Sarah Summers releases CD at Sebastiani Theatre

It’s spring time in Sonoma, we believe the late Herb Caen had something to say about that, but it’s time for another CD release party, this time at the historic Sebastiani Theatre on Monday, March. 24.

If you haven’t been paying attention, you might say Sarah Summers came out of nowhere, but nothing could be further from the truth.

She is a natural talent, playing and singing beyond her young years even as a teen, but paying her dues by playing just about every venue she can. In 2011, Summers was awarded Sonoma’s Cultural and Fine Arts Commission’s Creative Arts Award for her single “What You Found,” which lead to Summers’ participation in the Young Emerging Artist Series at Andrew’s Hall.

Two years later, Summers began her studies at UCLA in the Department of World Arts and Cultures – Dance, where she has since participated in UCLA’s WACsmash’D, Spring Sing, Jazz Reggae Festival, and Kerkhoff Coffee House Series.

Having a veteran like Sean Carscadden helping her along certainly hasn’t hurt, and between the two of them, they have put together her latest release titled “Lovely Little Things” on Carcasdden’s own label, “Delta Bound Records,” and will have a three-camera crew shooting the performance for a DVD to be produced later.

Summers has assembled some of the finest musicians in the Valley to back her on the show, with Cliff Hugo on bass, Mikey Lee Cannon on drums, Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson on backing vocals, Isaac Carter on guitar, Josh Yenne on pedal steel, Michael Fecskes on cello and Carscadden on vocals, guitar, piano and banjo.

Showtime is 7 p.m., and this show will sell out. Advance tickets can be found online at brownpapertickets.com/event/604907 or at the Sebastiani Theatre box office.

Murphy’s Irish Pub presents the Hellhounds tonight, March 21, kicking off at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

The Annex Wine Bar has the Little Mountain String Band tonight, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, it’s Acoustic Soul, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. Sunday, March 23, it’s a special afternoon show with Stacy Robin, kicking off at 2 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.

The Epicurean Connection presents T Luke and the Tight Suits tonight, March 21, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, March 22, it’s Six Mile Station also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, March 23, it’s Homebrew, kicking off at 1 p.m.

The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, March 21, with S. E. Willis, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22, it’s the Left Coast Syncopators with Snakebite Jacobs, Tim Eschliman and Kevin Zuffi, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma presents Dos Dedos Duo for an 8:30 p.m. show tonight, March 21. Saturday, March 22, the tavern welcomes Hi-Ball Hot Shots. There is no cover and the shows are family-friendly.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Noel Jewkes Quartet tonight, March 21, for a 7 p.m. show. Jewkes is a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and is considered one of the godfathers of Bay Area jazz. Jewkes began playing professionally at age 12 with his family’s swing band in his home state of Utah, and has been active in the Bay Area for more than 35 years. There is no cover for the show.

The Blue Moon Saloon has karaoke on Saturday, March 22, kicking off at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 23, it’s the continuation of the blues jam, starting at 10 p.m.

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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J.M. Berry's Hot 45's 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.

Poor Mans Whiskey – Saturday, March 22;

HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol; 829-7300

Berlin – Friday, March 21; Bimbo’s 365 Club – San Francisco;


Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. –

Saturday, March 22; Uptown Theater – Napa;


Jonathan Poretz –

Saturday, March 22;

142 Throckmorton – Mill Valley; 415-383-9600

The Wailers – Friday – Saturday, March 21-22;

The Independent – San Francisco; 415-771-1421

Napa Valley Symphony – Friday – Saturday, March 21-22; Napa Valley Performing Arts Center – Yountville;


Zeparalla – Led

Zeppelin Tribute –

Saturday, March 22; Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley;


Whiskey and Women – Friday, March 21;

Redwood Cafe – After Dark – Cotati; 795-7868