With Burgers and Vine finally open, we knew it wouldn’t be long before they started having live music as well as burgers, and this Saturday, March 8, it’s the CD release party for Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band. The act has quickly become one of the best- drawing reggae acts in the North Bay and the talent in the act backs it up. Martin writes songs that are in the vein of what we call “traditional reggae” along the lines of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Martin has surrounded himself with the likes of Andrew Emer, Isaac Carter, Alex Garcia, Tony Gibson, Mikey Cannon and Jason Thor, all professionals in their own right. Having them all in one act really makes for a large stage sound. The disc, simply titled after the name of the band, is a really nice listen and Martin’s upbeat lyrics will have you singing along in no time. CDs will be available at the show, which kicks off at 9 p.m.
The Sonoma Community Center presents Black and White Jazz as part of the ongoing Winter Concert Series on Saturday, March 8, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. This will be the third and final show in the series which features songs chosen to evoke an earlier era, a time of black and white photos, black and white movies, smoky clubs and cocktail lounges. Vocalists Connie Ducey, Janet Lynn and Dee Dee Pickard will perform signature numbers by Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini and more. They will be backed by the Black & White Jazz Quartet that features 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. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to showtime, or in advance at svbo.org.
The Cypress String Quartet returns to Sonoma on Sunday, March 9, for a 3 p.m. show that will feature a guest artist as well to perform at the Vintage House senior center. The show will feature works from Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, D. 956. The act will also perform Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, Opus 76, #5, sometimes nicknamed “The Largo,” and one of the six Opus 76 quartets; Anton Webern’s “Langsamer Satz” and more. Formed in 1996, the Cypress String Quartet, comprised of Cecily Ward on violin, Tom Stone on violin, Ethan Filner on viola and Jennifer Kloetzel on cello. Tickets are available from the society’s website, sonomaclassical.org, Readers’ Books, Pharmaca, and at the door.
The Plaza Bistro presents Leo Vigil tonight, March 7, starting at 7 p.m. Vigil has been a professional musician for more than 40 years, establishing himself as a first call for studio and live drummer-percussionist appearances throughout California. Vigil has worked with Tom Scott, Dave Koz, Frank Gambale, Steve Miller, Boz Skaggs, Bill Chaplin, Narada Michael Walden and many more. There is no cover.
The El Verano Inn presents Fallen Anjel on Saturday, March 8. Showtime is 8 p.m. There is no cover.