Nigel Armstrong returns to Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

The Sonoma Classical Music Society is continuing its series of concerts on Sunday, May 11, at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards when they will present Nigel Armstrong accompanied by Miles Graber for a 3 p.m. show. Armstrong has been labeled a protege, and declared as “an astonishing talent with exquisite technique,” “gifted” and “blazing” by the Chicago Tribune.

Armstrong began his violin studies here in Sonoma at the age of 5 with Leta Davis. He made his debut in 2002 with the Baroque Sinfonia and has since performed with the Boston Pops and Norwegian Radio Orchestras, the Reno and Burbank philharmonic symphonies; the Berkeley and Downey symphony orchestras; Bozeman Symphony, San Francisco Youth Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Teatro Colon, Argentina; the American Philharmonic of Sonoma County, with which he performed for two seasons, the Marin Symphony, and the American Youth Symphony for which he was concertmaster from 2009 to 2011.

He was a finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition, receiving Fourth Prize and winning Best Performance of a Commissioned Work by John Corigliano with “Stomp” and the list goes on and on. Graber received his musical training at the Julliard School and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1971, where he has developed a wide reputation as an accompanist and collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and singers. The program will include the “Preludio and Gavotte” from Bach’s“Partita No. 3 in E major,” Beethoven’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 47,”“The Kreutzer”; Debussy’s Claire de Lune; Tchaikovsky’s Melody; and Mozart’s Violin Sonata in G major, K. 301, as well as a couple of added surprises. Tickets and more info can be found by pointing your browser to sonomaclassical.org.

Single-day tickets for this year’s Huichica Music Festival held at Gundlach Bundschu Winery are now on sale. The dates for this years festival are Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, and will feature David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Mount Eerie, Vetiver, Kelley Stoltz, Magic Trick, EDJ, Michael Hurley, Meg Baird, the Cairo Gang, Extra Classic, Light Fantastic, the Blank Tapes, Houndstooth, Golden Gram and more. For tickets and more info, point your browser to huichica.com

In addition to the complimentary Sunday afternoon performances and the Fall Festival, B. R. Cohn Winery has announced an intimate evening concert series to be held through the summer in the olive grove on the property. The Saturday evening shows kick off June 14, with Simple Creation, then on July 26, with Dgiin, Aug. 16, with Crazy Famous, Sept. 6 with the Creak and wrapping up Oct. 18 with Beso Negro. For tickets and more info, point your browser to brcohn.com/events or call the tasting room at 938-4064.

Speaking of the Sunday series, this Sunday, May 11, B. R. Cohn Winery presents Jonathan Wright for a 2 p.m. show. There is no cover.

Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood presents another “Wine Down Friday” today, May 9, with the Jami Jamison Band, kicking off at 5 p.m.

Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards continues the Friday night music series with the Cork Pullers tonight, May 9, kicking off at 6 p.m. There is no cover and the venue is child- and dog-friendly, but no outside alcohol is allowed on-premise.

The El Verano Inn has two acts this weekend, kicking off tonight, May 9, with Fallen’ Anjel. Saturday, May 10, it’s Ten Foot Tone and all the antics you can expect from that and front-man Jon Williams. Showtime is 9 p.m. both nights and there is no cover.

Burgers and Vine presents a couple local winemakers jammin’ when Neverfear takes the stage tonight, May 9. Rich Little, Jeff Bundschu and Scott DeMartini will focus on dance tunes and there will be a laser-light show as well. Saturday, May 10, it’s the Dane Drewis Band, laying down funk and blues. Drewis’ combines the melodic feel of Motown and classic ’70s rock with a vocal style that is described as a mix of Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Jack Johnson. Both shows kick off at 9:30 and there is no cover.

The Annex Wine Bar has the Mark Larson Trio tonight, May 9, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, it’s Someone Else’s Nightmare, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover for any of the shows but the venue is 21 and over.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has Solid Air on the beer garden stage today, May 9, for a 5 p.m. show. Later, on the tavern stage, it’s Dawn Angelosante at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, the garden stage welcomes Dan Goldfus, for a 1 p.m. show. Later on the tavern stage it’s Matt Bolton for an 8:30 p.m. show. Sunday, May 11, the garden stage has Ricky Ray for a 1 p.m. show. There is no cover and the shows are family-friendly.

The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, May 9, with the Left Coast Syncopators, with “Snakebite Jacobs,” Tim Eschliman and Kevin Zuffi, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, it’s Caroline Dahl, Tim Eschliman and Bowen Brown, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.

Murphy’s Irish Pub presents the Hellhounds tonight, May 9, for an 8 p.m. show. Saturday, May 10, the pub welcomes Larry Carlin for a night of bluegrass. Sunday, May 11, the weekly pro-jam session featuring Vanguard Jazz Ensemble begins at 1 p.m. Later that night, it’s Sean Carscadden for a 7:30 p.m. show.

The Epicurean Connection presents Kat Jones tonight, May 9, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Saturday, May 10, it’s Adam Traum and Tina Gerken also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, May 11, has an early start for Tony Gibson, kicking off at 1 p.m.

The Plaza Bistro welcomes the Bollenback-Cuenca-Gold Trio tonight, May 9, for a 7 p.m. show. The trio showcases Paul Bollenback on guitar, Sylvia Cuenca on drums and Jared Gold on organ. There is no cover for the show.

Sunday, May 11, The Blue Moon Saloon presents the continuation of the blues jam, starting at 10 p.m. There is no cover.

Jeff Falconer is on the road all the way up to Boonville on Saturday, May 10, in a benefit show for the Navarro River Resource Center at Lauren’s Good Food for a 9 p.m. start.

Showcase the Band is in Napa at the Senior Center on Saturday, May 10, for a 7 p.m. show.

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.


Old 97’s – Saturday, May 10;The Fillmore – San Francisco; 415-346-6000

Pop Fiction – Friday, May 9; HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200


Unauthorized Rolling Stones – Saturday, May 10;

Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley;




It’s a Beautiful Day – Sunday, May 11;

Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley;



Richard Thompson – Wednesday-Thursday, May 14-15;

City Winery – Napa;



Ukulele Festival –Saturday, May 10;

Sebastopol Cultural Center – Sebastopol;



Midnight Sun Massive – Friday, May 9;

Twin Oaks Tavern – Penngrove;



Moonalice – Friday, May 9;

Zodiacs – Petaluma;