The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation will be hosting a barbecue and concert at Kenwood Plaza on Sunday, Oct. 20, to benefit the construction of the new Kenwood Plaza Gazebo, which is being built in memory of Bobby Musser-Kirby. Bobby was just 5-years-old when a tree fell on his family’s vehicle on Bennett Valley Road, killing the boy. The new structure will be accompanied by a memorial garden to honor Candace Heim-Serrano and Glory Whitehead, two beloved Kenwood community leaders. The afternoon will feature jazz and blues by Jami Jamison and the Moonlight Riders, the Kenwood Jazz Ensemble, John Burdick with Laura Benward and the Rett Hamer Blues Band. Barbecue donated by local restaurants will be served and will include ribs and chicken, as well as side dishes and desserts. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. The day kicks off at 2 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door.
The Sonoma Valley Regional Library is hosting six ragtime musicians and ensembles on Saturday, Oct. 19, as a part of the Wine Country Ragtime Festival. These nationally known artists will perform, answer questions and educate about this unique American music genre. According to organizer John Patridge, “… this is going to be a lot of fun and definitely a family friendly event. Kids love this kind of music.” The day begins at 1 p.m. with Tom Brier and the Saloon Sweeties, followed by Larisa Migachyov and then Deborrah Wyndham. John Remmers is also on the bill with Brooks Christensen and the day concludes with the Ragtime Skedaddlers. It is free and open to the public.
The Jack London Piano Club ushers in the fall season presenting its eighth concert to benefit Jack London State Historic Park with a special Halloween inspired recital on Sunday, Oct. 20, in the park, starting at 4 p.m. The mood will be evoked with some spooky music performed on the grand piano that belonged to and was played by Charmian London. The day will feature guest vocalist Jennifer Farmer. Pianists performing will be John Dinwiddie, Jud Goodrich, Charles Harris, Deborah Knapp, Mae Lucas, Zina Milyavsky, Esfir Ross and Jim Wittes. Tickets are available at jacklondonpark.com or by calling 938-5216.
Pianist Elizabeth Dorman will perform a recital on Sunday, Oct. 20, at a private home in Sonoma, as a fundraiser for the Sonoma Classical Music Society. This recital harks back to the “salon concerts” of the 18th and 19th centuries, when performers entertained a select audience in the “salons” of patrons and generous aficionados. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at sonomaclassical.org. Once tickets have been purchased, ticket holders will be given directions to the home where the recital will be held.
B. R. Cohn Winery has music in the courtyard on Sunday, Oct. 20, with Jason Bodlovich from 2 to 5 p.m. There is no cover.