Congregation Shir Shalom is presenting an evening with Ben Sidran on Saturday, March 29, at Burlingame Hall in a show titled “Jews, Music and the American Dream.” Sidran is a jazz pianist of international renown, lyricist of a rock classic, award winning national broadcaster, record and video producer, scholar, author, and journalist. Sidran has been a force in the modern day history of jazz and rock and roll, having played keyboards with or produced such artists as Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Michael Franks, Rickie Lee Jones, Mose Allison and Steve Miller. Showtime is 7 p.m. and dessert and wine will be available. For tickets and more info, point your browser to shir-shalom.org.
MusicWorks!Sonoma is presenting “Sing! Music is an Outburst of the Soul” on Sunday, March 30, in the St. Francis Solano Church. Artistic Director James Griewe alongside performance accompanists John Simon and Mark Rasmussen will perform seasonal music from Shaker and Celtic traditions, along with a glorious selection of Alleluias, American gospel, and the Sanctus from the Faure Requiem. MusicWorks!Sonoma is a nonprofit community chorale that provides “Community Caring through Music” performing concerts for charitable events, so far, raising over $50,000 for local nonprofits. Admission is free, although donations will be graciously accepted. Showtime is 7 p.m. and the event is family-friendly.
Sebastiani Theatre presents an evening of whimsy, magic, wonderment and music as Tobias Weinberger presents “El Radio Fantastique,” a unique and hauntingly mesmerizing band tonight, March. 28. Weinberger will present feats of magic as well as his spine-tingling sword swallowing prior to the introduction of the band. Led by its creator, Giovanni DiMorente and hailing from the community of Point Reyes Station, the act will be playing Sonoma for the first time. According to DiMorente, “El Radio Fantastique” started from a personal family narrative handed down to me and told with great conviction by my great uncles and great grandfather.” The overarching musical influences for the group derive from DiMorente’s coveted record collection scavenged from abandoned tenements in New Orleans and a lifetime of dumpsters. “Like a peculiar music box from a forgotten dime museum, the eight-member revue contains nearly two-dozen instruments, including accordions, theremins and whistles led by giant marching drums and glockenspiel. And no industrious orchestra should be without junk percussion and a jaw harp. Vintage elements of klezmer fused with big band rumba conjure up old-time circus freaks, fire dancers and burlesque,” says Jaquelynne Ocana of the North Bay Bohemian. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door.
The Moose Lodge is presenting Train Wreck Junction on Saturday, March 29, kicking off at 8 p.m.
Burgers and Vine has two shows this weekend, starting tonight, March 28, with Steel Shatner, which features Stevie “Keys” Dudgeon and friends. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, it’s some epic punk rock, done acoustic with Get Dead. Together since 2007 after their respective bands called it quits, they eventually attracted the attention of NOFX frontman Fat Mike who produced the band’s new full-length release, “Bad News” and released it on his label “Fat Wreck Chords.” Vocalist Sam King says “We just can’t wait to get back out on the road and start playing these songs live for new audiences so we can represent our hometown and do right by the Bay Area.” Showtime is also 9:30 p.m. and there is no cover.