blues Traveler – Thursday, Oct. 17; The Fillmore – San Francisco; 415-346-6000

The Rascals – Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12; The Warfield – San Francisco; thewarfieldtheater.com

Bryan Adams – Monday, Oct. 14; The Warfield – San Francisco; thewarfieldtheater.com

Hot Buttered Rum – Sunday, Oct. 13; HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200

Bryan Adams – Thursday, Oct. 17; Wells Fargo Center – Santa Rosa; 546-3600